Monday, February 8, 2010

tu y yo...are looking for the bicis!

so to pick up where we left off the last time: the super cutie pie duo of pilar and dorothy were looking for a bike for pilar in LA.

the last time dorothy discussed types of bikes that are available from beach cruisers to bmxes to 10 speeds to mixtes mountain bikes. pilar decided she wanted to look for a hybrid bici.

so for this time, as they look for bikes, they come across a JAMIS. and i love how they discuss the finer points of language. as in how do you pronounce jamis? pilar, being a (self-described) chilean valley girl, says it would be "HAH-mees," whereas dorothy mentions that if you're in "america" you say "JAY-miss." please, see for yourself.

um, how cute is pilar riding around on those lil comfort bicis? :-D


part three has them narrowing things down to pilar's dream first bici at the "walmart of bike shops."

so what bike did pilar choose? i dunno! i don't know if i can find the last episode. sad face.

regardless i wanted to share these videos for a few reasons. one being that these were southern california women of color (for lack of a better term at the moment, but we're working on a better one...stay tuned) interested in looking for bikes and helping others by modeling how to buy a bike if one does not now how/where to start.

chances are if you are reading this blog, most likely you have a bike or know where to start when looking for one. but, sharing the beginning steps i always feel is important in that maybe now that the weather is starting to mellow out, the days are getting longer that maybe you all can grab a friend, someone you never thought would hop on a bike and get them started. maybe they are shy, maybe they are scared, maybe they don't have any money. whatever the case may be, there is always an option by just sharing and starting the conversation.

and to close, i'm going back to dorothy's own words back in the first video i shared with you all:
i don't have a car ... and i definitely want to show it, not just say it. i'm looking forward to hosting more rides so that not only can people learn how to ride, but also learn about their city. it's nice to hear that people are open to something like a bicycle in los angeles. maybe 5 years ago that would have been really crazy.

i don't know about y'all (yah, ahm from texas ok?), but i think those words nicely encapsulate what we are about on this here blog. don't you?

what about y'all? are you doing what you can to get someone you know involved in riding around?

1 comment:

  1. I sent an email off to Dorothy Le to answer your question and here is the reply I got back. My curiosity was perked also. :) I'm glad Pilar got a bike she liked.

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Dorothy Kieu Le
    Date: February 17, 2010 7:30:15 AM PST
    To: Logan Smith
    Subject: Re: Which bike did Pilar choose?

    we didn't do a last episode :(
    but, i ended up choosing the bike from performance bike...
    can't believe it's already been 1 1/2 years ago when we did this, whoa!


    On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM, Logan Smith wrote:

    Which bike did Pilar choose? We can't find the last episode! We are dying to know! :) See article above.

    Logan Smith
    Portland, OR