Women & Bicycles: Winter Riding 101

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Curious about how to keep riding through the winter? Want to keep riding outside? Currently riding outside but unsure how in the heck to keep doing it in February when it is really cold? Have some great tips learned from experience or wisdom from others? In partnership with Black Women Bike DC, we’re gathering to talk though some options to keep riding outside safe and pleasant when its cold! 

We will go over some common options for warmth, technical specifications about how bodies stay warm and the various properties of fabric and design that influence warmth, with a focus on using existing stuff you might have or smart ways to find what you need. 

Event Ground Rules:

  • We are going to start with laying a general overview of common options, share tips and tricks from the community (have a thought to share? Feedback survey here) and have lots of demonstration solutions.
  • If you are comfortable riding in the winter, we would love you to come. Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving.
  • Have gear to gift or swap? Please bring for a casual gear swap.

This event takes place on Natotchtank land.

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions? Send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

Women & Bicycles is a WABA program formed to empower, educate, and encourage women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding persons in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland metro areas. Learn more at waba.org/women-bicycles.

Women & Bicycles: Mending for an Active Lifestyle

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun and DC Public Library has a mending workshop on Saturday. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Have a favorite shirt that just started fraying on the cuffs? Your pannier not quite appreciate getting scraped across the ground? 

We will go over basic sewing machine and hand sewing techniques as they come up in problem solving at this open mending session.

Issues that can be fixed: Holes in waterproof or active gear (including jackets, panniers, rain pants), missing buttons or snaps, easy zipper issues, thinning or smaller holes in pants, patches for stains, broken seams. 

Issues that cannot be fixed: Completely shattered material, anything that is dirty, most changes to clothing size, damage that requires darning (this has to be a separate workshop).  

There is limited time – Ursula can advise on larger or more complicated projects, and has some resources for other options but we do not expect that 3 hours is enough time to learn and fix everything! We will have: two sewing machines (not industrial – all thick materials such as pannier straps and leather must be done by hand), hand sewing supplies, lots of patch fabric of various colors, weights and properties, thread, scissors, extra buttons, sweater defuzzer, some resources for hand-sewing thick materials, nylon and waterproof patching.

Additional Details: 

Know how to do some mending? Please come either to work on your projects, support others and/or learn something. If you have a sewing machine or supplies to share, we would appreciate you bringing them! Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving. 

Do you have knowledge, including lived experience, that would be valuable to include in organizing or hosting this event? Please email me at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org – I would love to have a few folks helping to host this!  

We will have some snacks to share but feel free to bring food (either to share or just for you). 

Want to start before the workshop? Some basic mending techniques here and DC Public Library books on mending here (my favorite is Mend It Better).   

Getting to WABA HQ: The office is halfway between the Columbia Heights and Woodley Park Metro stations, and close to many bus lines. There is plenty of bicycle parking in the office. There is very limited car parking on the street. 

This event is taking place on unceded Nachotchtank land. (Learn more here.)

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions about the event? This event will be in our back conference room which requires no stairs. Let us know if we need to turn on Google captioning – current setup is oral English.

Not sure if your item(s) are mendable? Send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org. Women & Bicycles is a WABA program formed to empower, educate, and encourage women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding persons in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland metro areas. Learn more at waba.org/women-bicycles.

Having trouble registering? Try this link.

Women & Bicycles: Bicycles & Book Chat

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Books and bikes! Join folks from Women & Bicycles for a ride down Sligo Creek Trail to the Hyattsville location of Vigilante. We’ll explore the trail and then enjoy sitting inside and talking about a book. 

Which book? Take our survey – results will be announced in this event page and emailed to registrants on December 19th. The options are:

  • Pedal zombies : thirteen feminist bicycle science fiction stories / edited by Elly Blue. 160 pages
  • Ride the Revolution (nonfiction) edited by Suze Clemitson. 320 pages
  • Back in the Frame (nonfiction) by Jools Walker. 368 pages

Additional Details:

We’re riding for about 45 minutes from Silver Spring to Hyattsville. This is designed as a one-way ride but we will have maps and Metro suggestions for getting you back to wherever you wish to go! 

Please bring a bike lock for Vigilante and money is you wish to purchase coffee or food. Helmets are required by our insurance for all WABA rides. (Don’t have one? Email us for a loaner.) Please bring water and enough layers to keep you warm for the ride. 

Getting there: Silver Spring Metro is a Metro stop! It is also close to the Metropolitan Branch Trail – exact routing is dependent on Purple Line construction. Want to join us directly at Vigilante? We’ll be rolling in about 11am!

Do you have knowledge, including lived experience, that would be valuable to include in organizing or hosting this event? Please email me at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org – I would love to have a few folks helping to host this!  

This event is taking place on unceded Nachotchtank land. (Learn more here).

Want to take Capital Bikeshare? We are happy to reimburse your fees.

Having trouble registering? Try this link.

Women & Bicycles: Darning for an Active Lifestyle

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Biking can ask a lot of our clothes and many issues or damage can be fixed with a little bit of time and a few supplies. Darning is a great way to honor the resources and time that went into making the item, use less resources, keep beloved items useful, and use our money and time for other choices and needs.

Ursula is bringing her personal mending studio, a whole lot of examples (socks, sweaters and more!), and we will learn-by-doing to keep our clothes and gear lasting longer this open working session!

Issues that can be fixed: Holes in socks, sweaters or other knitted materials, places where weaving new material to cover the hole is an appropriate solution to the damage. Wool socks are a classic item to darn. 

Issues that cannot be fixed: Completely shattered or destroyed material, anything that is dirty, anything that needs to be fixed with other sewing techniques (some basic mending tutorials here). 

We are going to start right on time so that everyone can learn at the same time. Please bring a sweater/sock/other item that needs darning (preferably one of them with a hole the size of a quarter or less – bigger holes can take a lot of time!) and something to stabilize the item as your work such as a darning mushroom or tennis ball (see this basic tutorial for design intent and other ideas). 

There is limited time – Ursula can advise on larger or more complicated projects, and has some resources for other options but we do not expect that 2 hours is enough time to learn and fix everything! Small holes are fixable during the workshop, but you may have to purchase needles or additional materials if you do not finish during the workshop. 

We will have: yard and thread (limited thicknesses, materials and colors), some needles, a few darning mushrooms.  

Additional Details: 

Know how to do some darning? Please come either to work on your projects, support others and/or learn something. If you have supplies to share, we would appreciate you bringing them! Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, there are a lot of different techniques, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving. 

Do you have knowledge, including lived experience, that would be valuable to include in organizing or hosting this event? Please email me at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org – I would love to have a few folks helping to host this!  

We will have some snacks to share but feel free to bring food (either to share or just for you). Do keep in mind that darning involves lots of hand contact with your project so messy/oily foods are challenging. 

Want to start before the workshop? A basic darning technique here and DC Public Library books on mending, including darning, here (my favourite is Mend It Better).   

Getting to WABA HQ: The office is halfway between the Columbia Heights and Woodley Park Metro stations, and close to many bus lines. There is plenty of bicycle parking in the office. There is very limited car parking on the street. 

This event is taking place on unceded Nachotchtank land. (Learn more here.)

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions about the event? This event will be in our back conference room which requires no stairs. Let us know if we need to turn on Google captioning – current setup is oral English.

Not sure if your item(s) are fixable? Send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org. Women & Bicycles is a WABA program formed to empower, educate, and encourage women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding persons in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland metro areas. Learn more at waba.org/women-bicycles.

Having trouble registering? Try this link.

Women & Bicycles: Winter Riding Workshop with Pie!

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Curious about how to keep riding through the winter? Currently riding outside but unsure how in the heck to keep doing it in February when it is really cold? Have some great tips learned from experience or wisdom from others? In partnership with Bike Arlington, we’re gathering to talk though some options to keep riding outside safe and pleasant when its cold! We’re going for a short ride in Arlington, cover some winter riding tips and tricks for you and your bicycle, and then go find pie to celebrate!*

We are meeting at Clarendon Metro (3100 Wilson Boulevard) and heading to Columbia Pike Library (816 S Walter Reed Drive). It’s a short 15-minute ride! 

10:20 – 10:50 am: Winter clothes and gear tips and tricks (if you have any favorites, please bring them for show and tell!)

10:50 – 11:30 am: How to maintain your bike in winter (by Evelyn Murcia, Phoenix Bikes mechanic)

11:30 am: Go to pie! 

*pie is guaranteed, we know exactly where it is 🙂

Additional Details:

We will go over some common options for warmth, technical specifications about how bodies stay warm and the various properties of fabric and design that influence warmth, with a focus on using existing stuff you might have or smart ways to find what you need.

Event Ground Rules:

  • We are going to start with laying a general overview of common options, share tips and tricks from the community (have a thought to share? Feedback survey here) and have lots of demonstration solutions.
  • If you are comfortable riding in the winter, we would love you to come. Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving.

Please bring a lock for library and pie parking. Women & Bicycles will pay for one pie slice each but if you wish to purchase anything else, please bring money. Please bring water for the ride, enough layers to keep you warm and helmets are required by our insurance. (Don’t have a helmet? Email us for a loaner)

Do you have knowledge, including lived experience, that would be valuable to include in organizing or hosting this ride? Please email me at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org – I would love to have a few folks helping to host this! We’d love for folks to bring any gear that they love (any creative reuse hacks you’ve done? nifty spots for low-cost gear solutions?)

Getting there: Clarendon Metro station is close to the Custis Trail. There is a fair amount of street parking for cars available though the area is a popular weekend spot!

This event takes place on Piscataway land (learn more here).

Want to take Capital Bikeshare? We are happy to reimburse your fees.

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this ride is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions about the ride? Acme typically has a vegan pie option but not gluten-free options. Send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

Women & Bicycles is a WABA program formed to empower, educate, and encourage women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding persons in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland metro areas. Learn more at waba.org/women-bicycles.

Having trouble registering? Try this link.