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Archive for June, 2009

Bicycle Indiana Survey Underway

Posted by Henry Scott on June 28, 2009

Bicycle Indiana is working to establish a clearer, more needs-driven agenda on behalf of Indiana cyclists, and have designed a web-based survey to give every Indiana cyclist a voice in this process! Your input is VITAL, and you are invited to complete the survey at survey monkey: The survey will be available for online completion until Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

In appreciation for your time, upon completion of the survey you will be invited to enter your name into a drawing for the following prizes:
GRAND PRIZE (2 winners): $50 gift card for an Indiana bicycle retailer
SECOND PRIZE (20 winners): eco-friendly fleece hat with the “BICYCLE INDIANA” logo OR a copy of the book “Pedaling for Pizza” (signed by its two Indiana authors!)

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Bicycle Times

Posted by Adam Bee on June 26, 2009

BicycleTimes 002_Covers 64.inddA while back we wrote about Momentum: The Magazine for Self-Propelled People.

Now they have competition.  Bicycle Times, published by the makers of Dirt Rag, are now covering the same urban/utility/transportation/everyday cycling we cover right here at Bike Michiana.  I noticed Issue 2 today on newstands at the Notre Dame Bookstore, so it must be everywhere.  Check it out!

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Police Bicycles stolen

Posted by Paul Taylor on June 26, 2009

Witnesses saw two young men jump on the unattended police bikes and ride away. The incident occurred Friday afternoon in downtown South Bend. Read the full story in the South Bend Tribune.

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Blegged: Best Practices for Family Cycling?

Posted by Adam Bee on June 23, 2009

A couple of moms have asked on the Bike Michiana Google Group about riding with kids.  It struck me really hard that I don’t know anything about that!

So I join them in asking you: what are some recommendations you’ve found useful for riding with kids?

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Bicyclist injured in downtown South Bend

Posted by Paul Taylor on June 19, 2009

According to a report in the South Bend Tribune, a cyclist was hospitalized when she ran into a car near Wayne and St. Joseph streets at about 4:00pm on June 18. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bicycle Race near downtown South Bend

Posted by Paul Taylor on June 18, 2009

The EcoFest is a Downtown South Bend event that includes a bike race and more: learn what’s new in green technology and healthy living. In addition to the race, there are hands-on demonstrations, Eco Tours, and interactive educational experiences.

For info on the race, and for info on the Eco Fest event.

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ProForm Urban Leisure Rides, Thurs 7pm

Posted by Adam Bee on June 15, 2009

You may already know about the Outpost Tuesdays at 6, the SpinZone Wednesdays at 6:30, the ProForm Thursday paceline at 5:30, and the Avenue Bicycle Station community rides Thursdays at 6.

Now there is a new option: ProForm Bike Shop is hosting an Urban Leisure ride every Thursday night at 7pm.  Check it out!

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Copenhagenize Michiana

Posted by Adam Bee on June 14, 2009

Over half of Copenhagen’s million-plus citizens take their bikes every day. is a blog covering how the city transformed from being as car-addicted as any other to becoming the cycling capital of the world.

I find Copenhagenize is mostly useful as a sort of “best practices” check.  Throughout the Netherlands and much of Europe, everyday utility cycling is a part of life.  People don’t wear lycra or helmets.  They carry their kids in the front of their cargo bikes.  They ride crappy old steel frames rather than the latest aluminum or carbon.  They don’t drive to places to ride, they just ride wherever they are.  Cycling isn’t just a sport, but also an easy, useful, and safe way to get around. Read the rest of this entry »

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11th Annual Lions Club Bike Ride

Posted by Paul Taylor on June 10, 2009

September 20th, 2009, starting 7:30 a.m.

Starts and ends near South Bend, IN at St. Patrick’s Park on Laurel Rd. north of Auten Rd.

Road and mountain bike routes through scenic river areas of both Michiana states. Your choice of 5 routes from 2 to 70 miles, including a 2-mile kid’s ride inside the park.

  • Pancake breakfast free to riders
  • Door prizes
  • SAG stops on all routes (SAG = Supplies and Gear…Think cookies and more)
  • All routes monitored by Lions. (Think friendly helpful club members)

For more information, and to down load applications: or call Eldon Kronewitter at 574-273-1125.

Your ride fee provides eye glasses for needy children and adults served by the Lions Club.

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Chicago L.A.T.E. Ride: July 11/12

Posted by Jim Moffitt on June 10, 2009

Join 9,000 bicyclists for Chicago’s ONLY after-midnight ride. I hate to sound like an advertisement but I want to spread the word that this is the most enjoyable group ride I’ve found. The immense amount of bicyclists takes on its own Aura; their collective momentum along Chicago’s skyscraper lined streets seems to pull you along practically un-assisted. The home stretch along the lakefront trail at sunrise is absolutely spectacular. Come join us, nurture your bicycling soul….

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