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Eight Reasons to Cycle to Work

1.You’ll save a load of money – The average cycle commuter saves a whopping £285 (US$444) per month. Think of all of the gorgeous bike accessories you could buy with that. Save up over a couple of months and you could even head abroad on a cycling holiday!

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2. Improve your skills – Your commute offers a great way to improve certain skills on the bike. You can even use your commute for some interval training. Believe us, you’ll start to notice the differences on your weekly club ride!

3. It’ll help keep stress at bay – Cycling to work reduces stress levels considerably. Riding your bike to and from work gives you the chance to get some fresh air and gives you the space to think clearly about your day ahead or leave behind the stress of the day. By the time you return home from work the endorphins from the exercise will have you in flying form, making you a much more pleasant person to be around!

4. You’ll keep fit AND save time! – It is an excellent use of time. If like many women you are trying to juggle a million different things at once, it is understandable that exercise often gets relegated to the bottom of the list. Cycling to work will ensure you get exercise every day and is often quicker than taking public transport so you may actually end up saving time!

5. You’ll always be one step ahead – There is no doubt that you will be wide awake by the time you reach the office. Your cheeks will have a rosy glow and you will be ready for action, unlike your colleagues who’ll be slumped by the coffee machine in an attempt to face the day ahead!

Those who cycle to work are even said to take less sick days than their colleagues, a point that can be raised with your boss when you are negotiating your next pay rise.

6. Save the planet – Global warming is a serious problem. And there is no better way to save the planet than to actively reduce your personal C02 emissions.

7. Fair-weather commuter? No problem! – Don’t be put off by the thought of commuting in the rain. It is perfectly acceptable to be a fair-weather commuter: the majority of cyclists ride in to work 3 times a week. Although if you do decide to brave it in any weather, fear not, there are some really incredible winter warmers and waterproof options out there which will ensure a more comfortable ride.

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8. Cycling does not mean you have to sacrifice style – Cycling a bike and style go hand in hand. If you don’t believe us then check out the style sections of Total Women’s Cycling. We have covered everything to the most stylish commuter shoes, helmets and pannier bags on the market to make-up options and helmet friendly hairstyles. You’ll be hot to trot as soon as you hop off the bike.

Source: Here.

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Riding in Albany

Weather good, people moving . . .

Shared Sidewalk

Shared Sidewalk

Bringing home the goods from HWFC

Bringing home the goods from HWFC

Off to Work

Off to Work

Hope the bus doesn't turn . . .

Hope the bus doesn’t turn . . .

Need a bike lane?

Need a bike lane?

Daily Grind

Daily Grind

Ridgefield Park

Youth at Ridgefield – Hooray!

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Where’d you get that bike?

Where bicycles are made:

  1. 130,000,000 – Produced globally in 2007
  2. 67% produced in China
  3. 56,000 produced in USA
  4. 99% of bicycles sold in USA in 2013 were imports (16.2 million bicycles)

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Top 5 producers:

  1. China
  2. India
  3. EU
  4. Taiwan
  5. Japan

tumblr_n3itbg8hsn1rpvmfno1_1280 (2)Sources: Various as reported in Momentum, May-Jun 2015

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The Hottest Bicycle Shop in Town

DT Fire 5-30-15 COMP CIn typical upbeat Downtube Bicycle Works fashion, this new slogan appeared on the gutted shop in early May after the earlier disastrous fire.

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The Downtube now has a “full service, pop up” shop in the adjacent motor vehicle bay. If you stop in, you’ll find the same friendly service from a group who has been through hellish times as they move forward to a new and better Downtube Bicycle Works.

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Just now, the gutting is complete and work is underway on the upstairs apartments (the source of the fire) and the shop.

The owner provided the following statement:

Robert, Eric, Adam, and all the Downtubers appreciate everyone’s concern and patience as we continue to recover and rebuild after the fire. We are now offering full bicycle repair service out of our garage next door to the store, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 12 noon – 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also have the primary essential parts and accessories for immediate sale, and we are special ordering everything bicycle, often with 1-2 day delivery. The renovated store will reopen later this season with new, exciting features. Please stop by and say hello in the meantime.

Stand by for a grand reopening!

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Tips from the “Land Down Under”

Catherine Deveny’s 5 Tips For Stylish Cycling, By Claire Wilson @styleshespoke, February 28, 2014

 SOURCE: http://styleshespoke.com/719/catherine-devenys-5-tips-for-stylish-cycling/

Intro – Melbourne comedian Catherine Deveny only started riding seriously in 2010 when she got what she describes as an “old Dutch grandmother style bike.” She says that this bike changed her life, not only because it made her want to ride, but because it made her want to find gorgeous frocks to go with it.

She prefers to cruise about town in 1940s inspired floral, accessorised in red to go with her polka dot panniers and black Lekker step-through.

To the ever-pragmatic Catherine Deveny, however, cycle style is less about what you are wearing and more about how you act on the road – a sentiment that I applaud wholeheartedly. So, without further adieu, here are Ms Deveny’s 5 tips for stylish cycling [Ed: #3 is the best]:

5. Look hot – It is a simple truth that when you look hot people are going to notice you faster, which is excellent news if you want to be seen by drivers.

4. Be predictable – Use hand signals, get into the turning lane early, and just generally let other road users know what you are up to. A confused driver will get flustered and angry whereas one who can tell what you are doing (and gets a smile and a wave of thanks into the bargain) will have a smile on their face.

3. Assume you’re invisible – It’s undeniably true that bikes are harder to spot than cars, so it’s safest to assume that other road users probably haven’t seen you. For me this translates to keeping my hand on the brake lever at all times and a constant eye on the road conditions.

2. Maintain your line – Swerving all about the place is going to contradict rule #4, it is also going to freak out drivers in much the same way as a herd of kangaroos – you just don’t know when one of those things is going to smack into your bonnet. Choose a line, signal your intention, and don’t change your mind.

1. Own the road – It’s official, bike riders have every right to own their lane. While this doesn’t mean obstinately riding in the middle of the road wherever you go, it does mean riding in the middle of the lane when you believe it would be unsafe for a car to pass you or where the risk of being car doored is high. If you have stuck to rule #5 and look hot then any driver shouldn’t mind cruising behind you for a while. 

SOURCE: http://styleshespoke.com/719/catherine-devenys-5-tips-for-stylish-cycling/

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