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How to Stay Sane Organizing a Charity Ride

Cyclists have a lot of love in their hearts. We love riding our bikes, talking about our bikes, and talking to people who also love bikes. We love the communities we ride in and around, and we love doing good for ourselves and for others.

When it comes to making a positive impact on the community, the natural inclination is to find a way to join something we enjoy with something that can help others. Thus, charity bike rides grow in popularity year after year, raising incredible amounts of money for a wide array of causes, from military veterans, shelter pets, children’s cancer research, to my personal heartfelt mission of seniors and adults with disabilities.

Thinking of starting a ride to benefit your favorite cause? Event planning and organizing, at any level, can be overwhelming, but the results are often well worth it! As a professional fundraiser working in the nonprofit field, I myself recently started the process of planning a charity ride for my organization, Family Eldercare in Austin, Texas, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned from the process. This is not a complete list because that would be much too long for a blog post, but I hope it provides a good basic set of ideas to guide you!

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Boost Your Pedal Power with an E-Bike

My love for bikes is no secret. At any possible moment, I’ve got one of my three bikes out and I’m off on two wheels to work out, commute to my job, run an errand, or just cruise around and explore somewhere new. The health benefits for both my mind and body are scientifically and anecdotal-ly inarguable! I love the burning feeling in my legs as I push my body and brain to new limits, and sweating it out is the best therapy there is.

However, for millions of people across the world, bikes are not only a fun mode of transportation, they are sometimes the only, or at least the most practical, mode. For them, the daily commute to work through traffic is stressful on their bodies, and finding an economical, environmentally friendly way to combat fatigue and make commuting by bike attainable is incredibly important.

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5 Homemade Alternative Sports Nutrition Recipes We Love

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Paleo? Vegan? Don’t Care? No matter what your dietary preferences, finding what types of sports nutrition is not only satisfying for your taste buds but also fuels your muscles is important. We’ve found that making homemade energy bars/balls is a fun way to customize the fuel to be exactly what you’re in the mood for. If you type in a simple strain of keywords on Google or Pinterest (our fav source for recipes), you’ll find hundreds of recipes to suit your needs.

Below you’ll find a few of our favorite recipes for homemade energy bars that accommodate alternative dietary lifestyles like vegetarian, gluten-free, and even paleo! FYI – these are great recipes even if you don’t follow an alternative diet. If you’ve got a recipe you love and want us to check out, comment below! Continue reading

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What we love this week // Bring your love of two wheels into your kitchen & closet with Vital Industrires hand screen printed glasses and shirts

Are you an Etsy fiend like me? If you aren’t familiar with Etsy.com, it is an online community that enables individuals or small companies to sell their handmade or craft items from an online ‘store.’ It makes it easy for you and me to have access to unique, one-of-a-kind items from people who craft in their spare time or have a full-blown start-up like Vital Industries.

Vital Industries, a Denver based company run by creative duo, Brett & Crystal, has a bike themed shop on Etsy that I stumbled across last summer. I saw these lovely tumblers with a tandem bike screen printed on them and could not resist. It was one of those act-before-you-second-guess-yourself moments and I’m glad I purchased! They are absolutely awesome and they get a lot of use around my kitchen. Vital has various designs of bikes on several different glasses and color options.

In addition, they have some fabulous screen-printed tees for men and women, and even some for the toddlers. I purchased one of these as well for a birthday gift, and again was impressed with the craftmanship.And for those of you in the Twin Cities area… this should be a closet staple. Check it out for some great gift ideas, or just to enhanve your own cupboard or closet: http://www.etsy.com/shop/vital?ref=pr_shop_more

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Where to Ride This Weekend

In the Twin Cities & across the country // This lovely weekend get out of town on your bicycle on the St. Boni trail

The Trail: “St. Boni” as nicknamed by locals, but officially a section of the Dakota Rail Trail

Start: Wayzata, on the Northwest corner of Lake Minnetonka, parking available

End: 13.5 miles later in the small settlement of St. Bonifacius, hence the trails nickname

In Between: Stunning views of Lake Minnetonka as you ride across the once was route of the Dakota Rail Corridor which takes you through Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Spring Park, Mound, and Minnetrista

When to Ride: A sunny day in the springtime just as the wildlife has embraced the growing season, which surprisingly could be this weekend! Highs of 55 degrees and sunny for Saturday and Sunday may tempt you out for the first ride of the season. Stop for lunch at the revered St. Boni Bistro, where you can park your bike at their bike rack in sight and sit on the back patio to catch some rays. Fresh, healthy, organic, and local choices of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items served all day.

Have you rode the trail in the past? Leave a comment on your experience or any other recommendations!

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What we love this week // Just Coffee Cooperative’s “Bike Fuel”

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Hailing from the midwest and having a steadfast coffee addiction, I perhaps am biased towards Just Coffee, although I can’t seem to find a reason why anyone would dislike the fair trade organic coffee cooperative that calls Madison, Wisconsin it’s home. In their own words, “Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, equality, and human dignity. We strive to build long-term relationships with small-scale coffee growers to bring you a truly incredible cup of coffee.” And indeed, that is what you get when brewing up a pot of Just Coffee’s Bike Fuel.

If you like a cup of coffee you can rely on to give you that first push to keep you cruising for the day, this is a great choice. The mix of bold Super Dark Mexican beans blended with a sublter Bolivan, this coffee is the right balance of  java jolt and smooth, smoky flavor. And we have to be honest, the artwork for Bike Fuel is pretty stellar.

Not to mention, Just Coffee delivers all local orders via bike. That’s right, “We do this because it is low-impact on the environment and because, frankly, it is fun.” They also support local cycling events such as the popular Bike the Barns, an annual ride in their 6th year that fundraises for community benefit. Here at Moxie, we definitely suggest you give Just Coffee Coop beans a try, but if that isn’t your ‘cup of joe,’ you can get more information on the 2012 Bike the Barns by clicking HERE.

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Food & fitness for your consideration// The new superfood? Chia seeds go from ceramic miracle-grow hair to Amazon warrior staple

Truroots Organic Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds, like Will Smith, will forever be associated with it’s original jingle, “Cha-cha-cha CHIA!” and “Now this is a story all about how…” respectively. But despite the humble beginnings, both have grown up into something pretty spectacular.

Will is now one of the top-grossing actors of our time and chia seeds are now being hailed an ancient superfood. Intrigued by this sudden rise to stardom, I bought myself a package of truRoots Organic Chia Seeds for a little under $10 at my local natural foods store and tested it out myself. According to the package, these tiny chia seeds absorb and expand when mixed with liquid, giving them a unique texture comparable to the beads in tapioca or caviar. I added a tablespoon of seeds to a few ounces of almond milk and ten minutes later I had myself a savory snack.

Quick facts:

  • When added to other foods they make you feel fuller with less because they contain soluble fiber
  • Regulates conversion of carbs into sugar, resulting in greater endurance
  • Mayan’s named the seed ‘chia’, Mayan for ‘strength,’ because their running messengers carries a small pouch with them for sustained energy
  • Also high in iron, protein, anti-oxidants and calcium
  •  Contains enough essential fatty acids to replace your fish oil supplement
  • Helps you retain hydration longer since they absorb 9-12 times their weight in water

Surprisingly absent of much flavor, these little seeds are a great vehicle for creamy or sweet liquids. One of my favorite ways to have chia seeds currently is for breakfast. See a yummy recipe below by food blog @ Home with Gina C [click for full recipe]

All of these benefits are great on a daily basis, but if you’re an endurance rider, these may appeal to you especially. Lasting energy and hydration packed into a small seed that expands when added to water; it’s the perfect mid-ride nosh that is light and easy. Come summer I plan on packing my own 2 tablespoons of seeds with me on the long, early rides.

Give Chia a try, let us know what you think! It is truly a win-win situation; if you don’t like them you can always sprout some on a ceramic for a lovely home accent!

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We are LIVE!

Greetings Cyclist!

Welcome to Moxie’s brand new, hot off the press blog! We felt it appropriate for our first post to take a peek behind the scenes at what we have been up to recently, but new features will be coming throughout the week and getting you excited to be back on two wheels this spring.

Brooke and Deb, our founders, created Moxie Cycling Co. last summer after recognizing that there was a definite need for jerseys made for specifically for women, [read our story.] If you have ever ridden long distances in any average cycling jersey, I’m sure you agree that there is room for improvement. Since the official debut of the jerseys last summer at Ragbrie and the launch of the website in November, Moxie has continued to grow in the right direction and we are looking forward to a fresh season of cycling.

This year we will be in more states than ever, hopefully meeting you in person, and participating in as many bike expos and cycling events as our calendar’s allow. In preparation for our first full-fledged season we have been finalizing what truly defines Moxie Cycling Co. down to the minute details, and last week we tackled creating what defines ‘moxie’ in a sentence. This, my fellow cyclists, was not an easy task.

We really believe the definition of ‘moxie’ is personally defined with each individual, but hoped we could find something that we all associated with. We began with the easy definitions, using words such as: courage, determination, and strength but realized we didn’t want to go down the Inspirational Poster path.

We tossed around synonyms of: adventuresome, prowess, and charisma, but was advised by our team member Alex that we needed a word more “janglin’” So after several hours of wordplay, and discovesring that Deb has an unusual affinity for the words “plethora” and “loquacious,” we still had not become enlightened.

The next day we finally arrived at a consensus after taking the night to sleep on it, and so was born

mox·ie \mŏk’sē\ n:a daring embodiment of sass and perseverance

A little bit of feminine boldness mixed with an athlete’s mindset is really what we were going for and think we did quite well! You will soon be able to find this freshly coined definition on your new Moxie Jersey’s hang tag.

What do you think?  Tell us below what ‘moxie’ means in your eyes or how you encompass it into your life – we would love to hear your thoughts.

All in all, let’s just be thankful that these taglines were promptly disqualified:

  • “an embodiment of grace and passion” Too ballerina
  • “an embodiment of spirit and perseverance” Too “127 hours”
  • “maybe.. embodiment of ‘hard-technical-word’ and ‘softer-descriptive-word’” our attempt at using visualization for inspiration

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mox·ie \mŏk’sē\ n:

a daring embodiment of sass and perseverance

Welcome!

Moxie Cycling Co. is anticipating an exciting season of cycling and will be launching our very own blog to share our cycling adventures with you. Check back here at http://www.MoxieCyclingCo.wordpress.com beginning in March to meet our founders and staff, share cycling  stories and tips, and learn how to join Team Moxie!

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