Photo credit: Jillian Schantz Patrick
A girl, her bike, grins and bruises, thousands of amazing adventures and many miles not yet ventured. That pretty much sums up my life on a bike. The journey started at a very young age on the back of my brother’s tricycle with a heart pounding exclamation of “I can fly!” That feeling returns every time I pedal off to wherever the ride leads me. Road, dirt, or just cruising the paths, nothing takes the place of the freedom delivered in the wind, wildly plastering a stoked smile on my face.
The connection to nature, the unraveling of daily life’s entanglements, commuting, whatever is around the next bend, and of course the healthy stuff is why I ride.
I have been many things in this life. I still am…a daughter, a sister, a student, a friend, an adventurer, a designer, a shop owner, an adopted mom, a photographer, a teacher…and now add on a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor to the list.
July 23, 2010 will remain engraved in my mind, while so many other things were wiped away. Yes, I was on my bicycle, a beautiful custom built steel frame, hand painted road bike. The villain? A car. Who won? The car, for a while…Today? Me.
I was literally derailed by TBI. The ultimate bonk. But coasting has never been part of my DNA. So I have chosen to keep pedaling, even on the grueling steep climbs and gnarly descents.
bicibits was in the works before the accident, catching air, and a sprouting dream for the eventual teacher retirement. Its parameters may have changed, but the sentiment remains: I want to create a line of women’s cycling and casual apparel that celebrates the love of cycling. Products of environmentally conscientious, high quality and affordable materials, an accessories line and original eclectic bicycle art that keeps your ride smile on long after you’re out of the saddle.
My ultimate goal is to continue giving back to communities in need of educational programs and to support growth and sustainable development; bicycles to empower youths and women around the world. Some gear changing has occurred, but bicibits is still dedicated to giving back…
So hop on! Get your ride smile on and help spread some happy!
Bicibits is dedicated to the creation and production of original cycling apparel, gifts and accessories to enhance the senses of active like- minded people.
Bicibits mission is to inspire and bring into play the imagination of people around the world with artful and purposeful design.
Bicibits art, photography, and designs are created by a Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to TBI awareness and survivor programs. As bicibits grows, with a strong lead out team of awesome supportive and creative individuals like you, I hope to expand the growing connection of cycling and a life well lived.
bici -a wheeled vehicle that travels by enlightened human power. Synonym: bicicletta
bits -a small piece or quantity of something special.
Live. Love. Laugh…Ride.