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Aug
21

Bicycling in Phoenix | Mountain, Road, Cruisers, Grid Bike Share

Cruisers

Cruisers are made more for fun than fitness. So they’re perfect for exploring downtown Phoenix’s bike-friendly historic neighborhoods, such as the Willo or Encanto-Palmcroft districts, where you’ll find lovingly restored homes—in architectural styles ranging from Mission Revival to Classic Bungalow—dating to the 1920s. 

Or wind your way along the banks of the Salt River Project’s web of irrigation canals, where more than 100 miles of paved and packed-dirt paths crisscross Greater Phoenix, passing neighborhoods, urban parks and shopping and entertainment districts.

For those who like a reward at the end of a morning ride, try the beer brunch at O.H.S.O Eatery + Nanobrewery’s Arcadia locale, where bike racks, locks and tools for simple repairs attract riders from the nearby canal path. Or there’s downtown’s Phoenix Public Market Café, where breakfast is served until 3 p.m., and it’s never too early for a bourbon milk punch. You can also fill your bike’s basket with fresh goodies from the adjacent open-air farmers market, held Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Before you rent a cruiser, check with your hotel to see if it has a bike program. Greater Phoenix properties such as The Clarendon Hotel and Spa, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Bespoke Inn and The Saguaro all offer guests complimentary loans of bicycles.

Skill Level

Easy

Best For

Leisurely ride to brunch

 

Mountain Biking

Pack the trail mix, because Greater Phoenix is heaven for mountain biking. Between its parks and preserves, the metro area boasts hundreds of miles of mountain-bike-friendly trails that put you in the midst of the Sonoran Desert, often just minutes from urban centers. As you careen around switchbacks, keep your eyes peeled for saguaro and prickly pear cactuses, spring wildflowers and desert critters such as roadrunners, coyotes and javelinas.

In northeast Phoenix, parts of Phoenix Mountains Preserve offer lengthy, easy treks, such as the 10.7-mile Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail, which uses a series of tunnels to cross under a freeway and busy streets. Or try more challenging rides, such as the 4.8-mile Perl Charles Memorial Trail, which loops the backside of landmark Piestewa Peak. 

At South Mountain Park, the National Trail follows 14.5 miles of the mountain’s ridgeline, offering great views of downtown Phoenix. For those who want to hone their skills, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has specially constructed competitive tracks (as well as general mountain biking trails) at Estrella Mountain, McDowell Mountain and White Tank Mountain regional parks.

Don’t own a mountain bike? No problem. The outfitters mentioned below offer rentals, guided tours and transportation to and from area hotels.

Skill Level

Moderate to difficult

 

Ideal For

Exploring the great outdoors

 

Where to Rent a Bike

REI Co-Op Experiences and Cactus Adventures

 

Grid Bike Share

To explore the heart of the city sans car, check out Grid Bike Share. This program places 500 easy-to-ride, lime-green bikes at 50 “hubs” throughout central Phoenix. The project was launched in 2014 as a public-private partnership

May
3

Bike Austin | Bicycling Advocacy, Education, and Outreach in Austin, Texas

Action Alert: Cutting Projects

On this coming Monday, April 20, the Transportation Policy Board at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will consider cutting already-approved projects, including some active transportation projects, to divert $600 million to rebuild I-35 in Central…

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Basic Guidelines on Safe Biking Now

It’s OK to ride your bike, but follow these tips to do so safely.

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COVID-19 Shelter in Place: What It Means for Austin Cyclists

Biking is more essential than ever. We also want to share that we’ve officially postponed Bike to Work Day until the fall, but May is still Bike Month and we’ll be offering some fun ways to engage those of you who still want to celebrate all things cycling.

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Apr
23

Bicycling

Welcome to the Bikeway Program for the City of Columbus. The Department of Public Service builds and maintains facilities to help those travelling in and around the Columbus area to use bicycles and a green, low cost and healthy means of travel. The city has also been selected for a bronze award from the League of American Bicyclists.  Click here to see a video about bicycling in Columbus!

Bicycles


Maps and Routes
The City of Columbus partnered with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to produce the 3rd edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map, which is available at Columbus area bike shops and public libraries
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Protected Bike Lane


Protected Bike Lanes
Protected bike lanes
help eliminate perceived risk and fear of collisions; reduce the risk of
crashing into car doors; and add a level of predictability making streets safer
for everyone.
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ShareTheRoad


Share the Road
Share the Road is a safety campaign created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman to encourage more people to ride their bicycles to work and school, and for fun.
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Turn Box
Bicycle lanes and cycle
tracks located on the right side of the roadway pose challenges for cyclists
making left turns.  
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Connect Columbus


Multimodal Thoroughfare Plan
The City of Columbus is
currently developing a true Multimodal Thoroughfare Plan to improve safety,
reduce congestion, assist children and the elderly, and promote economic
development, fitness and environmental responsibility. 
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Bicycle Parking


Bicycle Parking
Accessible and secure bicycle parking encourages people to get where they need to go on their bicycle. A variety of parking options can be found in Columbus.
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Projects and Planning


Projects and Planning
Information about current and upcoming bicycle projects. 
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Detours
Awards
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Apr
21

Bicycling Life Home Page


 







 





We intend this site to focus on the Good

News about Bicycling as a means of transportation and recreation in everyday life.





Edlin’s Crank
An exquisite study by our favorite artist, Taliah
Lempert
 
(Used with
permission)
 



Like Edlin, who’s crank appears above, you may not have a racing bike
(regardless of the pretentious logo), but if you have a bike, any bike,
you can join the human race instead of the rat race.  A quiet evening
ride or a trip to the store does not require a $2000 bike.  




Many

bicycle web sites are “event” oriented. Lots are interested on races or racers.

Most are seasonally oriented, and a few are advocacy oriented. We are not disinterested in

these things.  We are simply more interested in the promotion of cycling as a

“normal” means of transportation for every day travel needs as well as

recreation and healthy exercise.












We also want to counter all the fear mongering, intentional and

unintentional, that happens when bicycling is discussed.  

Sometimes cycling enthusiasts are their own worst enemy.

 It starts when fairly

competent cyclists start lobbying for bike paths and bike lanes at local public

meetings.  It ends with school districts banning bicycles as a means of

transportation, or with local road closures because elected officials are afraid of

liability.

 

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Pennsylvania
Bicycle Driver’s Manual 

Utah’s
Bicycle Commuter Guide

We like to cover issues of  media

bias, faulty reasoning, and misinformation.  We hope by pointing a finger at these

things you will be able to recognize falsehood when you see it, and have a ready answer

when someone asks why you ride a bike.

But we also intend to cover the good news about cycling, the health aspects, the pure

enjoyment, the cost benefits, both to the rider and the community.

  Cycling

Survey



Please take our comprehensive on-line survey and encourage your friends to do the same.

Help us get the facts on cycling!

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We want to show that the bicycle is not only a reasonable means of transportation, but,

in the majority of instances, the method best suited for personal needs. 



Crank and Hub Answer your Bicycle Questions


Now don’t assume we are just a bunch of Anti-Automobile bigots running off at the

mouth.
  We all drive.  When necessary.  It’s just that we have found that

the definition of “Necessary” varies dramatically from person to person, from

time to time. Biking is a lot more fun.


So come on in, snoop around and tell us what you think.


Apr
13

bicycling – Home

​How to Buy Your First Bicycle?

  If you plan to do more than just salivate over the shiny new bikes in our Buyer’s Guide, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by your options. Before your head explodes, allow us to demystify the process of bicycle buying. Start by deciding which of the most common bike types makes sense for you—mountain, road, hybrid, or city/commuter. Next, factor in yourcycling goals. Consider things like what kind of terrain you’ll ride most, what distance you want to cover, and what you want to accomplish.

  You may unsubscribe at any time. Your Privacy Rights| About Us If you’re more interested in exploring off road, your choice is pretty straightforward: Look for a mountain bike with wide, knobby tires, a flat handlebar, strong brakes, and shock-absorbing suspension that’s made for rough, unpredictable trails. You’ll then need to decide how much suspension you want (most have between 4 and 8 inches of travel) and which wheel size is right for you: 26-, 27.5-, or 29-inch. Smoother trails require less travel and allow you to use larger, more stable wheels.

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Apr
11

Bicycling Catalog – Biker’s Choice Bicycle Shop

Bontrager Interchange ANT+ Cadence Sensor

$39.99

Bontrager’s Interchange ANT+ Cadence Sensor is a cadence sensor that wirelessly transmits your data to a variety of ANT+ enabled receiving devices including Bontrager Node computers (sold separately). It includes a 5mm crank cadence band magnet and a silicone mounting strap to fit most chainstays, making installation a snap.

Bontrager Node Adjustable Handlebar Mount

$19.99

Product details
– Provides infinite angle adjustment allowing for your preferred computer placement
– Compatible with 31.8mm handlebars

Wahoo KICKR CORE Smart Trainer

$899.99

The KICKR CORE is the latest in Wahoo’s line of smart indoor bike trainers. It delivers a realistic, accurate, and quiet indoor training experience by using the proven flywheel technology and advanced algorithms of Wahoo’s legendary indoor bike trainers. The KICKR CORE indoor trainer is built with the durabilty to withstand all of your indoor training sessions and no other brand of smart trainers has more apps and software training options, including Zwift and Trainer Road. The Core also features built-in cadence measurement, without the need of an external sensor.
PLEASE NOTE: Some assembly is required. The KICKR CORE does not include a cassette or wheel block. These items can be purchased separately.
– Wahoo’s KICKR CLIMB indoor grade simulator was designed in conjunction with the KICKR smart trainers to deliver an unmatched indoor training experience when combined.
– KICKR HEADWIND was designed to deliver innovative climate control to your indoor training experience.
– The new KICKR features 12×142 and 12×148 thru axle compatibility in addition to standard 130/135mm quick release. Click to find out if your bike is compatible.
– Enhanced power accuracy to provide accurate power measurement and generate up to 1800W.
– Maximum percent grade adjusts to simulate up to a 16-degree incline.
– Visual confirmation that KICKR CORE is powered, connected and transmitting via Bluetooth and/or ANT+.
– ANT+ and Bluetooth capabilities allow it to connect to both smartphones and GPS devices simultaneously or separately. An ANT+ FE-C connection allows the KICKR CORE to be controlled from any FE-C enabled device or application.
– Robust steel construction ensures the KICKR CORE stays in place while you crank out the watts and stands up to years of heavy use.
– When connected to your device, it automatically sets your resistance via your favorite app or software.
– The KICKR flywheel is innovative and proven technology emulates the power and inertia experienced during outdoor riding. It provides the most realistic ride feel especially when using virtual riding/training platforms like Zwift and TrainerRoad.
– Get these vital cycling metrics on your indoor ride.
– Works with popular training apps such as Zwift, The Sufferfest, Fulgaz and TrainerRoad.
– Compatible with a third party power meter.

SRAM PowerLock Link Chain Connector

$4.99

Power links provide tool free chain assembly.
– Chain Compatibility: SRAM
– Reusable: No

Delta Leonardo Wall Rack With Tire Tray

$19.99

– Convenient storage for any bike with elegant space-saving design
– Welded construction with padded wheel hook
– Maximum load: 40lbs
– Includes Da Vinci tire tray to save walls from tire marks

Bontrager Trip 300

$64.99

How fast, how far, and how long? Bontrager’s wireless Trip 300 displays all of

Apr
4

Science of Cycling: A History of Bicycling Timeline

Timeline

1817 Baron von Drais invents the Draisine (also known as a Hobby Horse
or Swift-Walker), an improved celerifere than can be steered with handlebars.



 Draisine  Draisine


1839 Kirkpatrick MacMilan of Scotland adds cranks and treadmills
to the rear axle of a two-wheeled vehicle, but gains only local notoriety.


1858 Pedals are added to the front wheel of a two-wheeled machine,
creating a bone-jarring machine challed the velocipede or “boneshaker.”

 Velocipede  Velocipede

1868 Velocipedes are manufactured in the United States and velocipede
riding becomes a popular fad.

1869 Solid rubber tires replace iron velocipede tires and the
term “bicycle” is first used.


1872 The Ariel, the first high-wheel Ordinary, is manufactured
in Britian.


 Ordinary  Ordinary

1876 The Ordinary or high-wheeler is first displayed in America.

1877 First U.S.-made Ordinary manufactured.


1880 League of American Wheelmen is founded and begins lobbying
for better roads.


 


1884 Thomas Stevens pedals across the United States –from Oakland,
California, to Boston Massachusetts. J. K. Starley invents the “safety
bicycle.”


 Saftey Bicycle  Starley Saftey bicycle

1889 Pneumatic rubber tires invented.


1894 Fashion designers re-introduce the bloomer costume, freeing
women from the restrictive corsets and dress of the time.


1895 Chicago puts its mailmen on bicycles; the price of a good-quality
horse reaches a new low; four schoolmarms stir up controversy by wearing
bloomers to work.


1896 Margaret Valentine Le Long rides from Chicago to San Francisco;
coaster brakes are invented; Henry Ford builds his first succesful automobile.


Ford’s first automobile  Ford's Automobile


1898 Bicyles’ popularity in the United States declines.


1899 “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy sets a bicycle speed record
— one mile in 57.75 seconds.


1903 Bicycle mechanics Wilbur and Orville Wright fly 120 feet
in the first succesful airplane.


1962 New bicycle boom begins.


1972 Bicycles outsell cars in the United States –13 million to
11 million; bicycle thefts account for 17% of all larcenies in the U.S.


1973 Dr. Allan Abbott sets a bicycle speed record, reaching 138.674
mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.


1975 First Internation Human Powered Speed Championships held.


1976 2,000 cyclists celebrate the Bicentennial by riding across
America.

1981 The Specialized Stumpjumper became the first mass-produced mountain
bikes. It helps popularize the sport.


1984 The road race becomes the first women’s cycling event at
the Olympics.


1985 John Howard of the US sets a new bicycle speed record of
152.284 mph. The first person to go over 150 miles an hour on a bicycle.


1995 Fred Rompelberg of the Netherlands sets a new bicycle speed
record of 166.9 mph. At the time, he was 50 years old, and the world’s
oldest professional cyclist.


1996 Mountain biking introduced as an Olympic sport.


 

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Mar
31

Bicycling Information – Grand Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Bicycling Information On This Page Navigation

 

Three images, from left to right, park shuttle bus carrying several bicycles up front in an external rack. A bicycle in campsite with blue tent. Bicycle rental facility with attendant talking with two customers.

 

South Rim

Looking to exchange four wheels for two? Bicycling is a great way to experience the South Rim. Cyclists can enjoy approximately 13 miles (21 km) of roads and Greenway Trails that allow for more intimate explorations along the rim. If you get tired, load your bike on one of the park’s bicycle-friendly shuttle buses – there is a bus stop every one-half to one-mile along the 13 mile-stretch.

Bicycles are allowed on all paved and unpaved roads on the South Rim. Be good to yourself and the environment – ride instead of drive.

 

Image: 2 bicyclists riding along a paved greenway path along the edge of a colorful canyon landscape
Cyclists riding along the Hermit Road Greenway. Photo courtesy Sarah Neal.

 

Hermit Road

Scenic Hermit Road follows the canyon rim for 7 miles (11 km) and is one of the best places in the park for cycling. Most of the year, private vehicle restrictions eliminate most traffic. Shuttle and tour buses do utilize the road, so cyclists should pull to the right shoulder in a safe location, dismount and let buses pass.

The Hermit Road Greenway Trail, between Monument Creek Vista and Hermits Rest, provides a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) bicycle path away from the road and, in places, along the rim of Grand Canyon.

 

top of sign shows map of Hermit Road Greenway. Text reads: The Hermit Road section of the Greenway Trail accommodates hikers, bicyclists, and visitors using wheelchairs. The trail meets Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas.
The Hermit Road section of the Greenway Trail accommodates hikers, bicyclists, and visitors using wheelchairs. The trail meets Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas. Much of the trail follows the 1912 alignment of Hermit Road. There are six overlooks, including Pima Point, in addition to multiple resting areas along the trail.

 

South Kaibab Trailhead and Yaki Point

Looking for a scenic, yet shorter cycling opportunity? Follow the paved Greenway Trail to the South Kaibab Trailhead and then ride along Yaki Point Road to Yaki Point. Access the Greenway near Grand Canyon Visitor Center and follow the South Kaibab Trailhead signs. In about 2.4 miles (3.9 km), you will come to the trailhead parking area. From here, turn right and follow the trailhead road until you come to Yaki Point Road. Make a left and follow it 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to Yaki Point. There are plenty of spectacular canyon views along the Greenway Trail and once you reach Yaki Point.

Like Hermit Road, private vehicle restrictions eliminate most traffic. Shuttle and tour buses do utilize Yaki Point Road, so cyclists should pull to the right shoulder in a safe location, dismount and let buses pass.

If you become tired of cycling, you can catch the Orange Shuttle (Kaibab Rim Route) at Yaki Point, The South Kaibab Trailhead, or Pipe Creek Overlook, put your bike in the front rack, and ride the bus back to the Visitor Center.

 

a woman boarding a white and green bus with a rack with two bicycles in front.
Returning with bicycles to the Visitor Center on the Tusayan Shuttle, after riding the 6.5 mile (10.4 km) Greenway trail from Grand Canyon Village to the gateway town of Tusayan.

 

Park in Tusayan & Ride the Shuttle

Want to leave the long entrance lines and parking frustrations behind? Ride the Tusayan Shuttle into the park and then cycle

Mar
30

60 Benefits of Bike Commuting & Recreational Bicycling


 



 



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There are many, many good reasons for bicycle commuting, recreational
bicycling and creating a strong bike culture in general.  Hopefully a
couple with resonate with everyone and motivate more bicycling.


  1. On-going use of a bicycle has virtually NO carbon footprint.
  2. You will be a leader in your community.
  3. Bicycles increase mobility for those who don’t have access to motor transport.
  4. Bikes increase mobility for those who don’t qualify to drive a car.
  5. Bicycles increase mobility for those who can’t afford motor transport.
  6. Bikes increase mobility for those who don’t want to drive motor vehicles.
  7. Bicycles increase mobility for some people with arthritis, back problems
    and other mobility issues.
  8. Bicycling can be faster than walking, transit or motor vehicles.
  9. Bicycling is the most energy efficient form of transportation ever invented.
  10. You get healthy exercise from bicycling.
  11. Save travel money by biking. If the switch is from a car this includes
    purchase price, gas, tires, fluids, insurance, maintenance, washing, parking,
    etc.
  12. Reduce stress by bicycling.
  13. Biking is therapeutic for the mind and spirit — is fun and can make you
    happy.
  14. Cycling is therapeutic for the cardio-vascular system, live healthier.
  15. Regular cycling provides better muscle tone, bone mass improvement, clearer skin
  16. Regular bicycling helps with personal weight management — new full-time bicycle commuters can expect to lose
    an average 13 pounds their first year of
    bicycle commuting if they maintain the same eating habits.
  17. Bicycling is a great initial activity for people who are obese and help
    them on their way to a healthier life.
  18. Regular cycling can lead to lower health care expenses — save money for a
    nicer vacation.
  19. Allows the rider to appreciate the more of the nuances of the natural and
    built environment around them.
  20. Your commute will be the best part of your day instead of the worst part
    of your day.
  21. The exercise increase your productivity at work
  22. Cycling improves your self-esteem.
  23. Primary school students will thing you are “cool” or “hip” or “neat” or “rad”
    or whatever the current term is.  In time even older people might come to
    appreciate your leadership.
  24. Save on the membership to a health club, get your exercise bicycling to work,
    school, shopping, etc.
  25. Bicycling is nearly a life-long activity.
  26. Bicycling is a great full family and friends activity.
  27. Cycling is low impact on the body.
  28. Cycling is low impact on the environment
  29. Bicycling in your neighborhood is a great way to
Sep
29

Is Bicycling A Good Exercise For Burning Energy?

At present there are numerous sorts of bicycles out there. The suspension fork and the comfy seat allow for inner city rides and light off-roading. , characterized in that one end of the plate is immobilized within the pedal body by in-constructing achieved by clamping the tip of the flex plate (18) against the pedal body utilizing a cap (19).

Bicycles are also celebrated within the visible arts. In addition they make good commuter bicycles, because of their durability and ability to hold heavy masses. Training wheels are typically used when studying to trip. The cycle is run by the two wheels connected by a metallic or plastic body.

Since then aluminum alloy frames and other components have develop into popular resulting from their light weight, and most mid-vary bikes at the moment are principally aluminum alloy of some type. Lallement immigrated to America, the place he patented his invention of bicycles in 1866.

Multi-pace bicycles enable gear choice to swimsuit the circumstances: a cyclist might use a excessive gear when cycling downhill, a medium gear when biking on a flat highway, and a low gear when biking uphill. The leaf 36 and the plate 18 are then blocked against the pedal physique 2 by the cross member 23 and the cap 19, using the screws 21.

This kind of youngsters bicycles normally has coaster brakes or again-pedals. Although the additional wheels and additional frameworks make a tricycle heavier than a steadiness bicycle, it helps your kid rides it easily across the corners as it remains upright. Right this moment this company is still producing bikes, nonetheless, they have expanded their inventory to include 10 speeds, touring bikes, youngsters’ bikes and mountain bikes.

Bicycle manufacturing proved to be a training floor for other industries and led to the development of superior metalworking methods, both for the frames themselves and for special components resembling ball bearings , washers , and sprockets. The sidewalk is a great place for kids to ride their bikes within the suburbs as a result of they might not have to fret about cars as much.…