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Friday, July 19, 2013

It’s Coming: the Organizing Committee Meets to Finalize Plans for August Clitoral Mass

by Sahra Sulaiman

LA Steetsblog Clit Mass Article

Several months ago, I sat down with Sean Deyoe, one of the masterminds behind the Passage Ride. He had asked about setting up a bike ride through South L.A. and if I would think about an interesting and informative route through the area.

Sure, I said. I could try

HELL, NO, I thought to myself. Is he INSANE?

I ride almost every day, and I ride a lot — anywhere from 20 – 60 miles a day, depending on where I have to be — and have for almost 20 years.

So, it’s not like I don’t get around.

But I’m almost always riding alone.

The idea of organizing a ride so other people could see what I see, and be entertained, informed, and invigorated all at once strikes me as terrifying.

I don’t know why, really. Maybe it is the idea of imposing the way I ride and the odd things I like on other people? I’m not sure. Whatever it is, I never came up with that South L.A. route. (Sorry, Sean. I suck, I know.)

So, when I saw the organizing committee put out a call for volunteers to attend their sixth (6th!) planning meeting for the 2nd Annual Clitoral Mass ride spearheaded by the Ovarian Psycos, I wanted to sit in and hear how they were tackling the problem.

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Thankxtaking Co-ed Ride Recap in Pix

~Ovarian Psycos Thanxtaking Ride 11.24.12~

This “Thanksgiving” we wanted to challenge folx to think about what they are really giving thanks for this holiday season. “Thanksgiving” celebrates centuries of displacement, genocide and rape of indigenous peoples in the Americas. We wanted to create a space to honor and continue the legacy of indigenous resistance in a time where consumerism–of unhealthy food, commodities–is at an all time high.

Our best attended co-ed ride besides Tour de la Heights, close to 50 riders gathered at Tierra de la Culebra/ACLA in Highland Park for a workshop on Decolonizing Your Diet inspired by Mujeres Talk, an educational platica by permaculturalist Ari Robles and ride inspired by the Fallen Fruit Collective.

Volunteers from Tierra de la Culebra Park and Arts, Land, Community Activism (ACLA) welcomed riders to the park with a DIY sign and invited participants to harvest some of their greenlife including A LOT OF OLIVES, aloe, lavander, rosemary and many others.

Riders from as far as Pomona (shoutout to the Xicas from Pomona!) arrived around 8:00pm to take part in the workshop and platica before the ride.

Riders who participated in the Decolonize Your Diet workshop broke out into groups to compare the Western Diet and the Decolonized diet and touched on themes like Environmental Racism, Industrialization, Capitalism, White Supremacy, and Genetically Modified Foods among other things.

Resident Permaculturalist Ari Robles spoke to the group about the importance of  building relationships within our community. To many of the rider’s excitement, he also informed us that anything that hangs off of someone’s yard into the sidewalk is fair game.

Throughout the ride and at designated pit stops, riders gathered various goodies including oranges, grapefruit, lemon, avocado, and a variety of herbs.

–Spoke card–

Image from Luz’s Decolonial Cooking Club

Get to Know the Ovas–Ashes!

AshElvira is left/right Ovary for the Winter season!

    • Name/Ova Alias: Ashes, Elvira, AshElvira
    • Your bici’s name/alias: Red (70’s Raliegh)
    • Born and raised: Monterrey Park, East Los ❤
    • Day job/night job: Part time drug dealer :P(legally), full time ova ❤
    • First ride: Luna ride almost 2 years ago! seems like yesterday…
    • Reason(s) for joining/staying: there are so many but to sum it up.. the
strong Mujeres, cycling, the excitement and good energy from all the riders.

    • Best and worst experience from a ride: my best experience was my first experience of an ovarian Luna ride, ill never forget ^.^ Xela had her accident that same night which also made it the scariest experience
    • What have you accomplished/hope to accomplish: A whole year and some of spreading bici love with these inspiring women ❤ hope to help heal our mamas with cycling
  • Words of wisdom: “Lack of proper recognition of your own value is always
    harmful and can lead to a state of mental, emotional and spiritual paralysis”

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  • The best thing about being a Muxer: the ability to be strong and wild while being compassionate.
  • My favorite form of hydration: yerba mate;)
  • My Ovarian Psyco sisters are: hard working wombyn!
  • Best way to get rid of cramps: Te de manzanilla
  • My bike is my: freedom machine

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

Ovas Unite 2012! by Ariel Climer

(A reflection on the January Luna Ride dedicated to the Zapatista Uprising of ’94)

Back in September, I was invited by my friend to an event at the Echoplex
called Mucho Libre, a concert and community event gathering together screen
printers, crafters, bike enthusiasts, and fans of cumbia, Son Jarocho, and
rock. There, I first met some of the wombyn called the Ovarian Psycos,
women who gather together at each full moon to celebrate womanhood, to be
in solidarity with other wombyn and to promote the healthy, fun, and
political act of cycling. This full moon, I finally participated in a ride!
The all-wombyn and wombyn-identified crew rode from Pasadena at Memorial
Park station to Solidarity Ink, a new artist collective and organizing
center in Lincoln Heights.

I began the ride by taking the Metro to Pasadena. I rode to the purple line
at Wilshire/Western and spoke with an older man on the train who was also a
cyclist. He was surprised to hear of an all women’s ride and wished me good
luck and a good time. I speed walked myself and my bike over to the Gold Line, almost forgot to buy another ticket, and then hopped on, crossing past a handful of kids riding the Gold Line in their underwear. Were they part of a flash mob? I didn’t ask and instead just admired their statement.

The Gold Line cruised up the slow slope out of downtown, past Chinatown and
into Highland Park. At one stop, a wombyn with a bicycle got on. We caught
eyes and her dark long hair and intense yet excited demeanor made me
wonder, would we be flying through the night together soon? Another wombyn
guided her bike on to the train at the next stop. Our eyes crossed paths,
and I smiled and nodded what’s up. All three of us were spaced out evenly
across the car in the train, me in the “elbow” as I like to call it, where
bike or strollers often sit, the other two wombyn at the doors, standing
tall nears the brushed metal poles. I felt the strength of the two wombyn
standing regally with hands balancing delicately yet firmly upon the
handlebars and seats of their bikes.

I felt the strength of the two wombyn
standing regally with hands balancing delicately yet firmly upon the handlebars and seats of their bikes.

We rolled out and up the steps at Memorial Park station to find a few more
wombyn waiting for us. At the top of the steps we found space to chill, and
we waited and watched as more trains dropped off more sisters. Soon, we
were 37 strong. We pumped up tires, adjusted seats, and checked for proper
gear. “Make sure you use your lights if you have them!”

We circled up for stretches and did some beautiful reaches up toward the
moon, some stretching of our powerful legs, and a lovely meditative stretch
of our arms. We went over safety rules and we were off!

The wonderful realization you have when you ride with all wombyn: you are
riding with all wombyn therefore everything is wombyn influenced. We used
safe calls such as “Pothole!” for potholes, whistles to alert of people
getting too far behind or of bike malfunction, and generally warned each
other to stay to one side when one lane presented itself to us and to take
up a whole lane when two lanes were present. We obeyed traffic lights to
avoid tickets. We never left anyone behind. The existence of this truth
messes with the individualistic and competitive side of long distance bike
riding that I feel has been inculcated in me by males in my lifetime. Not
that a male might leave someone behind for good, but I have definitely
heard men tell me to not be a pussy and pedal harder to make a light or to
be annoyed at the people who ride slower and are slowing everyone down or
to keep up or else I will get lost. I felt the tendencies to feel and think
these values into my comments and mutterings along the ride, but instead, I
stepped back from my brain, held them in my palm and said to them, “No, you
do not fit here. We are here to take care of each other. We are only as
strong as our weakest member. We ride as one.”

We never left anyone behind. The existence of this truth messes with the individualistic and competitive side of long distance bike riding that I feel has been inculcated in me by males in my lifetime.

All eyes of the wombyn were on the wombyn. We kept watch over each other.
One wombyn had problems with her bike but we had tools to fix it and did.
We stopped at a liquor store. We peed in a park. A few miles before our
destination, we met with the river trail and glided along in absolute
silence under la luna tranquila. She spoke to us of blue and of white, of
childbearing and of puberty.

A few miles before our destination, we met with the river trail and glided along in absolute
silence under la luna tranquila. She spoke to us of blue and of white, of childbearing and of puberty.

Our final destination brought us into the large space of Solidarity Ink. We
watched a film about the Zapatistas of Mexico and wombyn spoke to us of the
need for solidarity with our brothers and sisters down south and of the
need to prepare ourselves for our own revolution. We listened with young,
old, brash, and wise ears. We soaked in one more experience where caring
and convivial living swam to the surface of our consciousnesses, mounted an
aquatic bicycle, and rode 12 miles on the open sea.

Thank you for a great first ride. I look forward to many more.

PHOTO RECAP! Psycos Recycle–A Day @ Long Beach 12/18/11

{OVARIAN PSYCLES RECYCLE}

 A DAY in the LBC!

The first krew starts from Montebello Park around 1:00 PM and rides along the beautiful urban riverpath to met up with with the Southeast LA krew. They meet up on Imperial where the Rio Hondo and LA River meet on the bike path.

The cyclists stop a little over midway to partake in a stretching session and some wholesome snacking! Maryann’s got that reusable canteen! ❤

They hustle to make it in about 2 hours.

The roadside is lined with sage bushes that the girls can’t help but pick.

The group engages in some beautification at Long Beach. The group picks up trash along the shore. The majority of trash is Styrofoam which IS NOT RECYCLEABLE!

Other fun items found: a bloody tampon and a condom. EWW. Seriously, people?

So, please help reduce waste and protect the environment by riding your bike & opting for reusable containers such as a kleen kanteen or bobble water bottle, with a build in water filter (starting at 6$ online)!

This holiday season, please keep mother earth in mind and make sure your gifts are eco-friendly. ♥

Love always,

The Ovas

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}

December Luna Ride from CSULA! SATURDAY DEC. 10TH! TONIGHT!

Ovarian Psycos Present: December Luna Ride (female identified only <3)

RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/132255580218888/

It’s that time of the month again, ladies! Ovarian Psyco’s present: December Luna Ride! This month’s Luna ride will be dedicated to ALL the females in the world – for we all are goddesses and we sometimes forget that. At our destination, we will discuss 2011 and what we expect for next year and shake off all the bad energy.

MEET @ 6:30, ROLL OUT PROMPTLY @ 7:00pm

Starts @ CAL STATE LA STUDENT UNION — 5154 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032

Ends @ TIERRA DE LA CULEBRA PARK IN HIGHLAND PARK

6.5 MILES! Remember it’s not a race, but there is a pace!

REMINDERS:– Knowing the strange weather lately; ladies please bring jackets, scarf’s and all that good stuff.
– WORKING bikes: we never leave anyone behind but please, be courteous and have bikes ready to go at departure time
– Lights! It gets dark ladiesss!
– Helmets if you have them! Safety first
– Water, does the body good
– Last but not least, your good spirits ♥ SEE YOU SATURDAY NIGHT! 

Get to Know the Ovarian Psycos–Maryann Aguirre

    • Name/Alias/Ova nickname: Maryann Aguirre a.k.a. La Fingers (Est. Dec 7th, 2011)
    • Your Bici’s Name: Ray Ray (she’s a Raleigh :D)
    • Born/Raised: Born in Boyle Heights, Raised in Mexicali, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Lynwood, Norwalk, Fontana and currently residing back home in Boyle Heights.
    • Day/Night Job(s): Day Jobs: #1 Full-Time Momma of a 4 year old, mi LeahSol ❤ chau! Day Job #2: Administrative Associate at local Non-profit, InnerCity Struggle. Night Jobs: Board Member at Corazon Del Pueblo and, of course, core collective member with my Ovas 🙂 ahoo!
    • 1st Ride: Pasadena City College to Union Station Luna Ride 🙂
    • Reasons for joining: Developing and solidifying sisterhood with the other womyn, awesome exercise + mental and spiritual growth
      • Worst Experience: Proud to say there hasn’t been any REAL bad experience – except for Novembers Luna Ride this creeper who stopped traffic behind him and was slooowly following all the ladies as we rode -__- not cool! But other than that, I have yet to experience anything really bad happen.
    • What have you accomplished? Solidifying the bond the collective core has among one another. Getting a lot of new riders out on rides & more womyn coming out on rides and keep them coming back!
    • Hope to accomplish: Possibly different Ova chapters in other counties, communities and even states, longer distant rides, more womyn coming out. And currently in the works: Seed Psyco rides for the kiddies 🙂
    • Words of wisdom: In the words of my little seed and her favorite movie – “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming” – only in this case…just keep pedaling!!!

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Best part about being a muxer is: Pssh…uhh…EVERYTHING!! The fact that I can push a child out of my vag. The fact that I can be the little “homemaker” yet still proud to be able to organize, solidify and mobilize. (Never alone though…of course)

Favorite form of hydration is: Water, baby!

My Ovarian Psyco sisters: are not only my Ova sisters but las homies, homegirls and best friends

🙂

Best way to get rid of cramps 

is: Hot tea, water, someone who knows how to give a bomb a** massage!!

My bike is: The balance that keeps me moving.