Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dear Spring,

On behalf of all the humans who may have hurt your feelings I am sorry.

Please come back to us from wherever you are hiding.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Blogging Failure and Redemption

Two things:
First, this is what happens when I let the staff have too much leniency with the blog. They mess it all up. Did anyone else notice that the lastest post title had absolutely nothing to do with the content? Yeah, thirty lashes for her. I intended to review the movie I saw on Tuesday, but somebody messed everything up and wrote about Bike to work day.

Anyhow, I ran over to the Varsity theater and saw With My Own Two Wheels. It was a fundraiser for World Bicycle Relief. I am so excited for how bicycles are capable of changing the lives of people all over the world. Go check out the film if you still can and find a way to get involved!

Second thing, tomorrow is the big Bike Loopalooza!! Here's information I'm copying and pasting from Davis Bicycles!

Bike Loopalooza! Sunday May 22, 10 AM to 3 PM

Sunday, May 22 is the second annual Bike Loopalooza! This family-oriented bike ride showcases the Davis Bike Loop’s proximity to schools.  Similar to last year, this year’s event will feature 11 stations located on the bike loop between 0.5  and 1.75 miles apart. The event lasts from 10 am to 3 pm.
Families can check in at any of the stations to obtain a passport.  A liability waiver for adults, and signed permission for children is required to obtain the passport, and we will be asking for a small donation to defray the costs of the insurance and printing.  With passport in hand, families can ride however far along the loop they want, stopping at the stations to get the passport stamped and to participate in whatever activity is available at that station.  Small prizes will be given for kids who have at least three passport stamps and the highly-valued certificate of completion will be given to each child who completes the full 12-mile circle.  A limited supply of Loopalooza logo water bottles will be available at many stations for those needing refreshment.  Clif Bars will be free at all stations for those needing quick energy.
Participants riding between Stations 10 and 11 (Patwin School and Sycamore/Willett) from 10 AM to about 11 AM can cheer the Positive Energy Kids Triathlon racers and may be asked to wait briefly for the triathletes to finish a segment.
  • Suggested donation:  $2.00
  • Water bottles with Loopalooza logo: $10, which includes the suggested donation if you purchase it at check-in.
  • Snacks: Energy bars and salty snacks at $2.o0
Go check it out everybody!
Milo Out!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Milo's Movie Review

Hi Everybody! I didn't mean to neglect you over the last week. Blogger has been glitchy and my scribe was away from the shop for a few days. What could possibly be more important than taking down and reporting my every thought and word? [Nothing Milo, absolutely nothing] That's what I . . . hey, is that sarcasm I detect? Anyhow, May is Bike Month is halfway over and Mother nature seems to be testing our bicycling fortitude like no other. What happened to shorts and May Flowers? Hmmm??

Even with chilling winds beating at our spokes, we saw a lot of friendly, commuting folks in the wee hours of the morning at Bike to Work day last week. The girls woke up bright and early to hand out water bottles with special shop discounts inside, meet marvelous, local commuters, and raffle off free stuff!

Thanks for coming out and hanging with us!

Milo Out.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rise and Shine!

Tomorrow, May 11, is Yolo County's official BIKE TO WORK DAY!!! The B & L Too girls will be at central park bright and early tomorrow from 7am-9am with Yolo county's Transportation Management Association. They're going to have Bike month information, registration and T-shirts! Hang out with us and get registered to win free goodies!!

Did we mention breakfasty goods will be there for free too?!?!

What's not to love?!

Don't make them get up so early with the hopes of seeing your faces, only to dash their dreams upon the rocks disappointment.

Bike to work people and bring a friend with you!! Free stuff for the first 30 first timers we see!!


Monday, May 9, 2011

MMM! Bicycling and Ice Cream: A perfect summer’s blend

Hey Everybody: Today's Milo's Makeover Monday item is Ice Cream!! It's the tastiest makeover Monday we've had yet.

As most Davis Dwellers should know, Tuesdays are $1 Scoop Nights at Baskin Robbins, which just happens to be around the corner from the shop. Every Tuesday I watch the silly staff count down the hours. The boys usually run into B & L Too and emphatically ask, “IS IT TIME YET?!?!” as if it were Christmas morning.

Waiting for ice cream can shave decades off of any person’s maturity level. Don’t even get me started on the fiasco that ensued after one of the girls thought that dollar scoops were an all-day event and learned that it is only from 6pm to 10pm. All I’ll say is that there may have been weeping and wailing.

There’s something about riding a bicycle that makes consuming those delicious scoops of frozen cream a guiltless experience. As the weather warms up and the classic California summer nights begin, think about getting on your bike with the family, friend, or loved one and riding to downtown for a walk on the sparkling sidewalks and an ice cream cone. Few things are more summery than bikes and ice cream. Just look at Beth and Christy sharing a precious family moment.

When I think of overhauling how people ride I'm thinking in a range from gear, to style, to lifestyle. Ice Cream has made many a long ride or family outing that much sweeter, so think about adding it to your next ride! I promise you won't regret it.

Question of the moment: What sorts of activities or memories go along with summer for you?

Happy Pedaling!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Commuting Towards Community

Robin Souza, UCD's admissions, registrar, student affairs office of technology extraordinaire, knows how to take her time and choose well. When she decided it was time to purchase a new bike for commuting between home and the university, she spent over a year researching different bicycles. After a lengthy process of elimination, she decided upon a KHS Urban X-Press. The speedy, new commuter bicycle has been christened "Samantha" after the Sanskrit word for "balance." I asked Robin what drew her to commuting by bicycling and she responded, "When I commute, I see life on a different level. I feel the community more. And sometimes it's faster than a car!" Well Robin, may your balance remain strong and even.

Happy Pedaling!

Robin and Samantha

Here's a fun fact: When Robin first moved to Davis, her, then, boyfriend was aghast to find out that she did not have a bike! He couldn't let her move to Davis without owning a bicycle, and so he purchased her first bicycle from B & L back in 1980. Thirty years later, they are married and still riding. It goes to show you, couples who pedal together stay together. Bicycling and Love . . . is there anything else that goes so well together? 

A few days ago we got this message from Robin: Love my new bike! Have been commuting on her to work every day now!

Horrah! Keep on going!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May is Bike Month!

I am SO excited for May because it's BIKE MONTH! We're celebrating the marvelous joy that is bicycling. For whatever reason you ride, we want to celebrate with you! We have tons and tons of fun things going on:
  • The guys and gals at the shop are teaming up with the gang over at TMA for a fun BIKE TO WORK DAY event on May 11 at Central Park! Come out early for breakfast and other awesomeness. The Fun starts at 7am and earlier for you crazy early birds. We'll be raffling off some goodies too!
  • We have an ongoing contest that just started at B & L Too! Stop by on your commute and let the girls interview you and take your picture and you'll be entered to win a goody bag worth over $125! (I had a lot of fun picking out items I think you guys will really enjoy). You might even end up in the blog!
  • Stop by and check out our Pedal Saver deals for the whole month We're offering 10% off on Wednesdays (excluding bikes) if you roll in on your bike. 
  • Go register at :May is Bike Month and get in on the fun!
  •  We're continuing our Great American Bike sale till May 9th!
  • Encourage friends to start commuting! The weather is perfect and the community is blossoming. How much more fun would that morning commute be with a friendly conversation to accompany it?
  • You know what else May is? May is bring Milo treats month . . . oh wait, that's every month!
Please ring your bell when you pass B & L!

Bike away my friends!

Milo Out!