Treat Yourself with this Irresistible Candy Bike

Life got you down? Having a hard time recovering from Burning Man? Missing your daily rides around the playa seeing art and having adventures and sweeeeet times?

Go for a sugar high and an adrenaline rush!

Treat yourself with this irresistible Candy Bike made from sugary treats by art student Britta Hope!

Or use this as inspiration for your bike for next year’s Burning Man or ArtRide!

Bikergo Gal Protests SOPA & PIPA

Protest The “Protect IP Act”
Many websites are blacked out today Weds. January 18, 2012 to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
From personal blogs to giants like WordPress and Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this one — are asking you to help stop this dangerous legislation from being passed. Learn how this legislation will affect internet freedom and please take action.

According to Gizmodo,  “The momentum behind the anti-SOPA movement has been slow to build, but we’re finally at a saturation point. Wikipedia, BoingBoing, WordPress, TwitPic: they’ll all be dark on January 18th. An anti-SOPA rally has been planned for tomorrow afternoon in New York. The list of companies supporting SOPA is long but shrinking, thanks in no small part to the emails and phone calls they’ve received in the last few months.”

So what is SOPA? or PIPA? At first, it sounds like a good idea–it is supposed to protect content providers. But Gizmodo argues that “SOPA is an anti-piracy bill working its way through Congress that would grant content creators extraordinary power over the internet which would go almost comedically unchecked to the point of potentially creating an “Internet Blacklist” while exacting a huge cost from nearly every site you use daily and potentially disappearing your entire digital life while still managing to be both unnecessary and ineffective but stands a shockingly good chance of passing unless we do something about it.”

So call. Or email. If you’re a subscriber, go see the site for yourself–there’s plenty posted today about ways you can show your protest. Then boycott the internet yourself.

After I post this and publicize this,  I am planning on joining in as well and staying off the internet today. This site will be “dark” from 8am-8pm and post a flag and info about the issue until January 24, 2012.

Bicycle Bathroom Vanity?

Now here’s a REAL ArtRide!!

Check out this bicycle repurposed for a bathroom by artist Benjamin Bullins– his site is here. Not sure what the material is for the countertop, but concrete would be cool, too. You could add a pannier for more storage!

Speaking of ArtRides, some say they will be doing First Friday in Ventura January 6; we’re planning on heading up to Santa Barbara January 5 for Bike Moves–the theme is “Night of the Riding Dead.”

Bathroom Design 01 Mixed Media

Gothtober Quidditch ArtRide Report & Photos

Last night we had a small but enthusiastic turnout for the Gothtober Quidditch ArtRide.

We had a few hoodlums, ghouls, wizards, witches and plenty of students and faculty from Hogwarts School.

(Here’s a link to my fav FUN photo of the night!)

I went as the Hogwart’s Mistress of Spells–from my blue dress you can tell that I am with Ravenclaw house–that’s my husband Marsh Dumbledore with his moth open wearing a Gryffindor tie.

I’m sorry I didn’t get any better pictures of my outfit or of my bicycle which had a GIANT spider on the back with flashing EL wire and a raven with red glowing eyes in my bicycle basket which was ringed in orange EL wire and a black scarf with a glowing box inside!

We gathered as usual at the

Artists Union


rode at sunset along the new beach bike path to the Ventura River Trail and Main Street…

lapped Main…

stopped at Red Brick Gallery…

cruised up to Vita and Bell Arts where we hung out there for a long time–Reed Weasley and Mullet Potter even sat down for a photo op on the couches there!–

enjoying the art and dancing to the live band in the Community Room –we should have stayed there dancing longer! We were having a blast!

Art highlights for us were Claudia Pardo’s must see show at Vita and the album cover show at Bell Arts Tool Room Gallery which is so good and affordable that DJ Jeremy bought one of them!

Nothing was happening at 643 Project Space, so we went up Main again and dispersed for an early night.

Photos 1, 2, 4 at the Promenade by Gwendolyn Alley aka Bikergo Gal; the rest of the photos are by Daniel Boggs aka H Potter with a mullet.

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Ventura Bicycle Union Meets 9/14

Rachel Morris writes to remind us that the first General Bicycle Planning Meeting in a long time is tomorrow evening Wednesday, Sept 14 7:00pm sharp 345 W. Center St., Ventura CA with Backdoor Parking for Bicycles!

On the agenda:

  • An important upcoming event. (???)
  • Ways to communicate with the city better
  • The new Bike Toolshare Coop
  • Bicycle Funding Legislation
  • And more…like the Gothtober Quidditch Ride October 7!

Send Rachel a note if you want to put something on the agenda.

 Be there or be somewhere not as cool.

Bike Party at Patagonia Ventura on Sunday

Join the Ventura Bicycle Union, Patagonia, MOB, and Seth Horton,  trials stunt cyclist, for BIKE WORKS this Sunday, August 28 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Patagonia’s Great Pacific Ironworks (parking lot to the left) 235 W. Santa Clara St. Ventura. The event is free and open to all adults and kids.

Activities include socializing with other cyclists, finding out about bicycle issues and rides and these scheduled events:

·        11:00  MOB (Meiners Oak Bike Shop)  – Simple Basic bike repair clinic

·        11:20ish  “Trials” demo  (as in stunt bike riding)

·        11-1   Bring your bike and have one of VBU’s mechanics show you how to do a simple repair on it.

·        11-1  Bring your head and have one of our volunteers make sure your helmet fits (free kids helmets too!!).

·        11-1  Learn about bike actions and tell us your interests in a community bike shop and more…

·        Way cool prizes and gifts including kid helmets, Patagonia products, Clif bars, and certificates for Road ID bracelets.

So ride on over and check it out!

Brad Titzer Is Riding His Bike From Kentucky to Burning Man in Nevada

According to Google maps, it would take me two days to bicycle 560 miles from here to where Burning Man is being in Black Rock City Nevada. Since it takes 11 hours to drive, that doesn’t seem to bad.


If you want to shake his hand, or send him a postcard, he plans to arrive at his camp Salon Soleil Monday or Tuesday.

Here’s how to write him a letter of congratulations:

Brad Titzer
Salon Soleil
Burning Man
Gerlach, NV 89412

Or send him a “Playagram”

The BRCPO 2.Oh in The Black Rock City International Post Office Village, 9:00 Plaza, wants everyone to send E-Mail Playagrams! This is how:

“Send messages to your friends, enemies, campmates, family and even strangers at Burning Man.  Follow the directions at and  the hard working Posties of the BRCPO 2.Oh, will tirelessly comb Black Rock City to find your dusty Burner loved/hated one and deliver your carefully planned, 120 character, text message sized e-mail playagram!  Send your message by Tuesday, August 30th, at 11:00PM PST and send the best playa gift you can send without ordering an O-gram directly from our camp in the 9:00 Plaza.  (Which we highly recommend.)  If you want to be more certain your e-mail playagram is received, you should suggest to them that they swing by the BRCIPOV (across 9:00 from Ice-9 in the 9:00 Plaza) for their gift from you.  Please note that E-Mail Playagrams should absolutely not be used to convey urgent or emergency messages.  The BRCPO 2.Oh cannot guarantee delivery.  E-mail Playagrams are for entertainment purposes only, mostly our own, but if you or your recipient have fun that that’s cool too.

In addition to E-Mail Playagrams, patented O-Grams and good ol’ fashioned playa mail, the BRCIPOV also has Ritual Delivery Services, Eurotrash, The Portrait Passage post card making, a very special events USPS cancelation stamp for all off-playa mail and more.  Check out all the ways you can go Postal at

You can write me aka Bikergo Gal this way too! If you send me a SASE to this address, I will send you a 2011 Burning Man sticker of Ganesh riding a bike and who knows what else from the playa!

Art Predator
520 DNA
Burning Man
Gerlach, NV 89412

Better get it in the mail soon! Steve McCarthy at New Republic is printing our stickers and I highly recommend him. Call him if you need teshirts stickers any silk screening–he’s great! (917) 868-1462

At Burning Man’s Radical Experiment in Alt Transportation, you gotta have a bike

As I’m gearing up to go to Burning Man this year, my biggest question is not how I’m going to get there, but how I’m going to get around once I’m there.

You see, I’m going to be out there by myself with our 7 year old, and I’m going to be working almost 40 hours from Sunday to Sunday taking care of the toddler son of a staff member.

That means I need to decide whether I bring my bikergo (which I LOVE but does NOT travel well), whether my son bring his bikergo (see previous comment). AND I need to figure out how we’re all going to get around days with three of us and nights with two of us– whether we’re bringing a trailerbike, a bike trailer, a bike seat etc.

Why am I so concerned about having bicycle transportation? Read on for why!

If you’re going, what are you doing transportation-wise on the playa?

Read on for tips from a veteran burner.

Burning Man's Radical Experiment in Alt Transportation: you gotta have a bike It’s hard to imagine how someone could make attending Burning Man a carbon neutral experience, but I’ll say one thing for sure: people use alternative transportation while there. Mostly people get around Black Rock City on their own power: by bicycle and by foot. They also get around by hitching rides on motorized sofas and artcars and various other moving objects. But mostly? People ride bicycles. Some are basic. Some are outlandish. My friend M … Read More

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Be Safe, Be Seen, Be Creative, Be Lit!

This is a great invention for bicycle lighting. Bright LED lights circle the rim of both tires in the example shown in the video. As the cyclist rolls slow, the lights are red; at cruising speed, the lights glow white.

If you ride at dawn or dusk or night, by law and by common sense, you must light your bike with head and tail lights. For fun and for safety, I strongly recommend additional lights on your bike.If you’re heading to the Burning Man Festival, remember that the desert is a dark and dangerous place and you must provide your own lights.

We require all ArtRiders to light their bikes with the legally required lights. If you’re an adult, the helmet choice is yours. But having lots of lights makes it safer for all of us.

See you on Friday for the Seersucker Social and Santacon! Costumes are optional-but lights are not!

PS Thanks to Helen for sharing this with me!

“Ride of Silence” May 18 Reminds Us All to Respect Cyclists

Tonight is the “Ride of Silence.” If you can’t join a ride or create one, please light a candle for those who have lost their lives while riding their bikes.

"Ride of Silence" May 18 for Fallen Cyclists: Please Watch Out & Respect Cyclists During the past year or so in Ventura, we’ve had a number of bicyclists injured and killed by cars. Our local bicycling community has also been touched by hit and run accidents beyond our county–we don’t always ride close to home. A number of people have been victims of hit and run drivers. Just last Wednesday, a young Ventura College student was killed as he and a friend rode bikes to take a final exam; the same driver went into the bicycle lan … Read More

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