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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

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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.





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Bike Lanes in Brooklyn

 Bike Lanes in Brooklyn

I saw this guy the other day while riding home in the morning. Forgive the terrible picture, but I didn’t want to creep up on the guy and shoot him lying on the side of the street after hitting or getting hit by a car, so I took the coward’s way out and pretended like I was checking some bullshit on my phone and then took a pic from across the street. It was hard to tell exactly what had happened in this case, but it ended with a biker laying on the street in a bike lane and a silver Masseratti with a big dent in its side. If the car had swerved at the last minute, anything could have happened so speculation is tough. Maybe the driver even doored him and he dented the side with his head when he flipped over it.

This is the second time I’ve seen a biker laying on the road in a bike lane. The first was on Broadway in the city, and this time was on 5th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Every time I ride down 5th Ave, I’m inches away from getting pushed into a parked car or run over at an intersection. The problem is the bike lanes. Someone slows to make a left turn at an intersection, and the driver swerves into the bike lane to pass without looking. It happens in a moment and a thousand times a day. Bike lanes are used for delivery parking, overflow parking, taxis dropping and picking up, hot dog carts, Italian ice carts, and skateboarders and runners going the wrong way. Then cars start swerving around, and I see these morning commuter accidents and bikers getting shoved into cars.

Bike lanes only work as well as police keep cars out of them. I’m going to make a bike tank and ride it down 5th Ave one day. Straight through all the food vendors, swerving cars, and they’ll only stop my after calling in the SWAT team to drop a bazooka on me once I ride uphill to Prospect Park.

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Fashion Label Bikes and their Chinatown Knockoffs

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As hard as I tried not to throw up while reading Whose Bike are You Wearing in The New York Times, I tasted bile a few times. The story is about bikes as fashion, and some people in the New York ad world are dropping up to $20k on these Dutch city bikes that come out under fashion labels. The only good news is that people who lack the sense to spend such a massive amount of cash on a workmanlike bike likely also lack the sense to correctly lock them up. I imagine I’ll find some Christian Dior wheels for sale on Craigslist any day now. I’ve always thought that whatever got people on bikes was good news, but the story here is that fashions will change, and someone getting into bikes as a component of their clothing likely won’t be around too long.

But I am happy to see these super cheap Linus city bikes that will be coming out next year. This is the Canal St. knock-off version of a fashionable bike. At about $300 each, these are made to ride and get locked around town.