You too can make a difference – support Renee as she rides the Tour de Cure!

With your help we will fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has diabetes. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.  – Renee

I love our Bicyclette Facebook community. Our friends are always so interactive and I encourage people to come and share their love of bikes on our page. One day, Renee MacDonald shared her story on the Tour de Cure’s site  and I very much wanted to share it on our blog as well.

Please help us in spreading the word about her story and all of the riders for the Tour de Cure.

I am riding because the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure is so much more than a cycling event to me. It is my opportunity to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes myself included. – Renee

Renee also shared that if anyone wants to ride the tour, you can use the code COMMITTEE and the registration will be $5 instead of the $15.

Please share with your community – together – we can make a difference!

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5 Ways to Spruce up Your Bike

While it’s prime riding season in places like San Diego, LA, Phoenix – it’s a great opportunity to freshen up your bike to it really shines as you roll around town. And if you are in a slightly more snow filled state, now is a great time to start prepping your bike for the first rides of the season.

1. Ring, Ring!

One of our favorite features on a bike – the bell!

You must checkout handpainted bells from DringDring if you are looking for something unique, handpainted, and special!

2. A Bath!

Let’s face it, you probably haven’t ever washed your car. Or at least, not in a long time! So get out the hose and let’s get a little elbow grease going as we shine up our bikes. Bonus, this barely costs you a thing!

3. New Liner for Cruiser basket

A quick way to brighten your bike is with a bike basket liner  – you can find Bicyclette handcrafted limited edition basket liners on our website, at Etsy and at the Old Town favorite, JAM.

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4. New Basket

New baskets for your new basket liner! There are so many bike baskets on the market – from wicker, to wood crates, to wire baskets. I like the basket that you can take on and off – but keep in mind what you are using your basket for and purchase accordingly (will it be for groceries, light storage, etc)

5. Fun Pedals

One of my bikes has orange pedals, it’s a small expense to brighten the bike and add a little wow!

 

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What’s In Kirsten Steele’s Bike Basket? Welcome Back Chestnut Lane!

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Welcome back to the neighborhood – we are excited to come on in and get our favorites and try your new recipes. Do you have personal favorites?

Thank you! We are happy to bring Chestnut back. I love the winter quinoa salad, five spice chicken banh mi and the wilbanks caramel poundcake. Super yummy!!

At Bicyclette, we are all about inspiring women to get out and ride – their cruiser bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, tandems – whatever they like best. We of course loved to see all the bike elements associated with your brand. What inspired you to use bikes as part of your brand identity?

Active lifestyles are common in the Phoenix area.  People love hiking, biking, running and swimming.  It’s a great city for all these activities.  Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions supports that active lifestyle with delicious, health-conscious options for those on the run. By incorporating the bicycling community we’re supporting that active healthy lifestyle that is so essential to life in Arcadia, and Phoenix in general.

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Where are your favorite places to ride?

I’ve always been a road biker (triathlons) so north Phoenix near Desert Ridge is a great area to ride because there are a lot of flat areas but also some hilly ones once you get up into the mountainous neighborhoods.  Now that I’m a mom and my daughter is triking around faster and faster these days, I’d love to get a cruiser bike and coast around old town and the neighborhoods nearby.

What advice would you give to women starting up a new business?

Things may seem tough or even impossible and the obstacles may seem incredibly large and insurmountable, but never give up and never let anything hold you back.

I personally do everything I do for my daughter and future children.  They are not a hindrance, they are my motivation!

Can't wait to try!

Can’t wait to try!

Join Chestnut on Facebook for all the latest updates. Hope to you see you ride on in soon!

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Welcome this New Bike Friendly Restaurant to the Neighborhood – Market by Jennifer’s

As we continue our spotlight on women in business, we wanted you to meet Jennifer Russo-Fitzgerald of Jennifer’s Catering and introduce you to her latest labor of love,  The Market by Jennifer’s. We have asked her to share more about riding bikes to the restaurant and where in the world she would want to go on a bike ride. There’s even a little tasty treat for Inspired by the Bike readers  – read on for more details!

Share the Jennifer’s Catering Story with us – how did you get started and what inspired your new restaurant? 

I’ve always loved to cook and entertain! After more than 15 years of leading my own catering and event planning company, Jennifer’s Catering, I started to envision a different dream: a restaurant/market where customers could come in, sit down and enjoy a nice meal – or dash in and grab something already prepared. It would also have to have a catering aspect to it – so curbside catering to go was also formed in this dream of mine. I also envisioned a place that really draws a community together.

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Today: The Market by Jennifer’s is reality! We’re located on the west side of the Gaslamp Square – on the southeast corner of Indian School and 36th Street. We have a dine-in space and a lovely patio to enjoy our sunny days and spectacular sunsets. We offer healthy grab n’ go meals for those busier days when folks are running from one thing to the next. We also have curbside catering – so you can drive in, we’ll load up your car with everything from the hors d’oeuvres to the décor desired at your party – and voila! You’re good to go! The Market is also excited to host community events – such as wine tastings and special meals prepared by guest chefs.

We really want to be good neighbors – we hope to weave ourselves into the fabric of this fantastic area; and we hope folks will stop in and say hello!

Oh! We also want to extend a special offer to readers who are Inspired by the Bike: mention you read about us on Bicyclette’s blog and receive half off any wine and a free “chips and dips” Nosh Board! C’est magnifique!

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What is your favorite menu item?

I love our unique wine selection and there’s really nothing more lovely than sitting out on our patio and watching the sun as it sets while sipping a great glass of wine. So, wine. Oh, you want a food item, too? How can I pick just one?! Our executive chef, Matt McLinn (of Methode Bistro and BLT Steak) has created such a gorgeous, scrumptious menu for The Market. I love our “local greens” for something light and delicious. Our “crispy salmon” is not to be missed. And I always save room for our “smores board.”

What can guests who ride their bikes to your restaurant expect?

We knew the Arcadia community loves and encourages cycling among its residents – that’s why we designed an accommodating bike rack, which is situated along the backside of The Market.

You can pull up – and we’ve got easy access right up the stairs into The Market. And your bikes will be completely safe as you dine or shop for items to go!

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Where is your favorite place to ride your bike in the Valley?

I love riding my bike anywhere with my son, Cooper. We could just ride back and forth in front of the house, but to see him smile and hear him laugh – that’s one of the greatest joys in the world for me.

If you could ride your bike anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Well, I’m Italian, you know. So, if I could ride my bike anywhere in the world, it would have to be through Tuscany. I would love to sample the local cuisine and sip wine while taking in the ancient architecture and hearing the locals’ stories of times gone by. With all the great food and wine, I probably wouldn’t get too far on my bike, but it would be a great experience, nonetheless!

Join the Market by Jennifer’s online:

http://themarketbyjennifers.com/

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3 Ways to Get Fit and Have Fun on a Bike in 2014

1. Make it a date – everyone is so pressed for time, why not make a bike ride date? Whether it’s with your friends or family – get your fitness AND your fam and friend time in – all in one fell swoop.

2. For the Commuters, check out all these tips from Bicycling Magazine for how you can add a little fun and fitness to your commute:

http://www.bicycling.com/news/featured-stories/make-your-commute-count?cm_mmc=Facebook-_-Bicycling-_-Content-Story-_-commute-count

3. Meet up at the local Bike Share or Borrow from a friend – don’t let not having a bike deter you from the smile inducing opportunity a bike ride provides. Many cities now offer bike share programs like Citi Bike, Divvy, and soon Phoenix will have Grid Bike Share. Or consider asking a friend if you can borrow her bike or her extra bike for a spin or two – chances are, she will say yes!

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2014 is Just Days Away – How Are You Making the Most of It?

2014 is Just Days Away - How Are You Making the Most of It?

I will be enjoying a Second “Christmas” this weekend with my family coming into town,
with 70 -73 degrees for the next 5 days – there will many bike rides with the nieces, and planning for New Year’s Eve. How about you?!

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What’s in Your Bike Basket? Featuring Katie Stephens with Beckett’s Table

Beckett’s Table in Phoenix, Arizona is a wonderful place to gather with your friends and family this holiday season to eat, drink and be merry. We asked Katie Stephens, co-owner, general manager and sommelier at Beckett’s Table, to share more about the restaurant, their philosophy and of course – bikes!

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Where are your favorite places to ride with your family?

When my husband and I have time off together, we like to ride through Central Phoenix and along the Arizona Canal, stopping at farmers markets or for a glass of wine at one of the many independent restaurants and making a casual day of exploring.

How do you support bicycling to your restaurant/bicyclists in the community? 

We have a wonderful bike rack that is on the south end of our wrap-around patio. It’s a great place to park your bike and stop for dinner.

The Inspired by the Bike community loves to give back. Tell us more about your Holiday Toy Drive and how each of us can get involved!

Each year we collect new, unwrapped toys for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We have a box in front of the restaurant throughout December. It is a great way to give to children a big smile in a moment of need.

What inspired you to create such a neighborhood and community oriented restaurant?

Chef Justin Beckett makes amazing food. We approach the concept as we do our own entertaining style at home: warm and inviting. Our community involvement is a natural progression as we enjoy making new friends and staying in touch with established ones.

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What would you pack for a picnic bike ride?

All picnics need great food and wine, but I would also pack small items that make the moment feel more luxurious like flowers, candles and linen napkins.

What do you think our readers must know about your restaurant that they might not already know!

We love being involved in our community and try so very hard to support local businesses such as Bob McClendon produce, local Arizona winemakers like Sand-Reckoner and Pillsbury, Noble Bread, the Roastery of Cave Creek coffee, Passport Tea… Even our artwork at Beckett’s Table is created by local artist James Angel!

Thank you Katie for sharing more about this neighborhood jewel and what’s in your bike basket!

Join Beckett’s Table on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events.

Address:
3717 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

 

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Bicyclette at the West Elm Pop Up This Sat 12/14!

Bicyclette at the West Elm Pop Up This Sat 12/14!

Yes! We are Popping Up at West Elm at the Scottsdale Quarter this Sat the 14th – Noon to 3!

Stop on by – we will have great stocking stuffers, gift baskets, and the ultimate cruiser bike rider accessory gift basket!

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Black Friday, Small Biz Sat, Cyber Monday – Oh My!

Black Friday, Small Biz Sat, Cyber Monday - Oh My!

Join us for our online only shopping small special – use coupon code gratitudedays now through Cyber Monday.

Plus, we will send you a small gift with every order through 12/2. Happy Shopping around the internet and retail shops this weekend!

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Founding Membership Pre Launches This Black, I mean, Green Friday!

Valley bicycle enthusiasts will turn “Black Friday” into “Green Friday” this year when pre-launch founding memberships for the new Grid Bike Share program go on sale.

Check out Grid Bike Share for more details!

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