Clitoral Mass 1st Time Rider Tips

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Yes, we posted this before but it’s so good we ARE GONNA KEEP RES-POSTING! Check your bikes yo! You don’t know how much help it is for us when y’all check your bikes before the ride! Last year we had no major injuries or mechanical issues and only 1 person fell! And she got up and kept riding!!! Lets keep it that way and improve. Here are tips for for ALL riders to go over before Saturday!

Clitoral Mass LA Rider Tips & Checklist:

Tips for the Psyco-list:

Hydration :
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after ridding. Recommended beverages are: Water duh! coconut water, and sports drinks containing electrolytes and sodium.

Taking Care of your Muscles :
Remember to stretch before, during, and after riding! This is very important to avoid injuring your muscles. Focus on your back, quads, gluts, and calves. To prevent your body from becoming stiff you may be better off on your feet and moving around during pit stops.

Comfort & Clothing :

  • Padded gloves to reduce pressure on your hands.
  • Shoes with firm soles make pedaling more efficient.
  • Bike shorts with padded lining eliminate seams and make cycling more comfortable.
  • Comfortable bike seat.
  • Bright colored clothing that wicks moisture will keep you dry and visible.
  • Bicycle Checklist. Be sure to check:

Tires for proper inflation.

  • Tire treads for excessive wear or other damage, such as embedded glass or other objects.
  • Brakes. Spin the wheels to check for rubbing and then apply the brakes to ensure they stop the bike smoothly and evenly.
  • Check the brake pads for excessive wear.
  • Cables and housing to make sure there is no fraying or splitting.
  • Wheel quick release levers to ensure they are secure.
  • Any loose parts or other mechanical problems.
  • Do a slow-speed ride and inspect bicycle, brakes, and shifting before you leave your driveway.

Safety Checklist:

  • Properly fitting helmet.
  • Pump.
  • Patch kit or spare tube.
  • Toolkit for basic repairs.
  • Your driver’s license or other ID, plus an emergency contact person and medical information.
  • First aid kit.1
  • Reflectors and flashing rear safety light.
  • Brightly-colored clothing to improve visibility.
  • A few dollars for emergencies.

 

5Th Annual Clitoral Mass: August 6th

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SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 6, 2016!
for Los Angeles’ 5th Annual
CLITORAL MASS!!!!
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Clitoral Mass is the largest bike ride in Los Angeles to date organized by and for womxn of color, trans, queer, two-spirited and gender nonconforming folx. With our arsenal of “indigena understanding and urban hood mentality,” we are building movement in the spirit of rebellion passed down by our great grandmothers, reclaiming the autonomy of our spaces and bodies as we continue to resist the settler occupation of both.

The riders will meet up Lou Costello Park at 9AM Saturday, August 6, 2016 with a bike repair station, photo booth and resources to greet participants. Festivities will start with an opening ceremony with blessing of the bikes, and bike safety skits. We will then ride out at 11AM. Riders can expect multiple pit stops with live music, freebies, and the unique experience of riding with hundreds of other womxn identified, nonconforming riders through the urban and natural terrains of the city’s streets.

We are taking up space in the street and owning our bodies.

We Want You at Clitoral Mass 2016!

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Clitoral Mass L.A. is organized by Ovarian Psycos Cycles and volunteers in the Clitoral Mass Committee.

Mission:
Clitoral Mass represents solidarity between womxn, queer, femme, trans, gender non-conforming and two-spirited individuals from different walks of life to promote solidarity in bicycling, encourage safety, health in our communities and taking back the night.

Vision:
We envision a movement in which womxn from all over the world organize their own Clitoral Mass in their respective communities in order to shift consciousness about social justice through bicycling for everyone.

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This ride is open to all WOC & POC womxn, gender-non-conforming, queer, trans, two-spirited folx only!

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