FIVE THINGS WITH CHARLOTTE FAGAN, FOUNDER AND CO-ORGANIZER FEMMECHANICS
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU RIDING?CF: This was my first ever cyclocross season, and woah was it fun! I rode with a new women’s dirt team called The Hustle Hive. So, I’ve been riding and crashing my new cross bike a lot. I bought a Raleigh RXW and then had my friend (and artist) Ellen Bechtel give it a ridiculously rad honeycomb fade paint job. I feel like a rockstar on this bike.
BANJO BROS: WHERE ARE YOU RIDING?CF: I am lucky to live only 2 blocks away from Franklin Park, which is the biggest park in Boston. Franklin Park has everything you need - a zoo, a stadium, a woodsy wilds, a golf course, a pond - you name it Franklin Park has it. Including, of course, an excellent practice loop for cyclocross only 3 minutes from my front door.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING/READING/LISTENING TOO?
CF: Boston is a weird place to live. There are so many amazing things about this city. But, Boston is also a deeply, deeply segregated place, and it’s hard for me to ever shake that when I think about it as a whole. (Especially within the larger politics of Massachusetts as the bluest blue state at this particular political moment.) Anyways - right now I’m reading ‘Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families’ which is a journalist history of the busing riots in Boston, and I feel like it’s helping me to better understand where I live.
So, I’ve been riding and crashing my new cross bike a lot. I bought a Raleigh RXW and then had my friend Ellen gave it a ridiculously rad honeycomb fade paint job. I feel like a rockstar on this bike.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING/EATING/DRINKING?CF: I’m a self-professed carb-a-holic, and love all forms of bread, pasta, tortillas, etc. Right now I’m back on the no-knead bread train, and enjoying having freshly baked bread at home.
BANJO BROS: WHAT’S STUCK IN YOUR CRAW?
CF: Right now I’m working on a culturally appropriate and efficient cook stove design for use in rural Guatemala. I’m bringing students down to Guatemala next month to prototype and test it out. So I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about cooking surfaces, energy sources, and the best way to burn things!