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Bike to Work Day 2009 is tomorrow–June 24th!

Please, please, please get yourself out there and bike, walk, scoot, skate, or just plain drag yourself to wherever you need to be tomorrow (just don’t use your car for help). Need a little extra incentive? How about fueling up with FREE breakfast at one of 40 Boulder-area restaurants? There are breakfast stops in many of the surrounding communities as well, so all you Lafayette, Lousiville, Longmont, Superior, and Denver peeps can start dusting off your bikes too.

To learn more about the event and to register (for free), visit the DRCOG website.

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Only in Boulder, Colorado can you pull off a “Bike to Work” event on January 21st. That’s right friends, tomorrow is Boulder Winter Bike to Work Day 2009–rain or snow or shine. You may be amazed to know that the city of Boulder plows all 200+ miles of bike paths on each and every snow morning. (They flounder when it comes to plowing the streets, but at least they’ve mastered the paths.) The forecast calls for sun and 70 degrees(!), so you can cruise to your heart’s content.

Like the summer counterpart, tomorrow’s event will inevitably feature prizes, breakfast stations, and lots of beautiful Boulderites.

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I must have chosen “Nice” this year, because I feel like the luckiest girl around. Thanks to my new Fuji Roubaix bike from Performance Bicycles, I’m cruising around town like nobody’s business.

Still looking for a New Year’s resolution? You may be interested to know that we have several road race options right here in Boulder each summer. Most of the 2009 dates have yet to be determined, but here are some preliminary details to pique your curiosity:

  • The Sunrise Century offers 45, 60, 75, and 100-mile options that are designed to satisfy everyone from beginner to triathlete.
  • Venus de Miles is a women’s-only ride offering 35 and 65-mile routes that stretch from Prospect (Longmont) to Niwot and up into Jamestown if you’re so inclined.
  • The Buffalo Bicycle Classic, a 30, 65, or 100-mile fundraising race to benefit the CU College of Arts & Sciences, rolls through Boulder and Larimer counties.
  • In addition to 31, 62, and 100-mile routes, the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure even has a 12-mile “family fun ride” and a health & wellness village at the finish.

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” –John Howard

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Despite the fact that I have a new affection for road bikes, I feel that I must emphasize my true love of cruiser and commuter bikes in general.

If I still worked within Boulder city limits, I’d stick to a strict diet of these beauties:

The One, The Only Electra Amsterdam

On My Wish List: The One, The Only Electra Amsterdam

My Current Daily Driver

My Current Del Sol Tradewind Deluxe

Fond Memories of Days Past

Fond Memories of Days Past (1983 Schwinn Collegiate)

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For those of you who have ever considered commuting by bike, here’s some encouragement:

I rented a LeMond road bike from University Bikes last week, so I could try riding to my office in Louisville. I’ve really never experienced the speed of a road bike and it was fabulous! For more than 5 years I’ve been commuting around town on a cruiser, which is luxuriously comfortable but, as I confirmed last week, boasts a very low input/output ratio.

My experience was no doubt enhanced by the guys at University Bikes who perfectly adjusted every aspect of my bike and helmet. And my peeps from work who showed me a route to the office that included more trails than traffic. In general, the speed of the road bike was absolutely addicting, and I must say I was rather sad about returning the bike at the end of the week. If you’ve considered commuting via bicycle, renting is a great way to try several different types of bikes and routes–I suspect you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

While I don’t foresee pieces of spandex being added to my wardrobe (ever), I will be keeping my eyes on the Craiglist bikes page…

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