Friday, October 29, 2010

Día de los Guardians, stealing yer 3Ds.

So go grab a copy of this week's SF Bay Guardian NOW!
Gracias to Rio, David Gartner and a few emails for the heads up ---- I'm grabbing a copy this Friday morning and so, check it out mkayyy!

Mayra and I trippin out your 3D a los muertos estyle
xxo♥ la meligrosa

Aticle San Francisco Bay Guardian: Día de los Franciscanos |
Meli and Mayra Represent in the Guardian
Im getting my copy this morning, for now this clip photo --- by Rio
wooot, esoooo!

Bart. Basket. Bike. Beautiful morning.

Clear skies. Coffee-morning breath. 
Swollen dry eyes, super tired. 
Crisp air and ------- no one wants to work or focus because San Francisco is insane with the whole world series hoopla.
And sometimes that is just what you need at 8AM.
Is it the weekend yet?!?
Buenos días, San Pancho.

Los events this weekend +Happy Friday!! 10/30

♥Friday --- Halloween critical mass
meets at 530-6PM at Justin Herman Plaza  
If there is one Critical Mass to do, it is the Halloween one. Be there
I really loved this guy in his little mohawk wig. I was in love with him for like 2 seconds. So, I'm happy there is some documentation by your Copenhagen's finest =)
Can't believe it has been one year since señor Copenhagen visited us, and we all had so much fun like such happy bike trolls.
Now that was a crazyyyyyy weekend. and he took some of our favorite pictures of the girl bike posse a year ago.
We were all beat dead tired for quite sometime. Worth it. Good times.

♥Friday - Muni Diaires Live!

Make out room,3225 22nd St
Muni Diaries and the beautiful Eugenia Chen are having an event at the make-out room
We are taking Muni Diaries from the web to the stage at the Make-Out Room again! Come share a drink with your fellow riders and listen to tales of the good, the bad, and the funky on your favorite transit system.
More info via their home page: here

♥Saturday in the Presidio
Stories from a Haunted Forest
Saturday, October 30, 7 to 9 pm
at the Log Cabin
Join us for a night of Filipino-American experimental theater as San
Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio presents four family fables. See puppets in a
shadow play, graceful stilt-walkers, little monsters do a comedic dance and
Glow Theater, where sets, costumes, and performers glow in the dark.

♥Saturday in Santa Cruz
"The fifth annual DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: sub/urban bike race
Afterparty will be hosted at 215 STOREY STREET, off of KING STREET on the westside, 8-10PM
This is a 30-ish mile tour of the hilly, lush, foggy, ritzy, and dilapidated neighborhoods and wild lands of Santa Cruz County. Something between an alley cat and a 'cross race and the effing scenic tour. Organized by messengers. Open to everyone. Benefits the local needle exchange and... harm reduction projects. Food. Beer. Prizes."
+info via the Fb page: here

♥Sunday - Halloween Nopa Velo Ride

 If you are an early riser, NOPA velo has a spooky ride.
more info here:

♥Sunday - Halloween
Are you dressing up?!?! Giving candy --- What is going on - do tell

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hello, cheesy.

American grilled cheese kitchen 
2nd st. South of market SF 

Drip coffee here is by De La Paz +it is pretty ***awesome***
mucho queso
queso - gone

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The World Series begin today

 window to the world series
Everywhere we go there are bigger than life screen TV in the city. World series begins today with San Francisco at home vs los Texas Rangers.

Loving the moment, the city is in such good spirits, I've even seen my friend KT on the TV news! She is the biggest fan of her team :)

Make sure to be on the lookout for la calitexican's punches pewpew (hearts!!)
+Let's hear it if you are rooting for Texas.

If you are a fan of the teams/baseball fan, where will you be watching?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dads on Wheels: Brian Brooks

Bikes and The City in collaboration with BikeNOPA, brings you the weekly series: Dads on Wheels.
Every Tuesday, we have be featured dads from all over the city +around the Bay, and the ways they get around town with their kids.
Please check both our blogs for the current profiles.

We are coming close to a series end so don't be shy and comment away your thoughts and leave comments for the featured riders! 
off roading with dad
off roading with dad by deanne.
Simone's first ride across the GGB by Brian_Brooks

Dads on Wheels: Brian Brooks
How old are your kids and why do you bike with them? When did you start them biking?
I have on daughter, Simone(2yrs). Cycling is a great way to spent time together exploring the city and beyond. She love riding! She was 10 months old when she had her first bike ride.

How often do you bike with your kinds now ….and do you bike with them for fun or also for taking them on errands, getting them to school?
We ride at lease once a week. We bike for fun, running errands and to day care.

What’s the best thing about biking with your kid(s)?
Getting her outside and enjoying the feeling of cycling. I would love for her to have no fear but respect traffic.

What do you say to relatives or friends who think the streets of San Francisco are not safe for kids to bike?
I've only heard that once and my reply is where in the US are the streets safe walking cycling or driving?

What makes a route or street OK for taking your kids biking on it?
Bike lines, Sharrows or little traffic.

We saw Brian and his baby
We saw Brian and his baby by Pamela Palma - bici girl

Is it even harder getting kids ready for trips if you’re traveling by bike?
Not really. Its actually better because you can't carry as much "stuff"

How often do you bike on your own: recreation/exercise or for transportation also?
As much as possible. a few time a week plus every weekend.

Any advice for other dads who are thinking about biking on their own or with their kids?
At stop lights I also look drivers in the eyes so they know I'm riding with my child. Be confident with your cycling skills. Be aware of traffic.

 + + + + + + + + + +
Gracias Brian!!
Thank you for the use of photos as credited above from flickr users: Brian_Brooks, deanne. and bici girl
 +Don't forget to stop by bikeNOPA's posts here

Pac hills.

sup bitches
Hills and views, wanderlusting edition

Back in early September, I still had the temporary saddle, and had no shame on walking a block or two around these nasty hills. For those of you outside the City, and those of you who never go or explore neighborhoods near Pac-Heights, here is a little map love:

Streets: arguello>sacramento>presidio>jackson>fillmore>pacific>polk

It is actually quite easy to get from anywhere in the Richmond to say, North Beach via Pacific Heights. The City views are so nice on a clear day/night, just beautiful becuase it is so high up. I was thinking maybe I'd run into all these women that live around here (Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Danielle Steel, Jessica McClintock) and take them for a bike ride, image that?!... he heeee.
Do any of you do this side of town as a regular ride? fun, work, daily commute or route? do tell.

Right as I was riding past the park, I spotted someone taking pictures and thought, not many tourists hike up here on bikes (though, you'd be surprised!) and a nice casual dapper hat, I was convinced he was a local and I knew him or was about to --- and it was Chris!
I happened to be riding on Jackson, on my way from the Western Addition and heading towards North Beach. What a pleasant surprise =)
ran into Chris! 
oh HAI
Here we are at the northwest corner of Alta Vista park, where you can see plenty of foofie dogs and lots of dog walkers as well as the Bay, and parts of the City skyline. We chatted for a bit.
I never run into anyone much at all in Pac-Heights nor riding through Laurel Heights, but we both weren't surprised at all, Chris, a wanderluster of the City himself, was also on a roaming kick and had just descended Twin Peaks.
Chris y yo en Alta plaza park
I really enjoy chatting with Chris, our conversations could go for hours in many - many cultural, political, and community affairs.
You might know of him by the sound of his bike and the rythm of his bike bells decorated by the little coconuts around the city. Or his books.

Chris runs the 'Cycles of history' tours-series benefitting Shaping SF.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Caffeinated demons

looks like a caffeinated demon to me
Mi SouthPark caffeine personal demon.

The toughest moments in my life smell like coffee. The happiest memories, smell like coffee.

My addiction for caffeine is intense, and I will be the first one to admit it. I am a complete bitch without it. I am totally normal with it.
Most people think drinking lots of coffee makes you all hyper and jittery and to me, maybe I drink such massive ammounts - that it has the complete opposite effect.

Here is a small percent of them.
This post is dedicated to this past weekend. I drank so much coffee, I felt as if I was back in undergrad, except I'm much healthier now.

2010-10-22 18.19.55
crappy phone foto

Local biz bits: Autumn go at gama go!!

volker y melyssa
V y CTX at Baker +Grove
Now that the weather has officially made a little statement, going from 88° to 51° and all in between with rain and weird winds included, prepare yourself with some cute hoodies.
Here is the new bikey men's hoodie and the bling bonsai women's version from the local-based folks over at GAMA-GO!
All models are super riders of the city and look fantabulous.

**well** OK, well fashionistas+magazines --- email me if you wanna hire me for your next vogue on wheels shoot, mkaaay?!?!
and leave some nice comments for my awesome models =)

The photos were taken in the Western Addition by everyone's favorite yellow+orange racks on Baker and Grove streets.
persol new spokesman
Sweeney, the persol sunglasses new spokesman.. he hee
cute patootie kayronn
calitexican! invisble bike -- dingding

cute stuff t's, wood and hoodies
oh hai rain to come soon
The GAMA-GOers have free shipping (orders over 50$) and/or free at-store pick up. Located at:
335 8th Street, SFCA 94103
Dirty Bird Bike Jam Hoodie link»
Bling Bonsai Hoodie link link»

chillin outside. 8th street.
Stop by and say hello to bike rider, wiggle route user Adam, tell his young handsome man you saw his mugshot on the blogesphere... =)


------ kthxbye ------
disclaimer. This post was not requested to be published by the aforementioned company neither was me, the blogger, asked nor paid to blog a post/review this item(s). 
As always, photographs posted in this blog are taken by me, unless otherwise stated - and if so always credited/linked. 
All photos are under by CreativeCommons license.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Los events: this weekend!!

♥Friday: Bikes, posters, beers. be there!!

ArtCrank - a poster party for bike people
friday, oct. 22
chrome messenger bags | 580 4th street
+info here:
Valet Bicycle Parking provided by the mighty SFBC.
See you there!

♥Friday | Galería de la Raza: Open Mic

Galería de la Raza:
LUNADA Literary Lounge & Open Mic Featuring Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo & Roxana Damas
7:30PM - 5$
+info: here

♥Saturday | SFBC Valet Bike Parking at the Ferry Bldg. Saturday Farmers' market

bat's cousin
Valet parking takes place in the 'island'.
Go park your bike lush style already
-and- say helllowww to my girl calitexican, market street observing master on red-mixte-wheels, doing her thing at the valet bike parking. kthx

♥Saturday | Shaping SF bike tour: Transit

Meets at noon: CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission at 9th
Sliding scale 15-20$
+info and details: shapingSF
♥Saturday | Pedal Savvy Ride
Pedal Savvy Group Ride
Meets at pandhandle (baker @fell) at 2PM
Ends at nooworks at 5PM

♥Saturday |Carrotmob!

Saturday 10/23 from 3-6 pm
WIGG party present: Carrotmob!
Carrotmob is a type of consumer activism in which businesses compete at how socially responsible they can be, and then a network of consumers spends money to support whichever business makes the strongest offer.

These guys are up to something. And I like the sound of it, plus as if anyone needed another excuse to stop by the super cool Matching Half (!!!)
The Wigg Party is proud to announce that the next incarnation of the global phenomenon known as the Carrotmob will be happening here in our own backyard at the Matching Half Cafe on October 23rd from 3-6 pm. During these hours, Matching Half will commit a whopping 200% of their profit to making their business practices more sustainable. Yes, you read correctly: 200%!
 more info+details: here

♥Saturday | Day of the Dead at the Oakland Museum of CA.

I randomyl found this event, indicates no bike/accomodations, but seems quite easy to reach via BART and within walking distance around the East Bay.
COMMUNITY CELEBRATION FOR DAYS OF THE DEAD Sixteenth Annual Celebration Oct 23, 2010 | 12:00 - 4:30 pm
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St. Oakland, CA 94607
+info here: link

♥Sunday | Sunday Streets Tenederloin edition
Sunday streets is here again. Yes!!!
Show the beloved TL some love, here is the map
and further details here:

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall fell into Fell street.

sun sets street stripes.
Green paint. Repaved.
Packed traffic. Packed bike lane.
Gas station. New bike lane stripes. New mural.
Tickets for bikers riding past red lights. Honking.
Blocking lanes. Idling cars.
Fatalities. Flying cabs. Flying fixies.
Wiggle. This Fell street has it all. Lacks it all.

And sometimes is just nice to enjoy for once, this particular and rather strange quiet Fell street bike lane moment.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Butter up, buttercups. It's butterlap!

Butterlap | Meets Wednesdays at Ferry bldg. 7PM
Ends at Bender's around 9PM • about 17-18mi ride

Garmin map from last week 10/13, via ButterBill! : Butterlap

From 90 to 50

Late September +++++ OK. Welcome summer.
ok. welcome autumn
Late October +++++ OK. Welcome autumn.
And within a few days, our brief but badass warm Indian summer is gone.
We went from 85° to 55° in a couple of days. I don't particularly care for the heat much at all. I'm a huge fan of the high 40°s and low 50°s. Nothing more. Nothing less.

However, I very much appreciated the hot heat this year.
Mucho calor.
It just felt tremendously good to take a brief break from layering so damn much every day, I even rode sans tights a few times, and give my pale-fog tan a break and get some vitamin D on my skin.

My favorite part about the warm days was enjoying all the end of summer concerts, early coffee rides because it is already super clear and beautiful at 7AM and nothing smells better than a good dose of mean delicious coffee.
Late nite rides home, improptu bike peeps gatherings and clear starry skies with ding-ding bike bell soundtracks.

Me gusta el sol. Me gustas tú.
indian summer ICE
Ojos de Indian summer.
The eyes get the fog treatment almost year-round so, getting some sun without shades is good while it lasted.
oh hai
OH HAI September heat. It was nice to have you.
See you next year, now bring your friend the fog back. kthx.
besos / xxo♥m