Golden Ticket!

Our second golden ticket was discovered on Sunday! We hid two in inner tube boxes which were redeemable for $50. Our customer purchased his tube quite some time ago, but it sat unopened on a shelf until he got a flat tire. Congratulations!!!

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The Feldenkrais Healing Method…

Hey folks, we recently had Jacqueline come to a workplace workshop for us on the Feldenkrais method. We were all surprised by it’s concentrated simplicity of exercises that help us sustain our mechanic bodies. She has great methods you can use for cycling comfort and injuries as well. Check it out!

“I absolutely love riding my bike! Especially on these beautiful, sunshine days, but even in the rain, I love it. I love the feeling of freedom, fresh air, and exercise. I love nodding to other cyclists, sharing the joy of riding.

Recently, however, I was getting discouraged because I noticed my left shoulder was hurting after any ride that was more than 15 minutes long. What a drag!

So, I became a detective… What was I doing on my right side that I was not doing on my left side?

The first thing I noticed was my left hip was not moving. My right hip went up and down as I pumped my right leg, but my left hip stayed stationary no matter what my left leg was doing. So I started purposefully moving my left hip when my knee was bent and down when my leg was straight.

This felt strange at first, but good. When I scanned my body to see what else I felt happening, I noticed that my left shoulder moved more when I consciously moved my left hip. When my hip didn’t move, my left shoulder stayed held up by my ear.

For a few weeks, each time I biked, I spent some of the ride focusing on my hips and shoulders moving, especially my stubborn left side. With this new movement, my shoulder and neck didn’t hurt after my ride.

Now, if I start to feel the little inklings of pain in my shoulder, I know that a few minutes of focusing on my hips will ease my shoulders. It’s awesome what a little extra awareness can do!

The next level of investigation I took on with my bike riding and self-use was to see if this increased hip movement would allow me to ride without hands. Turns out that if I do my old habitual way of biking, I will always steer off to the right and have to grab the handle bars.

If I do my new way of biking with my left side active, then I can ride without holding on. So on quiet streets I practice this trick.

There is so much that can be learned with just an extra dose of awareness. I would love to hear about any investigations you have done to get to the root of discomfort while biking.”

And if you want to learn some simple movement exercises that will enhance your comfort while riding, as well as information about bike fitting, check out these upcoming workshops: http://www.feldenkraisportland.com/workshops.

Save the Sunshine Ward Collective

About the collective:

“Owning this house as part of PCH is a big step to fighting the terrible systemic gentrification in this neighbourhood and a big step forward in creating strong bonds within our community. Owning this house will uphold a long standing music practice space, a space that has helped create possibilities for radical organizations in our community to hold meetings, a space that has been used to raise thousands of dollars for radical causes through fundraisers, movie nights, dance parties, shows, etc. And has been a home to low income women, queer and people of color in this neighbourhood for seven years now. As a collective we promise that all we’ve given to the community will be pushed even more if we can own this house.”

What they need:

“The Sunshine Ward Collective has decided to organize and work with Portland Housing Collective to purchase our house from our landlord. Time is crucial in regards to this so we are reaching out to fellow cooperatives and supporters for donations to reach our goal of $10,000 to put towards the down payment on our home. If you, your family, your friends, co-workers etc. can donate any amount, it would be greatly appreciated.”
More information here: http://www.savethesunshineward.com/

Cooperative Cycling Tour!

The Co-Cycle Cooperative Tour is in need of donations!

Viisit: Co-cycle for more information and to get involved!

Co-Cycle 2013!

Co-cycle is gearing up to do another cross country bike tour this summer!  
We are looking for riders to join a team of 15 cyclists to travel from Seattle to Boston visiting and learning about cooperatives as part of the Co-cycle collective.  Co-cycle offers riders an intensive experience in cooperative living and experiential education. While visiting many types of cooperatives and collectives, you will gain skills as a facilitator, leader, and organizer all while seeing the sunrise in the many bustling cities and quaint towns across the country. Not to mention your acquired ability to bend steel with your calf muscles alone.

Interested in joining? Apply here:

http://bit.ly/ZEB4MD

Check out our facebook to see photos from last year’s trip: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Co-Cycle/220818464657372?fref=ts
Any questions? Email info@co-cycle.coop.”
Thanks so much! We appreciate your support in making the 2013 tour possible and look forward to seeing you on the road!
Cycling in cooperation,
Megan and the Co-cycle Team