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The wheels that set her free

2 wheels change everything

In September of 1895, a young Jewish mother from Boston rolled into Chicago astride a Sterling bicycle and declared victory. She had set out 15 months earlier, leaving her three young children and husband behind, in an attempt to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle.

Though her purchase on that title would prove dubious. In addition to riding approximately 7,000 miles by bicycle she made liberal use of trains and steamships. She had, nevertheless, succeeded spectacularly in another of her goals. To become famous as an international symbol of women’s emancipation, and it was the bicycle that had set her free.

Source: Salon

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Teams Announced 2017 Amgen Tour of California
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AMGEN Tour of California

Elite Men’s and Women’s Teams Carrying World and National Champions and Olympic Medalists Will Compete in California in May.

As in 2016, the Amgen Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM Women’s Race empowered with SRAM is part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. This year’s race will include 16 star-studded teams, half of which are U.S.-based:

  • Astana Women’s Team (KAZ)
  • BePink Cogeas (ITA)
  • Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team (NED)
  • Canyon/SRAM Racing (GER)
  • Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Drops (GBR)
  • Hagens Berman | Supermint (USA)
  • Lares-Waowdeals Women Cycling Team (BEL)
  • Rally Cycling (USA)
  • Sho-Air TWENTY20 (USA)
  • Team Colavita | Bianchi (USA)
  • Team Sunweb (NED)
  • Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling (GBR)

America’s most prestigious cycling event joins the UCI WorldTour this year with 11 WorldTour teams containing some of the world’s most decorated cyclists, including first-ranked, California-based BMC Racing Team. Three Pro Continental and two Continental teams round out the event.

UCI WorldTour Teams (MEN):

  • Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
  • Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team (USA)
  • Quick-Step Floors (BEL)
  • Team Dimension Data (RSA)
  • Team Sunweb (GER)
  • Team LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)
  • Team Sky (GBR)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA)

UCI Professional Continental Teams (MEN):

  • Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA)
  • Team Novo Nordisk (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

UCI Continental Teams (MEN):

  • Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA)
  • Rally Cycling (USA)


Source: Amgen Tour of California

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Chicago stepping up enforcement of cars blocking bike lanes

No more blocking bike lanes in Chicago

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Photo by citymaus

The city has stepped up efforts to deter cars from blocking bike lanes. Cyclists say that blocked lanes force them to merge with vehicular traffic, putting them more at risk.

Obstructed bike lanes have become a daily encounter for cyclists and create a safety hazard. This year, the city is stepping up its enforcement efforts to deter motorists from blocking the lanes. They are adding bike routes to the daily patrol maps for parking enforcement aides. Additionally, the department is examining 311 complaints to better send aides to where the issue persists.


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German parliament reviews bicycle turn laws
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Right on red included in German bicycle turn laws.

The Federal Ministry of Transport will review whether to give cyclists the green light to turn right on red at certain intersections. Pilot projects have already been planned in several German cities.

The review is in response to a request from the Green Party.  Currently, cyclists are legally required to wait for the light to change to green. Should they decide to turn on red, they face a fine of at least 60 euro ($63). Not to mention  the wrath of angry observers.

Source: DW.COM

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Ultimate Hipster Nerd Bike on eBay

How is this not a nerd bike?

nerd bikeI mostly know it’s a nerd bike because I’m a nerd, and I really want this bike. A hefty dose of nostalgic futurism and the practicality of a break-down bike.

Break-down bikes are like folding bikes that don’t fold. They break-down into smaller pieces. My wife has an electric scooter that follows this principle. It makes it easier to store. Even a folded folding bike is a pretty hefty chunk of metal to store.

The problem with this is, what happens if one of the taken-apart parts is misplaced? No more foldy riding for you.

The other issue seems to be the wear-and-tear of constantly assembling and unassembling the bike may cause.

None of those issue can make this bike any less stupid cool.

Look at this on eBay

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