Provelo is here!!

Provelo is the new summer series started up by the Provo Bicycle Committee. The idea is to get as many people on bicycles to the designated park and have a good time. There will be bicycle games, events and, many of the local bicycle shops will be there doing there thing. This is going to be a picnic style event so bring your own food and drink. We will be reporting more on this when more information is available. As for now, mark your calendars get the family together and get ready to have a good time.

What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Computer Guy Danny Prager?

We got a chance to chat with Nu Skin computer genius Danny Prager when he visited the Bike Committee booth during this year’s Bike-to-Work Day.

Danny rides a black single speed Specialized Langster around town and on Provo’s many trails.

“I just love the outdoors,” he said. ” I love going up the canyon and all around the county. It’s a great place to ride.”

Thanks for taking a minute to share your love of cycling, Danny. Ride on.

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

Monday Night Family Bike Ride.

(Riding in style in the Bakfiets.)

Here at BikeProvo we are going to be reporting on different events and rides going on in the Provo area to let all of you know that you are not alone there are tons of riders out there and not all of them wear spandex (not that there is anything wrong with wearing spandex.) One such ride which I had the privilege of riding on tonight is the MadDog Cycles Family Bike ride. This ride is a ton of fun! The group leaves MadDog Cycles in Orem at 6pm every Monday night. One of the shop’s employees went over the route and general riding safety and then, the ride began. There were three families at this ride as well as one of MadDog’s staff Chris Bradford whom you should all know from the S24O post (he rides the really cool vintage blue bike.)

Once we were debriefed we started the ride. We followed 8th South in Orem to a little road I had never ridden on. I cannot remember the name of it but it was beautiful. While riding if you looked right you saw the river with grass and trees if you looked left you would see a collection of nice quaint houses.

(Nice and slow road the cars were very courteous.)

From the nice quiet road we merged on to the bike trail on University Parkway.

(Waiting for the light.)

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WOW, Thats About All I Can Say.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: r.f.m II

If you have not already heard the City of Blackhawk in Colorado has banned bicycling from many of its roads saying that bicycling is not safe (even though there is a zero fatality record concerning bicycles). The order comes straight from Mayor David Spellmen who holds the title of one of Colorado’s most corrupt public official. This is the same guy who had felony charges put against him for pistol whipping his wife in 2006.

As it was stated on Austin on Two Wheels;”Safety. Yeah. Right. Do you know what the number one cause of accidental deaths in the US is? Cars, not bicycles. Do you know the leading cause of all deaths? Heart disease brought on a sedentary lifestyle that involves driving everywhere you go. If they really cared about the health and well being of their citizens, Black Hawk would ban cars, not bikes.” Here are some numbers to go along with the qoute.

One of the biggest bummers about this is that one of the main streets that has banned bicycles is a major connector for a popular cycle touring route. Getting caught riding a bicycle on any of the banned streets will get you a $68 ticket. If you want to help the city know that this ban is ridiculous here is an email address;

Thank you Provo for letting us ride bicycles and enjoy our beautiful city in any way we see fit.

One S24O in the bag.

The first Provo S24O has come and gone. It was a wonderful and beautiful ride up Provo Canyon to South Fork Canyon and then on to Big Spring Park. Fourteen people in all showed up (even though three of those fourteen showed up really late) but, more on that in a minute.

I left with the 7:20 group from the Riverwoods. We headed up the canyon after getting some supplies at Will’s Pit Stop. The weather was wonderful and the trail was green and beautiful. One of the reasons I love that stretch of the Provo River Trail is the river. It keeps things nice and cool.

(Karl, Chris, and Emma.)

We all got up the canyon feeling good and ready for the climb up South fork. South fork is were things got interesting not necessarily hard or horrible but, we had to work for our secluded camping. To prove that it was not to hard or horrible I present this evidence.

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What Do You Love About Cycling in Provo, Kitchen Designer Erin Flynn?

Have you seen a graceful brown-haired girl pedaling through the downtown area? That’s Erin Flynn.

Erin was recently spotted cycling in the rain at the 2010 Mayor’s Bike-to-Work Day. She has also been helping with cycling advocacy issues as a member of the Provo Bicycle Committee.

She rides her black, single-speed Windsor bike all over town. “It’s a good way to stay healthy and a good alternative to driving,” says Erin. “I feel like it brings people together.”

Tell us what you love about bike riding in Provo! Whether you’re a hard-core mountain biker or a casual cruiser, I’d love to share your story. It takes only a few minutes to snap a picture of you on your bike and ask you two questions: 1. What kind of bike do you ride? 2. What do you love about riding in Provo? See, it’s easy. If you’d like to participate, just send an email to: bikeprovo @ gmail.

Bicycles and Art.

Many have said that bicycle riding is an art. Which I believe to be true. If riding is an art, that would make anyone who knows how to ride an artist. Making patterns and lines with their daily rides all over the canvas that is the city. New riders would be like kids with crayons. Coloring with whatever medium they are given or that they see their friends using. More seasoned riders could be compared to artist that have really found their medium. Honing in their tools (bicycles) and really picking how they will express themselves (route usage). You may be asking, “Why all this heady talk about art and medium etc.?” First, I really want to call my self an artist :). I do not have that quality to take the ride and translate it into something tangible. I even have a hard time explaining to non-cyclists the feelings or ideas I have while riding. Second, I really respect people that can take ideas or images and do something with them. Adam Turman of Minneapolis is one of those people.

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(Bike Camping is the best!)

S24O is a term brought into existence by Rivendell Bicycles. They came up with this acronym to represent overnight bicycle camping trips or S24Os (Sub 24hr Overnighters). I am sure the term bike camping would be more simple but S24O just rolls off the tongue better. The great thing about S24O’s is that they are not 100 mile touring trips, they are not multi day commitments, and they help you get to know your area in the most intimate way possible, by bicycle. The goal of the S24O is to leave home at a decent hour of the evening, ride your bike to a given point, pitch your tent and relax. The next day have yourself some breakfast check out the area a little bit then head home. Ideally you choose locations that are short distances and provide the most amount awesome. These trips can be all asphalt or dirt or a mixture of both. The best thing about them is if you forget something you will not die, and if you did forget something essential (think sleeping bag) you could ride home and sleep comfortably in your bed.

With that info out of the way I will formally announce the first S24O of the summer. This first trip is going to be all asphalt and will be a nice 15 mile ride up the canyon to South Fork. We are going to all ride up and have dinner at the campsite, tell stories, sing songs, or whatever it is that you like to do while camping. YOU WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE ALL YOUR OWN FOOD AND GEAR. I am sure there will be extra soda or granola bars laying around but the point is to bring the food and gear you will need. Which brings me to the next item. What will you need?

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