1975 Schwinn Continental

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Building a bulletproof bikeshare, commuting secrets, Oregon bike tax, four high-quality front lights on a budget and more.

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Building a bulletproof bikeshare

Bikeshare bikes aren't sexy, but there's more to their design than meets the eye. They must be easy to ride while also being durable enough to withstand incredible abuse and exposure to the elements. We dive into what it takes to build a bikeshare that checks all the boxes by using Portland's Biketown program as an example. Read more here


Four front lights that won't break the bank

There's nothing worse than a flimsy, dim light with a short battery life, but a lot of high-quality lights aren't so friendly on the wallet. Read on to learn more about these four great lights that are also a great value. 


Secrets of an Oakland super commuter 

Morgan Fletcher rides his bike (and takes the ferry) from Oakland to San Francisco for his computer-heavy job as the manager of a software company. His daily time on the bicycle is a phone-free, laptop-free zone that gives him a chance to let off steam and get exercise. Read more to learn about what he loves – and sometimes hates – about commuting by bicycle.


Oregon to become first state to tax bicycles

Ironically, a state that prides itself on being bicycle-friendly has passed a bill to impose a tax on any new bikes purchased that have wheels 26 inches or more in diameter and are valued at over $200. This proposed levy has bicycle enthusiasts and advocates up in arms. Read more here


Join us for Bicycle Times Adventure Fest!

Bicycle Times Adventure Fest is coming to Stokesville Campground, Virginia, October 13-15, 2017. Enjoy mapped mountain bike routes; supported road, gravel and mixed-surface rides; an expo; clinics and classes; camping; family and kid-friendly activities; live entertainment and more, all in the beautiful George Washington National Forest. Register now

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bicycle Safety Bill HB1784, Annual Ride Packet, and more!

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Subject: Bicycle Safety Bill HB1784, Annual Ride Packet, and more!
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ACTION ALERT: Help Us Pass New Bike Safety Legislation
Please take a couple minutes to help Ride Illinois pass our state bicycle bill to legalize three common practices and clarify one law. House Bill 1784 would:
  • Allow motorists to pass bikes in a no-passing zone under certain conditions to improve cyclist safety.
  • Officially legalize bicycling on road shoulders, but not require it.
  • Allow bicyclists to use a rear light without also using a rear reflector.
  • Clarify the bicyclist lane position law, when the lane is too narrow for a car to pass with 3+ feet clearance.
Pushing for Bike Friendly Roads in Springfield and West Central Illinois
Ride Illinois has recently asked for improved bicycling conditions on 17 upcoming IDOT road projects in District 6, in Springfield and West Central Illinois. If you ride in any of these areas, please take a moment to read our letters and let us know if you have further suggestions.
Grand Illinois Bike Tour

Join us June 11 - 16, 2017 for our Grand Illinois Bike Tour! Come experience scenic northwestern Illinois on our fully-supported, loop ride through Byron, Dixon, Savanna, Quad Cities, and Sterling. Bike along the Rock River and Mississippi River valleys on quiet rural roads and some trails, and experience the charming towns of our grand Illinois. Ride at your own pace with daily routes ranging 43-59 miles and longer route options available. Choose between camping and motel options and enjoy overnights filled with good food and good fellowship with riders hailing from around the country. Proceeds benefit Ride Illinois and support our mission to make Illinois a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to ride. 

The Grand Illinois Bike Tour is limited to 230 participants and already over 70% capacity. Less than 20 rooms remain for our motel option, so sign up today and grab your spot!
Sponsored by Rad Power Bikes and Hollywood Racks   

Members Receive our Annual Ride Packet in March
We're in the midst of preparing our annual ride mailing which includes brochures from many organized bike rides taking place around Illinois. Many of the rides are single-day, on a weekend, on relatively quiet rural roads, with a variety of mileage options. Some rides attract dozens, many others bring in hundreds, and a few range from 1,000 to 20,000 riders!  

Want to make sure you receive the packet this March? Become a member or renew before February 17 to ensure you receive a packet! 
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