Bike Month Photos

Hey everyone! While this month I was mostly laying low and preserving my energy to complete a grant application for Bike Story Night I did get out a few times this month and so glad I did.

As always I had a great time documenting the vibrant bike lifestyle and culture here in Austin at some amazing local events this Bike Month. This passion is a big reason why I started Bike Story Night, and I'm thrilled to share these moments with you.

Check out the albums from recent events:

I hope you enjoy these snapshots as much as I enjoyed taking them. Can't wait to see you all in a few months for another in-person Bike Story Night event.

Hope your Bike Month is going great! 🚴‍♀️🌟🚴‍♂️

Bike Month 2024

Hey everyone,

As Bike Month kicks off, I wanted to share a little update. This might very well be the first time in three years that Bike Story Night won't be hosting an event during May. After the whirlwind of our last event and recovering from back-to-back happenings last fall followed by the holiday season, I've finally caught my breath.

But fear not! My hope is to bring back Bike Story Night in June, so stay tuned for updates on that front and be sure to also sign up for our newsletter here.

In the meantime, there's a ton happening in Austin this month to celebrate cycling. Every Wednesday 7-9am, you can join Ghisallo Cycling Initiative for We Bike Wednesday. Plus, mark your calendars for the Moon Tower Tour on Friday, May 10th.  and Wet Hot American Bummer Alley Cat Race on Saturday, May 11th, And of course, don't miss Bike to Work Day and many other regular cycling events throughout the Austin area.

For all things Bike Month, be sure to check out the newest bike organization dedicated to making Austin a more bike-friendly city all month long. Check Out The Events Calendar at

While we may not be hosting a large event, I'll still be active during Bike Month. I'll be hosting a couple of one-on-one features, bike shop tours and might even be out on Bike to Work Day after party on May 17th, capturing bike portraits once again this year. See pics from last year here - 2023 BTWD pics + after party

Whether or not we host an event this month, I hope you all enjoy May with a little extra spirit of cycling and alternative mobility. Keep pedaling and exploring!


Bike Story Night #14 Recap

🎤✨ What an incredible and beautiful Bike Story Night it was! A heartfelt thank you to our amazing 🌟 Featured Storytellers for sharing their stories with us. The feedback we received since last Wed.night reaffirmed that your words resonated deeply with everyone present, contributing to yet another unforgettable event. This was the most stories we’ve had in one night and each one left us feeling uplifted and deeply connected, fostering a sense of community that is truly magical.❤️

To all who joined us, thank you for being part of the magic. Your presence added immeasurable warmth and energy to the event. You were a great audience and I hope to see you all again soon! Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to stay connected on future events and exciting news! Link in bio. We hope to have some fun experiences and new ways to share more bike stories with you, stay tuned! 🤝🏽

✌🏽🎥Stay tuned for the video recordings of the stories, coming soon to our YouTube channel.

See more photos from Bike Story Night #14 - here

Spring Featured Bike Org 

At each event we like to shine a spotlight on different local bike non-profits / orgs. We are thrilled to announce 🌟@bikesacrossborders 🌟 will be joining us as our Featured Bike Organization On March 20th! 🙌🏽

✨Bikes Across Borders has organized more than twenty bike delivery caravans since 2001, sending over 800 bicycles to Mexico, Central America, and Cúba. We build solidarity partnerships locally and across borders through donating bikes and bike tools to community organizers. We seek to build a network of mutual aid among communities struggling for self determination and challenge capitalist ideals.

It was enlightening to hear firsthand about their annual journey from one of their newest members, Desiree. I hope you had the opportunity to engage with the other members too, as they shared valuable insights at their table. Be sure to follow them for updates and stay connected, especially as they prepare for their upcoming annual journey to Mexico. Your support and connection mean a lot to them and the community they serve.

Bike Story Night is Back - March 20th at The Meteor


Location: The Meteor Cafe & Bike Shop 

- 2110 S Congress Ave - Espresso | Champagne | Chain Lube. Combining cultures of coffee, food, wine, and bikes under one roof.Event Runs: 7:15 -10:00PM - be sure to arrive early for a good seat!

🎟️ Suggested $10 - $20 Donation at the Door🎟️

RSVP and share with friends on Facebook 


Submit your Story in advance to be a *Featured Storyteller* 


Submissions are Due Sun. March 10th

Whether you're a seasoned storyteller or just love riding your bike, we want to hear from you. Your story doesn't have to be an epic saga – if you've been on a bike, you've got a story worth sharing. It could even be about someone who's inspired you with their own biking adventures!

** If your business or group would like to collab, table or partner please feel free to reach out.

Hope to see you Wednesday March 20th!

3rd Annual Bike Story Night Campout 

Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Happy Horse Hotel - Cedar Creek, TX 78612 

Mark your calendars get your bikes tuned upRSVP/ Ticket Info
This is a night filled with heartwarming bike stories, and a cozy campout under the stars. We promise it'll be an event to remember!RSVP is required for this amazing event, whether you plan to bike, drive, camp, or simply hang out to enjoy the captivating stories and community fun. 

See photos from our previous campout 

Sign up for the Camp out Newsletter Updates and info about the ride out to Happy HorseAll the happenings leading up to and at the eventOther special bike packing tipsReminders and other fun stuff!

Virtual Bike Story Night with Alexandra Houchin

Valerie chats with Alexandera Houchin an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe woman) about her single-speed bike life, personal body journey, and the upcoming 2023 Triple Crown, Chumba bikes and her film “Stronger Together” takes an intimate look into a story inspired by her mother's journey to provide a good life for her and her siblings 

I want to express my deep gratitude to Alexandra for sharing her insights and knowledge beyond ultra endurance racing.  We delved into everything, from her first bike purchase off Craigslist, her SS homies and the special relationship between the ultra endurance racers. Not to mention how special she feels when she's riding and spending a lot of time on her bike. The thing that she finds brings her so much joy and closer to knowing  herself more. 

Check out the full recording of our chat on YouTube

Bike Story Night at Radio Coffee & Beer

Join us on Sunday, October 8th, for an unforgettable evening at Radio Coffee & Beer, where we come together to share the magic of storytelling, reconnect with old bike friends, and make new connections. Bike Story Night celebrates the intersection of storytelling and the joy of cycling. 

Program Includes:

Facebook RSVP link 

Submit Your Story Here by Sun Oct 1st: Story Submission Form -

Raffle Prizes: with your donation your name will be entered to WIN some really cool PRIZES from **Radio Coffee & Beer, Patagonia, Chumba USA, Dispersed Bikepacking & MORE! 

Celebrating Austin's First Multi-Use Bike Polo Court at Mendez Park!

For the next Bike Story Night Summer Feature, I decided to connect with the vibrant bike polo community. We discussed their newly-remodeled multi-use bike polo court at Mendez (formerly Metz) Park, freshly renamed after Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez a pillar of the East Austin neighborhood and program specialist at the community center. 

What is Bike Polo? A lot of people will simply tell you “it's like hockey on bikes”. Having visited the court on Canterbury Street a few times in the past several years, after Sunday Cruises and once during a newbie night about a year and a half ago. I've witnessed the growth of a strong and dedicated community that gathers to play at the court. It was nice to finally dive deeper into the world of bike polo and get to know this amazing community a little better. The games are typically played 2-3 times a week (Thu 7pm, Sat or Sun 11ish) unless posted otherwise.

Read more about my visit here

Multi-Use Bike Polo Court Ribbon Cutting + Movies Under the Stars 

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2023 AT 7 PM  

Austin premiere of the film, "Making Our Space: Unbound and Beyond" at ATX Bikes

I am absolutely thrilled for Abi, the incredible force behind Queer Gravel, as they host the Austin premiere of the film, "Making Our Space: Unbound and Beyond" at ATX BikesJoin us for this special event where you'll not only get to experience the film but also learn more about the inspiring initiatives of Queer Gravel, @bikestorynight and @austin.gravel.collective. It's going to be an evening filled with celebration and inspiration!Save the date: Sunday, July 23. The doors open at 5 PM, and the screening will kick off at 5:30 PM. But that's not all—stick around for an engaging Q&A session with Abi, moderated by yours truly, Valerie aka VaruCreative and the host of Bike Story Night.It was just over 2 years ago, on June 25th, 2021, that Abi (@queergravel) shared their remarkable story with us at the 2nd Bike Story Night. If you haven't seen it yet, head over to the link in our stories to watch Abi's inspiring journey on our YouTube Channel.I can't wait to see all of you there! Let's come together, celebrate Abi's accomplishments, and dive into the world of "Making Our Space: Unbound and Beyond." It's an event you won't want to miss. See you soon!RSVP on Eventbrite: to Abi's Story on our YouTube from the Bike Story Night June 2022 event - #MakingOurSpace #UnboundAndBeyond #FilmScreening #BikeStoryNight #GravelCollective #CommunityEvent #Inspiration #ATXBikes #QandA #SupportLocal

Filmed by Bike Austin Hosted by Bike Story Night/VARU Creative  - June 10 2023


We want to extend a heartfelt thank you for joining us at the very first Filmed by Bike Austin. Your presence and support meant the world to us and the entire Bike Story community.

Your generous contributions to this fundraiser for Bike Story Night will play a crucial role in ensuring the success of our event for years to come. Thanks to you, we are empowered to continue growing and creating even more memorable experiences.

We are immensely grateful for your dedication to biking and for being a part of this incredible bike community. Together, we are making a positive impact and fostering a vibrant biking culture.

Stay tuned for details on our next Bike Story Night event later this summer. 

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