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Cycling’s Rainy, Dark Season is Here

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Click image to get full-on Bikesuitized.

You’d be so drenched in sweat by the time you arrived at work that it wouldn’t have mattered if you’d worn a rain jacket at all. The Bikesuit is a real product that we’ll begin seeing in stores next year. It’s as close as you can get to wearing a full on SCUBA diving dry suit, or hell, even a wetsuit when you ride your bike. You wouldn’t have to worry as much about cars hitting you since they’d definitely take note of your outfit; you might have to worry more about them throwing empty beer bottles at you. I would advise putting fenders on your bike and getting slightly less bio-hazard-looking rain clothes.

via Cycleicious

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Minneapolis! We’re #2!

bike opolis Minneapolis! We’re #2!
A confusing graphic.

We came in .1% behind Portland in a Rutgers University study into which North American city is best for biking. The percentages are a little bit baffling; I’m not sure if they’re saying that’s how many people cycle in each city or if that’s the measurable amount of bike lanes vs streets. Either way, I would argue that Minneapolis is way less bikeable than Portland due to our extreme cold temperatures, but the fact that we put so many bikers on the streets in winter shows our commitment. If Rutgers had done a study on which city has the most cycling badasses, Minneapolis would have won by a wide margin.

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Minneapolis Alleycat

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photo by Shawn Jeppesen, www.generationoutdoors.com

The GearJunkie filed a post about an August Alleycat in Minneapolis that started at One on One in Minneapolis. He borrows some pics from Generation Outdoors, who showed up to shoot the race. Looks like a good time, though I’m not sure why this guy wore a jumpsuit. The race lasted about 3 hours and it sounds like Hurl won the event.

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New Wilderness Designation Could Block Mountain Bikes from Western Trails

Monarchcrest10 New Wilderness Designation Could Block Mountain Bikes from Western Trails

Thousands of miles of alpine singletrack in the west could be closed to bikers in the next few years. The problem is that a lot of trails that are opened to bikers right now are old game trails or Native American trails, and they were never designed for the rigors of cycling. Mountain bikers contest that they don’t cause more erosion than hikers or horseback riders, but they also cover more ground and there are a lot more of them. Though in their defense, bikes don’t take massive dumps in the middle of the trail like horses. The Continental Divide trail would be the biggest to get shutdown, and the move seems to be picking up momentum among public land guardians.

This is one of those cases where it’s easy to see both sides. They’re trying to protect the land in its most natural state, but cycling is healthy, fun, good for the environment, and hell-it’s National Park-that’s our land, too. Instead of complaining, the IMBA needs to figure out how to change the conversation from fighting shutdowns to making the trails more bike friendly.




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Upcoming Google Maps ‘Bike There’ Option

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I just figured out that my commute is exactly 6.4 miles each way. Just about right for the 30 minute slog against traffic and over the Manhattan Bridge. I figured it out using the ‘walking’ option in Google Maps. Pretty soon I won’t have to use that option anymore, because right now Google is testing a ‘Bike There’ option. Not only is this great news for people planning their cycling trips around the country, but it’s also going to bring a lot of attention to the bikeability of cities when the new feature debuts on Google Maps.  After this we should see a Streetview-style Google Map, and then hopefully a lot of cities will start making map mashups that show indoor parking for bikes and bike racks. Keep piling it on; maybe this will even help convince politicians to expand their biking options-no one wants to be the least bikeable city.

via Urban Velo

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Bike Meets Art Event on Friday, Oct 16

Varsity Bike & Transit will host a very special Bike Meets Art event with local artist Adam Turman on Friday, Oct. 16 from 4:30-7:30pm. Turman is doing a special, limited-edition “Pedal Less Oil” poster for the event. The event will include a meet-and-greet with Turman from 5:30-6:30 pm and he will showcase his other bicycle-inspired work in the shop during the event at Varsity Bike & Transit on 1316 SE 4thStreet in Dinkytown (Minneapolis). Varsity Bike & Transit will host pizza and refreshments, as well as other goodies and give-aways.

www.varsitybike.com

www.adamturman.com

The below sales* will take place from Friday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct 18

Overall

A limited-edition Adam Turman/Varsity Bike “Pedal Less Oil” print for $15

$10 off any purchase of $50

Bike Sales

Upwards of 33 percent off electric bikes (savings totaling more than $1,000)

Fuji Palisade commute bike  now $300 (was $440)

Marin Portifino road bike now $600 (was $750)

Bike Parts

$20 off any colored wheel set

U locks less than $10

Bike Service

$10 off any winter tune-up good (good from 12/1-2/28)

Bike Storage

Buy a pro tune-up at $59.99 at get up to four months of free bike storage

*while supplies last

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Lance Armstrong Misunderstands Bikers: Signs with Michelob ULTRA

lance armstong victory Lance Armstrong Misunderstands Bikers: Signs with Michelob ULTRA

Armstong drinking some Michelob Ultra.

Lance. I try so hard to like you for the good work you do with cancer, but this is too much. I don’t give a shit if you date the 17-year-old Olsen sisters and are generally a jerk, but this is beer we’re talking about. Bikes and beer go together-everyone knows that. But you becoming the poster boy for Michelob Ultra is a step away from the Bikes and Beer culture. I’d rather see you support Sharps Amber, at least that has some taste. This ULTRA garbage drives me crazy. Their commercials look like they’re trying to sell Gatorade, and the stuff tastes like shit. I may as well drink hydrogen peroxide to try to get drunk. Now everyone who understands bikes only through Lance Armstrong is going to think we’re a bunch of spandex-wearing, pussy-beer-drinking Nancies. Thanks.

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Bike Meets Art Event

Varsity Bike & Transit will host a very special Bike Meets Art event with local artist Adam Turman on Friday, Oct. 16 from 4:30-7:30pm. Turman is doing a special, limited-edition “Pedal Less Oil” poster for the event. The event will include a meet-and-greet with Turman from 5:30-6:30 pm and he will showcase his other bicycle-inspired work in the shop during the event at Varsity Bike & Transit on 1316 SE 4th Street in Dinkytown (Minneapolis). Varsity Bike & Transit will host pizza and refreshments, as well as other goodies and give-aways.

www.varsitybike.com
www.adamturman.com

The below sales* will take place from Friday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct 18

Overall
• A limited-edition Adam Turman/Varsity Bike “Pedal Less Oil” print for $15
• $10 off any purchase of $50

Bike Sales
• Upwards of 33 percent off electric bikes (savings totaling more than $1,000)
• Fuji Palisade commute bike now $300 (was $440)
• Marin Portifino road bike now $600 (was $750)

Bike Parts
• $20 off any colored wheel set
• U locks less than $10

Bike Service
• $10 off any winter tune-up good (good from 12/1-2/28)

Bike Storage
• Buy a pro tune-up at $59.99 at get up to four months of free bike storage

*while supplies last

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French Electro Band of Bike Messengers?

Riding in the city from Rafale. Is this a music video? An ad for a company I’ve never heard of? Maybe they’re selling those ninja breather masks that are supposed to keep your lungs clean between smoke breaks. Some solid footage of riding in the city, but the skid around the baby stroller was a bit overdone.

Turns out it’s for a French electro band, and it’s supposed to be about bike messengers in NYC. No deliveries on this route?

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U.S. Technology Lags in Bike Coolness

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“I’ve always been intrigued with Stockholm Syndrome. It reminds me of my childhood.” U.S. technology sadly lags behind our European allies with their compact cities and bikeable streets. This shot comes from Wend and their love affair with Stockholm. And who wouldn’t love city-run bike pumps available for free, year-round use? The Cyklepumps dot curbsides like fire hydrants in Sweden. Until U.S. Tech catches up with the old country, you can still stop by Varsity to use our Cykelpump.