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Community Champions - Taliah Lempert

Commuting by bicycle in New York City twenty years ago opened Taliah Lempert to the joys of urban cycling.  She quickly turned that joy into art and began painting to commemorate the cycling community.  Exploring how the bicycle relates to the human figure and examining each bicycle's beauty and specific positivity, Taliah's work continues to excite the art and cycling worlds alike. 

LifeCycle Biking had an opportunity to connect with Taliah and learn more about her biking lifecycle.

Velox Ace Blur Sketch10

Velox Ace Blur Sketch10

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Taliah! Let’s get right to it- who or what brought you to the sport of cycling?

Cycling was always around.  My dad was way into it and he would sometimes take my sister and I along in a trailer when he went for road rides.  When we got older we rode on the ten speed tandem and when we turned 13 he got us each a nice bike.  I didn’t get into the sport of it until I was much older and had bought a track bike because it was beautiful.  Once I had it and went to watch my friends race, I decided to race too.

Where are you from? Has your place of origin influenced how much you bike? 

I grew up in Ithaca, NY, went to college in Boston and moved to NYC in 1990.  I don’t know if living upstate influenced how much I bike as I took a long break from cycling and only started riding for transportation in 1996.  Living in NYC has been a good reason to cycle, it’s the best way to get around and escape!

We could not agree more- urban cycling is one of the best ways to see a city! In your current life cycle, what’s been your best moment on the bike so far? 

There are so many best moments that one doesn’t stick out.  I have been lucky to have time to do some road riding this summer with one of my best friends.  I raced on the track from 1999 until 2007 even though that’s suddenly a long time ago, it was incredible and shaped the adult me!  I love riding through the city pretty much daily and riding my loaded cargo bike to sell at street markets on the weekends.  The bike makes me able to do more, go faster, & carry lots of stuff like some kind of super hero.

As an artist who uses bicycles as muses, how would you describe your art?

I paint pictures of bicycles.  My work celebrates cycling and my community by recording the bikes around me.  In the specific, is the universal. 

Amy's Bike Brush Print

Amy's Bike Brush Print

What cycling and/or artistic accomplishment are you most proud of? 

I am proud that my artwork is my living. Like a bicycle, I am self-propelled! 

Are there any notable cyclists that inspire you? Or any other people that are doing inspiring things in the cycling world that you think we should highlight?

Local {bicycle} builders, the CRCA Women’s clinic and the Star Track program at Kissena.

Last, but not least Taliah- Can you finish this statement? In my life-cycle, biking has been . . . 

Transformative.

Michael's Schwinn

Michael's Schwinn

Check out Taliah's gallery and support her original cycling imagery. 

If you would like to be highlighted as a community champion, or would like to recommend someone, reach out to us!


Black Friday Cycling Sales

Hailed as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday deals are now among us. It is believed that the term represents the point in the year when retailers begin to turn a profit for the year, thus going from being "in the red" to being "in the black".

What began as a yearly tradition in brick and mortar retail arenas, with stores opening as early as 4am to waiting patrons, has spread across the World Wide Web with many retailers offering deals starting the week of Thanksgiving or even throughout the whole month. 

Here are a few of our favorite retailers offering great Black Friday/Cyber Monday cycling deals.  So excited for the Provisions section of our website to be up as well- stay tuned!  And in the meantime, click through for the savings!!!

Know of other Black Friday / Cyber Monday cycling deals we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Cycle On!

 

H-2-Oh boy I'm Thirsty!


Up to 60% of a human adult's body is composed of water and when we sweat that water is excreted and need to be replenished.   While cycling, the simplest approach is almost always the best when trying to maintain ideal hydration.  

Check out a few tips we've gathered over the past few years. These are by no means rules, as each person is unique and will need to experiment to find what works best for them. 

- Ensure you’re hydrated before getting on your bike.  Drinking 12 to 16 oz of water two to four hours before riding will give you a good baseline. 

- Do not mistake your thirst for hunger. Drinking a large glass of water before you eat anything will help to keep you hydrated and aid in digestion.  A squeeze of lemon juice will wake up your metabolism and the vitamin C helps build resistance to catching colds.

- While riding, drink frequently and consistently.  The average recommendation is one 16-ounce bottle per hour in cool weather, and up to as many as four bottles per hour in extremely hot weather (based on a 150-pound cyclist).  This will vary based on the day's temperature and your body's needs. 

- If there is a water source present during your ride, drink out of one or both of your bottles and then top them off, regardless of thirst.  If it’s a long or hot ride, take a packet of electrolytes to add to water at stops along the way.

- Hydrate and replenish after each and every bike ride.  You need to replace protein, carbohydrates, electrolytes, and water to recover.  Keep hydrated the rest of the day, trust, it matters.

- If you feel faint, dizzy or start to get a headache while riding please stop and seek shade and medical assistance ASAP. Dehydration is not something to be taken lightly. 

Have additional hydration tips? Email us at info@lifecyclebiking.com

Stay hydrated and happy cycling!

 

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