It’s summer time! Just think of the biking activities that you can do. If you haven’t tried bike camping before, this is the year to do it. All you need is your loyal bicycle with a sturdy rear and/or front rack and some camping essentials.
Here is a video that will give you some tips for bike touring, but we used it to help us plan for our bike camping trip.:
As always, pack according to your needs and know that it is possible.
Please join us for a week of fun rides, new friends, and healthy exercise in our warming Provo weather. Everyone is invited to join us for the activities below. Over the past few years our Bike Weeks have been wildly successful and they are a wonderful chance for you to get involved in Provo’s bicycle community, whether you are work commuter, a riding family, a local student, or a potential volunteer.
Take a look at the Facebook events and upcoming blog posts for additional information about each event.
It’s the time of year when many Provo-ites are desperately searching for summer housing and moving their stuff from one apartment to another. Take a break to check out this great streetfilms.org video. It might open up a few possibilities for your next move!
Spring is slowly creeping in. You know what that means? Riding your bike all day every day. Here is a helpful video so that you can tune up your bike at home. The Provo Bicycle Collective is also here to help you get back on two wheels.
“Women are an ‘indicator species’ for a healthy cycling ecosystem in your community… If you see a majority of men riding on your streets, those streets are not truly bike-friendly. I work for more women on bikes because when I see lots of women on bikes, I know our streets work for everyone.” Read more about women, cycling and safety in this article from the California Bicycle Coalition.
Let us know how you think Provo can encourage women to ride their bikes more!
Every summer there is an epic ride from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR. The ride is put on by the Cascade Bicycle Club and is 204 miles. Riders who dare to go on this journey finish within 1-2 days. There are food stops along the way and the infamous Big Hill. Through the wind and rain, it looks like the northwest loves any excuse to ride bikes with some friends.
I hope some of you out there got a chance to soak up some of this amazing weather we have had today! It finally feels like winter has passed us and spring is on the way (hopefully!).
But as much I would like to hope that the good weather is around the corner, growing up here I know that there are going to be some spring rain showers coming through. Which means that there is one thing that is going to make or break a ride for me, fenders. Fenders are a simple way to keep dry, and while I initially resisted fenders when I first started riding due to the fact that I only really needed them on every odd day or so that it rained I eventually broke down and picked some up at a local bike shop.
Boy were those fenders a revelation! I came to really appreciate having those fenders as snow melted on my commute or a spring shower rolled through but still found them somewhat awkward for my tastes to have year round. Ultimately I wanted fenders when it was wet, and didnt want them when it was dry. I needed something that was easy to take on and off yet also be able to be stored away in my bag while at school. Which is why the fender that I have been using for the past 5 months or so has been a perfect solution.
enter the full windsor quick fix fender, a perfect solution for me that allowed me to quickly attach a fender for when I needed it and quickly take it off and stash it in my bag for when I didnt need it. whats extra nice about this fender that other types of foldable/packable fenders have is that it gives more than ample coverage for the nastiest of conditions. And while some of the winter salt has corroded the metal snaps and the plastic has scuffed up a little (more from being in my bag than for being actually used) it has been great to have and given me that extra peace of mind that I will be covered if the weather suddenly decides to not cooperate.
The following guest post was submitted by Provo bicycling mom Rachel Whipple, who participated in last night’s Ride of Silence in honor of Douglas Crow. She has also given up cars for lent.
It felt reverent. There were more than a hundred bikes of all kinds: little kids in trailers, a dog in the basket of a giant tricycle, kids pumping their single speeds, college-aged kids, couples on bikes built for two, and grandparents. All kinds of riders came out, from the serious sport cyclists, bicycle commuters, and people like me pedaling along on hand-me-down bikes.
Some of the more confident cyclists were designated to block the intersections, guarding the way for the rest of us to safely pass. Police bikes escorted us and a police car was our rearguard.
It was quiet. The ride had all the dignity of an old fashioned processional. It was as solemn as a line of cars leading to the gravesite. But we were not hidden, sheltered in the privacy cars; we were out, exposed in both senses: we feel everything, the wind and the cold, and we are seen, visible to all we pass.
It was community. We were mourning with the family in their mourning. We were thinking about our own mortality as we rode the same roads Mr. Douglas Crow rode. We were together, respectful of the family, honoring the fallen man, and pleading silently to everyone who saw us as a group to see us when we ride alone.
The sounds we passed felt significant in our silence: the striking of the hours of the courthouse clock, the clanging of the arms that heralded the coming of the train. And then as we turned back to home, the moon rose over the mountains, full bright with mellow light.
I rode, quiet in my thoughts. And I felt overwhelmed with love and awe for all who rode with me. And I hope that all who saw us marveled.