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We Never / “Rain, Sun, Mind (Shouldn’t it Now?)”

So this dude with whom I may spend all of my free time, idk, the autodidact Dylan, collaborated with Carter’s brilliant brain (the sole member of We Never) to create this super-vibey music video for this really chill song.

It was a fun time and after Carter turned back into a human on the second/final day of shooting (the only day I was present), we played cornhole in Carter’s back yard.  Or I guess Dylan and Carter played a real game of cornhole while I wimped around and tried to ride a children’s bike with no breaks.

The point is that you can go download We Never’s brand new goddamn album, Object Abandon, here (for free if you want, says the man).

luckysbicycles:

A little sneak peek at what we play with here at Lucky’s: Jose’s Unknown LV1, Naomi

luckysbicycles:

A little sneak peek at what we play with here at Lucky’s: Jose’s Unknown LV1, Naomi

rvamag:

RVA Skateland Captured In Proper Vintage Fashion by Local Photog http://ow.ly/x6zw4

rvamag:

RVA Skateland Captured In Proper Vintage Fashion by Local Photog http://ow.ly/x6zw4

and like the sexism in the bike community is v well disguised omg

obviously there is some internalized sexism or anti-soft-femme shit weirdly coexisting with hard-femme appreciation

there’s “girly cruiser hatred” which made me ashamed for a long time and also made me look into getting a road bike.  to be fair, i also wanted to go faster, and road bikes are lighter and so faster.  this kind of sexism is interesting because it is also deeply linked with classism, as i realized when i bought my first $65 cruiser and also realizing that a lot of the girls i know who ride cruisers bought them from wal-mart or target.  the men in the community look at these bikes with disdain more often than not.  really, i hope they look at the bike manufacturers with disdain and at the riders as strong, lovely tomato seedlings to be encouraged and welcomed.

this attitude also bridged over into “pretty bike hatred,” which is something i mostly read about on the internet after i bought my first fixie from christ cycles, later called cutebikes.  i 150% do not regret buying a christ cycle, as the people involved with the nonprofit were caring, passionate, kind people and i still have the bike and it’s still cute (although admittedly the frame is too long for a short girl torso and more the length of an average man torso, but it was a great way for me to learn how to ride fixed, and how to feel comfortable riding in the road).  anyway, at least a handful of people were pissed at christ cycles for marketing cuteness over performance, which is an interesting marketing technique requiring analysis, since most women’s road/track bikes are admittedly not cute at all (both of mine are exceptions), but i digress: if i remember correctly, christ cycles costed about what torkers do and they were actually infinitely cuter (not to mention, buying a cheap or affordable bike means you can upgrade the parts over a given span of time until you decide to upgrade your frame).  i am an unabashed fan of soft femme and cuteness and thus stand by christ cycles in perpetuity as an organization that encouraged girls to get into biking.

women only wednesday is finally reaching out to trans women and nonbinary folks (personally i question the appropriateness of the name as something that wants to express itself as inclusive of nonbinary folks but i can’t come up with a better name and i think the name is also a great way to embrace trans women especially, although it can also be alienating for the same reason; for a long time i wondered myself as someone who is genderfluid and looks 110% cis how well trans women would be received by other people/cis women on the ride but honestly the last i heard a friend of mine was the host and she is cute and sweet and warm and welcoming and all of the people with whom i’ve been on that ride are really neat and kind)

a lot of this sexism has, too, to do with the proportions of women in bike clubs to men in bike clubs versus the proportion of women riding bikes in richmond to men riding bikes in richmond, the terms of including someone in a bike club (almost always these are unuttered but often they include not having a cruiser just on principle and even no-drop rides, which are supposedly designed to be inclusive of all types of riders, almost always without fail end up dropping the cruiser-riders, much to my chagrin, because it ends up discouraging cruiser-riders aka riders of cheaper bikes, from going on group rides, thus keeping the community exclusive even as it attempts inclusivity), and a basic interpersonal opera

also can i tell u about the one time i was the only girl on a ride and all the men on the ride raced across a bridge and i just fuckin chilled and felt like an absolute princess when i finally caught up because they were waiting for me on the other side of the bridge <3<3

the heterosexism is disguised even better because of all the homosociality especially evidenced among men in the bike community, which, one could argue, emulates homosexual flirtation while also poking fun at it or maybe just pointing to it and saying, “see this?  look at this, laugh at this because it is funny that two men would do something like this.  never would i ever for real because it is ridiculous and humorous.”  i am guilty, sometimes, of homosociality but in certain ways women’s homosociality is different since it is encouraged to a certain extent, for a variety of reasons.

i think, too, that girl cave was a novel idea (taking after color wheels, the only known all-woman bike club before us, but also after certain women in saddlesores and cutthroats) but i was always very uncomfortable with the name.  the imagery evoked by the double entendre was alluring but i feel it would be a better name for a single person rather than for a somewhat feminist collective of casual athletes; in name we doubltess alienated not only trans women (some of whom do have girl caves, yes) but also nonbinary folks.  and if you look at photos of us, we were all white, cis (well, except me, so you could then go dfab/afab), straight or straight-passing (well), mostly very thin and conventionally attractive…my greatest anxiety with that group was, for a long time, our lack of inclusiveness, but when i ask myself why we were not inclusive and then i look at us, i have my answer:  we did not make inclusiveness or welcoming any sort of a priority because our politics were simple:  we are a bunch of hot girls, all somewhat acquainted, who ride bikes.

it was cool, it was thrilling, it was beautiful, but with politics so blind and with no real binding force other than being pretty girls on bikes, there was no way we could have lasted, especially after certain internal conflict:  the patches (amazing and beautiful, created for us by a queer i think artist of color, but one who recognized, i think, that we were naïve or at least that our middlewoman was and decided to take advantage of that; we ended up paying i think $15 per person/patch for them and there were at least 15 of us.  i am glad to pay the artist for their hard work in designing and creating the patches just for us, but what irked me and the rest of us was that first, we did not try to barter for services with the artist, which we could/should have, and second, the artist was heard talking about how stupid we were for accepting their price, going on about how they did not even have to invest in materials because they used the materials at the art school; the only cost for them, then, was the time and mental labor of creating the design, and then printing the patches by hand); personality conflicts; me farting a lot after eating probiotic hummus and puking after drinking 3 golden monkeys at our sleepover; meat sauce for pizza parties at which we had at least one veg*n, sometimes two, and had talked about and agreed easily on veggie sauce.  the environment deteriorated when one of our founders moved cross-country.  i think there is generally a problem with hierarchies in bike clubs, even with one person as the “leader” and even in my experience in a bike club better-melded politically, there is/was that problem.  after all, a bike club is ultimately a social group, merely a group of friends who rides bikes, so why should one friend be the leader?  shouldn’t the input of all friends matter on some level?  why must emphasis be placed on the ideas and input of the founder and his/her favorites?  to be fair, i think girl cave was a bit more even with distribution of input and attention paid to input but you could decide to attribute that to our socialization as women or you could say that that is because adrienne [edit:  originally wrote adrien, lol got the adrien[ne]s on my mind] and nicole are/were extremely kind and smart women who are very social and make room for other people’s opinions, even soliciting those of more reserved folks.

what am i doing i am supposed to be writing a paper.

also can i just say it would be v easy to examine the privilege dynamics of the usa cycling collegiate road national championships in the heart of the city

so like lots of classism

you could take a look at who these road blocks prevent from working or getting to work: people who live in the actual city, as in not the richest people in the metro area

i mean there’s also obvious racism and ableism in addition to classism:

look at who is competing in these things (white men with powerful bodies and a lot of money)

look at the people for whom the government will shut down the whole fucking city while it leaves its own (poor, often black) bicyclists to fend for themselves as far as infrastructure

also going to throw ableism in there because look at the dynamics of classism and ableism here:  trying to drive home, i had to waste gas money and/or toll money, and to suggest that i park and walk would be unacceptable because i am dealing with a chronic illness/disorder/disease (i am not sure of the dynamics of using this terminology but i have chronic SOMETHING that affects my ability to function physically) here that induces major fatigue

i can’t really do a full analysis here because i lack the time, energy, and motivation and i am supposed to be doing other scholarly brain-things rn and i would need cold hard facts to do it but seriously look around u

also, unpopular opinion that almost no one is willing to voice: racism and classism (and also sexism and cissexism but also some heterosexism or at the very least not creating a welcoming space for people affected by these things) are elements with which i have been mighty uncomfortable for a long time in the bike community but also, interacting with folks with physical disabilities and also experiencing several events recently that have made it much more difficult to be physically active i feel ableism too (a lot less so than would be expected, and probably also a lot less so than elements of racism and classism, but it has caused a great distance between me and lots of people with whom i was once on much better terms) and i’m not about it

i am internally laughing in pain at the route for the bike race in richmond on sunday.  today’s route is limited to downtown, a very small area of just a few blocks that will, without a doubt, inconvenience a lot of folks, but not as much as the one for tomorrow, exihibit a.

HAHAH HAHA HAHAHHA

i’m not even trying to be at home tomorrow because while unlike yesterday i would be able to access my neighborhood easily via a free bridge near home (yesterday i used 9th street in ignorance of belvidere’s closure i reached it—otherwise i would have taken huguenot, exhibit b (or, well, exhibit b shows the way i considered taking huguenot in desperation after having crossed the 9th street bridge, not having had a smartphone (i still don’t obviously) and thus only having my brain-maps, feeling like i was in kafka’s the castle, wondering if i would ever return home), and i am “against” using toll bridges such as the nickel bridge or powhite parkway when i know free routes with a little more traffic, also fuck toll roads in general; i have this admittedly gross, maybe, perception that toll roads are for the weak and commuters and i pride myself on knowing many segments of this city exceptionally well since i’ve lived here for most of my life although admittedly, too, richmond has a hell of a lot of toll bridges but probably more free ones) i am not about rerouting my life just to go to kroger if i need cat food or 2 lbs of emergency candy or daiya or something (had to throw in daiya because fine foods market could technically cover the other two needs, though for a high price)

sidenote:  yesterday there was an easy way to get home when i ended up on the absolute wrong side of the perpetually underlined T formed by the race and the river: the downtown expressway.  exhibit c.  i realized this.  however. i was (righfully) resistant to paying 70 cents and two and a half miles’ worth of gas/life/breath/time to go one exit to get to my OWN fUckING HOUSE (granted, 2.5 miles as opposed to the shortest possible route i could have taken after crossing the manchester bridge, exhibit d).  i hate the downtown expressway and am morally opposed to its stupid tolls.  i was about a half a mile from my house, which means i was precisely 5 blocks from my house.  i should have just parked on canal and hiked it.

obviously still pissed about yesterday, hence reblogging to rant more.

i can’t fucking wait for next year’s world cyclng championships

i mean in a certain sense that is not sarcastic, because i will be wrapping up school and hopefully less fatigued and also getting the world thing means potential improvements in the (maddeningly) almost-nonexistent cycling infrastructure in this city.  we have sharrows.  within city limits i think we have one bike lane, but it’s not really in the city.  uh.  otherwise, we don’t have much besides awesome, passionate people.

22.1 miles  (7.9 of which were out of my way) + 5.2 miles + 15.5 miles

the big purple star is my general neighborhood

so the bike race really pissed me off today hardcore

i tried to drive from midlothian home to oregon hill

lately i’ve been driving a lot because first of all i have no other way to get to dylan’s and second of all the fatigue associated with my narcolepsy is life-shattering; a lot of times i have trouble walking up stairs or even standing up lately so parking and walking a mile home was a viable option but also keep in mind that parking in richmond is not usually free and has street cleaning once a week; chances are that my body pain and fatigue would mean that if i parked far enough for my house, i would leave my car in the same place for a long time in an effort to avoid a long and painful and exhausting walk

anyway oregon hill was virtually cut off from the world, so what should have been a ~15-mile/35-minute drive home turned into a 2-hour clusterfuck trying to figure out how the fuck to get home

i drove in circles, yelled in my car about how much i hated richmond (at several points i was literally less than a mile from my home but could not reach it because of road blocks and cops)

(why, you ask, did i not ask the cops for directions how to get home?  well, cops are extremely triggering for me when i am in the position of a regular civilian—they don’t scare me if, say, i work at the mall and i have to deal with them, but otherwise i am extremely wary of them because of ~past experience~ aka being threatened and then arrested for locking my bike to a sign that happened to be in an off-duty police officer’s back yard lol)

(also i do not have a smartphone so i could not access the race maps)

at a certain point i realized i would have to go several miles west in order to access any road south of franklin, then turn around and come several miles west in order to get home

instead i said, “fuck this shit” and went to the mall and stayed there for like 3 hours until the race blockades were definitely taken down for the day

i love cycling, i love richmond, but i really don’t get why in the instances that we have races and marathons and such they have to be in the center of the city, creating a real clusterfuck for anyone who lives there as in me hi i only care about me

not to mention that cabell library was closed today, RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF FUCKING EXAMS, so when my internet copped out i had to drive all the way back to midlothian yey for using a quarter tank of gas for no reason

active-rva:

Almost two hundred students, plus their supporters, marched on City Hall this morning to demand better treatment of the chronically-underfunded public schools, some of which constitute serious health and safety hazards to their students. The numbers were sufficient to completely circle City Hall. The crowd held signs advocating for better funding and attention for the public schools and their students, and many were critical of city spending on things like the proposed $53 million baseball stadium planned for Shockoe Bottom. 
There were relatively few RPS employees in evidence; the students said that, while there is widespread support from their teachers and administrators, they fear reprisal from the City. 
The entirety of Open High School had walked out, joined by students from Thomas Jefferson High School, Richmond Community High School, Maggie Walker, and Albert Hill Middle School. The students met with Mayor Jones, but were not impressed by his empty rhetoric; upon asking him for a concrete time frame for his revitalization plan, which he promised would benefit the schools, he simply said “I’m not in charge of RPS.” 
About sixteen students came to City Council tonight to give their public comment on the conditions of the schools. City Council then proceeded to vote to fund Venture Richmond, the development nonprofit the mayor serves as president of, which is pressing for many of the projects that the City chooses over schools year after year. 

active-rva:

Almost two hundred students, plus their supporters, marched on City Hall this morning to demand better treatment of the chronically-underfunded public schools, some of which constitute serious health and safety hazards to their students. The numbers were sufficient to completely circle City Hall. The crowd held signs advocating for better funding and attention for the public schools and their students, and many were critical of city spending on things like the proposed $53 million baseball stadium planned for Shockoe Bottom. 

There were relatively few RPS employees in evidence; the students said that, while there is widespread support from their teachers and administrators, they fear reprisal from the City. 

The entirety of Open High School had walked out, joined by students from Thomas Jefferson High School, Richmond Community High School, Maggie Walker, and Albert Hill Middle School. The students met with Mayor Jones, but were not impressed by his empty rhetoric; upon asking him for a concrete time frame for his revitalization plan, which he promised would benefit the schools, he simply said “I’m not in charge of RPS.” 

About sixteen students came to City Council tonight to give their public comment on the conditions of the schools. City Council then proceeded to vote to fund Venture Richmond, the development nonprofit the mayor serves as president of, which is pressing for many of the projects that the City chooses over schools year after year. 

(via dylbilly)

Anonymous asked: i really like your hair cut! Where did you get it cut?

c:  thank you!  i usually get it cut at pine street barber shop in rva by cameron (and once by carrie and also once by cupid long ago when they still worked there) but most recently i have been cutting it myself haphazardly.  i started following deerhoof’s guide to how they cut their hair here because i realized that we already had the same haircut and a relatively similar hair type (though their hair has so much more volume than mine <3__<3 ) so their post was a good place to start as far as grooming my hair on my own.  they used to have a longer post with photos but they cut their hair so they changed the link on their faq page.

tornado warning brb freaking the fuck out

Night Idea - Fly

Uh so guys I’m in a music video for a superb band from Richmond, Night Idea.  Watch it and check out my bitchface so that I did not freeze in vain (it was v v cold while filming outside).  Also listen to the song.  Also also go check out nightidea at Gallery 5 tonight if you’re free and not frozen into your home and don’t have a curfew because you’re not 5 years old.

(Source: vimeo.com)

HEy guys someone is having a worse day than I am.  My friend who lives in the house I used to live in had his bike stolen from the back patio area.  My roomies and friends (and this little guy, who was incidentally our neighbor) used to leave our bikes out back all the time because it was fenced and pretty private so I&#8217;m guessing some foul human caught on and decided to take advantage.  If you&#8217;re in Richmond, plz plz keep an eye out for it and/or signal boost; here is what friend has to say:

Some time last night, my bike was stolen from my patio. Please keep an eye out for it, and contact me if you have any information about it. It now has black grip tape and platform pedals.

HEy guys someone is having a worse day than I am.  My friend who lives in the house I used to live in had his bike stolen from the back patio area.  My roomies and friends (and this little guy, who was incidentally our neighbor) used to leave our bikes out back all the time because it was fenced and pretty private so I’m guessing some foul human caught on and decided to take advantage.  If you’re in Richmond, plz plz keep an eye out for it and/or signal boost; here is what friend has to say:

Some time last night, my bike was stolen from my patio. Please keep an eye out for it, and contact me if you have any information about it. It now has black grip tape and platform pedals.

madamecuriehands:

Upcoming bike workshops for womyn.

madamecuriehands:

Upcoming bike workshops for womyn.

(via vcu-gsex)

judgmentalmaps:

Richmond, VAby Ben Layman and Michael Wright
Ben Layman and Michael Wright. Copr. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

My favorite is Regency Mall.
I live in &#8220;unsupervised children&#8221;

judgmentalmaps:

Richmond, VA
by Ben Layman and Michael Wright


Ben Layman and Michael Wright. Copr. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

My favorite is Regency Mall.

I live in “unsupervised children”

rvamag:

Ward from @ChopSueyBooks with the best #photobomb we’ve seen from #RVA

rvamag:

Ward from @ChopSueyBooks with the best #photobomb we’ve seen from #RVA