The Nothing But Us Chicks August 6 Ride had several new riders along with 5 regulars. But the group from the July ride has grown to 15 on the email list and they’ve been riding 2-3 times a week.  They generally have 6-8 people riding together for each ride.  Several have been on vacation recently, but I’m looking forward to the ride where all 15 join us!

I’ve only gotten the chance to join them a few times due to my other commitments. Sometimes they leave from BGI North, sometimes they leave from other locations, but they always have fun. They’ve started going out after some of the rides, just to add to the social nature of the activity. When I joined them a few weeks ago, several of us went out for ice cream after. (Ride to Eat, Eat to Ride!)

They generally ride the loop from BGI that heads out toward Fort Harrison State Park.  On July 30, I led the the group east of the park into Indian Lake Hills. 

Johnine has come a long way in just 4 weeks when she climbed her first big hill on her new bike. Here’s what she wrote on the Nothing But Us Chicks website about the 7/30 ride I led them on (we left from Skiles Test Park and went into the hill country) :
"Tonight was an awesome ride with some incredible hills.  Fortunately we got to ride the killer hills first and it made the hills at the end of the ride seem so much easier.  Fun fun fun. … I’m actually starting to look forward to the hills (did I really write that OMG!)."

On Monday Aug 10, we rode from BGI through Broad Ripple and Butler University to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and back (about 20 miles). (We tried our best to imitate the scupture in the Museum grounds.) Along the way, Marjorie got a flat tire so I got the opportunity to give a mini-clinic on fixing flat tires.

Checking out the flat tireOur imitation of "Stumbling Man" sculptureHaving fun at the Museum

Next month we start at 6 pm for the September Nothing But Us Chicks Ride. Daylight is getting to be an issue in the evening. All are welcome!

Connie Szabo Schmucker
Advocacy Director
Bicycle Garage Indy