Just before it got really, really cold, the 9th edition of the Winter Bike Fashion Show took place on November 2. With record attendance of 125 people, we had a successful event. An edutainment event in the best sense, twelve people from the community who already bike in the winter, shared their knowledge and showed off their outfits to those who aren't yet riding in the winter. Our awesome photography crew -- Dan Stout and Mark Renner -- produced these great shots of the event. Still to come: video of the Q&A for those who couldn't make it.
Thanks to our models, event volunteers, Natalie Kuehn for designing the flyer, the High Noon Saloon for hosting us, Teddywedgers for feeding us pasties, and the local businesses who donated door prizes: Bloom Bake Shop, Cafe Domestique, The Cargo Bike Shop, EVP Coffee, Fitchburg Cycles, Planet Bike, Slow Roll Cycles, and Saris.
Brittingham Boats and Planet Bike let us borrow their bike racks. Subtle hint to the High Noon Saloon: You need more racks! (Photo: Dan Stout)
Gina, one of our great volunteers at the event (Photo: Dan Stout)
Our board member Baltazar introducing the MC. He had also led a group ride to the Show from Monona Terrace.
Our MC for the night, Luis LuckyVoy Martinez, and our board member Liz (Photo: Dan Stout)
Our first model, Eric, who works at Freewheel Community Bike Shop and will soon hold his own winter biking workshop there. When it's really cold, he resorts to wearing a motorcycle helmet (Photo: Dan Stout)
Terry is in her 60s and has been car-free for many years. She bikes year-round. (Photo: Dan Stout)
We were super excited to have Yang Tao as a model. When he's not on stage as a model, he's Madison City Traffic Engineer. He's been winter-biking in Madison for 16 years! (Photo: Dan Stout)
Our board member Elysha and her daughter Abby are veterans of the Winter Bike Fashion Show. Watch out for them when they ride around all winter in their family cargo bike or on their own single bikes.
Tim--uh, I mean "Yukon Cornelius" riding in on his sled! (Photo: Mark Renner)
Alder Grant Foster (District 15) and our board member Pete informing attendees about a city budget amendment that would expand snow and ice clearing from 5 to 7 days a week. (Photo: Dan Stout)
Our photo booth had great accessories: Snotcicles, ice beard, foggy glasses (Photo: Dan Stout)
Photo: Dan Stout
Beth and her winter commuter bike. She bikes from the east side to her job on the west side, and she "refuses to let weather determine my happiness" (Photo: Dan Stout)
Caleb's secret weapon for winter biking: Electric gloves! (Photo: Dan Stout)
One model, Nick, failed to wear his winter biking outfit! Or did he? No, in his velomobile he is protected from the elements and can get away with just wearing a sweater. (Photo: Dan Stout)
Winter biking can (but doesn't have to be) expensive. Carlton talks about how as a grad student on a limited budget he slowly accumulated and refined his gear over time.
Heather and her three kids (who were slightly distracted by the velomobile...)
Michael has been doing the winter bike thing since the 1990s. Not only does he ride for transportation; he also has participated in exploits like the Triple-D, a 70-mile offroad bike race in Iowa in the depths of winter.
Q&A with the models. I believe the question was how to deal with snot...
Renowned local artists Jenn and Nicole had painted bike-themed winter scenes that helped us raise over $300 in the silent auction.
Let's end with some pics of the audience and more volunteers:
Happy Winter Biking!