Category Archive: culture

Little 100 bike race photo gallery

100 laps, 50-year-old bikes: Vancouver’s annual vintage cruiser cycle race Bike culture in Vancouver continues to thrive and grow. I’ve been involved with the vintage cruiser scene for almost 20 years, led by… Continue reading

The cycling community in Vancouver

5 things you didn’t know about our cycling community Is there a doctrine, a standard, a secret handshake?  Is there a place where all cyclists meet, or a holiday that all cyclists observe?… Continue reading

How to ride a bicycle in Vancouver

Tips, tricks, facts, and jabs from Vancouver’s cycling community by Ulrike Rodrigues Vancouver cyclists are everywhere. If you’re in traffic, we swirl around you. If you’re on the seawall, we glide past you.… Continue reading

How To Job Search by Bicycle

A cyclist’s checklist for pounding the pavement I’m looking for work—a place where I can be smart, passionate, persuasive, and unapologetically car-free. But as I freshen up my career website and surf the… Continue reading

Adventure Lite: books, music, links

Mitey Miss suggestions from An Introduction to Adventure Lite Thanks for coming in out of the rain and sharing the world of Adventure Lite with me this past weekend at Seattle Bike Expo!… Continue reading

What I know for sure

Can we share an Oprah moment? I ask because a hefty issue of O Magazine kept me company on a recent bike trip in September and one of its topics kept bouncing around… Continue reading

Top 25 sidewalk cafés on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

Patios for people-watching in East Vancouver by Ulrike Rodrigues Commercial Drive is a eclectic neighborhood not far from downtown Vancouver, undiscovered by package tourists. Dozens of European coffee shops hint at its Italian… Continue reading

Why ride a bicycle? For abuse and for tea

A typical cyclist muses on a typical day “You cyclists,” spat a driver as I caught up to his beat-up hatchback at a red light, “You ride around like you own the streets,… Continue reading

A Biased Bike Travel Packing List

A gal’s guide to packing panniers for a cycling trip People fuss over bike travelers and how brave, adventurous and fit they are. But really, a bike traveler is just someone who wonders,… Continue reading

Does Cycling Make Me Sick?

Published in the January/February 2010 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people. Life on the edge (of traffic) has its pros and cons Last spring I shared My Dirty Little Secret that… Continue reading

Good drivers, bad cyclists and a new kind of traffic

Published in the November/December 2009 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people. Do bicycles change the way we communicate? I was really looking forward to my dental appointment – the adjustment to… Continue reading

Willie Weir: confessions of an adventure cyclist

[Published in the September/October 2009 issue of Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people.] Bicycle traveler’s new book describes experiences, not logistics “I am not an avid cyclist,” admits Willie Weir in his new… Continue reading

Cycling Goa, India with Hostelling International

[Published in the August 2009 issue of Goa Today Magazine] Backroads “Slow Goa” tour targets cyclists and activists Visitors have toured Goa by car, motorbike, bus, boat and train; but now – thanks… Continue reading

Social media sprout a social cycle club in Goa, India

Published in the July/August 2009 issue of Momentum Magazine. How an average cyclist became an accidental activist in India Here in Vancouver, Canada, I consider myself just another person in the city who… Continue reading

Cycling Culture in Vancouver

Published in the Spring 2009 issue of Vancouver Review, a nationally distributed quarterly magazine that focuses on ideas, culture and arts from Canada’s West Coast.  A collaboration with Museum of Vancouver‘s June –… Continue reading

Bike-Friendly Guelph Initiative on Earth Day

Bicycling in Guelph something to celebrate Published in the April 21, 2009 feature section of Canada’s Guelph Tribune, a Metroland Media Group Ltd. publication. Guelph, Ontario — I blame it all on Guelph.… Continue reading

Live and cycle in Goa?

Sure, read all about it on my blog  Girl Gone Goa: travel, sex, magic and cycling in an Indian State. I wrote over 60 stories on life in Goa as a single woman… Continue reading

Cycling and Calvin Klein collide at the beauty counter

Face, meet the world of the food and beverage hostess “What you need,” Christopher murmured, peering into my face, “is a silicone primer.” Oddly, he wasn’t talking about bike frames. I had run… Continue reading

Klunkerz: Billy Savage’s MTB flick goes DVD

Now on film: the bikes, parties and people that made mountain bike history It’s not something you should watch by yourself, Klunkerz. The independently written and produced DVD by fat-tire aficionado Billy Savage… Continue reading

A “gonzo” rail and bike trip around Western Canada

Being on a train is like riding a bicycle: it’s slow, social, historic, and rebellious What is it about trains? And what was it about a train journey into western Canada that yanked… Continue reading

Gary Fisher: down from the mountain

Mountain biking scenester sees fun and profit in city cycling trend It’s not unusual for a few of us at Momentum to gather around a table at Gastown’s Irish Heather, order some meat… Continue reading

Joe Breeze: on naked bikes and self-propelling prophecies

MTB pioneer admits trail biking was a “diversion” from his real passion It’s not even lunch time yet and Joe Breeze has already blown my mind. Breeze ~ who with Gary Fisher, Tom… Continue reading

Keep it natural with “green” sex products

Put some environmentally virtuous lovin’ into your healthy living Published in the February 2006 issue of Shared Vision Magazine. Designer Christi York was thinking about her organic lifestyle one day, when she had… Continue reading

Nootka Sound aboard the cargo ship M.V. Uchuck

Cycle across Vancouver Island, then soak up the history on a working vessel When people ask why I go where I go, I tell them it’s “part curiosity and part stubbornness”. The curiosity… Continue reading

Healthy sex is all in the talk

If you’re not tied up this weekend, Vancouver’s kink community would like to tell you a thing or two about safe, sane, consensual sex.

Practical Dances for Travelers

When you travel with someone, you learn how to share a trip’s rhythm The Canadian customs line was moving slowly. Most of the passengers coming up from Seattle on the Greyhound waited sleepily… Continue reading

Roger’s Pass and Me

A web-footed West Coaster ponders snow, slush, and sickening spins on black ice I’ve lived in Vancouver for thirteen years and naively believed I’d left winter driving behind. It waited for me one… Continue reading

Heading for the Hills? Then Get on the Bus

Stress-free snow bus services to B.C. mountains for when you’d rather ride than drive Mittens firmly in the 10 and 2 o’clock positions, I was driving behind a Greyhound bus one winter morning… Continue reading

Merridale Cidery in Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island

Family-run apple orchard grows, squishes, ferments and pours their own ciders Terry and I were waiting on the corner of Granville and Broadway for the #601 bus to take us to the Tsawwassen… Continue reading

Cycling Vancouver’s Seaside Cafes

éA Two-Wheel Odyssey to a Table by the Sea Ulysses can attest that sometimes the longest journey begins with a single malt. Not long after they set out on their fabled odyssey, Ulysses… Continue reading