Üma Kleppinger, aka The Ümabomber, is a writer, graphic designer, and teacher of yoga and other profoundly deep stuff. She believes the bicycle in all its forms is a vehicle for transformation. Named after a Hindu goddess, charged with bringing balance to the world, Üma is both yin and yang—a bike racing, beer drinking, bourbon loving, dirt shredding, meditating, brainiac tomboy. She is also a delicate flower. But not really. But kinda. Sorta.
The winter solstice has symbolic meaning, acknowledging that light always returns even in the darkest of times. In ancient times, it was a celebration of burning the shadows away. In other words, a perfect time to ride your bike!