First Annual “Glow Ride”, Benefiting Darkness to Light – April 27 8:30PM

We found this in our inbox and felt it worthy of posting here!  Ride for a great cause on April 27 – in Darkness to Light’s first Glow Ride.

Hi Friends, Family, Acquaintances, Cyclists, Triathletes, and Bike Advocates!!!

Dust off your bicycle, grab some glow lights, and take spin around the town in the dark! This is free and fun for all ages. Please see flyer or email below for further information! Feel free to forward this event email to others.

WHEN: Friday, April 27th, Meet at 8:30 – Ride from 9:00-9:30

WHERE : The fountain at Marion Square, After party at Leaf at 9:30

WHY: To celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month,

Darkness to Light is hosting Charleston’s first Glow Ride!

We’re calling all Charleston cyclists to deck out their bikes with the brightest, most vivid, neon lights they own to light up the dark against child abuse. Just think of the tackiest Christmas lights you’ve ever seen, but bike style. Affordabike will be donating a prize to the “most pimped out ride.”

Leaf will be hosting an after party at 9:30 featuring 44 North Huckleberry

Vodka and lemonade specials for all of the participants. The ride and the after party will be free, but donations are recommended.

For more information call: (843)965-5444 or visit



Halloween Idea for Charleston Cycle Chic-sters

Yes, we know it’s a bit early to start thinking about Halloween, but we can’t help ourselves because we are going to a cool Downtown Halloween party on October 29, that includes a pedestrian and bicycle parade around the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood, a party in the park, music, a pie contest, food trucks and more.  Plus, it’s fun to have an excuse to shop for a costume on Ebay and Etsy.

So here’s an idea for any ladies who will be arriving by bicycle.  What if we all try to replicate these gorgeous vintage bicycle posters?

Hands off chiffon dress here we come.

Does anyone dare?

Charleston Cycle Chic Fashion Show at the Bicycle BrewHaha (Photos)

Last night we had our very first Charleston Cycle Chic fashion show at the Bicycle Brewhaha – celebrating progress we’ve made toward making Charleston more bike-friendly.  Hundreds of people showed up on a beautiful Charleston night as the sun set over the Harbor and a breeze blew off the water.  We imbibed, we ate, we danced, we played, we bike-poloed and we rode the runway.

In Charleston, Cycle Chic is not only about pretty people on pretty bikes, it’s about being joyful, exuberant YOU on two wheels.  So here some photos from our event last night (and we are kicking ourselves for not doing a video!)  Thanks to all our amazing participants! The song in this slideshow is one we discovered in creating a soundtrack for the show.  Kudos out to Coco Love Alcorn for her fun and cheeky song “I Got a Bicycle”.



Check out The Digitel’s flickr page for more event photos.


Calling all Charleston Cycle Chic-sters! Be a star in our Cycle Chic fashion show on Sept 8.

This is an open ‘casting’ call for all our Charleston Cycle Chic-sters to be in an upcoming Cycle Chic fashion show as part of a big fun party called The Bike Brew Haha. We are seeking 20 participants – men and women, young and old with great bikes and a lively spirit. Here are the details:

What:  The Bike Brew Haha – a party to celebrate the progress we’ve made toward a more bike-friendly Charleston. There will be music, beer, our local food trucks, bike polo, a bicycle fashion show, a spectacular view and more…

Where:  The Maritime Center in Downtown Charleston

When:  September 8, 2011 6PM-9:30PM

How:  To apply to be a part of the fashion show, take a photo of you, your bike and the outfit you would wear and submit it to before August 27. Ladies – we encourage you to look lovely, and men – how about being dapper? But most of all be yourselves. This fashion show is all about the bike so make your ride look great and feel free to accessorize. We prefer bikes from local bicycle shops since we try to support our local businesses.

Your time commitment is minimal since all you have to do is respond to a few emails, then show up (on your bikes) to the party at 5PM for a dress rehearsal and stay on to have fun! In return, you’ll get one drink ticket, a free Charleston Moves t-shirt and some great photos of you.

Send the following to

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Contact Email and Phone
  3. Bicycle type and where purchased. For example, a Biria Bike from Affordabike.
  4. A color photo of you on your bike.
We’ll let you know who is selected on August 29.  Please know that if you are not selected it is because we only have 20 spots.  We hope you’ll come to the party anyway and cheer on your fellow Cycle-Chic-sters!
And just for fun – here’s a review of the Original Cycle Chic Manifesto from Copenhagen Cycle Chic.

In honor of Edwin Gardner

This morning in Charleston, I participated in the Edwin Gardner Memorial Ride.  A bicycle ride to not only honor a fallen cyclist, but also a man who was an integral part of this city’s fabric, and loved by everyone with whom he came in contact.

I arrived with camera in tow, intending to capture each moment of this event, hoping to create a moving photo montage that would illuminate the spirit of the ride.  I took photos of over 500 people gathered together on bicycles small and tall.  Of children and grandparents and 20-somethings and everything in between.  I photographed the endless stream of riders – gently, quietly, rolling down the Battery.  I captured the group of paddlers floating in the water just off White Point Gardens, a lone rowboat in tow.  As they raised their paddles in salute, their American flags fluttered in the breeze over the glittering Charleston Harbor and a flock of birds rose up into the blue true dream of a sky – their wings beating in perfect tempo to the thumping of our hearts.  Hundreds of brightly colored flowers streamed past my lens in the murky water, thrown over the wall by the hands of loved ones with tear-soaked faces – sad and delighted and moved all at once in a unique collusion of emotions.  Then I photographed the ghost bike, a pure white bicycle surrounded by flowers and graced by signatures, tied up to a post on the corner of Lockwood Blvd and Montagu, the site of Edwin’s death.

And on the very last photo that I took of the special insignia designed by Edwin’s family in honor of him, I looked down at my camera and saw the message “No CF Card”.

I was crushed.

And then I sat with it a moment.

And I realized that the lesson is this.

Be present in the NOW.

Put down your camera, computer, phone, or remote control.  Reach out to the ones you love.  Acknowledge the extraordinary beauty that beckons to you in every moment.  Get connected with your environment and the people around you.  Live your life with passion and power.  And in doing all those things, you can be true to Edwin’s legacy.

And you can honor yourself.

And so I leave you with this…a poem by e.e. cummings.

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

—-Kristin Walker

Cycle Chic ladies, come meet your admirer, Jeff Mapes – Author of Pedaling Revolution on 2/4

If you recall, way back in May, I wrote a post about Jeff Mapes book “Pedaling Revolution”, because he believes women will lead the way in changing the country’s attitude toward bicycling.  Here’s an excerpt…

“As Mapes points out, when more women begin riding, that will signal a big change in attitude, which will prompt further changes in the direction of safety and elegance. I can ride till my legs are sore and it won’t make riding any cooler, but when attractive women are seen sitting upright going about their city business on bikes day and night, the crowds will surely follow…. ” Read the rest of this entry »

I want to be like her. Ladies – there are no excuses!

A friend sent me a link to an article on CNN today…..The headline caught my eye immediately .  Of course I thought how very Cycle Chic!  Here it is….

Biking 150 Miles for a cause — in a dress and heels.

And then I read further.  This person who is biking in a dress and heels for a cause?  She’s no 20-something who’s been training for a year.  She’s no IronMan.  She’s a beautiful 84-yr old woman on a single-speed purple vintage cruiser.  It makes me think that when we THINK we can’t do something – when we THINK that something is hard  or it will take too long or it’s just inconvenient – that really it’s all a bunch of poppycock.  The ability to do and to dream is nestled right inside our head and our hearts.  It’s up to us to see it differently.

So check her out – this woman, my new hero and click here (or on the headline above) to read the full article.


Photo from The SkepticalOptimist on Flickr