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Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe You a Bike

Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 11.35.25 AMFrom Slate.com:

The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that’s whimsically known as “Prescribe-a-Bike.” Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write “prescriptions” for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city’s bike-share system, for only $5.

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NACCC Promo Video

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It’s just starting to thaw out in Minneapolis, and the NACCC crew promises that it will be warmer when everyone goes tubing post-race in August.

Berliner Fahrrad Schau

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Cogma Bikewear Brigitte Riding Dress

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Cogma is a small clothing manufacturer out of Steamboat Springs CO, founded out of the frustration of a long time racer’s feelings that the technical female clothing choices were particularly lacking. The Brigitte riding dress is made in San Francisco from 4-way stretch Italian fabric, and sports a large rear pocket and on-the-bike features that don’t leave it looking out of place the second you step into the coffee shop. The $105 dress features a large back pocket with reflective accents, a long front zipper for ventilation, and a pleated back opening to prevent snagging on the bike seat. What the dress doesn’t have is a liner or shelf bra — the Brigitte is meant to be pulled over your favorite sports bra and riding shorts. I’m admittedly not the best at picking out women’s clothing, but I could see this one from Cogma reaching a number of riders that otherwise haven’t been able to find riding clothes that fit their style. Available in grey or mint, see more at www.cogmabikewear.com

Friday Follow – Rosko Cycles

rosko 1Those kids in NYC have their hands in all modes of travel, from bikes to motorcycles to skateboards, and Seth Rosko of Rosko Cycles is no different, as evidenced by his IG feed. A stripped down, simplistic frame builder, you’re sure to get shots of builds in process, but also depictions of daily life in the big city, from CX racing to coffee stops to rider profiles.

Facebook : Rosko Cycles Inc
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Brillibrilliant / Unicorn Racing Dream


I’m not immersed in professional-esque racing culture, and probably a lot of you aren’t either, but I can appreciate these road teams that bring a more grounded approach to road racing culture and maybe making themselves more accessible to everyday riders like ourselves who equally enjoy a good spin around town. The Unicorn Racing team has coupled with the Hotel AM Brillantengrund to support their racing endeavors and offer something to riders of all stripes in the process.

The Vienna hotel sponsor offers affordable rates for locals and traveling cyclists, supplying pasta nights, group rides, room space for bikes, and insider information for area rides.

Facebook : Bburdnet

Cleveland Cycling Update

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Something About Cleveland in Urban Velo #40 helped shine a light on what’s up in the cycling world in the home of the Browns. Refresh your memory, and then check out this update from contributor Joe Bauer.

Following a slew of critical examinations of Cleveland cycling infrastructure—rather the lack thereof—the City of Cleveland is finally taking action with the approval of Bike Cleveland, the city’s premiere bike advocacy organization.

This past January, the City of Cleveland announced a plan that prioritizes the implementation of bicycle facilities by aligning priority bikeway routes with their Capital Improvement Plan. In total, the City of Cleveland plans to install 70 miles of bikeways over the next four years, adding much needed infrastructure to the city’s paltry 47.5 unconnected miles that currently exist.

Adding to the excitement of cycling in Cleveland is the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s recent announcement of their inaugural NEOCycle event taking place September 27 and 28. The event is billed as “an urban cycling festival consisting of competitive races and unique rides connected by live entertainment and an interactive, action-filled festival at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie.”

Races and rides include a criterium, a night ride, fundo, cyclocross, and laps at the velodrome. City partners believe this could become Cleveland’s signature event, like SXSW in Austin or Bonnaroo in Tennessee.

Back to the City’s cycling plans; the goal is ultimately to connect every neighborhood in the City of Cleveland with safe and accessible bikeways. The important missing piece, however, is what type of bikeways will be developed—painted lanes, cycle tracks or the much-maligned “sharrows” that advocates, backed by research, say does little to increase cycling traffic.

“As the number of people riding bikes, either by choice or necessity, continues to grow across Cleveland, it is important to balance the needs of all users,” says Bike Cleveland Executive Director Jacob VanSickle. “We look forward to working with the City on identifying the bikeway types that will create a truly world-class bikeway network in Cleveland.”

Urban Legend Cyclewear


If you want to ride on a bike backwards…helmet-less…drinking alcohol…while also looking stylish, apparently Budapest, Hungary is the place to do it. Poor riding advice aside, the new Adventurers collection by Urban Legend is designed for the urban cyclist who is just as fashion conscious as they are in need of all-weather materials. The summer collection consists of pack away jackets and cape-dresses that also double as pillows when crumpled up.

Check out the full collection here.
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I Love Riding in the City – Eric Mott

Eric MottNAME: Eric Mott
LOCATION: Denver, Colorado
OCCUPATION: Application developer

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live and work in the Lowry neighborhood of east Denver. I ride to the office everyday no matter what (ha! it’s only a one-mile round trip). On evenings and weekends I cruise the city’s extensive grid bike routes and river trails while exploring the old neighborhoods and historic landmarks, then I assault the traffic of lower downtown before finding a microbrewery relax in before heading back home. It’s hard to lose weight biking in Denver because each ride results in a search for beer.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

Besides Denver, the place I grew up: Mason City, Iowa, because kids like me could go anywhere in town by bicycle, be safe doing it, and your mom wouldn’t care unless she had a premonition about a river. The older I get, the more I value having had a childhood like that. We’d get our bikes in the morning and spend all day exploring the lime pits, cornfields, and railroad tracks around town before returning home at dinnertime. About thirty-five years ago the Winnebago River swallowed my green Schwinn Stingray with the banana seat. It’s probably reached the Gulf of Mexico by now—if you find it, let me know.

Why do you love riding in the city?

When you drive you plan your route in advance (hopefully) and worry about where you’re going to park. When you ride you plan on getting lost and worry about not remembering all the cool new hangouts you spotted along the way. That’s freedom—that’s childhood. We need that.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
Spandex sucks. Flannel is cool.

Timbuk2 TerraCycle Upcycled Messenger Bag

TerraCycle Upcycled Messenger BagTimbuk2 partnered with New Jersey based TerraCycle to create these unique messenger bags. Made from reclaimed US Postal mail bags, each one is slightly different. Otherwise, expect the same high-quality bag that Timbuk2 is known for.

Check out www.timbuk2.com

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