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Increase in Bicycling and Walking in U.S.

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The National Biking and Walking Study: a 15-year Status Report was a study conducted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. It tackles the trend in bicycling and walking since 1994. So far, the result of that study has been promising.

The goal of the study was to “double the percentage of total trips made by bicycling and walking from 7.9% to 15.8% of all travel trips.” From the looks of things, the PBIC might achieve its goal. From 1990 to 2009, more and more people have chosen to walk from 18 billion people to 42.5 billion. As for bicycling, it also increased from 1.7 billion to 4 billion.

In a survey done in 2009 called the National Household Travel Survey, bicycling and walking takes 11.9% out of all the trips. Down by 3.9% from the PBIC’s goal.

The added bonus to the situation is that as more and more people walk…

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2011 Gary Fisher Collection from Trek

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Trek Bikes presents its 2011 Gary Fisher Collection with a tag line that says “This bike can change your life and the world.” The line features the “Transport” and “Transport+” longtail cargo bikes. Both have rear load racks which can be folded, a front rack, a wide-stance kickstand, fender and a Bontrager bag. The Transport+ has front and rear lights.

The longtail cargo bike uses Avid BB5 for front brakes and Tektro V-brake for the rear. Bontrager components comprise the saddle, seat post, handle bars and stem. With Shimano drivetrain, FSA Alpha Drive crank, SRAM 8 speed cassette and Wellgo pedals, the Transport bike also has a 350 watt electric assist motor rear hub for times when you are carrying heavy load or have difficulty riding uphill. The aluminum frame is available in sizes 17 inches or 20 inches and both cargo bikes are equipped with Bontrager H4 Hard-Case Plus tires…

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Bike Path Made of Ink Cartridges

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There are remarkable ways of recycling plastics or simply reusing them. The people of West MacDonnell National Park in Australia came out with a terrific concept for building a bike path. Made from junked ink cartridges, recyclables now link Alice Springs and Simpsons Gap. The new bike path looks cool and costs less than timber. In addition, it is more durable and longer lasting.

The Centralian Advocate reports that with the use of recycled materials, a 17km path was completed respectively for only $130,000. The bike path made from Ink Cartridges enables the park to save quite a sizable amount of money considering the materials used will last much longer than lumber, according to Red Ferret.

Karl Hampton, Minister for Parks and Wildlife said, “Every year more than 120,000 people visit the magnificent West MacDonnell National Park, and by investing in our parks we are able to ensure visitors have a unique…

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Limited Edition Bike T-Shirts from Morvelo and Retrobike

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Charlie Kelly, one of the pioneers of Mountain Biking, co-founded the Fat Tire Flyer in 1980 and it was the original mountain bike magazine of bike fans and riders of that time. Fat Tire Flyer depicted an action-packed classic imagery of the earliest off-road races and feats. The April “Derby’s” in Marin County was on the cover of the May/June 1984 issue of the magazine, which illustrated a bike pile up totally describing the typical fun loving attitude of the times.

The illustration gave an inspiring impression to Retrobike and Morvelo that led them to getting in touch with Charlie Kelly with the intention of acquiring a copy of the that particular issue. In addition, Retrobike and Morvelo wished to obtain Kelly’s permission to run a limited edition T-shirt of the cover illustration. They got more…

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ENO Trials Freewheel from White Industries

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Respected and well known for freewheels, White Industries is famous for quality made products, including its ENO Trials Freewheel. Whites Industries’ latest freewheel could be disassembled, serviced and conditioned to increase its longevity. The number of engagement points and the application of sealed-cartridge bearings are the main attributes of the Trials specific ENO Freewheel. The sealed bearings make it free from water, dirt and mud.

A total of 72 points of engagement and a six pawl system strengthens the outer gear case for added lasting durability and increase in performance. It is about 30 grams heavier than the standard freewheel. The end result, however, is 202 grams of quality product.

The Trials Freewheel has a retail price of $ 120. For more details and information, visit www.whiteind.com

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Bike Shop and Cyclists Receive Cycling Awards

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The City of Ottawa, Canada awarded two
Bruce Timmerman awards to re-Cycles a bicycle shop. Mark Rehder, director of re-Cycles, shared his pleasure of being awarded. “We just kind of quietly do our thing and it’s just nice to get some recognition for it. The important thing is that the public knows we’re there, we do good business, bicycles are getting recycled.”

The awards were supposed to be an annual event but financial constraints led to its suspension for several years. However, this year’s event awarded cycling advocate Mark Rehder and the re-Cycles shop for their commitment to cycling. The Centretown shop has been in operation for the last 13 years, accepting donated bicycles, fixing them up and selling the recycled bicycle at affordable prices. The ceremony was witnessed by some 40 cyclists in helmets and reflective slickers under the rain last week.

Rehder explains how he got involved with…

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Air Chuck Elite from Genuine Innovations

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Air Chuck Elite is Genuine Innovations’ latest mini CO2 inflator for 2010. Lighter than Air Chuck SL by 25%, the Air Chuck Elite weighs in at only 17 grams. It is equipped with Push-to-Inflate technology and has an all metal alloy design. The Air Chuck Elite is simple and fast to use for controlled CO2 inflation.

The unit is compatible with Presta and Schrader valves. It also functions well with threaded CO2 cartridges from Genuine Innovations in 12, 16 and 25 grams. Big Air is also compatible with the Air Chuck Elite, except for the 45 gram cartridges, and other cartridges using 3/8-24 thread.

With a limited lifetime warranty, the Air Chuck Elite is available for $19.99….

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