2012-Lauren Greenfield trophy (2)A Tale of Two Wheels

pinkpedals has been in the making for years. As long as I’m in the saddle, my brain is on the go: devising, scheming, solving and creating. Typically, by the time I get home, I have about 11.2 minutes to shower, eat and get to my next endeavor, never making time to put the thoughts to paper and sadly not even remembering the hours of enduring the squeaky chain while devising the perfect ploy. Hopefully, there will be another ride tomorrow and the poor chain will get the attention that it so deserves.

The squeaky chain has now been lubed and I’m ready to take my pink pedals on the road and share my expertise and knowledge with the extended community, sharing my passion for the two wheeled vehicle and getting others motivated and educated, one by one, so that they too may enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the bicycle without the fear, the excuses and the questions that so often arise.

Aside from the hours and hours and thousands of miles in the saddle, several recent experiences have led me to take pinkpedals from my head and the saddle to the next level. Within three years, a finalist for several Bicycle Coordinator positions with nonprofits, municipalities and private organizations, I realize that I need to be sharing my expertise with others. And I want to and have the flexibility to do so. Onward I go – taking it out of the saddle and onto the road, so to speak . . .

I’ve been riding bike since I was five, as so many of you likely have as well. I remember so vividly my first time on two wheels – we each had three loops allowed around the parking lot of the kindergarten playground. As we circled counter-clockwise around the loop, it was at the 9:00 that I actually was balancing on two wheels. Shocked and surprised, I continued past George, whose turn was next. He let me know it, and I reluctantly turned the bike over to him.

That afternoon when I got home from school, my parents made a call to a friend whose daughter had just graduated from her first red two-wheeler and I was the lucky beneficiary of such.

Commuting to school, touring extensively in New England and Canada, finally racing in my 20s, and still commuting – still just as dedicated in my late 40s – I generally put more miles on my bike(s) each year than on my car, and I’m proud of that fact. I became a Tour guide for American Youth Hostels/Hostelling International in 1989, a League (of American Bicyclists) Certified Instructor in 1996, a Johnny G. Spin Instructor in 1998, and implemented Safe Routes to School in Longmont in 2005. I have assisted on committees to devise and implement an employee Bike Share program, coordinated many breakfast stations for Bike to Work Day, many more Bike to After Work (happy hour on the bike) rides, implemented a bicycle rack program in Longmont, which has more than 30 artistically designed bike racks, volunteered and ridden in just about every type of bike ride, from racing to charity rides to Ironman, lead women’s rides, designed and developed a bicycle rodeo for elementary school students, assisted in an award winning bicycle map for the City of Longmont, lead a middle school bike program and so much more! I love the bike, love to ride it and want others to be able to overcome obstacles to feel as comfortable in the saddle as I am, whether on a mountain bike, a road bike, a new hybrid or a 1976 commuter with panniers and fenders (one of my current faves!). And, while I do not claim to wrench all of my own bikes, I do fix all my own flats and have only once called for a ride home. But that’s a story that I only share from the saddle.

Looking forward to the next adventure,
lauren greenfield