Got a Girl Crush On: Emily Finch, mother of 6 with no car and 1 incredible bike
Call her crazy. Call her a Portland stereotype—although she claims she doesn’t do it to save the world—“I cancel out my bike riding every day with all the other terrible things I do,” she admits. “I don’t compost, I stink at vegetable gardening”.
But, Emily (34) traded in her SUV for a bakfiets (a traditional Dutch cargo tricycle) to haul her brood of six (ages 2 to 11).
In three years, Emily estimates she’s spent about $135 dollars maintaining her bike.
It also saves her money on exercise equipment or a gym membership. She’s lost 25 pounds since she got the bike in 2009 and says she never thought she’d get back to her pre-birth weight after having six kids. When I asked her why she doesn’t get an electric-assist system, she replied with a big smile, “Because I like chocolate!”
Got a Girl Crush On: Olympic cycling babe, Julie Krasniak
Fact number one: The internet is filled with, and is a complete sucker for photos of girls on bicycles. Fact number two: One of my biggest peeves are photos of girls on bicycles that you know for damn sure don’t belong to them. You know the images I’m talking about. Though the image above might appear to fall into the “beautiful female on bicycle not belonging to her” category, do not be fooled.
The lovely lady you see is one Julie Krasniak, and the bicycle that accompanies her in the photograph is the one she will be riding in Olympic preparation and the French national time trials. Shouts to all the ladies putting in work.