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Friday, November 6, 2015


Dexter Avenue.
For those of us watching, the last two years have revealed a very clear new superstar in the country's progress toward protected bike lane networks.
It's the Emerald City: Seattle.
In the last two years, Seattle has completed seven protected bike lane projects, more than any other city in the country in that period except New York.
As we've written, Seattle heaved through a significant "bikelash" a few years ago. And (much like NYC before it) it's discovered an ocean of political support on the other side.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA)

On Wednesday and Thursday the House of Representatives are going to voting on the transportation bill- including up to three  votes to cut eligibility for biking  projects.

We need your help!

Please ask your Representative to vote NO on the Carter amendments 68 and 69 and Yoho amendments 158 that would end eligibility for biking and projects.

Last week the Transportation Committee, led by Chairman Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR), passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA). This bill includes a carefully constructed agreement on bicycling and walking funding that we support - and need to defend.  It maintains funding streams for biking infrastructure projects, and it maintains the local control aspects and competitive processes that have made the transportation alternatives program effective. 

Rep. Carter and Yoho have introduced amendments that undermine that agreement. Rep Carter has two amendments. One amendment makes biking and walking projects ineligible for certain types of transportation funding. The second opens up the transportation alternatives funding to road and bridge projects.

Representative Yoho's amendment would make the Recreational Trails Program ineligible for any transportation funding.
Please ask your Representative to Vote NO on the Carter and Yoho Amendments

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Video: McLaren 675LT vs. a Bicycle

TRANS AMERICA TRAIL: THE END OF AN ODYSSEY @SwallowBicycle @bikepackingcom

An inspiring epilogue to the Swallow’s 87 day, 4,970 mile, off-road ride on the Trans America Trail. Plus, tips for riding the TAT, a final QA, and their favorite gear…
From Morehead City, North Carolina into the Great Smoky Mountains, across Southern Tennessee, we dropped into Northwest Mississippi, pedaled across Arkansas, over the Ozarks, and dead straight across Northern Oklahoma and the Panhandle. We rode into the gulches of Northeast New Mexico, climbed up into Colorado, up and over the Rocky Mountains, before we dropped down to ride across Utah, and from basin to range northwest across Nevada and the high desert. We tapped California before riding northwest again, across Oregon, where we came to the end of our western route in Port Orford, Oregon on Sunday, October 26, 2015. The final tally of miles came in right around 4,970, which we completed in 87 days (81 days pedaling with 6 days off).

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Monday, November 2, 2015

The Top 10 Reasons Everyone Should Bike to Work @momentummag

Photo by Todd Mecklem
Photo by Todd Mecklem

Despite vast improvements in cycling infrastructure in many cities across the continent, the majority of North Americans still don’t bike to work. While the benefits of cycling to work are nearly innumerable, we managed to round them down to just ten so we wouldn’t run out of space on the Internet. From the Momentum Mag staff, here are our top 10 reasons to bike to work:
1. Fun!
Biking to work is fun, plain and simple. Many people look back wistfully on fond childhood memories of riding their bike around their neighborhood, wishing they could still be so carefree amid the rigors of working life. Biking to work allows you integrate that simple feeling of exhilaration into your daily grind. Observe your surroundings, listen to the birds and wave at passing cyclists as you ride. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself wishing your commute were longer.
2. Fitness
Biking to work is good for you. While the exact calories burned on a ride varies between each person, their speed, and the topography, cycling on average burns as many calories as jogging, with considerably fewer negative impacts on the joints. Cycling improves cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, builds muscle, and improves coordination. Sneaking the health benefits of biking into your daily commute is so easy it almost feels like cheating!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water @salsacycles

Ben Weaver: Surrounding Water from Salsa Cycles on Vimeo.

The Velocipede Races @ellyblue @kickstarter

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The traditional bottle cage is the stuff of legend. It works well but does not cover the needs of all cyclists.

Perhaps you would like to carry a vacuum flask safely and conveniently for those HOT or really COLD drinks? Or maybe you feel the need to carry a large container up to 2 LITRES capacity? Cycle campers are often at a loss as to where to keep their stove fuel bottle when traveling from site to site.

Back in 1986 we thought about these requirements. The result was BIKEBUDDY the unique ADJUSTABLE bottle cage system.

BIKEBUDDY comes in three versions: MK1 for cycles without bottle cage fittings, and the MK2 and MK3 for cycles, which do. They are all manufactured entirely from stainless steel, so there is no fear of corrosion.

The MK1 is designed to fit the most popular tube size i.e. one and one eight inches (28.5mm) diameter.

The MK2 screws directly to the frames bottle cage fittings. Its central chassis contains eleven slots for positioning up or down the tube.

The MK3 has the advantage of QUICK RELEASE (see illustration). This model is withdrawn from the frame whilst still attached to the flask or bottle, leaving behind an unobtrusive pair of location pegs, which are screwed, into the bottle cage fittings, so you need only carry the MK3 when you want to. The LOCATION PEGS weigh approx 25 grammes and are available separately for fitting to your other bikes, enabling the transfer of the flask/bottle from one bike to another at a modest cost. MK3 requires only 20mm of lateral and 10mm of vertical movement to secure or remove it. This is VERY useful for carrying a large container in a small frame.

All three models adjust from 2.8 to 4.4 inches diameter (70 to 112mm). Where leg room is not a problem, BIKEBUDDY can be adjusted up to 6 inches (152mm) diameter by substituting the standard springs for '200' series which are available as an extra - very handy for carrying a small tent or rainwear.

For the better part of a quarter of a century, cyclists worlwide have made BIKEBUDDY their preffered choice, be it for cycle touring, cycle camping, commuting or off road.

BIKEBUDDY probably the most versatile system on the planet!