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The Slackers Guide to 30 Days of Biking

Today marks the 6th day of biking for the 30 Days of Biking. I hope everyone is sticking to their pledge as best as possible!

Unfortunately, I haven’t done any epic rides during these first 6 days but my butt has sat on the saddle and my feet have pedaled some distance each day thus far. For everyone that is struggling to find the time to hit their bike rides I give you my guide to slacking your way through the next 24 days!

Start with small distances

Are you riding around the block? Down a hallway at work? Great, you’re getting on the bike and that is ALL that matters for 30 Days of Biking.

Earlier is better

Pedal your bike around the block as early as possible and then forget about your pledge until tomorrow

Make it achievable

Determine a daily task or distance that you normally walk that can be achieved by bike (mine is checking the mailbox). Make this task your fail-safe if you had absolutely no opportunity to ride your bike that day. Simply jump on the bike and check the mail, or ride down to the stop sign and back before you head to bed.

Treat yourself

Hang a carrot out in front of those handlebars, I personally enjoy riding for ice cream!

Don’t over commit

This isn’t meant to be an epic undertaking of riding 1,000 miles a month. In fact, I think I have ridden <20 miles in the first 6 days of this pledge.You don’t have to bite off more than you can chew. Do what you can with what you can. As long as you are getting on your bike, in any fashion, you are doing better than most!

Stop stressing

This is meant to be fun, to kick the dust off the tires. Enjoy it and don’t stress!

Banjo Brothers 30 days of biking

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30 Days of Biking: Basic Pre-Game Tips

This is part of a month long series that follows along my journey of completing a pledge of riding 30 days straight in April with 30DaysofBiking.com

Tomorrow kicks off 30 Days of Biking and I want to make sure we are all 100% ready. Hopefully, you realize that this doesn’t need to be epic adventures everyday and I’m taking the first week in stride, planning basic trips, to get back in the swing of daily riding!

It’s the night before your the first day in the challenge so let’s run through everything I did to make sure that I’m ready to tackle this!

My Bike is Ready

  • Tires pumped
  • Chain lubed
  • Lights charged
  • Lock & Key

For My Commute

  • Bag is packed
  • Lunch is made
  • Bus pass in jacket pocket
  • Helmet and gloves on bike

For the Month

  • Easy rides listed for everyday
  • Friends enrolled in encouragement and ice cream socials
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Pedal Into Spring Motivated with 30 Days of Biking in April

As I look outside my window, in downtown Boulder, Colorado, it is snowing. So much for the promises of 60 degree weather today, Mr. Weatherman! If this isn’t the motivation I needed to kick winter in its pants and out the door, the pledge I made to 30 Days of Biking is.

What is 30 Days of Biking?

Very simply, 30DOB is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, however far you want, no matter the weather! It is also a community where you share your adventures online with #30daysofbiking.

For me, 30 Days of Biking is a stand to be part of a community bigger than myself. I strive to find and create inspiration for myself and those around me to get more butts on bikes in the month of April.

2014 is the fifth year of this pledge, and thousands of people from all over the world have taken part. Join the community of joyful cyclists and sign the pledge!

http://30DOB.com

Who benefits from 30 Days of Biking?

30DOB

There are two groups of people that benefit from 30 Days of Biking.

The first, and most motivating, is that for every 30 pledges 30 Days of Biking will donate 1 bicycle to Free Bikes 4 Kidz.

The second group, is you and everyone around you. This pledge will help you kick the dust, or snow, off the bike tires and create habits of choosing the bike this spring. Your enthusiasm and persistence will be contagious, this is a proven fact.

Join the community and the cause

I believe in the community that makes up Bike Shop Girl and believe that we can easily sign 120+ pledges to 30 Days of Biking. Could we be the reason 4 kids receive free bikes? I think so.

Join me and sign the pledge! It does not matter how far you go everyday as long as you pedal your bike.

http://30DOB.com

Get Involved

Find your local chapter, join me daily on Facebook/Twitter to tell everyone about your ride and spread the word to your friends.

Who’s in to sharing 30 days of biking stories, photos and memories with me in April?

 

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Week-end Round Up for March 22

Grab a delicious cup of coffee as it is time for the week-end round up. Have something to add? Put a link in the comments below.

The first week of spring has hit us and the anticipation across the cycling community can be felt near and far. This winter was tougher than normal for most of the country and I can admit first hand that I have been caught this past week  daydreaming of tan lines and long miles.

Get Ready for Spring Miles

Spring Tips

Tips to Get You Rolling After a Long Winter

 30 Days of Biking in April – Sign the Pledge

Changing Group Ride Behavior – People for Bikes 

This article is well worth the read. As a group we need to step up, mind laws and not give cars a reason to hate us.

Colorado Cycling Happenings

2014 Yeti Beti FundraiserWS

Yeti Beti / COMBA Fundraiser – March 29th

Black Tire Spring Soiree – April 3rd

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Week-End Round Up for March 15

Grab a delicious cup of coffee as it is time for the week-end round up. Have something to add? Put a link in the comments below.

This past weekend I attended training with Bicycle Colorado & Bike for Life. Look for a recap of the training and more information about what these two great programs are doing.

Products in for Review
Several products are in for review that you’ll be seeing over the following weeks
Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

2014 Trek Lexa SLX Road Bike

Cedar Cycling Standard Women’s Jersey

2014 Raleigh RX 1.0 Cyclocross Bike

Banjo Brothers Canvas Commuter Backpack

Top Articles on BSG This Past Week
Bicycle Shopping: The Three Common Types of Bicycles

Review of the Whole Life Challenge

Review: Bern Allston Helmet

Across the Internet
Ride Your Bike Like Everyone is Watching – We are Role Models

2014 Women’s World Cup Preview via Bicycling Mag 

The Best North American Handmade Bicycle Show coverage is on Prolly

In Colorado
Denver Weekend Cycling Events from 303 Cycling 

Green Bike Lanes in Denver

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Bike Buying: What are Your Goals for Biking?

Photo credit: Jonathan Cohen

The first step in buying a new bike is to figure out what your goals are for biking. As a new cyclist this can be difficult since you might not know all the possibilities! You may be looking to bikes because a friend of yours is getting you hooked, or maybe you want to get your family riding and your trying to figure out where to start. Regardless of the reason, I’m excited to be apart of your journey of cycling!

Now, let’s take a step back and ask a very important question.

Where do you want to go on your bike?

Some ideas to prime your pump:
Do you want to go on long road rides with 5 of your best buddies?
Do you want to get to work easier?
Do you want to keep up with your 11 year old?
Do you want to explore the backwoods?

What are the pieces you can measure?

Most humans need to have the ability to measure and compare to rate success. It is why most Americans have scales in their bathrooms, because their jeans don’t have hash marks for measurement! Let’s now figure out something you can strive for that is measurable to define success of your biking goals.

Examples:
Riding x days per month with your spouse or child
Miles or days ridden a week
Improving your average MPH
Lost weight
Wearing out your first chain/tires (under normal wear!)
Learning to bunny hop
Not getting dropped

Now, put it all together – what are your goals for biking?
“I want to go mountain biking and learn how to bunny hop.”
“I want to ride to work 2 times a week.”

Put in the comments!

Now, get ready to answer the next question in your bike buying research “What type of riding will you be doing?

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Bike Lanes are Cheaper than You’d Think

Originally posted on People for Bikes

Last week, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition published a brief exploration of what it called the “myth” that “there’s no way we can keep spending so much on bike lanes with so many other pressing needs in San Francisco.”

To make their point that dramatically improving biking and walking in a city costs almost nothing compared to many other transportation projects — in San Francisco, one of the bike-friendliest cities in the country, bike projects take up less than 1 percent of the municipal transportation budget — they listed some typical cost figures.

We decided to further explore this question by creating a simple bar chart, based on the same data. We’ll let you draw whatever conclusions you see fit.

People for Bikes Green Lane Project

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Follow the National Women’s Bike Forum Online

I couldn’t make it to Washington this year for the National Bike Summit but there are great things happening today with the Women’s Summit. Follow along on Twitter with hashtag #womenbike


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Go Fartlek

Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed varies, as the athlete wishes. (Source: Wikipedia)

The art of exploring is why I fell in love with biking some 18 years ago. The ability to just go find new places and adventures on my bike without the demands of school, sports practice or home life. It was a great escape and something I think we all forget as we grow up.

This past Monday when Emily and I got back from our weekend in the mountains I hopped on my bike and went for a fartlek, or Fartlick as my iPhone calls it. The goal was to blend in different speeds, try new routes and see how my knee felt on the single speed. The result was great, I enjoyed myself and found new trails near my house. An elevated my heart rate also showed me that my knee isn’t ready for the single speed just yet.

Do you implement fartleks in your training or weekly rides? What do you find?

I find new places to take photos, time to beat up on the pedals and needed bike time without a Garmin or HRM. During big training blocks I often find my best power over time results as I’m just getting in a groove with out focusing on the Garmin.

Now, go fartlek. Take a friend if you can!

Photo Disclaimer: I lost my bar ends on the ride, they will be replaced ASAP!

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