Reconstructing Feminism – Taking it out of the Institution! TUESDAY at CSULA!

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Ovarian Psycos & the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center 
at CSULA Present:
RECONSTRUCTING FEMINISM: TAKING IT OUT OF THE INSTITUTION! 
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This Tuesday come and join us for Womyn’s HERstory Month at Cal State University Los Angeles for a workshop on Reconstructing Feminism! Come learn about how the Ovarian Psycos take feminism out of the textbooks and into the streets and engage in dialogue on strategies to put feminism into practice in your own communities! 

*We will also be vending our merchandise, have light snacks and refreshments and goodies for the audience* 

When: Tuesday, March 4th
Where: CSULA – Alhambra Room, 3rd Floor U-SU
Time: 3:15 – 4:30

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After our workshop, check out: MUJERES REVOLUCIONARIAS at 5:00pm!

“We write our story every day that we educate ourselves, every time we go to work, and the times we have become the backbone of our familia and comunidad. A mujer is much more than a mother, a daughter and a wife. She is strength, she is knowledge, she is change! Join the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Resource Center and our affiliated clubs and organizations as we celebrate all the mujeres revolucionarias who have planted the seeds that we continue to cultivate. “

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The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at CSULA is dedicated to creating safe and respectful learning spaces, catering specifically to the empowerment of Womyn, Men, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) community. They pride ourselves in challenging societal norms that have been used historically to oppress and marginalize, while raising awareness on contemporary issues we face. 
*For more information go to: http://www.calstatelausu.org/gsrc*

East Side United! Feeder Ride to CicLAvia with OPC, MBC, ESBC, & CCC

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EAST SIDE UNITED!!!
Come and join the east side on a feeder ride to CicLAvia!

With:

– MONTEBELLO BICYCLE COALITION
– OVARIAN PSYCO-CYCLES
– CRANKHEADS CYCLING CREW
– EASTSIDE BIKE CLUB
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Come and join OPC, MBC, CCC & ESBC on a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday. We will be meeting up at “Parque De Mexico” at 9am and rolling out at 9:30!

*** “Parque De Mexico” is located in Lincoln Heights, across the street from Lincoln Park – (where the Zapata Statue is at) on MISSION AND VALLEY BLVD. Across the street from Lincoln Park and Chanos Restaurant! *** 

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((*Montebello Bicycle Coalition:*))

The Montebello Bicycle Coalition (MBC) is a community-based organization comprised of residents and allies whose mission is to transform Montebello into a bicycle-friendly city by advocating for new bicycle infrastructure, educating residents on the political, environmental & health benefits of collective bicycle riding, redefining bicycles as a genuine mode of transportation, and building an active Montebello community for all ages!

((*Ovarian Psyco-Cycles:*))

Mission Statement: We are an all female bicycle brigade/collective cycling for the purpose of healing our communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues.
Vision Statement: We envision a world where womyn of color are change agents who create and maintain holistic health within themselves and their respective communities for present and future generations. 

((*Crankheads Cycling Crew:*))

Crankheads Cycling Crew (CCC) is a revolutionary community cycling club based in North East Los Angeles. The CCC empowers youth through education, action, self sufficiency and taking over the streets of LA. When not riding, members of the CCC can be found in The People’s Garden @ Wilson High School

((*Eastside Bike Club:*))

Create a Chain Reacting One Mile At A Time – “We Live To Ride and Ride To Live”

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CicLAvia – To The Sea:

https://www.facebook.com/events/592038474157691/?fref=ts

Choosing the Right Bici … for Dummies

We get a lot of companer@s telling us they would like to join our rides but they don’t own a bike, and in fact, don’t have the slightest clue about how to choose the right one. Some of us will recall our companera, a new rider, who came on one ride with a fixie that was really hard for her to ride! 😦

So I thought I would put together this guide to choosing a bike that will serve your height, your lifestyle, your budget and hopefully take you on many many great adventures.

It’s all about the height!

Probably the most important thing to consider when getting a new bike is the height of your frame. Riding the wrong size bike can do serious irreversible damage to your knees. While you can make minor adjustments to the height (i.e. raise/lower the seat, change the tire size), you should get a frame that is the right height for you! You might feel like Goldy Locks for a while but hang in there and you will find the right frame for you.

You might feel like Goldy Locks for a while but hang in there and you will find the right frame for you.

Most bike frames are measured in cm and the height of your bike depends on your inseam. I copied the following chart from http://bicycling.about.com/od/howtoride/a/bike_sizing.htm

Determining Your Road Bike Frame Size
Height Inseam Length Bike Frame Size
4’10” – 5’1″ 25.5” – 27” 46 – 48 cm
5’0″ – 5’3″ 26.5″ – 28″ 48 – 50 cm
5’2″ – 5’5″ 27.5″ – 29″ 50 – 52 cm
5’4″ – 5’7″ 28.5″ – 30″ 52 – 54 cm
5’6″ – 5’9″ 29.5″ – 31″ 54 – 56 cm
5’8″ – 5’11” 30.5″ – 32″ 56 – 58 cm
5’10” – 6’1″ 31.5″ – 33″ 58 – 60 cm
6’0″ – 6’3″ 32.5″ – 34″ 60 – 62 cm
6’2″ – 6’5″ 34.5″ – 36″ 62 – 64 cm

Your lifestyle:

  • The Commuter: You use your bike to get from home to school, work, run errands, etc. Typically you want something sturdy so consider a mountain bike frame or a road frame with good tires ( we’re usually talking 26″ or 27″ rims). Another thing to consider for your commuter is ergonomics, the science of good posture–you might want to go with handlebars that are high so you are riding in a comfortable upright position. Lastly, get yourself a rack, basket, saddlebags or a trailer to carry your loads on your commuter.

Ex. Flying Pigeon LA, Brompton Folding Bike, Schwinn, Nishiki, Raleigh, Huffy, Gary Fisher

You use your bike to get from home to school, work, run errands, etc.

  • The Young Urbanite: You are typically young and trendy and use your bike mostly to ride around with friends. Your bike is probably going to be a road bike or fixie (with 700 “thin” tires) with a vibrant customizable color scheme. These bikes tend to be fast and lightweight or sleek, but prone to flats (you will need to learn how to repair a flat on command). The more gears, the easier it is to ride. Fixies can be difficult to ride but are great for conditioning because they don’t move unless you are pedaling. They are very easy to find on Craigslist.org

Ex. fixie (Micargi), Bianchi, Peugot, Motobacane, Trek, Specialized, Giant, Fuji, Univega, Centution

 You are typically young and trendy and use your bike mostly to ride around with friends.

  • The Adventurer: You are an adrenaline junkie and will use your bike to handle tough terrain or go very fast. You would benefit from a mountain bike or cyclocross/track frame. These bikes are sturdy with thick tires and usually have a number of speeds.

Ex. Cannondale, Diamondback, Specialized, Trek, Mongoose

You are an adrenaline junkie and will use your bike to handle tough terrain or go very fast.

  • The Cruiser/Easy Rider: You use your bike for relaxation, light exercise and general cruising purposes. Typically these bicycles are very comfortable and easy to ride and might have coaster brakes (the bike stops when you pedal back). These are not built for speed and are usually very heavy. They are recognizable because of their heavy frame and tire fenders.

ex. Easy rider, Beach Cruiser (Schwinn)

You use your bike for relaxation, light exercise and general cruising purposes.

Budget

If this is your first bike purchase, it’s probably smart to start off with an economically priced frame. Road bike, fixies, mountain bike, even trickter/bmx bike are relatively easy to find on Craigslist for a good price (less than $500). Remember to search by height!!

Be very careful if you’re buying a “fixer-upper” because it will require that you invest some (possibly a lot) or time and money. If you do buy a fixer-upper, you can learn to do your own repairs for $5/hr plus the cost of materials at one of LA’s many bicycle co-op–Bike Oven, Bike Kitchen, Bici Libre, Bici Digna, etc. 😉

Be very careful if you’re buying a “fixer-upper” because it will require that you invest some (possibly a lot) or time and money.

Bike technology can be really innovative so you might be wowed by some of the new carbon fiber bikes that are ridiculously lightweight. If you have the desire and the resources to buy something like that, by all means go ahead.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS lock up your bike no matter how much you spend on it or how safe you think it might be on your front porch. It’s an investment you made and your very own freedom machine. Buy yourself a good u-lock or heavy-duty chain! Try to stay away from thin chains as they can be cut very easily.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS lock up your bike no matter how much you spend on it or how safe you think it might be on your front porch.

Good riding ❤

-La Maga

OVA TAKE OVA of Merkado Negro! 12/7/11

CHECK IT!! 2 hours of pure Psyco madness AND goodness! Listen to dope music selected by the Ovas themselves and UN-censored dialogue on HOT TOPICS! Special thanks to Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria and Merkado Negro Radio!!! – ♥

Listen to the entire show @ http://radiosombra.org/merkado-negro-radio-blog/

{Dialogue begins around 1:44:00}

Ovarian Psycos Guest DJ LIVE this Wednesday Night on Radio Sombra

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Merkado Negro invites the Ovarian Psycos to this week’s show to discuss hot topics and talk about our crew and the many great projects we have coming up!

The Ovarians will also be guest DJs/selectors so it’ll be a good mix of music for your listening pleasure.

LISTEN LIVE ON…………WWW.RADIOSOMBRA.ORG

Wed. Dec. 7th from 8-10 PM

RSVP on Facebook

“It’s gonna be an Ova Take-ovah!!! ;D”

www.radiosombra.org

www.elmerkadonegro.com

www.ovarianpsycos.com

Ride with Las Ovarian Psycos at CicLAvia!! Sunday, October 9th!


This Sunday October 9th, join Ovarian Psycos at CicLAvia!

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It’s HERE!! Another wonderful ride put on by the CicLAvia folks!

CicLAvia temporarily removes cars from LA streets – and the streets fill up with smiles! CicLAvia is not just for recreation. It is social integration.”

Come ride in solidarity with us as we continue to support & strive for:

– Public Space
– Public Health
– Community & Economic Development
– Pedestrian & Bicycle Advocacy

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Hollenbeck Park – Boyle Heights

415 S Saint Louis St
Boyle Heights, California
Meet up time: 9:00 AM

Ride out: 9:30 AM

Distance: About 10 miles (one way)

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!! ALL TYPES OF BIKES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, ETC!

RSVP on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=236530326396481