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Mikael ColvilleAndersen gets cheeky about his bikestyle

Our cover image was shot by Spanish photographer Marc Bordons and taken from his conceptual portrait series “Picnic.” Bordons was born in Barcelona in 1981 and is currently working in Sitges for TOPO, a design, photography, motion and production studio (topo.bz). He is also co-founder of the wedding photography company diez-bordons.com. You can see more of his personal work at marc.topo.bz.

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The hottest up-to-date music, insights and arts & culture information – all in one place!

arts & culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 heels on wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 bike curious . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Momentum’s spin on family life. How to pick a ride for your tike. Plus, kids’ bike showcase.

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Hub and Bespoke wants to improve your wardrobe.

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Netherlands Bike Traffic http://momentumplanet.com/videos/ bike-heaven-rush

columns thebigidea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Mia Birk is a real cyclist.

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Movies with a bikey twist.

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Events, happenings and things exciting the North American urban cycling scene.

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Not Cycling in the Bike Lane Means a Ticket? http://momentumplanet.com/videos/ ticketed-for-not-biking-in-the-bike-lane

Car Parked Illegally Gets Crushed http://momentumplanet.com/videos/mayorcrushes-car-with-tank-to-clear-bike-lane

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anne mathews

A musician and freelance editor in Seattle, WA, Anne Mathews is also the author of our Bike Curious story about how to lock your bike, p. 18. She repairs, rebuilds, rides and writes about bikes in her spare time. Her beloved 1985 Bridgestone T-700 is her favorite mode of travel. She can be seen and heard performing with the small-instrument quartet the Toy Boats (thetoyboats.com), the voice-and-ukulele duo the Lonely Coast (thelonelycoast.com), the country-andwestern trio Rhinestones and the brass band Orkestar Zirkonium (orkestarzirkonium.com).

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Florence Hsu enjoys tooling around the neighborhoods of Seattle, WA, by bicycle, an optimal mode of transport for discovering tea shops and sidewalk sales. When not cultivating her writing career, composing stories about such things as the Hub and Bespoke shop, p. 26, she can be found squinting at a computer screen and puzzling over yet another new technology designed to torment software developers. She studied at UC Berkeley and Cornell, and enjoys traveling. @habitatmart | habitatmart.com

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Juliana “Jewels” Smith is the outreach coordinator and resident photographer for Red, Bike and Green, you can see her images in this issue on p. 14. She rides a 1970s Vista road bike named Brown Glory, which even Mao Zedong would say is heavier than Mount Tai. Smith is currently an instructor at City College of San Francisco, CA, in the African American Studies department. She is also the creator of the comic book, (H)afrocentric (hafrocentric.com). 

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John Greenfield wrote this issue’s city feature about Chicago, IL, on p. 36. A regular contributor to Time Out Chicago and Momentum, he recently published Bars Across America, a book about his coast-to-coast cycling misadventures. Greenfield also contributed a chapter on youth Earn-A-Bike programs for the new anthology On Bicycles by Amy Walker. He is co-founder of GridChicago.com, covering sustainable transportation in the Windy City and beyond. @greenfieldjohn

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Anna Bowen, who wrote this issue’s What Women Want feature, p. 30, is a freelance writer based in Toronto, ON. She has an MA from the University of Toronto in sociology and equity studies, and women and gender studies. Bowen’s writing on social and environmental justice, spirituality and public space can also be found in Alternatives Journal, Geez Magazine, This Magazine and Spacing. Bowen can often be found cycling with her one-year-old in tow, playing the accordion and community gardening. annabowen.org

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David Niddrie is Momentum’s photo editor and has been a regular contributor for the past 30 issues. He shot Ready to Roll on p. 24, as well as the Bike Shop feature on p. 26. He’s proud to say he likely has more photos of his friends and coworkers riding bikes than doing anything else. Aside from a city life on two wheels, Niddrie takes every opportunity to explore the wilderness and considers a sleep under the stars the ultimate night out. @DavidNiddrie | davidniddrie.com

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Agents of Change

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products do you have that cater to the transportation cycling segment of the market?” was: “Bicycling for transportation, what’s that?” Since then, a lot has changed: gas prices spiked in 2008 and shops could not keep enough “comfort” and “hybrid” bicycles on their floors. The concept of a “city bike” still wasn’t used to describe an upright bicycle ideal for city riding (and city bikes continue to be slotted under the category of “hybrid” bikes today). And then came the surge of brands that not only recognized

Putting a floral pattern on a road bike and painting it pink will not satisfy a modernday urban woman’s desire for functionality, style, elegance and simplicity. And bike shops that are greasy, cluttered environments with salespeople who focus on the technical and sports aspects of biking, such as carbon fiber and frame geometry, don’t inspire the average woman. Now, of course, it takes much more than high fashion and a nice bicycle boutique to get women interested in riding a bike. It takes infrastructure, family support and the mainstream acceptance of cycling. “Dutch, German and Danish women cycle as often as men, and rates of cycling fall only slightly with age. The situation is that people in North America quite different in North America, were biking for transportation, where women account for only 29 but that this was a growing market percent of daily bike commuters that needed products specifically in Canada and only 24 percent designed to fit the bicycle lifestyle. of daily bike commuters in the Industry leaders, such as Linus USA.”* North America is long Bikes, Public Bikes and Po Campo, overdue for a change. are exciting brands that have started To the bicycle industry: If you and grown exponentially over want to see the market grow, you the past few years. We attribute must support the agents of change their success to their ability to that will make this possible. It’s acknowledge the true potential time to give women what we want of the market (the 90 percent of and need in order for us/ them to people who don’t yet ride). People become bicycle enthusiasts, too. want products tailored to their Tania Lo and Mia Kohout everyday lifestyle needs and, in particular, the needs and desires of Publishers, women! We are crossing our fingers Momentum Magazine mia@momentumplanet.com that the big players in the bicycle tania@momentumplanet.com industry will follow suit soon, too. photo by ingrid bernaudin

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City Style Bike Fashion Show at Interbike

Back for the fourth year, Momentum is proud to bring you the City Style Fashion Show at the 2011 Interbike bicycle trade show. And again, expect two shows: Wednesday and Thursday, September 14 and 15 in Las Vegas, NV, at 2 p.m. This year’s lineup will feature great styles for city riding, and our models will again be real people who actually ride. Look for a full catalog online and a recap of the best looks in our upcoming winter issue. *Source: John Pucher et al. “Bicycling Renaissance in North America? An Update and Re-appraisal of Cycling Trends and Policies,” published in the journal Transportation Research in 2011.

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s a daily commuter, I’m sometimes quick to reject other forms of cycling, such as road and mountain biking. “I’m not a racer,” I say, or “I don’t do downhill trails.” Secretly, though, I have always wanted to give them a go, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to try both this past June in Aspen, CO. Now, I consider myself to be in pretty good shape, but I still felt a bit nervous before a group of journalists and I headed out for a road ride up to the Maroon Bells mountains. “What if I can’t make it?” I wondered. “What if I wipe out riding with these skinny tires?” The same was true when we took the Mountain Biking 101 course run out of the Aspen Snowmass ski resort a couple of days later. “Am I really ready to race down a steep, root- and rock-riddled single track?” I asked myself. “Am I crazy?” A lot of my hesitation stemmed from the labels I assign to riders: “city” (me included) versus “sports” (those other cyclists). It was hard to see myself in another role. I knew I was fit enough to do it, but I still felt way out of my league.

Having successfully completed both a long-distance road ride on a fancy Orbea Onix road bike and an intermediate downhill dirt ride on a Norco Fluid trail bike, I now feel that I can better relate to those “other” cyclists. Riding on a road bike with dropdown handlebars and skinny tires made the over 1,700-foot climb to the Maroon Bells less challenging. And weaving through the Snowmass Mountain forest on a single track dirt trail that required a new riding stance – and a lot more upper body and core strength than I normally use – was challenging in a good way. Both experiences took me out of my comfort zone and made me appreciate why so many people enjoy these “other” forms of cycling. I’m probably not going to take up either as a full-time sport, but it was worthwhile testing them out. In fact, I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to apply my newfound skills! There’s something in this issue for cyclists of all stripes and riding types. And I’d love to hear from you if you have suggestions regarding future content, or just to say hello. Keep it wheel, Sarah Ripplinger Editor, Momentum Magazine sarah@momentumplanet.com

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[Editor’s note: we can sympathize, Ulrike! Finding great-looking clothes that also fit your riding posture can be a challenge. We suggest looking for wool fibers and stretchy fabrics – the former does a good job of wicking moisture and is quite durable, while the latter will help improve your range of motion on the bike. A few companies out there, such as BSpoke Tailor, Nau and Ibex, are worth a gander as well.]

Topping the Charts The Top 20 songs for your iPod section is awesome. I love to know what people are listening to on their bike rides. I’m not sure if you’ve planned this to be an ongoing feature, but I think that would be a great idea. Cheers, Matthew Fleming Oakland, CA

The helmet debate will be never-ending, just like the: “is Alf the greatest show ever created?” debate. But the argument that wearing a helmet makes people think cycling is dangerous is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. No one thinks “danger” when they see a helmet. They think “helmet” when they see one. Regarding if it should be mandatory to wear a helmet, my personal opinion is: “yes, for kids.” By the way, your magazine rocks. Stay ballin.

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This is turning into quite a challenge! I’ve tried to resolve this issue from two angles: visiting a regular clothing store like Banana Republic, I found that the jackets don’t allow for the forward, handlebar position; and visiting a boutique cycling clothing store like On The Rivet, but their clothes are too casual, too outer-layer or just for guys. I know that between you (and your various contributors) you have seen items or met designers who might have something I can use – in Portland or elsewhere...? Please send me some advice on where I can find my perfect, elegant, hip, cycling suit for WOMEN! With thanks, Ulrike Rodrigues (Mitey Miss) Vancouver, BC

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I won a student scholarship for $750! I want to use it to put towards my new professional career wardrobe as a technical writer, but I don’t want to compromise my cycling, car-free lifestyle. I want a nice, professionallooking suit-y outfit (suit jacket, skirt, pants) that’s a bit fresh, hip, fits my personality and that I can ride my bike in! But I can’t find it! And I think I represent an increasing number of women who want to ride their bikes to work on nicer days and within a moderate distance, in professional-looking clothes! It’s happening for men with good-looking jackets and pants, but we women are in the lurch!

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A Budding Problem I am shocked that you advocate listening to an iPod while riding a bike. Most earbuds and earphones are specifically designed to keep OUT external noises – like car horns, startled pedestrians, dogs and other cyclists calling out “On Your Left!” Now, I love music as much as the next guy, but the thought of headphone cables around my neck – and incorporating a bicycle helmet – was too much bother. Then I found out about $40 portable Bluetooth speakers! They’re small enough to fit into my panniers, just loud enough that I can hear the music, and still have access to the all-encompassing outdoor aural universe. Eric Jenkins Edmonton, AB

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I have just received issue number 51 of Momentum, along with the Goody Basket Gear Guide – a big THANK YOU! PS – I read David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries some time ago and absolutely loved it; so it was really lovely to find out that my fast-becoming favorite cycling magazine (Momentum) had an article on him. Oh, and by the way, well done with the new layout; it’s perfect. Jane Sloan Coffs Harbour, Australia

Supporting Diversity I wanted to say thanks for being such a great magazine. I love that your pages are filled with bicyclists of all genders, ages and colors. Too many bicycling mags are overrun with pictures and articles about white males and expensive bicycle equipment. To continue your greatness, it would be super if you had an article about Red, Bike and Green, redbikeandgreen.org/rbg/about-3. Thanks. :) Amy Zehring San Francisco, CA

[Editor’s note: Thanks for writing to us, Amy. You can find our story about Red, Bike and Green on p. 14.]

Safety First – Mikael ColvilleAndersen: Why We Shouldn’t Wear Bike Helmets I couldn’t agree more with his (Mikael Colville-Andersen’s) views on the pros of why we shouldn’t wear a bicycle helmet. Based on my childhood memories, wearing a helmet was not even a thought that we engaged in, simply because we were more worried about the gravel that was going to stick into our palms and knees (should we fall). Maybe gloves and kneepads should be promoted to the same extent as helmets are so that our kids wouldn’t be so fat, thinking they might die from riding a bike instead of playing video games. Posted on momentumplanet.com by Steven S. July 26, 2011

Overwhelmingly, the thing women want the most is better bike infrastructure. – What Women Want Reader Survey 2011

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Biking to be “normal” and more mainstream, so I am not a freak when I show up for a meeting or a date on my bike. Helmets that fit a variety of hairstyles, so that if you cut your hair or wear it a different way, it (your helmet) will still fit. Riding clothes that are women-specific, as opposed to “fashionable.”

The winner of the Ergon pedals Rebecca Roush of Seattle, WA.

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around on bike, and less of the horrified “you do WHAT?!?” responses. More women working in bike shops and volunteering in bike kitchens. Cycling clubs that encourage new women riders. Relaxed clothing styles geared for casual riding. Easy ways to transport children.

Better cycle rain gear. Non-sport bike apparel (regular clothes) for plussized women in fabrics like wool, etc. that make riding longer and comfortably easier to achieve. Infrastructure, and we NEED pants that fit large thighs. Cycling shops that carry merchandise for someone bigger than a size four.

“I think (the bicycle) has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” – Susan B. Anthony. Bloomers were invented just so that women could straddle a bike. Who knows, if bikes weren’t invented we might all still be in skirts!

Electric cargo bikes.

Fashionable riding clothes IN ALL SIZES! Skinny people aren’t the only ones who ride bikes.

We were overwhelmed by the number of responses to this survey, and the feedback we received.

Lighter fashionable bikes.

Hot dudes who can keep up.

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Less expensive kid carriers for bikes (trailers, seats, bikes).

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Swept Away by Timeless Classics I’m writing today about my dad’s passion for restoring old vintage bicycles for no other apparent reason than the “love” of old bikes. My dad picked up a copy of Momentum when it first came out. He rarely buys magazines, but was excited when he saw that your mag focuses on the vintage-style bikes and showcases classic rides. He quickly subscribed. Since then, we’ve had a copy of Momentum around the house at all times.

Do you like the term “Slow Bike Movement?” Julie Baier It fits me very well. And yet it seems I spend about as much time commuting as my cartrapped colleagues.

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My dad has always been a collector, possibly bit of a fanatical collector at times!! He gets right into something and we’ll soon start to see and find it everywhere. Well, here in our little town, Dad has managed to dig up over 30 old classic bikes dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s-70s era. The interesting thing about his collection is that he has found the bikes at the dump, in garage sales, at junk shops and basically discarded by their previous owners. Dad will take them home, bang out the fenders, polish up the chrome, replace a wheel or two, sometimes give them a touch of paint and they look new again! These old bikes were ahead of their time in a way, especially now that people are starting to realize that the simple style of the old cruiser is timeless!   John Wellburn Williams Lake, BC

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Adriana McMullen I may not wear spandex and will likely never ride a road bike nor come anywhere near to breaking a speed record, but if I wanted to be slow, I would walk. Yes, I ride shorter distances than a suburban commuter cyclist, but I would prefer to be known as an urban cyclist.

Mandy Pearce Absolutely. It doesn’t have to apply to ALL kinds of cycling, just the kind of cycling that is more the two-wheeled equivalent of walking (or wandering, meandering and strolling). That kind of cycling appeals to a lot of people, including, perhaps, many who don’t currently ride because they aren’t interested in the existing “Fast Bike Movement.” It has its place in our world, for sure.

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@jeremywerst Can’t believe they left out Stuporbowl: RT @MomentumMag Top 10 Bike Events in North America momentumplanet.com/ articles/top-10-bikeevents-in-north-america @chkybird We are so excited to be going to @Interbike for the @MomentumMag fashion show this year! Who has tips for an Interbike virgin?

Felicity Perryman Nice shoes, a summery dress and Lycra shorts underneath. Yes, we can have it all.

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Annie Reid I dislike the term “slow bike movement.” What’s with artificially creating divides and conflicts? Bob Bandhauer Never in a hurry here. Half the fun of any journey is in the getting there. Tina Erickson Nah. I think labeling ourselves so much is silly. Fast or slow, it is still legs powering a two-wheeled contraption. The happiness acquired while pedaling – skirt or spandex – is something that just won’t fit in a box.

@MyLoverArlo Cofounder of @momentummag Amy Walker’s new book ON BICYCLES is out! http://ht.ly/5XRtm #changeyourliferideabike @expectadventure #ORShow find du jour: @merrelloutside highheeled bike shoes! Can’t wait to test ride! I feel a @MomentumMag writeup in the works... @tararobertson i LOVE @momentummag and would like to see more queer folks in the photos. please? @lovelybicycle @ErikSandblom @MomentumMag For similar reasons I dislike the term ‘cycle chic.’ It sends a different message than the philosophy behind it. @copenhagenize Cycle Chic isn’t aimed at ‘cyclists’ like you. So feel to like or dislike. Doesn’t matter much. @lovelybicycle @ErikSandblom @MomentumMag Join the conversation: facebook/momentummag twitter/momentummag

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n a nutshell, Red, Bike and Green is about getting more African Americans on bikes,” said Jenna Burton, founder of the Oakland, CA, collective that’s building enthusiasm for cycling in a community still wary of two-wheel living. Biking can seem like an exclusive activity because of the gear, fancy terminology and “hardcore” mentality often associated with cycling in the media. Not being able to identify with the other folks cruising around town makes it that much easier for people to hop in a car or on the bus. RBG is specifically tailored to hit home with the 28 percent of Oakland’s population who is of African descent. Their threepoint mission is to encourage cycling as a means of: (1) reducing chronic health issues within that population by encouraging exercise, (2) offering a thrifty alternative for those experiencing economic hardship and (3) not further contributing to environmental injustices. The group pedals from neighborhood to neighborhood, showing other members of the African-American community that biking is a viable option. “Biking can be intimidating,” said Burton, explaining that, before she moved to the Bay Area six years ago, she hadn’t been on a bike since age nine.

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The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2011. Each entrant can submit up to 20 photos via the PeoplePowered Movement.org/ PhotoContest website. Winners will be announced in March 2012 and the winning entries will be featured on the pages of Momentum Magazine.

Beaming in the child carrier on an RBG ride.

“When I started biking again, it was such a liberating experience. I wanted to see more people getting excited about it too.” Only a year after its official inception, RBG has been gaining a lot of positive attention and attracting hundreds to their monthly rides. During the winter months, the group also started Roll Deep, an indoor event for bikers to mingle, dance and keep their bodies moving. Burton said there’s no reason to “shut down the party” this summer and instead, hopes it can continue to be a destination for a fun Friday night ride. “We all really look forward to seeing each other – it’s a beautiful experience.” There are still other barriers to overcome. Busy metropolitan streets can be intimidating and many neighborhoods in Oakland with a higher percentage of visible minorities don’t have bike lanes. While the city is coming around, groups like RBG are building the support needed to draw attention to the unique needs of this community. REDBIKEANDGREEN.org

Group shot during a Red, Bike and Green ride.

Amber Schadewald is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA, who loves packing her four-pound Chihuahua in her messenger bag and going for a cruise over the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out her blog at ambersayswhat.com.

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Start Your Own Tweed Ride

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Gather together your woolens, houndstooth, knickerbockers, moustaches, pipes and vintage bicycles for a proper afternoon excursion. A tweed ride adds a touch of refinement to any local neighborhood. Here are some basic tips to get you ready for a jaunt around town.

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++ Contact your friends/ local cycling coalition, set a date and start a Facebook page, blog or website to spread the word ++ Test your route in advance and share a mapped out version with participants ++ Plan to go at a leisurely pace, with one organizer leading the group and another bringing up the rear so that nobody gets lost – also build in some stops along the ride to give people a chance to catch up

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ontemporary art lovers are accustomed to seeing the works of Lawrence Weiner, a founder of conceptual art in the 1960s, on the walls of galleries and museums. The prolific artist’s words and graphics now Lawrence Weiner’s limited edition travel by bicycle, too. The Pashley Princess Sovereign functions as New Museum in New York conceptual, rideable art. City has introduced limited edition hand-painted Pashley bicycles with applied vinyl graphics designed by Weiner. The black and bright-blue bicycles, with the word “wheresoever” on the chainguard and skirt guards, are etch-signed by Weiner in a numbered edition of 10, plus two artist proofs. Women’s Pashley Princess Sovereign and men’s Roadster Sovereign models were sold through the New Museum Store and website. newmuseum.org www.pashley.co.uk

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ontroversy erupted in June 2011 when it was reported on Facebook that a New York City Police officer stopped a Dutch tourist to reprimand her for wearing a short skirt while riding a bicycle. What came to be known as “Skirtgate” inspired rides in Manhattan to support bicycling as a stylish form of everyday transportation. Jasmijn Rijcken, 31, general manager of the Dutch bicycle company VANMOOF, who had traveled to town for the inaugural New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, said that on Jasmijn Rijcken, the Dutch tourist who May 3 a police officer pulled was reportedly reprimanded for riding in a short skirt, takes part in the follow-up up in a car in Soho and Skirts on Bikes ride in NYC. threatened to ticket her. “He said I was distracting cars and that it was dangerous; I shouldn’t wear these clothes on a bike,” Rijcken told The Village Voice. No summons was issued, but Rijcken, who returned to her hotel and put on a pair of pants, said she was left shaken. Whispers of a publicity ploy circulated when Rijcken’s expertise in “guerilla” marketing surfaced, but died down under subsequent media scrutiny. Immediate Twitter buzz called for a protest ride. But supporters of Rijcken chose to frame their responses positively. Liz Patek, a New York City cyclist for 22 years and a local advocate, organized a ride from Manhattan’s Columbus Circle to Union Square. “This was about the notion that it is normal to ride a bike dressed for the destination – whether you are going to work, on a date, school, dinner or a show – not the journey,” Patek said. Later, the organizer of the New Amsterdam Bicycle Show, Joanna Virello, teamed with George Bliss of Hudson Urban Bicycles to sponsor “Skirts on Bikes.” Rijcken returned to New York City from Amsterdam for the ride, which drew about 100 supporters, some bearing placards reading “I Like the Way I Bike” and “I Bike the Way I Like.” Among those who joined in was fashion designer and city cyclist Lela Rose. “I love any event that glamorizes bike riding,” she said, noting that heads turned as the stream of “fabulously dressed” cyclists passed through the streets of Lower Manhattan. “Usually you feel fragile on a bike; last night we felt powerful,” Rijcken told the New York Press after the ride. “It’s what bicycling should be: positive, friendly and joyful.”

++ Partner with a local charity or fundraiser to support your community ++ Have prizes for the best dressed ++ End the ride with a picnic, with an afternoon tea or at a British pub ++ Contact organizers of past tweed rides for more pointers: bigappletweed. wordpress.com; sactotweed. blogspot.com; sftweed.com; kctweedindeed. wordpress.com; facebook.com/ event.php?eid= 169190129790722

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EVENTS CALENDAR September 10-13, 2011 Palais de Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, QC

“Canada’s largest and only national bike show” features product demonstrations and seminars about all the latest developments in bike technology.

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Interbike International Bicycle Expo

Oregon Hand made Bicycle Show

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YACHT Shangri-La Shangri-La

Future Islands Tin Man In Evening Air

MC Allez Le Velo

October 29-30, 2011 Bend, OR

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Up to 40 exhibitions and numerous seminars and speaker presentations on the art of handmade bicycles and bicycle culture in general.

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The Antlers I Don’t Want Love

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Middle Brother Me, Me, Me Middle Brother

Alexander Awake My Body Alexander

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The Whole Love

Nine Types of Light (Deluxe Version)

Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues

Lykke Li I Follow Rivers

Helplessness Blues

Wounded Rhymes

The Cars Blue Tip

Telekinesis Car Crash

Move Like This

12 Desperate Straight Lines

Brian Ellison is the host of The Prologue, an eclectic music show on BicycleRadio.com that mixes in cycling talk. He lives in Gillette, WY, where he is also the morning guy for KOAL 106.1. Ellison has an 11-yearold son who he spends a lot of time with and an old Trek SL1000 that he spends less time with than he would like.

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Bon Iver Calgary Bon Iver

Modest Mouse That’ll Be The Day

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ne thing about the songs on this list, when you listen to them, please don’t think of them as singles. Investigate the rest of the albums. The songs I have included here are just the tip of the iceberg for these bands – with the exception of MC SpandX/ MC Allez, which is a great parody of European dance music and cycling. I had to add Delta 5 to the list – a band from the late 1970s to early 1980s that I just happened to come across. Another thing: listen closely to Future Islands’ lead singer, Samuel T. Herring – what a fascinating voice. All of these songs will be played live on my bicycleradio.com show, The Prologue, on September 20, 2011. A saved version of this show and past shows will also be available from The Prologue web page.

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Death Cab for Cutie You Are a Tourist Codes and Keys

The Dead Milkmen The King In Yellow / William Bloat The King In Yellow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on location during the filming of Premium Rush in NYC.

Bike messengers will hit the mainstream in this movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt – recently seen on the big screen in Inception and (500) Days of Summer, and who you may also remember from TV’s 3rd Rock from the Sun. The narrative follows the story of a bike messenger who picks up an envelope that attracts the attention of a dirty cop. Gordon-Levitt got right into his role during filming, literally crashing through the window of a taxi cab and cutting his arm. He shrugged it off, later posting some bloody photos on his Tumblr site. The movie is currently in post-production and is expected to be released in early 2012. Keep an eye on momentumplanet.com for more news and trailers. Bryna Hallam is a writer and editor based in Victoria, BC. @BrynaHallam | brynahallam.wordpress.com M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m


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I suggest the following: We are all real cyclists, no matter why we are doing it. If we are racing, toodling or getting where we need to go; if we sometimes race and sometimes tour and sometimes ride to work or the store or school or the movies; if we ride all of the time or some of the time and take the bus or walk or drive at other times; if we ride to ride or put our bikes on our cars or the bus to get where we’re starting from; if we ride Cycle Oregon, Montreal’s Tour de l’Ile, Iowa’s Ragbrai or the Tour de California, or would never dream of such a thing; if we wear Lycra or think Lycra shorts and clickie shoes are kind of silly or maybe we wear Lycra shorts only when we go for a long ride but otherwise wear street clothes; whether we ride for fitness, stress relief, to save money, because we like fresh air, because we’re competitive adrenaline junkies or just because it’s the best way to get places or get exercise; or because it’s really darn fun… it’s all good! Let’s stop the judging and labeling and compartmentalization, ok? Are you a real cyclist? Mia Birk is the awardwinning author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet; president of Alta Planning + Design; principal, Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.; and cofounder of the Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University. For 20+ years she has been transforming communities and empowering people to bicycle for daily transportation, one pedal stroke at a time. She and her two children live and ride in Portland, OR. miabirk.com and altaplanning.com

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am calling you out!” yelled the tattooed, scraggly bearded man, pointing his finger at my chest. My violation was not having gone on one of Portland’s Midnight Mystery Rides. Seeing as I don’t really like beer, usually am in bed by 11 p.m., and don’t much like slow group rides, these rides hold no appeal. “Yeah whatever,” I replied. “You can’t call yourself a real cyclist,” he added in disgust. Ah. So riding my bike for transportation and recreation for 20 plus years puts me on a lower rung than the drunken bike parade crowd. Got it. Are you a real cyclist? The back courtyard of my company’s building is flush against the parking lot of a great bike shop – River City Bicycles. One day, I came across a women’s cycling team demoing high-end Specialized racing bikes in the parking lot. I asked if I could try one. The young woman looked me up and down, took in my skirt and heels, my step-through frame Trek Allant and wicker basket and dismissed me as thoroughly as the Mystery ride fellow. “We go pretty fast,” she kindly explained. “You could come back,” she offered. Ah. True, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the young hotties, but should she be making that assumption? Three of my close pals are also 40-ish moms of young children. They ride their bikes for daily transportation, rain or shine, and also tear up the Cyclocross course like nobody’s business. And so do their kids. Not long ago, I was riding on a path with some out-of-town guests, and a speed demon Lance-wannabe rudely split a crowd of pedestrians. One of the guests exclaimed, “Real cyclists don’t belong on a path like this.” Ah. So a real cyclist is one in Lycra on a road bike? We who are riding on the path at a nice, even pace are less real?

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Locking It Down Tips to Help Keep Your Bike in Your Own Hands writer: Anne Mathews illustrator: thomas james

Locking Etiquette

Good locking manners are mostly intuitive. Don’t lock your bike to someone else’s (unless you know it’s OK with them, and they can get a hold of you when they want to leave). Avoid jamming your bike up against someone else’s in a crowded rack or bike pile. Make sure your bike isn’t blocking (or tangled up with) other bikes. And finally, be gentle if you lock to a tree – don’t trample vegetation or gouge bark. That’s a living thing, friend – treat it with respect.

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man sauntered into our neighborhood bike shop and examined the display of locks. He hefted the most impressive one, a massive, heavy chain, looked at the price tag and frowned. “I don’t know if I can afford it,” he said to the shop owner. “Can you afford to have your bike stolen?” the owner replied. This is, in a nutshell, the basic logic of bike security. Bikes are light and easily transported, convenient qualities not only for bike owners, but also for bike thieves. So it’s worth taking a few simple steps to keep your ride locked down when you aren’t around. Once you’ve decided to secure your bike, you’ll need a lock. There are several good options out there, depending on your needs (see sidebar). Lock in hand, you’ll next need to decide what to lock to. In many cities, entire neighborhoods lack dedicated bike parking. When racks or locking posts aren’t handy, streetlamps are a decent option – as are sturdy street signs over six-feet-tall, or short parking meters with enough bulk at the top to frustrate thieves. Avoid locking to flimsy trees, bushes or removable

If you think you can’t afford a good lock, ask yourself: Can I afford to replace my bike? poles. When locking to other infrastructure (such as, say, a stairway handrail), be considerate of others and also aware that building security employees sometimes remove bikes that seem hazardous.

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While locking up, make sure your lock actually goes through your frame – rather than, say, around your seat post, where it can be conveniently slipped off. (You may laugh, but it happens.) Consider also what to do about the parts of the bike that aren’t secured by your lock. If your wheels and seat are easy to remove, try running your lock through a wheel as well as your frame and securing the quickreleasable elements separately or taking them with you. Riding home on a bike with no seat is embarrassing, and riding on a bike with no wheels is impossible.

Some folks prefer to lock up out of sight, while others favor well-lit, well-trafficked spots on the premise that it’s stressful to try and subtly saw through a lock in front of a teeming crowd of pedestrians. Either way, position your bike upright and out of the path of cars. I’ve seen an SUV sweep up onto a curb and right over the wheel of a Schwinn locked to a bike rack; the wheel issued a haunting cry as it folded. Anne Mathews lives in Seattle, where she rides bikes, fixes bikes and plays music with the Toy Boats (thetoyboats.com), the Lonely Coast (thelonelycoast. com) and Orkestar Zirkonium (orkestarzirkonium.com).

My childhood bike lock was a sparkly pink cable combination lock the thickness of a drinking straw. At some point, I realized it could be snipped in half with a pair of elementary school scissors. (The combination could also be inferred by the loud clicking sound that the correct numbers made.) Such locks are largely symbolic gestures. Flexible cable locks are easy to use and good for locking to difficult structures, but they often fall into this “easy to breach” category. In Amsterdam, I watched an enterprising gentleman whip out bolt cutters and chop my much sturdier cable lock in two casual strokes. U-locks are stronger, but their shape and inflexibility limits what you can lock to. (Side note: Watch out for old “Bicable” U-locks, whose round keyholes can be breached with the butt end of a ballpoint pen.) My personal favorite lock is an ultra-thick, heavy chain. It makes you look paranoid, but it’s very effective.

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omewhere between the ages of six and nine, when kids outgrow their trail-a-bikes, they need their own 20-inch bike. At this age, kids are generally ready for longer family adventures. But if you’d like your young riders to keep up with the pack, you need to make sure their bikes aren’t weighing them down. If you’re lucky enough to score a lightweight used bike at a garage sale or a secondhand shop, congratulations! “Every spring, the parking lots of big box stores are full of parents driving up and buying heavy, steel-framed bikes for their kids,” said Brad Kukurudz, an owner at Ottawa’s Tall Tree Cycles. “A lightweight, aluminum-framed bike is an investment in your child’s ongoing love of cycling and, if it has good components, it can be passed through a family and between friends for years.” A brand new, goodquality, lightweight children’s bike is available at many bike shops and usually costs between $250 and $350, which is quite a bit more than the big box steel version, but will be a much sweeter ride for your sweet little rider. Consider making the bike more affordable by asking grandparents to contribute birthday money to the cause or request that friends add a small amount towards a birthday bike instead of bringing a gift to a party. Sell lemonade. Give up coffee. But please, parents, spend the money on a decent bike. I have spoken to so many friends who think nothing of spending $800 to $1,000 on a bike of their own, but expect to spend no more than $100 on a bike for their child. The first 20-inch bike our daughter rode was much heavier than my adult bike. No wonder she wasn’t riding as fast as she used to on her first, aluminum-framed two-wheeler. And it’s no surprise that she stopped suggesting we go on bike rides together: they left her feeling exhausted! Now that she’s riding a lightweight bike with easy-to-adjust gears, she can effortlessly ride six miles (10 kilometers) and zoom up hills right beside me. She can also lift her bike over curbs when we’re crossing the street, or over logs if we go mountain biking.

Kids will love riding fast and far when their bikes don’t weigh them down.

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Anna Sierra lifts the Opus Nix over an obstacle on a trail ride with her family. The Nix is light enough for easy handling by the eight-year-old.

Frame and Fork

Think light, light, super-light. Have your child lift the bike to make sure it’s light enough. I prefer a step-through frame for both boys and girls. Your children will be able to ride their bikes sooner if they don’t have to worry about bonking themselves on a cross-bar. I also prefer a rigid fork over a front shock. Kids aren’t usually heavy enough to really compress a front shock. And most kids are not riding the kind of gnarly single-track that would justify adding the weight of a shock to their bikes. Sometimes it seems like shocks are added to kids’ bikes to impress the parents. Make sure you’re buying a bike that fits. I know kids grow fast. But if the bike is too big, it’s not going to be comfortable to ride. A child should be able to sit on the seat and have at least half of his or her foot touch the ground.

Brakes – Small Reach for Small Hands

If your child is used to coaster brakes, it’s going to take some practice to be able to apply the right amount of pressure on their brakes. A friend of mine gave his seven-year-old a practice session on his wind trainer stationary bike when she first switched to brakes and gears. After stopping and shifting while stationary, she knew exactly what to do as soon as she took her bike outside. Make sure your child can comfortably extend his or her hands to the brakes without having to apply a lot of pressure. Children’s hands aren’t as strong as adults’, so their brakes need to be adjusted appropriately.

Gears – Seven Speeds is Enough

Simple right-hand shifting will give your child enough range to make it up steep hills and fly along the flats, even in a headwind. Encourage your child to practice shifting to find a cadence that’s comfortable. Enjoy the ride! Kathleen Wilker edits the popular Families on Bikes blog. You can contact her at: familiesonbikes@momentumplanet.com to share your stories of family biking adventures. @KathleenWilker

Bikes Gone Wild Mimi Matsuda Art Show A new collection of 11 soft pastel artworks featuring animals on bicycles by artist, cyclist and former Yellowstone National Park ranger Mimi Matsuda, debuted on May 27, 2011, at Rockford Coffee, in her hometown of Bozeman, MT. The Bikes Gone Wild show, which ended on July 30, included original soft pastels, prints and note cards. A portion of the proceeds benefited the not-for-profit 88 Bikes (88bikes.org) that delivers a bike to a child in a developing country for every $88 dollars donated.

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Some cool rides just in time for your little one’s journey back to school. KONA Makena

$349 USD & CAD konaworld.com Set the wee one free on the ultimate starter bike. The Makena comes with a top tube height that makes it easy to get on and off the bike, great front suspension forks, grip shifters for small hands and reliable components that are durable enough for frequent off-road use. Available in blue and teal. Reviewed online momentumplanet .com/articles/kona-makena

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Opus Nix Kids Bike

$352 CAD (not available in the US) opusbike.com The Opus NIX has been designed for fun at all riding levels. It comes equipped with an aluminum 6061 T6 frame and rigid fork that is up to any challenge. Shimano and SRAM seven-speed gearing ensure problemfree shifting for years to come, and the Kenda Small Block Eight tires will keep your child in control when the going gets rough. Whether your little one is racing his or her friends to the next hill, or bee-lining it to the pool, the NIX will get him or her there in record time. Reviewed online momentumplanet.com/articles/ opus-nix-kids-bike

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ou know the routine. You scan the horizon for rainclouds, checking the forecast for showers. When the easy, breezy months of summer cycling are over, we know we have to take cycling one day at a time. And if today was nice, tomorrow will probably be pouring rain. But this is no longer the problem it once was. In our pursuit of stylish riding raingear, we came across several coats that make us almost wish for rain. I said almost… Up until now, it seemed like there were two choices for rain gear: the gear that kept you dry, but made you look like a guest on What Not to Wear, and the gear that looked good, but had you soaked through the minute you were outside. After an exhaustive and oh, so enjoyable raincoat search, we came across several raincoats that are specially-made for cyclists and that also took our fashion-forward breath away. Each coat has a slightly different approach to keeping the rider dry and très chic. For example, we are in love with the cuff holes in the Madame de Pe’s raincoat, which help keep hands dry without hindering bike steering. The insulated Arc’teryx Sinter coat uses a warm yet unobtrusive lining, resulting in a jacket with a streamlined silhouette that can also withstand the elements inherent to fall/ winter biking. What a wonderful time to be an urban cyclist in the city. ivajean.com arcteryx.com madamedepe.com

Sandra O’Connell is wearing Madame de Pe’s La Maitresse in navy blue. Brice Ferré is wearing a Sinter coat in black and scope shirt in ecru, both by Arc’teryx. Amber-Kelly Mackereth is wearing an Iva Jean Rain Cape.

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ange of movement, washability and the need to look office-ready define the Hub and Bespoke clothing line. Dresses, accessories, bags and jackets for women meld together function and fashion – from pink galoshes and slipover dress shoes, to elegant cotton jersey dresses crafted in Fremont and chic yet waterproof bags designed to double as a handbag and pannier. Hub and Bespoke, in Seattle, WA’s Fremont neighborhood, is all about local inventiveness and personalization. The experience begins with a bicycle bedecked in flowers just outside the double French entry doors and continues with a welcoming greeting from owner Juliette Delfs. After working in product development for 20 years – initially in sportswear apparel design, and then home textile products – Delfs opened Hub and Bespoke in April 2010. “The idea for the shop was only one of many possible manifestations of my dream of living in a city where bicycles are major mode

Top: Hub and Bespoke has a well-appointed selection of men’s and women’s urban cycling wear. Above: There is a bicycle-related product for just about every rider at Hub and Bespoke. Left: Storefront exterior in Fremont, Seattle.

The proprietor of Hub and Bespoke Juliette Delfs.

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of transportation,” she said. “I love how bicycles are a quiet and more social form of transport and the effect that has on city life. The shop allows me to tell a story that I hope helps shift bicycle riding away from sport/ recreation. I especially want women to see that bicycle transport is not just for the hale and hearty.” Her flair for recognizing functionality, classic design and quality is apparent throughout the

store: from the chandelier that lends elegance and panache to the store’s intimate cottage atmosphere, to the many bicycle-friendly accessories and clothes on display. The store also features, and indeed cultivates, local designers. Custom-fitted pants in styles ranging from knickerbockers to dress pants are the Bespoke staple – the wool trousers from local designer Telaio were particularly impressive. M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m


In keeping with the store’s theme of local, classic and bicycling-friendly, Telaio garments are made in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and are both functional and flattering. Pockets designed to prevent items from slipping out while in the riding position, slim-legged styling and stretchy wool blend fabric address the stubborn wardrobe dilemmas many cyclists face, especially those in damp and cool places, such as Seattle. There is also a sales rack where urban bicycling style – think slim capris in stretch denim and dapper ties and belts – can be found at irresistible discounts. In the accessories department, Hub and Bespoke has on offer helmet covers, including an equestrianinspired cover in black that Delfs designed herself; classically-inspired bags, including a leather satchel suitable for a laptop that also handily affixes to the top tube of most bicycles; USB-rechargeable lights; a tool roll from a local designer; and a canvas pannier made and designed in Camus, WA.

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The range of colors and styles means that you can add an element of individuality to your cycling repertoire. Helmets come in bold tartan and whimsical patterns, as well as solid colors, and can feature such niceties as audio ear pads. What began as a vendor booth at the 2010 Bike Expo has evolved into an online blog and a growing community of supporters, customers and vendors. Delfs’s idea of Hub and Bespoke as a hub for the bicycling community is happening with organized movie nights and now a Meetup group called Heels on Wheels. Visiting Hub and Bespoke in the pedestrian-friendly enclave of stores and eateries that is Fremont brought to mind all the things bicycling can and should be: invigorating, interesting, visually delightful and a real treat for the body and the spirit. “It’s a virtuous circle. More riders mean more attention to infrastructure, which begets safer riding, which brings in more riders, especially female ones,” said Delfs. “I hear from people that they see so many more bicyclists riding in ‘normal clothes’. Yay!” hubandbespoke.com

Florence Hsu enjoys tooling around the neighborhoods of Seattle by bicycle, an optimal mode of transport for discovering tea shops and sidewalk sales. When not cultivating her writing career, she can be found squinting at a computer screen and puzzling over yet another new technology designed to torment software developers. She studied at UC Berkeley and Cornell, and enjoys traveling. @habitatmart | habitatmart.com M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m

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rom blogger moms taking their kids to school on a bike bus, to Latina teenagers riding fixies in LA, women want to cycle. But the barriers to bicycling are real: lack of safe cycling infrastructure, economic barriers to buying and maintaining a bike and cultural norms that dictate what’s feminine and what’s not are all challenges that women can face when they consider cruising on two wheels. Added to that are the social pressures that can make women feel uncomfortable in a mainstream bike shop and the fact that they often cannot find the functional and fashionable everyday cycling clothes and accessories they’re looking for.

“Bikes need to be demystified,” said Ainsley Naylor of Toronto’s Bike Pirates, a nonprofit DIY bicycle collective. Naylor coordinates women- and trans-only repair times once a week at Bike Pirates. “We definitely see a lot of women who are just overwhelmed by trying to buy a bike, or leaving their bike to rust because it got a flat tire and they didn’t know what to do.” Percy said of her first bike shop experience: “I wasn’t intimidated because I was a woman, but I was intimidated because I didn’t know anything about bikes.” This could explain the allure of bike share for many women. Bike rental programs in Mexico and Minneapolis have a higher percentage of female patrons than the average number of

female cyclists in those regions, and the prospect of using a ride-ready, maintenance-free, hasslefree mode of transportation could be why.

Playing it Safe

Research has shown that women in general tend to be more risk-averse than men, said Janine Hegeman, ride committee chair for the Colorado Springs Cycling Club. “Safety is a very big issue. There are many gaps in the trail system (that) are discouraging to newer riders.” Said Samantha Arnold of Chicago: “We need more bike lanes that are suitable for taking our children in – I’ll ride a cargo bike if I can get separated bike lanes.” A lack of secure places to lock a cargo bike doesn’t help, either, said Arnold.

The Gender Gap

In the last decade, more men have been hitting the pedals than women. The percentage of bike trips made by women in the US fell five percent between 2001 and 2009, according to a report by John Pucher, a professor of planning and transportation at Rutgers University. Men accounted for about three-quarters of all bike trips made in the US in 2009. That’s discouraging news, considering that women have been called the “indicator species” of the overall bike-friendliness of a region, as the more of them there are, the more widespread cycling

I often ride in heels and work wear, and have been told I am an inspiration to others for my fashion and fearlessness! – Jenny Kessler, Cincinnati, OH

Empowerment through DIY Repairs

Portland’s success over the past 15 years or so is credited in part to women-only bike repair times and women’s group rides. Many of the women I spoke to confirmed this, citing DIY, women-only repair times and group rides among the motivators for getting them up and rolling.

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seems to be. In the Netherlands, where the cycling mode share is around 27 percent, women account for 55 percent of the cyclists on the street, and 49 percent of the total population. Allison Mannos, urban strategy director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, works with Latino immigrant day-labor cyclists in LA, where she said pretty much everyone she works with is male. “It’s framed as a very male thing” to use a bike for transportation in low-income immigrant communities, she explained. In her community, women generally reserve bikes for recreational use. “There aren’t enough affordable bike shops within their neighborhoods,” she said, adding that, in LA, it is very clear that immigrant women take the bus.

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Bikes vs. Fashion

Maybe it bolsters the status quo, but a lot of women are not excited about getting to work sweaty and grease-stained. Euro-style bikes that protect skirts and cuffs with chainguards and internal gears, and fashionable duds made specifically for sitting pretty, do have a niche market when it comes to female urban professional cyclists. Teresa Delfin, founder and CEO of Mountain Mama clothes in California, said, “Performance is at the top of my list, but as someone who has been known to wear a little black dress over a pair of Castelli bib shorts, I won’t pretend that style is a non-issue.” Hegeman said that very few women at her club participate in fitness rides to avoid getting sweaty or looking “slow in front of all the guys.” “Inconvenience factors, such as weather, sweat, helmet-hair and appropriate clothing may discourage some women from cycling more often or at all,” said Garland of the APBP survey. M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m

Sara Armstrong with her family: Finn Crumlish, 5, in the bakfiets; husband Peter Crumlish; Sam Crumlish, 8; and Caleb Crumlish, 8.

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Julie Hirschfeld was that women. She hadn’t ridden a bike since she was a kid, but now she trucks her four-year-old twins around in a Dutch bakfiets. She also opened the bike shop Adeline Adeline in Tribecca, New York City, back in March 2010. “It wasn’t like I was a passionate road biker for years,” Hirschfeld said. “I’m a convert.” Currently cruising the streets on a Paper Bike from Scotland, Hirschfeld uses her bike almost exclusively for commuting. The impetus for her shop was getting more women motivated to do the same. “Everyone should ride, but women have been somewhat ignored by mainstream biking culture,” she said. “A lot of women say they are too intimidated to go into a mainstream bike store because these shops tend to focus on the extremes of bike culture – be it fixed-gear riding, mountain biking or racing, so I’m trying to make it more comfortable for them (everyday female cyclists).” Hirschfeld’s mission extends beyond getting women to “fall in love” with their bikes, as she did when she first started riding again. She’s looking for a sea change that will get whole communities biking. “Things that will help women will help everyone,” she said. “Infrastructure, having bike lanes, places to store your bikes and safety – if we can improve safety, if it is easy and doable, then there’s no reason why people won’t ride.”

Sara Armstrong is a 42-year-old cycling mama and blogger in New Haven, CT. She has three boys: eight-year-old twins and a five-year-old. Her three steeds include an Xtracycle Radish, a Yuba Mundo and a Dutch bakfiets bike. “I know that means we have three cargo bikes,” she said, “which sounds a bit ridiculous.” As a mom, Armstrong’s cycling needs are different from those of many other riders, which can be a challenge. “We were a one-car family and didn’t want to buy another (car), and school was only two miles away – silly to drive, yet too far for my just-six-year-olds to walk.” Wondering what to do, Armstrong joked that she would get a pedicab. A friend suggested a bakfiets and something clicked. Now the whole family is hooked. “It (the bakfiets) is so great for hauling, especially groceries for a family of five,” she said. When her boys were big enough, Armstrong bought an Xtracycle Radish so that she and her husband could transport the kids to different activities. The heavy-duty Yuba Mundo is the latest addition to their bike fleet. The market needs more affordable cargo bikes, she said, as well as more step-through cargo bike options. Many of the straight top tubes, she explained “could be real turn-offs for women.” “The growing options in family cargo bikes make all the difference.”

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Interestingly, the APBP study found that some women actually cycle for safety reasons, saying that it is safer than walking or taking transit in urban centers at night. Naylor of Bike Pirates, for instance said that “as a woman, I have always felt safer riding my bike, especially alone and after dark.” Many cycling organizations are finding that cycling in groups is a good way to bolster confidence. Mannos, for instance, said that the “Ovarian Cyclist” rides have been really empowering. Felicia Williams, board member of C.I.C.L.E. in Pasadena, CA, also commented that their Ladies Night ride has been helpful to first time riders who are scared “about riding in traffic or of being left behind by their male counterparts.”

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The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) published a Women’s Cycling Survey in 2010, which members Fionnuala Quinn and Andrea Garland played a large part in bringing together. The survey gathered input from over 13,000 women across North America. “Supporting better quality bicycling facilities in our communities will increase the number of women who will be willing to try cycling, leading to the potential for equalizing usage,” said Quinn. When she moved to Philadelphia, she explained, “as a civil engineer it became increasingly clear to me how big a role infrastructure design played in limiting my cycling options as well as in safety problems created for cyclists by the built environment.”

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Getting Started

If you’re considering giving cycling a try for the first time since childhood – or ever – these tips will help you get rolling: Basic equipment – You will need a bicycle that fits you, helmet, white front light and rear taillight – all of which are available at bike shops. You can buy new or used bikes for as little as a few hundred dollars, and some come equipped with integrated accessories, such as lights, fenders, rack/ basket and kickstand. Plan a bicycle shopping outing with a friend and make a day of it.

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Fashion – Skinny jeans, tights, bare legs and leggings are ideal for cycling. Roll up loose pant legs or use a leg strap to secure wayward cuffs. Many European bikes have internal gears and chainguards that protect you and your pants or long skirts. Otherwise, pack wipes and be wary of white near greasy chains. Pack a hairbrush and makeup for post-ride retouching.

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Buddy up – “Ask to bike with people who know the streets well and can offer pointers on what routes to take,” said Kim Burgas, a designer and cyclist in NYC. Start a Facebook group, join meetup.com or just ask around to see if someone you already know wants to join you. Start a bike pool with someone at work. “There are lots of women’s group rides these days, which are a great way to meet other women cyclists,” suggested Teresa Delfin, founder and CEO of Mountain Mama clothes in California.

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a course – Cycling 5 Take courses teach you the basics, including stopping, starting, shifting gears, proper hand signals and the rules of the road. Cycling courses, including women-only classes, are often provided through bicycle associations and local bike co-ops. Map it out – “Google Maps has a bike option that shows routes for bikes,” said Delfin, “but check out their suggestions and confirm with seasoned riders or a local shop before embarking on your urban adventure.” Ridethecity.com also provides cyclists with a choice of safe routes across North America. Weekend mornings on quiet side streets are a good time and place to gain confidence on your bike.

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Kim Burgas, an NYC designer and cyclist who organizes “Get Fancy” gallery-hops by bicycle, has one solution: “I would love a few spots around the city where I could change, freshen up and shower after commuting.” Likewise, Arnold, who is an adaptive bike advocate and blogger, said “the fact that I don’t need special clothes, don’t have to worry about grease on my pants or mud on my clothes with a Dutch bike is huge. I can ride everywhere and still look nice.” But riding in heels isn’t everyone’s concern. The current trend in LA is for teenage girls to ride fixed-gear bikes, said Mannos. “Among lowincome teenaged female cyclists, the fashion is the bike, the trend is having the fixed-gear,” she said, and not so much the clothes. The concern with fashion depends on the expectations at your job and your sense of style to begin with. Sara Armstrong, blogger and cycling mother of three in New Haven, CT, said, for instance, “style matters very little to me; it’s more about utility.” Although she appreciates new cycling fashion, she said: “I just was never a chic woman to begin with!”

Gotta Have Time?

Elly Blue, an independent writer in of Portland, OR, clearly laid out the barriers that women face when it comes to cycling: “Statistically, we have more errands to run, more child and elder care duties, less leisure time, and even though we make less money than men in similar jobs, we are expected to meet a higher standard for professional appearance and behavior in order to get and keep those jobs.” Whether it is riding to the law office, schlepping kids to school, racing, touring or picking up groceries in the snow, what women want is to ride. And with a plethora of bike blogs that address gender and cycling, such as Velojoy, Taking the Lane and Full Hands, it’s clear that gender is still a hot button issue in the cycling world. If cycling is often the most economical and efficient way to get around in North American cities, and women aren’t biking because they don’t have the money or the time, there has to have been a disconnect somewhere that needs mending. Some female cyclists, such as Janine Hegeman, are crunching numbers and finding out that cycling really can make sense as part of a busy lifestyle. But because our society is set up for cars, cycling doesn’t always seem like the natural choice. More public education and encouragement for women is key for both female cyclists and the environment. As the number of riders across the continent increases, let’s not allow women to be left behind. The good news is that all over North America, women are organizing and advocating for accessibility to cycling. Women- and trans-only bike repair times at bike shops, better and safer ways to transport kids, community bike rides that reclaim the roads and, of course, cutting-edge, functional cycle fashion are all increasing women’s comfort on the road. Anna Bowen is a freelance writer in Toronto, ON. Her articles also appear in Spacing, Geez and Alternatives Journal. Things she has towed with a bike trailer include: a writing desk, her toddler and a canoe.

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3 My favorite thing is how good I am at leading a “Cute Commuter” life. My coworkers are in awe of the totally cute, NYC fashion industry-worker outfits that I easily bike in year-round. –Julie Hardee, New York, NY

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Bike lanes, education for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists about sharing the streets, bike lanes, lighting, bike racks close to where I am going, bike lanes.

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1 Promote cyclists and cycling, so that drivers are also part-time cyclers and can personally relate to a cycler’s safety concerns. 3 Empowerment! I feel so capable and at the same time free, as if I were riding a wild horse through the wild with a quiver on my back! I feel like a kid again. And I feel so clever because it’s just so ridiculously simple and efficient. –Laura Wells, Pacific Grove, CA

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3 Feeling free, fast, healthy. The wind in my hair. Being out there passing cars, going offroad on a whim. Getting things done by the power of my own body. –Laura Thorpe, Dartmouth, NS

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3 I can come and go when I please, and door-to-door. My bike was built-up by me. I like that. I ride every day, year-round. I like that. There are a lot more cyclists on the streets this year compared to last. I like that. –Veronika R Speedwell, Chicago, IL

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3 Seeing areas of the city that otherwise you wouldn’t see as much of on foot or by auto. –Shar Finley, Chicago, IL

3 Upright Amsterdam-style biking allows me to see my neighborhood and enjoy the stressfree ride. I love to daydream, plan my day, write blogs in my head and plot my plan to takeover the world! –Mandy Farmer, Victoria, BC

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A view of the Loop from the South Side.

The Wormhole Cafe in Wicker Park offers free coffee to cyclists who present their helmets before 9 a.m.

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owder blue, cobalt and emerald are the colors of the sky, water and land on a sunny day along Chicago’s Lakefront Trail. This 18.5-mile (30-kilometer) paved greenway hugs the Lake Michigan coast and links up to the bustling downtown “Loop,” as well as many parks, beaches and neighborhoods. The Lakefront Trail is perfect for a car-free commute or dreamy cruise, especially on the quieter section of the trail on the bluecollar South Side of town where the only distractions you’re likely to encounter are the sound of R & B and the scent of Polish sausages drifting from barbecues. The path is just one of the reasons why the largest city in Illinois – and third-largest city in America – is a great bike town. “Biking is the easiest and quickest way to get around Chicago,” said Dottie Brackett, who blogs about stylish cycling at Let’s Go Ride a Bike. “The streets are flat and laid out in a grid, and many have bike lanes or ‘sharrows.’ Bicycling puts the best of Chicago at your fingertips, while you avoid traffic jams and crowded ‘el’ trains.”  Newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised that the city’s bikeability is about to get even better. His transition plan

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calls for expanding the city’s bike share network to thousands of bicycles and building the Bloomingdale Trail, a 2.65-mile (4.26-kilometer) elevated rails-to-trails, within four years. He has also committed to creating 100 miles (160 kilometers) of cycle tracks in his first term. The city completed the first half-mile, on Kinzie Street next to the fragrant Blommer Chocolate factory, just after he took office. With ever-improving infrastructure, it’s no surprise bike-to-work trips doubled in Chicago over the past decade. Traffic counts show a 22 percent rush hour bicycle mode share on Milwaukee Avenue, nicknamed the “Hipster Highway” because it leads northwest from the Loop to the trendy, bike-crazy neighborhoods of Wicker Park and Logan Square. The buzzing six-way intersection of Milwaukee, North and Damen avenues in Wicker Park is slated for the city’s first on-street bike parking corral. A few blocks west, the Handlebar restaurant is a hub for the city’s blossoming bicycle culture. Decorated with vintage bike posters and bar stools made from old rims and inner tubes, it features craft beers on tap and veggie entrées, such as peanut stew and blackened tofu fajitas. The lovely back patio, where there is M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m


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ample Toronto-style post-and-ring bike parking, is named the Tooker Gomberg Memorial Garden in honor of the late Canadian environmental activist, who was also the brother of Chicago bike coordinator Ben Gomberg. On the South Side, in the Little Village community, Working Bikes Cooperative is another key hangout. One of the four community bike shops spread across the city, this warehouse space offers dozens of refurbished rides for sale and a well-organized offering of spare parts to pick through, plus repairs. Proceeds are used to ship containers of bikes to sister organizations in developing nations. There are also lots of great for-profit, commuter-focused shops in town, including three specializing in European-style city bikes. Besides the lakefront, Rubani Shaw, a board member with the Active Transportation Alliance, recommended that adventurous cyclists take a spin on the tree-lined Chicago Boulevard System. “The boulevards connect some of the best parks and attractions, like the Osaka Japanese Garden in Jackson Park and the Garfield Park Conservatory,” he said. M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m

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For group rides, check out Chicago’s huge, friendly Critical Mass, plus family-oriented Kidical Mass parades and ladies-only Critical Lass pub cruises. Thechainlink.org, a local networking site with over 5,000 members, lists many more public events, from Slow Bicycle Society picnic outings to rowdy Midnight Marauders rides. Whatever kind of city riding you like, you’ll find it in this Midwestern metropolis. And while Chicago’s bike scene may be a bit less fashionable than on the coasts, you’ll find it down-to-earth, enthusiastic and welcoming. John Greenfield covers green transportation topics for several Windy City and North American publications. He wrote about Chicago’s West Town Bikes, which teaches bike mechanic classes for at-risk youth, for the new anthology, On Bicycles. John’s favorite ride is an old Raleigh Grand Prix road frame outfitted with a coaster brake, fenders, chainguard and “priest” bars. sep>oct>11

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hicago really shines in the summer, when the beaches, free concerts in Millennium Park and neighborhood festivals offer great cycling destinations. But spring and autumn can be beautiful times to ride here, too, and the Bike Winter organization celebrates cold weather cycling with clinics, arts events and snow rides. The easiest way to sample some of the city’s best cycling is a spin on the lakefront. For an urban escape, ride the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line northwest with your bike towards the North Branch Trail, which meanders 17 miles (27 kilometers) through deer-populated forest preserves to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Don’t let the ironic “No Bikes” sign fool you. The Tooker Gomberg Memorial Garden at the Handlebar Bar & Grill is a bike-friendly oasis in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

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Critical Mass (Daley Plaza, Dearborn and Washington) This ride takes place on the last Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m., regardless of season or weather. chicagocriticalmass.org Kidical Mass (Palmer Square, 3064 W Palmer Blvd.) Gather every second Saturday of the month for a ride all about the kids; it is chaperoned by parents and sticks to residential streets. chicagokidicalmass.org Critical Lass (Polish Triangle: Division/ Ashland/ Milwaukee) Every third Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the women of Chicago take a leisurely ride through the city streets. facebook.com/criticallass Bike the Drive (Columbus and Jackson drives) This inspiring ride shuts down the Lakeshore Drive superhighway, replacing cars with 20,000 cyclists. bikethedrive.org Bubbly Dynamics (1048 W 37th St.) Home to several bike businesses, including Lloyd Cycles, Humble Frameworks, UV MetalArts and Pedal to the People – a mechanic who makes house calls. bubblydynamics.com

Chicago Bike Winter Art Show (2229 S Halsted St.) Opening/ closing parties feature DJs, a fashion show and performances by the Racketeers, an all-woman BMX dance troupe. bikewinter.org 2012 Cycle Messenger World Championships The ultimate urban cycling competition, featuring competitors from all over the world. chicagocmwc.com

eats The Handlebar (2311 W North Ave.) A great bar and grill featuring good food, beer and free bike parking. handlebarchicago.com Maxwell Street Market (Desplaines Street and Roosevelt Road) Sundays 7 a.m.–3 p.m. year-round. This historic flea market has the best street food in town, live blues, used books, records, bicycles and more. maxwellstreetmarket.com Nana Café (3267 S Halsted St.) This sunny eatery near Bubbly Dynamics features local organic ingredients and offers a free bike valet during Bike ’n’ Brunch events. nanaorganic.com M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m


The Wormhole (1462 N Milwaukee Ave.) This 1980s-themed café has a DeLorean parked in the window but gives free coffee to cyclists from 7–9 a.m. thewormholecoffee.com Lula Café (2537 N Kedzie Blvd.) This criticallyacclaimed locavore restaurant next to Boulevard Bikes (boulevardbikes.com) is great for a romantic dinner or lazy brunch. lulacafe.com Revolution Brewing (2313 N Milwaukee Ave.) A kid-friendly brewpub with upscale food, owned by Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail founder Josh Deth. revbrew.com Signature Lounge at the John Hancock Center (875 N Michigan Ave.) Lock to the pi-shaped racks in the plaza, then ride the speedy elevator to the 96th floor for cocktails and jaw-dropping views. signatureroom.com

sleeps The James Chicago (55 E Ontario St.) A stylish hotel offering guests free use of Paul Frank bicycles. jameshotels.com/chicago Park Hyatt Chicago (800 N Michigan Ave.) This luxury hotel lets guests check out Trek hybrids for free. parkchicago.hyatt.com Longman and Eagle (2657 N Kedzie Blvd.) Sleek, affordable guestrooms in bike-friendly Logan Square. Guests receive tokens for bourbon shots at the gastropub downstairs. longmanandeagle.com

streets (rentals) B-Cycle Chicago (several locations) Chicago’s own citywide bike share program, with locations throughout the city. chicago.bcycle.com Bike and Roll Chicago (several locations, open in Millennium Park year-round: 239 E Randolph) Rentals, repairs and showers, plus several lakefront rental locations. Guided tours available, including the Presidential Tour of Obama landmarks. bikechicago.com Bobby’s Bike Hike (465 N McClurg Ct.) Offers downtown rentals and tours, such as the Bikes, Bites and Brews Tour, sampling deep-dish pizza and Chicagostyle hotdogs. bobbysbikehike.com

streets (shops) Working Bikes Cooperative (2434 S Western Ave.) A bike cooperative that repairs old bikes in an effort to reduce waste and promote cycling. workingbikes.org J.C. Lind Bike Co. (1311 N Wells St.) Dutch-style city bikes and bakfiets cargo bikes. jclindbikes.com Copenhagen Cyclery (1375 N Milwaukee Ave.) European bicycles by Velorbis, Abici, Batavus and Larry vs. Harry. copenhagenbike.com Dutch Bike Co. (651 W Armitage St.) City bikes by Linus and WorkCycles in a gallery-like setting. dutchbikeco.com Uptown Bikes (4653 N Broadway St.) A full-service shop with an emphasis on the urban cycling commuter. uptownbikes.com Blue City Cycles (3201 S Halsted St.) A full-service bike shop offering a variety of new bicycles, as well as old and refurbished bikes. bluecitycycles.com Rapid Transit Cycle Shop (1900 W North Ave.) With a wide array of bikes, this bike shop is committed to utilitarian/ commuter cycling. rapidtransitcycles.com Roscoe Village Bikes (2016 W Roscoe St.) An independent neighborhood bike shop for all cyclists. roscoevillagebikes.com Boulevard Bikes (2535 N Kedzie Blvd.) A full-service bike store located in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. boulevardbikeshop.com

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Pedal (2001)

Shot through a camera clipped to a messenger’s helmet, this short documentary is about the fast-paced daily activities of bicycle messengers in New York City.

Artist StellaMe created this portrait of Breaking Away’s main character Dave Stoller (played by Dennis Christopher) using a mosaic of stills from the film.

Breaking Away (1979)

E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial

Dave (Dennis Christopher), one of four friends growing up in the small college town of Bloomington, IN, is obsessed with competitive bicycle racing. Adventures ensue as Dave searches for his place in the town and biking community.

(1982)

Elliot (Henry Thomas) helps a lost alien get home in a dramatic flying bicycle scene.

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) embarks on a nationwide search for his beloved bike after it is stolen while he was visiting his friend Dottie (Elizabeth Daily).

Quicksilver (1986)

After losing out on a risky business decision, Jack Casey (Kevin Bacon) leaves the fast-paced world of stock market trading and becomes a bicycle messenger.

Rad (1986)

Cru Jones (Bill Allen), a young BMX rider who lives in a small town with his mother and sister, is faced with a tough decision: qualify for the Helltrack, one of the largest BMX events, or take the SATs and apply to college in this classic coming-of-age story.

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American Flyers (1985)

This powerful film tells the story of two brothers, David (David Marshall Grant) and Marcus (Kevin Costner), who face the possibility of developing a crippling hereditary brain disease. Realizing they may not have much time left, they decide to embark on a cross-country journey to a bicycle race in Colorado.

Klunkerz (2006)

A documentary about the beginnings and growth of the mountain bike culture from a small group of innovators to a multi-billiondollar industry.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

This classic American western tells the story of two outlaws and their exploits. In an unforgettable bicycle scene, Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) takes Etta Place (Katharine Ross) for a ride through the countryside to the tune of B.J. Thomas’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head.”

Ride the Divide (2010)

A small group of adventurous bikers travel over 2,700 miles (4,300 kilometers) from Banff, AB, to the Mexican border in an attempt to ride the longest bike route in the world.

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Momentum Magazine got a sneak peek of some new bikes that are coming to market starting in fall 2011.

Novara Gotham

$1,299 USD (not available in Canada) Available December 2011 rei.com/novara The fully-featured Gotham is the new flagship model of Novara’s Mainline Collection of bike transportation solutions. It comes complete with a NuVinci N360 internal hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt drive, making it a smooth, chainless, two-wheeled, urbandweller-preferred, clean transportation machine.

Norco City Glide 8

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Tern Eclipse S11i

$2,299 USD; $2,399 CAD Available late 2011 ternbicycles.com Rides big, folds small. Everything an urban cyclist could need – a compact fold, a fast ride and great parts in a sexy package. Felt Cafe24

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Chrome Kursk Shoes

$70 USD; $67 CAD chromebagsstore.com A shoe that mixes urban style with the practical requirements of riding. Reviewed online momentumplanet.com/articles/chromekursk-pro-shoes

Rickshaw Custom Commuter Backpack

$190 USD; $179.53 CAD rickshawbags. com/bags/ backpack/ standard.html Rickshaw bags feature a waterproof liner, removable laptop sleeve and more.

Knog Sausage Lock

Starting at $19.95 USD for small; Starting at $24 CAD for small knog.com.au These silicone steel cable locks are flexible, reliable, tough and lock hard. Each sausage lock has varying levels of strength: from low to high, comes in a variety of colors and won’t harm your ride.

Outlier Women’s Daily Riding Pant

$180 USD outlier.cc Full performance features in an elegant and slimming silhouette. Reviewed online momentumplanet.com/articles/outlierwomens-daily-riding-pants

The 2011 Riding Season T-shirt

$24 USD & CAD twinsix.com Always new and fun patterns and designs. Bern Brentwood Helmet

$69.99 USD; $104.99 CAD bernunlimited.com The Brentwood is the lightest-weight, lowestprofile action sports helmet available. Reviewed online momentumplanet.com/articles/ bern-brentwood-helmet

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SealLine E-Case

$19.95 USD & CAD seallinegear.com This waterproof, flexible case protects phones while still allowing you to talk, access your phone’s touchscreen and listen to audio.

SealLine Urban Backpack

$119.95-129.95 USD (sm-lg); $121.95-131.95 CAD (sm-lg) seallinegear.com A rugged, seamless, all-weather commuter backpack made in Seattle, WA. Reviewed online momentumplanet.com/articles/seallineurban-backpack M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m


Pedaler Raglan Hoodie

$110 USD; $104.52 CAD pedalerclothing.com The Raglan Hoodie is made out of organic bamboo / cotton and has US-made wooden buttons, reflective elements, a large hood and a jersey pocket. You will want to wear this every day. Reviewed online momentumplanet.com/articles/ pedaler-raglan-hoodie

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Abus Dryve ST 8600 messenger bag

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Abus Special Edition ST 9500 KF

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Online Blackburn FLEA 2.0 USB Front Lights

$44.99 USD; $37 CAD blackburn design.com The FLEA 2.0 features a clear power button that houses an LED battery fuel gauge / charging indicator so you will know how much battery life is left.

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Timbuk 2 Tandem Pannier

$120 USD; $149.99 CAD timbuk2.com Reviewed online at momentumplanet.com/articles/ timbuk2-tandem-pannier

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$145 USD; $160 CAD ibexwear.com A 100-percent New Zealand merino wool knit jersey that features looped pile on the inside and a smooth finish on the outside. Usually found in cotton jerseys, Ibex’s wool version balances lightweight soft comfort with durability. Plus, wool is a great fiber for keeping warm or cool on and off the bike.

Get excited about fall riding with these functional and stylish picks. Nutcase Gen2 Street Helmets

Abus Bordo 6000 with Combo Lock

$60 USD; $70 CAD nutcasehelmets.com The Nutcase 2011 Street helmets incorporate three new features: spin dial fit systems for maximum comfort; reflective logos that help you be seen from all angles; and a Nutcase magnetic buckle that can be operated with one hand and without pinching your skin. Helmets also come in new modern graphics and stylish colors.

$89.99 USD; $119.90 CAD abus-bordo.com Momentum’s favorite lock on the market, the Abus Bordo is lightweight compared to heavier U-locks and has the best mounting system we have seen. The combo lock is a bonus for those who don’t want to have to carry around an extra key. Reviewed online at momentumplanet.com/ articles/abus-bordo-combo-lock

Basil Select Messenger Bag

$150 USD & CAD basil.nl Sling it over your shoulder or attach it to your back rack, this functional and stylish bicycle bag is perfect for the office.

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Internally geared hubs are a must for easy and almost maintenance-free commuting. Check out popular brands in different price and gear ranges from Shimano, NuVinci, Rohloff, SRAM and Sturmey Archer.

KEEN Bern Baby Bern

$150 USD; $220 CAD keenfootwear.com Perfect for fall / winter riding, these fashionable and comfortable boots get compliments wherever they go.

$69.95 USD ergon-bike.com The Ergon PC2 is the first non-clipless pedal to have been designed with the ergonomic demands and the biomechanics of the user in mind. They are also fantastic for riding in heels.

$90 USD pocampo.com Perfect for a city day ride or a night out, the Streeterville Clutch has a boutique-cut handle with a leather closure. Its practical and decorative straps easily attach to just about anything, keeping your hands free. The magnetic closures, carabineer loops and convenient outer pocket make it easy to access items en route.

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Bell Muni Helmet

$65 USD; $90 CAD bellsports.com The all-new Muni has a lot of functionality, along with great features and wellmannered designs and graphics. Reviewed online at momentumplanet.com/ articles/bell-muni-urban-sport-helmet

Brooks Soho Leather Shoulder Bag

$370 USD; $425 CAD brooksengland.com Manufactured in England using the same hardwearing leather used for Brooks saddles, the Soho Leather Shoulder Bag is perfect for carrying a small laptop or touchpad computer. It also features a detachable inner pocket to safely store your valuables.

$99.99 USD bikelights.com The Urban is a whopping 76 percent lighter than other leading bike lights. Micro USB rechargeable with toolless mounts and 180 degrees of visibility. bollÉ damone sunglasses

$59.99 USD; $99.99 CAD bolle.com Flashback from actual BollĂŠ 1980s archives, the lightweight Damone delivers superior optics and timeless style.

Scwalbe Marathon Tires with Greenguard

starting at $33.05 USD; starting at $31.17 CAD schwalbetires.com Manufactured with one-third recycled material, the threemillimeter thick GreenGuard protection belt is placed under the tire tread to protect the tube from everyday cycling punctures. It is also suitable for e-bikes traveling up to 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour).

Tubus Fly Rack

$110 USD ortliebusa.com This elegant and functional back rack can carry up to 40 pounds (18 kilograms). It is also available in stainless steel.

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$54.99 USD; $52.99 CAD planetbike.com These durable polycarbonate fenders come with extra-long mudflaps and stainless steel hardware for added protection from the elements. M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m


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price $1,269 USD; $1,619 CAD find it at breezerbikes.com Reviewed by Sarah Ripplinger

The Linus Roadster Sport is a clean, Frenchinspired city bike with a steel frame and Chromoly down tube. The classic styling and upright geometry, coupled with a Shimano Nexus three-speed internal hub, offers simplicity and functionality. The Roadster Sport comes with steel fenders, a custom rear rack, leather grips, a bell and a kickstand. It is available in two sizes (51 centimeters or 59 centimeters) and three colors (cream, olive and black).

This classic-style aluminum-frame bike in antique blue-green combines functionality with style. It comes with attractive brown leather hand grips mounted on upsweeping handlebars, a matching seat and a rear-mounted bike rack with a spring-loaded top – ideal for smaller items, such as a yoga mat. This bike has a comfortable seat for longer rides, and a frame that allows for a relaxed upright riding position.

The Breezer Uptown Infinity comes equipped with many built-in features, such as front and rear fenders, a rear rack with spring-loaded clip, a kickstand, a bell and a chainguard. This low-maintenance aluminum frame bike with 26-inch wheels also has a Nuvinci N360 Infinity Drive twist-shifter and Busch & Muller dynamo headlight and taillight.

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The upright riding position is easy on the body and frees the mind to look around while you cycle through the city. The bike is relatively light – only 14.5 kilograms for the large size – and is easy to handle. Style points aplenty! The clean lines and simple graphics match the midcentury French designs Linus took inspiration from. In addition, the affordable price is a major draw.

The componentry is in line with the price point, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – these are decent parts that work very well together. Personally, I would upgrade to a sprung leather saddle for added comfort. I’d also like to see a custom chainguard as an available accessory.

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Urban riders wanting that classic utilitarian look in a new bike, without having to sacrifice handling and zip.

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The Roadster Sport is recommended as the perfect entry point for an easy-riding, lowmaintenance city bike.

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Pros The Shimano Inter-7 internally geared hub is extremely easy to use. The Shimano roller brakes are smooth, never catch and aren’t affected by rain. The rear rack allows room for bags and the front and back fenders and skirt guard protect you from spray and debris. The Nuovella rides like a Cadillac: durable, strong and smooth. Possibly the best part of riding the

Nuovella is the numerous compliments given from onlookers around the city.

Cons The Nuovella is fairly heavy, which would make this bike difficult to lift up stairs. I also wouldn’t recommend this bike for off-road use.

Ideal Rider

The Opus Nuovella would be perfect primarily for urban commuting, meeting up with friends at a pub or the beach and for taking a sunny ride on weekends.

Overall

I would give the Opus Nuovella full marks for ease of use, stylish features and functionality. I would recommend this bike to anyone who is looking to combine urban cycling with style.

Pros The Uptown Infinity has been my everyday city bike for the past six months. It has stood up to my eight-mile (13-kilometer) commute, as well as frequent trips on bus racks, elevators and light rail lines. The N360 internal gearing system uses ball bearings to provide a smooth transition between gears – even when the bike is stationary – so I haven’t had to worry about skipping gears. The Breezer

Comfort Saddle lives up to its name and the Open End Ergonomic Kraton rubber grips and upright riding position reduced the pressure on my shoulders and wrists.

Cons I don’t really use the Axa Solid Ring Lock, which basically locks the rear wheel to the frame, and did find the locking mechanism somewhat stiff.

Ideal Rider

I have received compliments about my bike from such a broad range of individuals (young ladies to older men), that I don’t think you can pigeonhole this bike. It’s a great commuter for anyone.

Overall

As far as city bikes go, it’s hard to beat the features and functionality of the Uptown Infinity; it’s a well-equipped and comfortable ride. M o m e n t u mp l a n e t. c o m


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The Soma Buena Vista is a classic Mixte frame with two elegant tubes running from the headset all the way down to the chain stays – a simple and sturdy design. The frame comes with braze-ons for both front and rear racks. The Buena Vista we tested was fitted with Soma Everywhere five-millimeter, 700x26c tires. The drivetrain was a NuVinci N360 continuously variable hub by Fallbrook Technologies. The handlebars were the Soma Oxford Bar made of polished aluminum. We also tried it with a Wald 137 basket.

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Add the Extras Cold bites worst at your extremities, so even if it costs you extra, invest in a heavy pair of waterproof gloves that will shield you from the wind. If you’ve donned all the layers, but your hands and feet are under-protected, you might as well be wearing nothing. Cover your feet with wool socks and heavy-duty shoe covers, available at most sports and recreation stores. Some companies also make winter-specific cycling shoes, which are often more expensive, but will mean fewer layers for you. The cold can be hardest on your face and head, where a lot of heat can be lost. Cold air constricts your air passages, making riding difficult, so covering your face and nose with a mask can help you breathe. A good balaclava accomplishes all of this, though some people may only need a scarf and a toque or earmuffs. For subzero riding, you may also want to pick up a pair of snow goggles. You might look like a character from a James Bond flick, but they are really effective at shielding your eyes against blinding wind and snow. Prep Your Ride + With the salt, snow and brutal temperatures, winter can be hard on a bike. Take it to the shop for a quick tune-up before winter hits. + If you’re going to be riding in the snow (which can be fun), outfit your bike with multi-weather tires treaded to push snow and water outwards. Some knobby tires can collect snow and ice, making your ride just as unstable as riding through snow on treadless road tires.

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+ For night riders, buy and install front and rear flashing lights.

The days are shorter in the winter, and visibility can be low. Make sure others can see you. + After every ride, if you have gone through snow or slush, wipe down your bike – particularly the cables and the chain. Also pay special attention to your rims. Grime gathers quickly in winter weather, and it can wear down your brake pads and damage your rims if left unchecked. + Keep your chain lubed with water-repellent lubricant, which will prevent grit from damaging your chain and gears. + Always keep your tires inflated to their recommended pressure. Enjoy Yourself There is something peaceful about riding on freshly fallen snow. While you have to take extra time to stop and corner, much of the ambient sound and traffic is absorbed by the soft powder. Plus, the added challenge of riding on new terrain can only serve to develop your skill in the saddle. Website for winter riding fanatics icebike.org

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In breakout sessions and in mobile workshops, the 600 attendees at the Third Safe Routes to School Conference hashed out how to make active modes of transportation more accessible to students. The August 2011 conference in Minneapolis, MN, brought together Safe Routes to School state coordinators, state Safe Routes Networks representatives, civil engineers, city planners, school and parent organization representatives, and others dedicated to establishing safe and healthy habits for students. Statistics show in the 1960s, half the kids in North America walked or biked to school, while only five percent were driven in personal vehicles. Today, the numbers are nearly reversed. Experts say this has a dramatic impact not only on children’s well-being, but also on community health, public safety and environmental concerns, such as traffic congestion and auto emissions. Bicycle-focused sessions centered on bicycle safety education, developing a culture for safe bicycling, promoting walking and biking as the norm and creating family-friendly events. saferoutesinfo.org; saferoutespartnership.org

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Cycle chic combines bicycles and fashion. It has inspired many women to not only ride a bike for everyday transportation, but to also photograph what they’re wearing and share those images and stories with kindred spirits through social media. The numerous bike fashion blogs that have exploded in cyberspace show urban and suburban women that they can wear whatever they want on a bicycle. Suddenly, in their eyes, biking became not only a sport for Lycra-clad men, but an easy and enjoyable way for any woman to go to work, run errands and socialize with friends. What is remarkable about this movement is that it emerged not from the marketing offices of haute couture designers, but from the streets. Fashionminded women parade their unique styles while riding bikes for everyone to see and take notice. This movement has made female cyclists more visible both on the streets and in the mainstream media. A fashionable cyclist is not necessarily the same woman who attends a Critical Mass ride. But, she may join a tweed ride, a bike party and a cycle chic group ride, and may even be a member of her city’s bicycle coalition. She is a bicycle advocate in her own right, simply by choosing to put her high-heeled foot on her pedal and push off the curb. We all ride side-by-side in the same bike lane. So it seems divisive to accuse a stylish cyclist of elitism, as some critics do, when she is simply demonstrating her own sense of empowerment, liberation and freedom of movement. Kristin Tieche is a film producer and editor who lives in San Francisco, CA. Find out more about her at velovogue. com, kristintieche.com and facebook.com/velovogue. @velovogue

I just can’t get excited about the “chic” bicycling movement. Cycle chic is tied inextricably to fashion – particularly to the mainstream idea of fashion – as the realm of leggy Scandinavian blondes who presumably devote themselves to meeting a standard of attractiveness tailored to the whims of a cadre of drooling men. Want more women to bike? Don’t tell us we need to dress better and be even more conscious of our body image. That’s the problem, not the solution. Also problematic is the conflation of marketing with advocacy. The founder of cycle chic praises the women he surreptitiously photographs as “high-heeled bike advocates” while deriding North American activists working for better riding conditions. But cyclists are flocking to the streets in places like Manhattan not because there is now an $1,100 Kate Spade mixte, but thanks to bold new networks of bike lanes, the attendant awareness and a support system of longtime activists. There is nothing at all wrong with bicycling while wearing fashionable, expensive clothes – or your work uniform, a clown suit or even Lycra if you’re tiny or male enough to find it in your size. But to suggest that doing so is a mark of progress towards widespread, accessible bicycle transportation is a hindrance. If bike advocates – male and female – listen to women rather than buying into our objectification, then we might just find ourselves in the midst of a truly effective movement. Elly Blue lives in Portland, OR. She writes about bicycling, including a column about the bicycle economy for grist.org, a regular news roundup for bikeportland.org and a zine called Taking the Lane. She is the cofounder of pdxbybike.com. @ellyblue

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where are we most likely to spot your bike? Under my ass. Or, if stationary, parked outside any number of cool cafĂŠs or nightclubs in Copenhagen. what do you like most about riding? The bicycle is the quickest way from A to B for me. And, along the way, I am elbow to elbow with my fellow citizens on the separated cycle tracks instead of alienated from society in cars. what is your dream bike for everyday cycling? Any old bike with any old rusty chain will do. As long as I can sit up straight like my mother

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