Largest Bicycle Bell Ringing

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I saw this press release and I had to pass it on. Its a great cause and bicycles are involved.

On Saturday, May 9th a group of Boulder residents are chiming in to break the Guinness World Record™ for the Largest Bike Bell Ensemble—the most people ringing their bike bells at once to a recognizable song for at least five minutes.

The current record is held by a German group and stands at 503 bike bell ringers. The Boulder community is aiming for 1,000 bike bell ringers to illustrate their combined thumb strength and ability to strum a single note for a sustained period of time. It will take a committed group of individuals to defeat the Germans! Boulder can do it!

Win Your Weight in Beer!!!

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Steamworks Brewery out of Durango Colorado is working with the in see who is the best all round rider in TT, Hill Climb and Circuit race. The winner will win their weight in beer!!! The qualifying categories are as follows
SM P1-2, SW P1-2. SM3, SW3. SM4, SW4.
SM: 35+, 45+, 55+, 65+, SW 35+, 45+, 55+, 65+. SW4, SM4, SM35+/3, SM35+/4, SM45+/4.

Weekend Cycling Events for April 25 & 26

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Saturday April 25

Deer Trail Road Race The spring time classic road race out in katmandu Colorado (Deer Trail to be exact) but never the less it pulls HUGE fields and this years course is different from years past with more climbing than usual. This race will be a good yard stick to see who is ready and who is not. IMPORTANT NOTE for this race is that it is PRE REGISTRATION ONLY! if you have not registered already then make other plans this Saturday!

Bike or Walk to School Day

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Yesterday Walk or Bike to School Day was a huge success with over 2200 students registered to participate but it is speculated that many more did. Foothills, Flatirons and Heatherwood Elementary had big events with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the implementation of their Safe Routes to Schools improvements. Some of those improvements include newer bike racks (old ones are difficult for many to use and simply don't fit bikes especially if lights are on the bike), bike paths, extra signage, more sidewalks and safer cross walks. Casey Middle School students had the extra big task of riding to their new temporary school, Platt Middle School but that did not slow them down, Catherine Powers, a teacher at Casey led a group of kids. The Casey students had a diverse set of students participate thanks to Casey's earn-a-bike program.

Photo by Mike Eubanks

"The weather for this week so far couldn't have been better", mentioned a parent as crossing 75th street as she took a bike train to Heatherwood Elementary. Boulder Sheriff had two officers on 75th street along with a worker from the Boulder County Transportation Department as the monitor traffic for future improvements and aided crossing guards with making a presence to the speedy south bound 75th traffic.

Boulder and Denver Bike Commuting is getting easier

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This morning the Daily Camera reports of better bike lanes and multi use path from Arapahoe to Mapleton street. Also, 5280 magazine recently talked about "Denver's bike culture moves beyond spandex and embraces the commuter", see full story. This week the Boulder Valley School District is having Walk and Roll Week which I can say at my son's schools it is a major success so far! Commuting is happening!

Tips on commuting in Boulder or Denver

- Get a map (Boulder Map and Denver Map)
- Logistics, this in my opinion is the hardest by far, either have a plan to have your stuff already at work (clothes, lunch, shoes, towel (if you shower), computer, etc.
- Don't take the same streets to you destination as you would by car. At least in Boulder there are TONS of bike lanes and paths that can take you to the same place but off of the main car veins. For example need to get to Downtown Boulder, trip Pine street instead of Pearl street or ride 30th street instead of 28th.
- Get the right bike. If you want to do this more than just 1 day a week you might want to consider getting a commuter bike. This of course is not required but it could make a huge difference in making commuting more common in your life.

Bikes to consider...

Commuter bike The bike industry is just now starting to address this niche of bikes but some will say they still have a looonnggg way to go. When selecting a commuter bike you have to consider the distance you will probably be riding and the amount of "stuff" you will have with you but my personal favorite and maybe my next bike is..
Swobo Dixon or Gary Fisher Simple City 8

Custom bike Any bike can be a commuter bike with a few optional adjustments (bike rack, fender, light, etc.) I have a HEAVILY modified Redline 925 with a SRAM internal 5 speed and riser bars, and it works great for me! Since you might not be racing on your way to work you bike can be tricked out to make it different or unique. Recently I took a Surly Cross-check and turned it into a nice Commuter/Hipster ride. The bike is for sale $600 for 303cycling readers! email me kris at 303racing dot com if you are interested!

Cargo Bikes A must have for those who have a lot of "stuff" to move with you or are considering going full time bike commuter. I've seen a few Cargo's around town and this individual uses the Yuba Mundo to commute from Longmount to Gunbarrel every day!

Types of Cargo bikes
Yuba Mundo
Surly Bike Dummy

Free basic repair clinic by Team Luna

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Tomorrow April 22, Join the Team Luna racing team at Boulder cycle Sport for a free clinic on basic bike repair, topics covered include

  • change a flat
  • Fix squeaky breaks
  • adjust your gears
  • and much more...


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