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May 3/11 23:04 pm - Cycling (in the) News

Posted by Editoress on 05/3/11

“Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever.”-- Hugh Pearman, Design Week, 12 June 2008

BIXI Launches in Toronto
The BIXI bike company says it hopes to recreate its Montreal success in Toronto after launching its bike-rental scheme in the city on Tuesday.
Read more: CTV Video

Read more: Toronto STAR

The State of Cycling in Revlstoke
A year ago this month, to little fanfare, the City of Revelstoke created its first bike lane. One day, new lines and bicycle lane markers were painted along a 400 metre stretch of Airport Way between the Illecillewaet Bridge and McKinnon Road. It’s not much but it’s a start.
Read more: BC Local News

IMAX cycling feature timely for festival
With the Victoria International Cycling Festival happening May 27 to June 12, the National Geographic IMAX Theatre is getting into the spirit early with the presentation of Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, starting this Friday (May 6).
Read more: BC Local News

North Vancouver bike store owner aims to send 1,000 bikes to Uganda
A North Shore cyclist and bike-store owner says he is well over halfway to getting 1,000 donated bikes in 30 days from the local community to ship to northern Uganda.

“We’re probably closing on 600,” Willie Cromack, owner of North Vancouver-based John Henry Bikes, told the Straight by phone. “We put 1,000 out there. We can only fit 450 in the damn container, but the principle is, tell people you need 1,000 and you’ll definitely fill a container.”
Read more: The Straight

Bike Revolution Launches New Bicycle Registration Service in Canada
Bike Revolution Ltd, today announced the launch of the Bike Revolution Canada. The free bicycle registration and anti-theft platform joins forces with Bike Registry Canada to provide the only Canadian national bicycle registration database in the country.
Read more: NewsWire

Mike Buff-I Ride For Tyler Blick Benefit Auction
Auction date has been set for May 27th and will be open to all worldwide on Ebay.
Read more: This is a preview of items to be included

Bike Polite
In honor of Bike Month, Transportation Alternatives' Executive Director shares his rules of the road.
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The trouble with Richie
Following a remarkable neo-pro year, everyone assumed Richie Porte would have his own way, methodically moving upwards into the role of a Grand Tour rider. But as in life, cycling does not always work out the way you want it to, as he tells Anthony Tan on the eve of his second Giro d’Italia.
Read more: SBS

Former world champion Ballan suspended by BMC team
Italy's former world champion Alessandro Ballan has been suspended by his BMC team and will miss this month's Giro d'Italia because of his continued involvement in a long-running doping probe.
Read more: Reuters

Ex-Lance Armstrong adviser seeks meeting with Italian prosecutor
A banned Italian physician who was once Lance Armstrong's training adviser has asked for a meeting with a prosecutor who is investigating cheating in professional cycling.
Read more: USA Today

Japan by Bicycle
From South to the North, two other adventurers and I are touring the length of Japan by bicycle
Read more: Blog

Never too old to ride a bike: one adult's story
Read more: The Californian

Box Jumps: Improve your peak power with these off-bike exercises
In a study by Australian researchers, trained cyclists who did plyometric exercises combined with high-resistance bike intervals improved their peak power by nearly 7 percent and their LT power by nearly 4 percent after just 12 sessions. That means more torque to bang over obstacles, crest climbs and hammer to the finish. Before your interval ride, warm up with spinning and two or three sets of 10 to 20 box jumps
Read more: Watch Video

The Bicycle Craze of the 1890's
The first true bicycle was created in France in the 1860’s. Early bikes had enormous front wheels and were called ordinary bicycles or high wheels. Ordinary bicycles were dangerous due to their forward center of gravity. These bikes were ridden primarily by wealthy young men that were physically fit enough to take a “header” (the term used to describe when one flew over the front of the handlebars).

While large groups of people turned out to watch ordinary bicycle races, most were not willing to take the risk of riding a high wheel.
Read more: Southwest


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