In a new book titled How Cycling Can Save the WorldGuardian writer Peter Walker discusses the ways in which getting more people on bicycles can make the world a better place. Reducing smog and traffic and improving health are obvious, but Walker goes much deeper into the subtle ways cycling can improve nearly everything about urban life.
In a world dominated . . . by bikes, people can amble, children can play, fresh air can be breathed, conversations can be heard, all without our omniscient, noisy, smelly, lethal modern-day plague,” Walker says. “Cyclists are recognizably human, traveling at human-scaled speeds. As a benefits to urban living, that can hardly be overstated.
On May 7, 2017 the TD Five Boro Bike Tour rolls though New York City for the 40th time to raise funds for bike education.
As New York City continues its efforts to make transportation safer, healthier, more sustainable, more equitable, and otherwise more sensible for residents and visitors alike, the nonprofit organization Bike New York is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its landmark achievement in cycling advocacy and education: the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, taking place May 7th.
This year 32,000 cyclists will roll the closed streets of New York City in what has become the largest bike ride in America. For the official word please follow the jump or click here.
We know what you’re thinking: hasn’t Patagonia been made sleeping bags for years? We thought that too, but in fact they haven’t. . . until now with the 800 Down Sleeping Bag.
“After years and years of making one-off sleeping bags for ourselves and people heading out on select trips, we wanted to share what we’ve learned with the greater outdoor community,” said Jenna Johnson, Patagonia’s sr. director, technical outdoor. “Our team built on a deep knowledge of insulation design and thought through every aspect of these sleeping bags, offering our customers a highly crafted, super functional bag option. Sleeping bags are such a crux part of our kit, and they become like a partner as we go out to explore and see new places. I’m very proud of our work and excited to offer these products to our customers.”
Nothing makes sleeping in your car more comfortable than a good mummy bag. For all the official details, please follow the jump.
Our first bike was a beautiful, stock, metal flake blue Schwinn Sting-Ray coaster with matching grips and a white banana seat. We had friends who had Apple and Orange Krates and we longed for the accessories (especially the gear shifter with the big 5 on it). Since we already had the bike, we talked our dad into helping us upgrade. By the time we were finished customizing, the bike had curled out bars, a monster sissy bar, and a shock up front. It was dope. And we’re still bummed that by the time we turned 13 we’d painted it black and turned it into a BMX bike.
But there is hope. Schwinn, a zombie company alive today in name only, announced that they are re-releaseing a limited edition of 500 Lemon Peeler bikes.
“The Schwinn Lemon Peeler is one of the most recognized Schwinn bikes,” said Milissa Rick, Schwinn Senior Director of Marketing. “We’re excited to make this bike available to those who always wanted to own a Schwinn Sting Ray. This is an opportunity for us to also share our story with a new audience.” . . . The limited edition Lemon Peeler will feature a spring suspension fork, a Schwinn 16-inch front wheel and a 20-inch Sting-Ray Slik rear tire just like its original counterpart. Additionally, the bike is equipped with a striped banana seat, fenders and a coaster brake.
Owning a re-release is not the same as owning a classic, but damn, it looks good. Doesn’t it? The Schwinn Lemon Peeler will reportedly be available from Amazon.com soon for $349.99. We’re kind of hoping if this goes well that they will release some other colors (and five speeds), as well. Follow the jump for the official word from Schwinn. [click to continue…]
The old Gorge Roubaix has been magically transformed into the 2017 Oregon Gravel Grinder Series and will include races in The Dalles, Bend, and Mr. Hood. Each event, which kicks off April 2, 2017 in The Dalles, Oregon, will feature at least two distances to choose from.
We have selected the most scenic, challenging, and quality roads to be found in the state of Oregon. Many are iconic and are included as part of Oregon Scenic Bikeways. These are signature roads that are unique and that you will find no were else. Each ride comes complete with chip timing that allows for immediate results posted onsite and online as well as interim timing points and competitions along the way. Well stocked aid stations, porta potties and well signed courses mean that you can focus completely on the task of finishing strong. Each has a post event party were riders can bask in their accomplishment and trade stories with friends and fellow riders of their experience along the way.
It’s never too early to start planning for summer shred missions? Here’s a great reason to visit the historic Sun Valley, Idaho: seventh annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival June 29 – July 2, 2017.
Visitors can participate or spectate in one of the many fast-paced races—or kick-back, saddle up and enjoy the summertime recreational offerings of iconic Sun Valley, ID. The four-day festival is host to endurance, skill and learning based events centralized around all things cycling. Live music, bike clinics, demos, shuttle rides and the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria are waiting for you at this year’s eventful weekend, happening June 29 to July 2, 2017.
For 2017 Garmin and turned up their team sponsorship and now officially sponsors five world tour teams and four mountain biking teams. Which teams exactly? Here you go: Cannondale-Drapac Pro, Movistar, Astana Pro Team, FDJ Pro Team and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. On the mountain bike side they’ve got Trek Factory Racing, CLIF Pro Team, CUBE Action Team, and Scott-SRAM.
“Garmin started sponsoring professional cycling teams nearly a decade ago, and we are excited to continue our commitment to the sport,” said Jon Cassat, Garmin vice president of communications. “As a leader in cycling technology, we are proud to provide the teams with top- of-the-line products – from GPS bike computers to cycling awareness accessories and multisport GPS watches – for training, racing and adventure in between.”
Garmin will be outfitting the teams with Edge cycling computers, Varia radar-equipped tail lights, plus Forerunner and Fenix GPS smartwatches all around. Kind of makes us want to get on a world pro team, you know, for the smart watches. . . right?
For the official word from Garmin, please follow the jump.
Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to fund cancer research through cycling, opened registration for their three-day Columbus, Ohio experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism, on February 8, 2017. The event, takes place Aug. 4-6, 2017 and there is still time to sign up and raise money.
“We are excited to build upon Pelotonia’s success in 2017,” said Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman. “With 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses expected this year in the U.S. – more than 68,000 of those in Ohio – there is much work to be done towards our goal of ending cancer. And in order to make progress, we need more people than ever before to register for and participate in Pelotonia ’17 –whether it’s as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer.”
If you’re looking for a good cause to ride for in Ohio, in August, then this just might be what you’re looking for. For all the official details, please follow the jump.