Know the Board: Branden

What do you do to pay the bills? I manage the accounting department at Better Business Financial Services.

What kind of riding do you do? How often? I commute to work daily (unless I’m bogged down with work or can’t get to sweaty before a meeting)…I also enjoy long distance touring for vacations, and I love training rides for competing in triathlons. 

What do you think the most important thing the Coalition has done in SLO County? The Coalition has definitely transformed the cycling community, working behind the scenes in the best interest of our community. I don’t think the public realizes how much the Coalition does to make everyday alternative transportation easy. Anything having to do with cycling or walking, we are a part of.

What advice do you have to encourage others to get on their bicycles? Shut up and ride! 🙂 The first step is actually getting on your bicycle and being comfortable. That means riding around your neighborhood, taking baby-steps. I also inform people of our bicycle confidence workshop, giving students the tools necessary to be informed cyclists, breaking down the barriers.  

What’s your favorite thing about bicycles? Self propelled freedom. 

Describe your favorite bicycle memory… My favorite cycling memory is between riding up Alpe d’Huez during the 2011 Tour de France, or my journey down the coast from Canada to Mexico… People ask me what I thought about for two months? Nothing. Typically when I’m on my bike I don’t think about anything, I listen to the road beneath me, and concentrate on nothing. 

If you had to name your favorite bicycle, what would you name it? Gwendolyn

Anything else you want to share? I want to thank our existing membership for everything they have done for the organization, without them the Coalition couldn’t be where it is today. My personal goal is to have every person who is cares about cycling, walking, the environment, and alternative transportation become a part of the Coalition.  

Happy Friday!


The Coalition has a few volunteer chances in October, and with our regularly scheduled programs. New sign-ups are online to make it even easier for you to get involved!

Next up is the SLO Bike Rodeo on Saturday October 8th from 10:00 – 2:00. We hope to see you there!

Bike Hack: Bottle Cap Headbadge

Everyone wants their bike to be unique, having a custom headbadge is an extremely easy way to make this happen! The folks at the Bicycle Escape have a series of bottle cap headbadges to do just that.

Happy Friday!

Bike Hack: Cork Barends

Sometimes bartape doesn’t want to stay on securely the way you want it to. Luckily that cork from your previous bottle of wine can come in handy to provide an easy fix!

  • Wrap the bartape as you normally would, stuffing the end of it into your handlebar
  • Use the cork as a plug to keep the tape in place
Got a bike hack you are proud of? We’d love to share it with the world (and will of course give you credit for your idea!).

September 17th FREE Bike Ed Workshop

You have a legal right to be on the road and we’ll give you the tools to make it easy. Our workshops teach traffic psychology and techniques that will empower you while you ride. August’s workshop is held in the afternoon, giving you more time to sleep in before you join us as we share our bike joy and knowledge with you!

When: Saturday, September 17th, 8:30am – 1:00pm

Where: Coalition Headquarters, 860 Pacific St, SLO (map)

Why: With confidence, bicycling is a safe and enjoyable way to travel. Join the movement!

How: More details and registration can be found online here.

Bike Hack: Tube Tie Downs

Being able to carry stuff on your bicycle is a great way to make riding a bicycle the best way to get around. Rear racks are really easy to find (try the Bike Kitchen!), inexpensive, and simple to install on your bicycle.

Most of rear racks give you the ability to use a bungee across them in order to strap things onto it, the same can be done to front racks as well.

  • Find a used intertube (they’re generally free and easy to find)
  • Hook it around the rack mount tab on the lower portion of the rack
  • Stretch it across to the other side of the rack
  • That’s it, we told you it was easy!
NOTE: Before you take off to ride, make sure nothing is going to get in the way of your wheels, this could cause you to crash! Check that the intertube is solid and is properly holding down whatever is on the rack.
You can find discarded intertubes at the Bike Kitchen or at most bike shops.