Just in time for Earth Day, I received the all important text message that I have a veggie oil vehicle for the Big Green Road Trip! And this isn’t just any vehicle, it’s large enough to ride 10 and sleep 6! Check it out!
I still plan to camp out and bicycle to events, festivals and just for the heck of it along the way. But now that I have a large vehicle and a band going with me, the opportunities and possibilities are endless!
Check out the band that will be touring with me, Roman Alexander and The Robbery, on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Their message goes right along with mine delivered with a mellow rock and occasional reggae sound. The band and I will be celebrating Earth Day together tomorrow in Tustin, CA at an Earth Day Fiesta at the District. Stop on by if you are in the 'hood.
A detailed itinerary is on its way, but the bus will launch from the Tinariwen concert at the Hollywood Bowl on June 20th, go up the coast to Oregon and turn around in Portland after the Organic Beer and Sustainability Festival on June 27th. I am hopeful that this is the first of many legs of the road trip. There are so many places on this beautiful Earth that are in need of style exploration!
The bus needs just a few repairs to be in operable condition, so if you are feeling the love, please donate.
Happy Earth Day! And if your hometown is on my route, drop me a line and perhaps we can plan an event in your neighborhood!
I’m pretty sure that I am not the average athlete that Trek creates their amazing customized bicycles for. I use my bike to have fun, to take me to and from work and in most recent plans, I am using it to severely reduce my carbon footprint during my Big Green Road Trip scheduled for this summer.
My new bike is not only big enough for my tall frame, it is fast, smooth, and oh so beautiful. And the most wonderful part is that is it 100% recyclable. Can you believe that?
I am so thankful to the awesome team at Trek for building me such a sweet bike. Eric “Hootie” Bjorling, Marketing Director at Trek, was the communication behind the whole project. He saw the project beginning to end and coordinated all the spokes that completed the wheel. Michael Leighton is the man behind the bike, literally. He took the specifications of what I wanted in a bike, combined them with my long legs and came up with the original blueprint. He then put this into action and built the bike. The talented artist behind the custom paint job that represents my free and adventurous spirit is Stacey Carnell. She took my story of living life as a journey and captured it with thousands of little birdies.
I would also like to extend a HUGE thank you to my dear friend Steve Crandall who has been my biggest promoter since the beginning of 6footsix. Had it not been for him randomly conversing with Steve Baumann (chief designer at Trek) on an airplane, I would not have been presented with a wonderful custom bike from Trek.
I am so excited to go explore with my new bike. Never, as a full grown female, have I been so comfortable while riding a bike. In the past my legs were scrunched up for the entire ride or my seat was raised so high that my center of gravity drove the rest of my weight into my shoulders and wrists clutching handle bars much lower than my raised rear. Neither of these uncomfortable situations made for a pleasant ride. But as you can see, I never will have those worries again; and That’s Colleenification!
This is the start of my blogging adventure, but I don't want to talk about that, I want to talk about biking.
At the moment, my front wheel is in many pieces on the floor of my garage. A few weeks back, I noticed that my front axle was not spinning freely, and being a perfectionist, this bothered me. I took it to the local bike shop, Anthony's Cyclery, in Riverside. Anthony, the master of bike knowledge, told me I needed to take the hub apart to find the problem. I recently purchased a full bike tool kit, so I was fully prepared.
Cleaning was the next step. Grease is really greasy. It gets everywhere: all over the sink you used to clean it off and all over your hands and finger nails. My mom would never let me clean bike parts in her kitchen, but I have my own kitchen with a perpetually dirty sink, so when I was finished, the sink was just as dirty as when I started.
After all the parts were cleaned, it was obvious which one was worn down. It was the cone, which is the bottom most part to the axle. Anthony ordered two new ones for me and now I'm waiting impatiently for them to arrive. I didn't realize how much I would miss my bike, until I couldn't use it. This is the first time since I was 2 that I don't have a working bike and it's killing me; it feels like my wings are clipped.
My big goal is to bike across continents, namely all of them. My intermediate goal is to have an amazing Big Green Road Trip, and be the official bike mechanic and boyfriend, preferably in the other order. Before I do these, however, I want to know everything about bicycle repair, so starting with this repair, I am doing them all myself. Of course, I will consult with the professional on major repairs to be sure I'm on track. I also have 'Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance to guide me with tons of illustrations and tips. So far, taking the hub apart was a breeze. The tough part will be getting it all back together, as always. That will be the subject of the next post.
I am so excited and honored to announce Trek as a major sponsor for my BIG Green Road Trip! (See BIG Green Road Trip blog below.) Trek has agreed to build a customized bicycle for me to ride from various campsites to volleyball events across the United States next season. I spoke with Michael Leighton, industrial designer and Eric Bjorling, marketing director, today to discuss the super-size bicycle plans.
Trek sells bicycles to everyone. From world class athletes like Lance Armstrong to little kids that ride tricycles, Trek can design and build a bicycle for riders of all sizes and needs. They are excited to take on the task of building a bicycle for me for a couple of reasons. First of all and most obvious, I am not shaped like the average rider or even the average athlete. I have a 40 inch inseam which presents a challenge for Michael and Trek’s engineers to design a longer frame. Fit is extremely important for the efficiency of the bicycle as well as the comfort of the rider. Trek was moved by my story since my BIG Green Road Trip fits in with their own green project titled “1 World, 2 Wheels.” We are going to work together in inspiring more people to use bicycles as transportation vehicles. Michael and Eric also mentioned their excitement to use new and experimental green practices when building this particular bike since it will be a major vehicle in the BIG Green Road Trip.
What work goes into customizing a bicycle? First, measurements must be taken. Thanks to Paul at Cycle Werks here in Costa Mesa, Trek now has their starting point. Now it is time for Michael to connect with Trek’s engineers to draw a diagram using the measurements in order to get a visual of what the bike is going to look like. From the diagram, parts are ordered and a prototype bicycle is made. Once the prototype is measured to the rider, small adjustments are made and the construction of the actual Trek bicycle comes together. Trek has brilliant artists that customize the paint to match the rider’s style.
Thank you Michael, Eric, and Trek for taking on this challenge!
I do my best to encourage people to live their lives passionately while taking the Earth’s needs into consideration. Do you want to climb Mt. Everest? DO IT! Do you want to completely change careers and become your own boss? DO IT!
I want to travel across the United States for one entire volleyball season (6 months) and I am going to DO IT next year. But how can I achieve this goal while honoring my promise to make choices that effect the Earth positively? Most road trips include lots of gas fill-ups, numerous hotel stays and quite an impact on the Earth for the traveler’s personal pleasure and vacation.
Introducing the BIG Green Road Trip. With help from a few key sponsors, (Trek already holding one position and single donators helping out along the way,) I plan to drive a vehicle fueled by biodiesel to a camp site near a volleyball event, camp out overnight and then ride my awesome custom made Trek bicycle to the volleyball events. This plan is not only honoring my promise to the Earth, but allowing me to live my dream, accomplish personal goals and live more financially free of expensive airline tickets and hotel room stays.
My two pups, Daisy Mae and Zula have made the commitment too and are going to help me spread my message along the way.
July 24, 2010 you can save some gas by being very gentle on the brake and accelerator. drive like there is a glass of water on the dashboard. you'll also save wear and tear on your brakes. and if you have an iphone, there's an app for that.