I sold my car on July 23, 2010. I rely mostly on my bike to get around Charleston, SC. I can be best described by a co-worker introducing me to a new employee: “This is Erin, she wears the highest heels and the shortest skirts and still rides her bike to work everyday.” Follow my musings on my life without a car. Perhaps you’ll start biking too!
Typical Charleston bike commute. How’d I get so lucky? Boats and marsh grass!
Typical Charleston bike commute. How’d I get so lucky? Boats and marsh grass!

Typical Charleston bike commute. How’d I get so lucky? Boats and marsh grass!

The power of Facebook! Not all these stories have happy endings, so I try to always bring the Betty inside.
The power of Facebook! Not all these stories have happy endings, so I try to always bring the Betty inside.

The power of Facebook! Not all these stories have happy endings, so I try to always bring the Betty inside.

Charleston is getting pounded by rain lately. This video shows the extent of flooding that happens here during high tide. Imagine biking in this (the clip actually shows a cyclist going through the flood waters).

Spotted on the Olivia Rae James blog. This Croghan necklace full of Palmetto bugs (roaches) is so great. Southerns know how to poke fun at themselves. Who else would go around wearing a necklace full of cockroaches? Maybe they’ll consider making a silver/less expensive version?
Spotted on the Olivia Rae James blog. This Croghan necklace full of Palmetto bugs (roaches) is so great. Southerns know how to poke fun at themselves. Who else would go around wearing a necklace full of cockroaches? Maybe they’ll consider making a silver/less expensive version?

Spotted on the Olivia Rae James blog. This Croghan necklace full of Palmetto bugs (roaches) is so great. Southerns know how to poke fun at themselves. Who else would go around wearing a necklace full of cockroaches? Maybe they’ll consider making a silver/less expensive version?

Why did it take me so long to buy the Dark Sky app? This thing is a bike commuter’s dream.
Why did it take me so long to buy the Dark Sky app? This thing is a bike commuter’s dream.

Why did it take me so long to buy the Dark Sky app? This thing is a bike commuter’s dream.

In my defense of selfies on the work computer: Most of these were taken when I came in early/stayed late/worked weekends.
In my defense of selfies on the work computer: Most of these were taken when I came in early/stayed late/worked weekends.

In my defense of selfies on the work computer: Most of these were taken when I came in early/stayed late/worked weekends.

If you’re local, you should look into winning the iconic Jamie Lin Snider bone bike.
If you’re local, you should look into winning the iconic Jamie Lin Snider bone bike.

If you’re local, you should look into winning the iconic Jamie Lin Snider bone bike.

I never minded my fashion hats, but always hated my bike helmet. Finally, there’s a solution for that. h/t (literally) Bob. I want to commission something from these guys soon. Ok, the video is a little dorky, but I like what they are doing.

Avoid “Bicycle Face.”

From VOX:

"Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one’s balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted ‘bicycle face,’" noted the Literary Digest in 1895. It went on to describe the condition: “usually flushed, but sometimes pale, often with lips more or less drawn, and the beginning of dark shadows under the eyes, and always with an expression of weariness.” Elsewhere, others said the condition was “characterized by a hard, clenched jaw and bulging eyes.”