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the recycled Pendleton shirt cap

And just when I said I wanted to be brief….

Well, this is simply a shout-out to a bunch of my cyber-cycling pals, and especially to my twitter friend from Seattle, @SognRider, who started a great campaign to encourage cycling and showcase cool cycling caps.  Every Tuesday has officially become #CyclingCapTuesday.  And I look forward to it each week (even though I wear my caps on other days as well).  But I loved the idea – a fun and creative way to promote cycling – and I always enjoy seeing some of the fine cycling “millinery” being worn by my friends.  You can too … just visit the Tumblr site, or follow the hashtag on Twitter.  And put your cap on!

I really like wearing cycling caps.  They’re light and comfortable, they offer a non-obstructive little sun visor, they can provide a little extra warmth on cool days (especially with earflaps), or rain protection (if you have a waterproof cap), and of course you can’t help feeling a little bit “jaunty” while wearing one (lol).

today's #CyclingCapTuesday ... in pink

While I have some really great caps that I’ve acquired over the past several years, I recently decided to try an make one of my own.  I just happen to have a ridiculous accumulation of “salvaged” wool from … well, let’s just say another “pastime”.  (My friends LP and MaryLou know of what I speak – because they will end up inheriting the excess someday.  😉 )  The pattern came from one of the best cap-makers out there, Little Package.  It’s a simple sewing project; you can easily make one in less than an afternoon with average sewing skills.  And what better way to up-cycle that old wool shirt with a hole in the sleeve?

So @SognRider, thanks for the fun each week (and also for helping me make a dent in my wool stash) – I applaud you!  🙂

yeah, I have an obnoxious amount of reclaimed wool ... as is, and overdyed

yeah, I have an obnoxious amount of reclaimed wool ... as is, and overdyed

another Pendleton shirt ready for cap-making & the Little Package Cap pattern

the pieces

the sewing


and finally the best part ... the wearing! (altho a pretty sorry shot; I apologize)


To get the recycling to the recycling drop - #whyIride

I’ve “met” some of the finest bicycle people around the planet on Twitter.  Recently, there has been a topic of discussion about why we ride our bicycles – organized and defined in the Twitterverse by a hashtag, in this case – #whyweride.  Some of the 140-characters-or-less “why’s” have been inspiring and moving, and others entertaining and amusing.  Yet all of them describe the variety of reasons and levels of passion of these amazing friends who love their bicycles.

Here is a sampling of a few of my favorites (the authors’ twitter names are in in green):

@danlatorre Coolest way to know & travel my city + Being the change I want to see. #whyweride #bikenyc

@area45 I just spent an two hours tinkering on my bikes. It was more fun than working on a car. #whyweride

@justridingalong …because Freddie Mercury would’ve wanted it that way#whyweride

@14bikes I ride because an automobile is an expensive excuse to be lazy #whyweride

@dangerjosh There is a certain peace in knowing that you do little harm. And becoming more fit doing so. #whyweride

@lifeonqueen I ride my bike because I love it, I ride for moments of grace as I glide along the streets. Good for my soul, good for my planet. #whyweride

@ohaijoe I was told that if I sold my car, I wouldn’t get dates. Let’s just say the past two years have proven them wrong. :0)#whyweride

@14bikes I ride because what I do matters to everyone. A lot of people doing a little bit makes an incredible difference.#whyweride

@metromixAC I ride so I can eat more bacon. #whyweride

@nicycle Because I’ll get there faster than you. #whyweride

@thinkkesho I ride because I hear sounds you will never hear.#whyweride

@ohaijoe I ride 4 peace of mind, stay fit, save $ & time, freedom, cleanr air, solitude, to meet new friends, & f*ck traffic! #whyweride

@danceralamode I ride bc when u ride a bike, the ride is about the journey not the destination #whyweride

@GaryRidesBikes By bicycle is the fastest and most efficient travel by human power. I am my own motor. My commute is powered by fruit and cereal. #whyweride

@ohaijoe Cyclists have the sexiest bodies. Just saying….#whyweride

@jonthelam i ride because i want others to know there’s another way to travel w/o a motorized vehicle. #whyweride

So, why do you ride?  Join the discussion on Twitter, #whyweride … and be sure to follow me: @morebikes. 😀