Well, it's been a couple weeks since our inaugural BB&B happy hour over at the Oakshire Public House, but forgive the lateness on a recap. Spring Break followed hot on its heels, complete with sunshine (as long as you got out of the state) and tons of saddle time.
Around 40 women came out to celebrate bikes and meet other like-minded ladies. As it turns out, there is a great need in the South Valley for women to have an outlet for connecting and organizing. The one thing we heard over and over was "I had no idea so many women rode around here." The close second was "I ride with a bunch of old dudes but it's lame, maybe we should ride together instead?"
The afternoon felt almost like a cyclist's speed-dating event, as phone numbers were exchanged and facebook accounts were connected. We gave away chamois cream samples to nearly everyone who came, and raffled off prizes from our amazing sponsors every 15 minutes. The prize table was so stacked, we're pretty sure 3/4 of the crowd went home with some goodies. Joe worked his magic with the brand new ReTul saddle fitter, letting everyone in attendance know what size their sit bones were in order to guide them in future saddle purchases. The guys from Ding Ding cycles fixed up several bikes, and even tuned the suspension of mountain bikes that people brought.
We called the party a smashing success! So good, we plan to have another meet up in June. Have any of you wanted to get into BIKE PACKING?? Or maybe you've done a bit, and you're looking for some new route ideas? Well, keep your eyes peeled, because in early June we'll be hosting the 2nd BB&B event focused especially on overnighting by bike! Our ladies have a lot of experience, here in Oregon and beyond. We'll bring our own expertise and call in a few friends to help as well. We really hope to see you all there again!