Name: Cara Notestine
Nickname: Ehhh, none. Just Cara
Star sign/Blood type: Pisces/who knows
Birthday: March 11
Current city: Memphis, TN
What’s the bike scene like in Memphis for females?
Unfortunately, Memphis can be a scary place to ride. I can only think of a handful of us that commute regularly, but about 10 or so ladies come together for the group rides, which is definitely safer. There are tons of women here that race and train on the road (I see them rocking the spandex all the time), but I mostly know the girls involved in the fixed gear scene (which is like three, lolz) or associated with the local community bike shop, Revolutions. A lot of the girls here ride because their boyfriends do, but, hey, any girl who wants to ride is awesome by me.
What’s your favourite ride right now?
Right now, I only have one complete bike that I ride all the time, my Charge Plug Freestyler. I have it set up for tricks, but I also commute with it. I’d love to build up a junker bike for playing polo; I cringe whenever my Charge takes a hard mallet hit. I can’t afford any other rides at the moment, but I do have a pretty sweet tall bike I made last year, but it has to share wheels with another bike and is not always rideable.
Where’s your favourite place to ride?
The only other city I’ve ever ridden in is New Orleans, which was so much fun! Memphis is nice and flat, but there’s not much to look at. I guess I prefer Memphis just because I know the roads so well and I’m used to the way traffic works here. It’s not necessarily an enjoyable commute, but the friends I ride with here are what make me love it so much!
Favourite riding outfit: I love riding the most when it’s cold outside and I can wear a million layers of clothes. Memphis has very hot summers, so I usually just wear my worn out jean cut-offs and the cleanest t-shirt I can find.
Favourite food: Anything (without meat)
Favourite movie: Brick, Pineapple Express
Favourite book: Anything by Sylvia Plath and Craig Thompson
What makes you laugh? Playing hacky-sack. I don’t why I think it’s so funny, but I do.
What makes you angry? Relying on other people to get things done and they don’t.
What are you listening to on your I-pod? I usually just keep it on random. This is a tough question to answer, but I guess mostly indie and metal.
Do you have any pets? I have a fat cat named Olive who talks a lot.
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