What Are You Thankful For?

Screen shot from Fresco Towels - an L.A. based designer & producer of fine hand crafted products.

The holiday season hit me yesterday, full force. I was walking to breakfast (yes, we are pedestrian advocates here too - after all, we all walk sometime!) reading the new issue of C Magazine when I realized not only that it was Thanksgiving week, but that I was very happy about it. I have much to thankful for, and I had that delicious feeling of being in the right place at the right time.

The past decade has been very challenging for many of us, certainly at times myself included, so one of the things I'm most grateful for in this country is the ability and opportunity to reinvent oneself and find new ways of making lemonade out of what were once roadblocks. This is my own story with riding bikes, a mid-life renaissance if you will, and I know many of you out there can say the same (even if it isn't a bike that got you to the new you).

One of the people who has been a big inspiration for me in understanding the much broader opportunity for the bike in our culture has been the founder of the Cycle Chic movement himself, Mikael Colville-Andersen of Denmark. I am delighted to share that Colville-Andersen will be with us at the upcoming Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference here in Long Beach in September 2012. Since one of our goals here at WoBSoCal is to inspire and support you to use the bike to create your own personal renaissance in whatever ways works for you, I encourage you to check out Colville-Andersen's Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize.com websites for yourself. They are an amazing story of following your heart - documenting your country's eclectic and dynamic bike culture with photography and video - and how it can turn into a world wide movement. We hope to have a full interview with Mikael here as well prior to Pro Walk/Pro Bike.

Two years ago I road a bike again for the first time in over twenty years in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade here in Long Beach. If you've been looking for a reason to get back on a bike again we invite you to come and ride with us on Saturday Dec 3rd from 6-9pm! Find all of the details here!

Which brings me back to C Magazine. I am always on the look out for the bicycle in our current language, fashion and culture in the U.S. - how it's being used, and how we might more cleverly and alluringly use it in the future. I was thrilled to see that an L.A. based fine hand-crafted towel line called "Fresco Towels" (image above) has a design set called "Bike Story." The line is hand-made here in the U.S., and I've written to them in hopes of learning more about how it came about and how a bike inspired them. More soon on that I hope!