Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bike News Review – 12/10/13

Bilenky Junkyard Cross 2013
Urban Velo – 12/9/13
Costumes encouraged, partying mandatory, rules optional. Bilenky Junkyard Cross is a less-than-formal bike race through the junkyard behind Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia.
(This event just might become the first item on my bucket list – Tom)

Adventure Cycling honors Bicycle Travel Award winners
Adventure Cycling – 12/9/13
The Adventure Cycling Associationā€˜s nationally recognized awards program acknowledges exemplary contributions to the success of bicycle travel. There are four awards:

IBDs don’t need drones
Bicycle Retailer – 12/6/13
When asked about the disruption to traditional retailers from Amazon, Bezos was straightforward, “You gotta earn your keep in this world. When you invent something new, if customers come to the party, it’s disruptive to the old way.” The future is also happening to the bike industry but a little differently. If we agree with Bezos that complaining is not a strategy, what are some strategies that will lead to success for bike shops with physical locations? Are there some best practices being employed today that will help physical stores survive and prosper? Such as …

Bicycle Sharing Coming to Providence
Eco RI News – 12/6/13
A bike-sharing program is on its way. If all goes as planned, the city will soon have some 200 bicycles and 20 bike-share stations scattered across the East, West and South sides. The Board of Contract & Supply recently awarded management of the project to Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, Ore. Alta runs bike-share programs for Boston and New York City. Social Bicycles Inc. of New York will provide the bikes and bike stations. Dynamic Bicycles of Bristol will have its chainless pedal system used in the bikes.

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