1975 Schwinn Continental

1975 Schwinn Continental
This is the bike before most of the restoration work - click to view full-size

Friday, August 30, 2013

The summer's biggest bike trend

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Date: Aug 29, 2013 5:32 PM
Subject: The summer's biggest bike trend
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

The summer is coming to a close, but what a summer it's been! Two of the largest U.S. cities, New York and Chicago, launched major bike sharing systems with thousands of public short-term rental bikes. Today, San Francisco opened its system, with 700 bikes and 70 stations around the Bay Area, and more on the way.

Bike sharing—particularly when paired with a network of safe, low-stress bikeways—can transform a city's bicycling experience and culture. We captured these exciting developments in the infographic below. Check it out and share with your friends!

New bike sharing infographic



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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Kicking Asphalt Newsletter

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Date: Aug 27, 2013 6:51 PM
Subject: Kicking Asphalt Newsletter
To: "Dan Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Kicking Asphalt August 2013


Better World Club Announces that It Doesn't Offer Auto/Homeowners Insurance in Nation's Smallest State, Wyoming

Which Means We Offer Property & Casualty Insurance in Every Other State!

We're working on you guys, Wyoming.

Better World Club offers insurance in 49 States now! Many of you have been waiting for this moment. The moment has arrived (Wyoming members - please be patient). This news is almost as exciting as the first rays of summer sunshine here in the Northwest.

Also, you can look forward to a new website design in the coming months! For now, if you are looking for car insurance quote, fill out our existing online quote form.

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That's the Reaction on Twitter Regarding AAA's Attitude toward New York State Traffic Laws

First, our t hanks to Eric McClure (who's Twitter handle is @EricMcCluireBK) for our headline.

Eric is responding to New York AAA's response to innovation in transportation and safety measures: "No!"

What does AAA believe is a bad idea for New York City?

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President Obama expected to make a critical decision on Keystone XL in coming months

BWC offers free carbon offsets to KA subscribers carpooling to protests

President Obama is expected to make a decision regarding his support or rejection of the pipeline project by the end of this year. In recent months, rhetoric coming from the White House has shown recognition that the XL Pipeline will not add jobs in the long term and may have a significant impact on continued expansion of global CO2 emissions. Most important is President Obama's open recognition that something has to be done about climate change now.

This is a change from the "like-it-or-not" feeling environmental groups have had over the last couple years and has both proponents and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline planning rallies, tailgate parties, and plenty of protests to pull our pragmatic president to one side of the fence or the other.

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Member Alert

BWC Endorses Ethanol in Last Kicking Asphalt

Some Members say "Ethanol? Really?"

OK, let's be clearer-Not all ethanol is the same and we want it to get past feedstock to algae, switch grass, etc.

Better World Club received great feedback from some of our members after our last newsletter regarding our support for Ethanol, so we wanted to clarify our position.

Better World Club wants to enthusiastically support alternative fuels, but this is not blanket support for everything alternative. We do support the ethanol industry as an alternative fuel but not all production methods of ethanol.

We do not support the ecologically destructive production practices of mass feedstock corn ethanol. It would be far better to derive biofuels from biomass, from waste feedstocks or high-yielding bioenergy crops with low nitrogen demand. These alternatives exist and are part of the ethanol industry mix we purchase at our pumps today. If it were possible to financially support only those ethanol production methods that are viable, growing, and can be produced without being as bad or worse than fossil fuel production - food waste and switch grass ethanol for example - we would encourage it. For now...

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Member Alert: BACK TO SCHOOL

BWC Partner, Guided Products, Offers 30% Off Recycled, American-Made School and Office Supplies

Or You Can Purchase Non-Environmental, Foreign-Made Products With a 50% Surcharge!

Just make the check out to Better World Club!

Evil Hand PuppetNow, though September 5th, Guided Products is offering 30% OFF notebooks, folders, and binders. Guided Products is a Seattle, WA based company with a strong dedication to social and environmental responsibility - which includes all their products being made here in the United States. Like BWC, Guided Products believes positive change is possible though socially responsible market options.

As you and your kids start the school year, strive to eat better, ride your bikes, and wear sunscreen. And shop your values. It's worth it. 30% OFF!

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Adventure Cycling

Going on a bike adventure? Don't forget to take us with you. No, really. Call me.

Adventure Cycling VolunteersAdventure Cycling is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle. With more than 40,000 members, Adventure Cycling helps cyclists explore the landscapes and history of America for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Whether you are looking for routes or maps to create your own trip or participate in one of 70 guided tours, Adventure Cycling will support and inspire your love of cycling.

Many cyclists who have put their pedals to the pavement through Adventure Cycling have also signed up for Better World Club's bicycle roadside assistance. So if you are a bike hobbyist, or if you are interested in your first adventure, check out Adventure Cycling. Oh, and visit their headquarters in Missoula, MT if you're passing through. They encourage it!

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Where To Ride On The Road

A Shout Out: for all those cyclists, new and old, we've watched nearly bite the curb this past month. We Love You.

Please Read This...

Where to bike on the road

By John S. Allen
Certified League of American Bicyclists Effective Cycling Instructor

We've all seen bicyclists who wander from left side to right, who go from the sidewalk to the street and who weave in and out between parked cars. From moment to moment, nobody can tell what these bicyclists are about to do. Pedestrians jump back, and car brakes squeal as such bicyclists approach.

On the other hand, we've seen bicyclists who seem to blend into the traffic flow smoothly and effortlessly. You always know where they are headed and what to do around them, whether you're on a bicycle, in a car or on foot. They make bicycling look easy - but aren't they taking a risk? Isn't it safer to avoid the traffic as much as possible?

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U.S. National Park Service

Teddy Roosevelt loved these lands. You will too, so get a pass, and go explore!

National Park Service

The National Park Service has been entrusted with the preservation of America's national parks since 1916, and safeguards those very special places for the enjoyment of over 275 million visitors each year.

The Parks Service also assists tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

In partnership with the National Parks Service, Better World Club proudly offers National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes for sale to our members. Members who purchase Parks Passes through Better World Club pay the same as they would were they to purchase through any other outlet, but receive a free carbon offset for each pass they buy. Enjoy our national parks while also helping to preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations.

Log in to the member section of the Better World Club website to find out how to get your pass(es) now!

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Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

Green Money: 5 Green Mutual Funds and Other Green Investment Options.

Plant a green seed today. Retire to a more beautiful tomorrow.

Hughie Green 1955What dreams are your investment dollars supporting?

Are you dreaming of a carbon neutral kayaking adventure to a beautiful island in the Caribbean where you'd paddle to the perfect spot on a pristine beach, lay back on a sustainably-harvested driftwood lounge chair, and look out across the clear blue-green waters of the ocean casting itself gently upon the endless white-sand shore, a fair wage-earning server smiling brightly as he/she/gender-non-specific leans over to hand you an organic Mojito (no plastic straws, please - this is a perfect dream)? Ah. The Green Dream. (see amazement on right)

Not interested in complex-sentence dreams? See Investment Options.

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GreenAutoBlog.Com Declares BWC Greener than AAA

BWC President Mitch Rofsky blushes green.

When we mention the American Automobile Association (AAA) on ABG, we usually are passing along some bit of data that the auto club has calculated. In April, for example, the AAA said that driving costs had gone up 1.9 cents per mile in the last year. The AAA also provides a lot of gas price statistics. But what we haven't really talked about is the AAA's less-than-stellar environmental performance.

The Better World Club...

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Contest Winner Spotlight: Yeah, We're Late, but We Are Still Excited!!

Our second Winner from our Bike to Work contest is Jan Groh. Jan is a BWC Member, a bike enthusiast, and a wonderful individual who suffers from and advocates for individuals who struggle with Hypermobile Ehler-Danlos Syndrome. To learn more about EDS or donate to the Oregon support chapter, go to http://oreds.org.

Clearly, Jan's video is a shameless plug for how great the Better World Club is (clearly being tongue-in-cheek, for those who don't read between-the-teeth). For valor in the face of physical adversity and for remaining true to her values even when it hurts, the "Grand Poo-bah", "Grade-A Environmentalist" Prize for Bike to Work and Bike for Life goes to Jan Groh! (No added pressure Jan, but we think it is time for Iron Man - or "Iron Jan", smile.)

Read More and Check Out Jan's Video.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Copenhagen to launch new high-tech bike-sharing program to fight increased traffic and pollution | The Raw Story


Connect to the local bike movement in Chicago

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From: "PeopleForBikes" <info@peopleforbikes.org>
Date: Aug 20, 2013 10:15 AM
Subject: Connect to the local bike movement in Chicago
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Connect to the local bike movement in Chicago

Hi Daniel,

While PeopleForBikes is leading the charge to make bicycling better nationally, biking couldn't progress at the local level without first-rate advocacy groups like Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance.

For 28 years, the Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans) has been leading the charge for better biking in Chicagoland. Most recently, with their team of 7,000 members, they've:

  • Helped pave the way for 30 miles of protected and buffered bike lanes in Chicago — more than any other U.S. city.
  • Convinced state lawmakers to pass a bill that makes bicyclists' legal right to pass cars on the right crystal clear — an issue that has plagued people on bikes for years.
  • Spurred 5,200 people to bike to work — 1,000 for the first time — in the recent Bicycle Commuter Challenge.
  • Collaborated with suburban communities to develop comprehensive bicycle and trail networks.

Our partners at Active Trans are doing a lot of great work in Chicago. Here's how you can become a part of it: sign up to be an Active Trans member today and join the fight for better biking in Chicagoland.

Just $35 a year adds your voice to the movement for bike-friendly streets. You also get extensive member benefits, including a 2013 Chicagoland Bike Map, discounts at over 100 bike shops, and more.

If you've been looking for a way to get more involved with bicycling in your area, joining Active Trans is a great option!

Enjoy the rest of this summer's riding,
The PeopleForBikes team


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Longboarding This Morning Mid-August 2013

Yes, I'm still a noob.

I bike a lot (pedals, as in 10-speed, old-school, blue Schwinn) and rollerskate on Friday mornings. This is my first time outside with my Sector 9 this year, shame on me. I should give up sleeping.

Man, what a solid core workout! I'm feeling it in all the places you would doing squats, but also abs & lower back. It's like Pilates on wheels! (And more fun)

I have a feeling that if I mix a couple of mornings a week of this, (say an hour each to start) I'll put the exercise monster over the edge and start slimming.

Two mornings bike 3 hours, two mornings longboard an hour, rollerskate Fridays, two hours lifting weights...if that doesn't do it I don't have a clue what would.

I can't bike ride for a few days, though. There's a hole in our parking lot near one of the drains. I stepped on the edge wrong, fell on my ass, and got a baseball-sized case of road-rash on my left knee. Pedaling is just a bit too much bend yet.

The fall happened this past Saturday. I'm looking to do a ride with my friend Luis this coming Saturday. The two of us have been riding bikes together since the Summer of 1975...which eventually led to this blog. :-)

Ride on,



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My Suburban Life | Great Western Trail bridges officially open during ribbon cutting ceremony


Copenhagen—By Bike | EMagazine.com


Your ride. Our future.

*Not going, unfortunately, but it sounds fun. - Dan

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Date: Aug 13, 2013 7:47 AM
Subject: Your ride. Our future.
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Get VIP access to the latest bike and gear.

Hey Daniel,

If you're crazy about bikes, chances are you've heard about Interbike—the biggest bike show in North America, held annually in Las Vegas. Up until this year, just members of the bike industry were allowed into the show. Cycling superfans could only read about (and drool over) next year's bikes and equipment from home. 

Now, for the first time ever, Interbike is opening its doors to the public...and you're invited. As a PeopleForBikes member, you can receive insider VIP access to Interbike for a registration fee of only $50.00.

As an exclusive Interbike by Invitation VIP guest, you will receive: Interbike by Invitation

  • Early entry (9:00 am) into Interbike on Friday, September 20th
  • VIP on-site check-in
  • One-year subscription to Bicycling Magazine
  • VIP badge
  • VIP gift bag loaded with cool industry swag
  • Limited edition Interbike shirt
  • Limited edition Interbike by Invitation souvenir posters
  • Limited edition Interbike socks

To register today for Interbike by Invitation please click HERE.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

- The PeopleForBikes team

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trued And Re-Spoked Rear Wheel...

...Just got back from J & R with Big Blue. I walked over there, about 5 miles, then rode back, with a stop for the best Greek salad in town at Omega on 16th & Highland.

The bike rode great. The only complaint I have is that they forgot to put the plastic cap over the valve stem, but I had one from a popped tube at home.

Of course, three days in the shop, and someone tries to steal my spot in the bike rack next to my wife. I've been parking Big Blue there three years now, noob. Get your own! Ah, the joys of condo building bike rooms.

Ride on,