Groups Rides Are The Best Rides

Photo drop of a little ride some Provo boys took up the canyon. Hope this inspires all of you to go out and get some.

 

 

New: Report a Provo Road Incident

catcubed instructs the tweeders on etiquette
Creative Commons License photo credit: greenkozi

A new feature on BikeProvo lets you instantly report a bike incident. Did you have a dangerous encounter with a car? See debris blocking a bike lane? Meet a friendly police officer who waved as you rode by? Reporting your bike-related road incidents helps us solve problems for cyclists and compile data that can be used to promote more bike lanes and safe routes for cyclists. Let us know what you encounter on the road, either positive or negative. Don’t be afraid of posting too often. By reporting your road incidents regularly, you help make Provo a better place for bikes.

You can create an instant report by clicking on the Report a Road Incident link on the top menu bar. Happy cycling!

Monday Ride Report 8/9-8/15 Share Your Cycling Experience.

Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirrel? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!

Good morning everyone! This week has had some great rides and some great times with friends (Brad I’m looking at you). I love the way that the bicycle connects us with other people. It does not matter if you are a commuter, spandex warrior, or dirt jockey. It seems that when you are on a bike and enjoying the day you can not help but share the experience with who ever will listen. This does not necessarily mean that you strike up a conversation with someone it can be as easy as ringing your bell in happiness to who ever is listening. It is on this note that I will report on this week.

Last week I was heading home from work on my beach cruiser. I usually do not ride my cruiser to work but due to injury have had to ride it more since it is upright sitting and has a coaster break. As I was coming down the hill on University Parkway some one on a fixie passed me I did not think much of it and just kept cruising along. We both met up at the light at the bottom of the hill. I noticed he had a pretty nice bike and told him that. From there we started talking about my cruiser and bicycling in general. As we spoke the light began to turn green and I figured that this conversation would end when the red light did. To my surprise the other rider continued to ride with me for a good 1/2 mile or more before we split. He could have easily taken off and got to where he was going way faster instead we cruised along talking about the fun and dangers of commuting by bike. This ride stuck out to me because I was able to make a connection that never would have happened in a car.

To me this ride highilights some of those special benefits that come from using a bicycle for transportation. Not only are you getting from point A to point B while getting exercise but you have more chances to connect with your surroundings whether that be environment or people. I hope this week will give all of you an opportunity to connect with your surroundings in some way. Whether that connection be talking with a stranger, finding a shortcut, noticing an improvement that can be made, or simply noticing some flowers you have never noticed before. Also, please take the time to comment on these reports. We have heard a lot of feedback saying that many of you like these reports but, the only way that they are really successful is if you add your experiences. For many of you school will be starting soon whether you are a professor or student I hope that you take advantage of your last bit of free time and get some awesome rides in.

Monday Ride Report: Hijacked

Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirrel? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!

This weeks ride report is being hijacked for a very worthy cause. We still encourage you to write your reports in the comments section (that’s where you will find mine). Provo is being visited and honored by some great people from Portland OR. The Bicycle Extravaganza Tour will be coming through Provo on August 31st. We are not sure at what location yet but we have been provided with this awesome video that will give you a taste of what is coming to Provo. Make sure to mark you calendars.

Ride Report 7/27-8/1 Share Your Cycling Experience.

Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirrel? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!

This week has been a very interesting one for my riding. As I mentioned last week I injured my hand pretty bad in a crash. As a result there is only one bicycle that I can ride to get around, it is my trusty beach cruiser. My cruiser is an old (made in America) Electric Swing 3 spd. I love this bike and love to cruise around on it. More than anything I love how it makes me slow down. I have to leave about 20min early for my 6 mile commute to work and find that the slowed pace is treating me really well. One of my favorite things about riding is noticing all the intricacies of the world that you miss from almost any other form of transportation. This bicycle helps me to really focus in on the beauty that is around me. The bicycle almost invites me to stop and inspect/enjoy the little things. It makes me think about all these “time saving” devices we have and use on a daily basis. We use these devices to save time so we will have time for what, more tasks that involve time saving devices? It seems to me that you can not save time, you can not bank the minutes and hours of the day so, the best way to save time is to invest in it, to be in the moment unplug put down the keys and enjoy the here and the now. Even if you ride your bike every day this can be hard to do but I recommend trying this out this week and, as always, we would love to hear about the rides that inspired you last week. Make sure to keep your bicycles locked up it seems summer theft is in full swing (sorry Spencer H.). Last bit of advice “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” Grant Peterson.


Ride Report 7/19-7/26 Share Your Cycling Experience.

Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirrel? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!

Zac

What a beautiful summer week it was especially for bike riding! I saw so many cyclists on the road this week and it was definitely a welcome sight! For my report this week I am just reporting on a simple ride I went on with someone special.  I was able to take my wife out on a date this week.  We rode slow and talked about how beautiful Provo was.  We talked about how great it will be (in the near future) to hop on the train and head up to Salt Lake. We arrived at the movie theater and parked right next to the entrance of the mall. There was no driving around looking for open parking just a quick lock up and we were able to head into the movie.  We saw Inception (it was AWESOME). It turned out to be a great day, and I was reminded of how wonderful a 2 mile bike ride can be with someone special. I had another ride this last week that ended up in an injured hand so this post will stay short. However, if you go back to last weeks ride report Brad basically challenged everyone here to a duel. How will you answer? Either way make it a good week and do not miss Provelo on Saturday.

Ride Report 7/5-7/11 Share your Cycling Experience

Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirrel? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!

(Chico Sticks the only way to end an epic.)

Zac

So this week was an awesome week for riding I really got to get out there and stretch my legs. As all of you know here at BikeProvo we are fans of all types of cycling. With that said we definitely lean towards transportational cycling and commuting. I am going to stray from these types of riding this week. First a little history.

At the turn of the twentieth century two things happened in France: the workers recieved a 40 hour work week (instead of sun up sun down), and the bicycle was reaching the form that all of us recognize today. As a result of the 40 hour week people now had time to explore and see what was over the next hill. Automobiles were still only a luxury of the very rich, and trains did not allow one to really explore the countryside. To fill this void, in came the bicycle. Many people think it was the racer that pushed for lighter bicycles and improved technology, this is not true. It was the cycle tourist that pushed the bicycle into having gears and not weighing as much as 55 pounds. For the first many years of the Tour De France all the riders rode fixed gear bicycles with one gear and no breaks. While riding the Tour with only one gear is really awesome and really hardcore it is not ideal for the leisure non-racing cyclist trying to pack up a few days of food and clothes to go for a bicycle ride. So, what does any of this have to do with my ride this week?

I suppose I am trying to show that distance cycling was originally a pastime of the masses. It was a way to connect to your surroundings and get to know a wider area of where you lived more intimately. Much like the original French Tourists the ride I did this week was a long ride that helped me to see the beauty of our surrounding area. This week my good friend Spencer and I embarked on a pretty epic ride. In total we rode about 130 miles on Friday and I loved every mile of it. We left from Provo at 5:30 am and headed south. The ride officially began in Santaquin. We left Santaquin headed over to Goshen, then to Nephi, up the Canyon to Fountain Green, and then followed a big loop through a lot of small towns that I will not be able to accurately name. Once we finished the big loop we ended up in Fountain Green again ate at the delicious Burger Bar followed by a cold can of Coke and then headed back done the canyon.

The whole ride was beautiful but, the ride from Fountain Green back to Santaquin was on of the most incredible rides I have ever been on. As we headed down the canyon we encountered gale force winds. We are talking 30-40mph winds. On top of the wind it began to downpour and visibility became almost zero. Then to top all of that off I got brushed by an RV because the wind blew him into me. Much of this may not sound that incredible but for some reason it was. All of the ride just culminated in this beautiful dance down the canyon as both of us were just trying to stay on our bikes. Once we rolled back into Santaquin to finish the ride we were beat to say the least. Both of us were covered in sweat and little bits of mud off the road. More importantly we were smiling from ear to ear and already recounting stories to each other of our favorite parts of the ride. My goal in sharing this particular ride is not for anyone to think they need to go push out some grueling mileage to feel they enjoyed a bicycle ride. My goal is to inspire everybody to get out with some good friends and go explore this beautiful city were we live. Never ridden up the canyon? Always wanted to go check out a specific part of town? Just needing to get lost? Then grab some friends pack a picnic and go. I hope every ones last week was awesome and that this week will be a time to explore and enjoy good company.

(At the end and ready for home.)

Jamie

Despite all the crazy thunderstorms we’ve been having, I had a lot of fun riding my bike this week. I’ve also become a bit more comfortable with riding on the street and riding at night. As someone who is relatively new to this, I always have a lot of questions to ask (thanks Andrew and Zac for helping me figure out where to stop at a red light with a right turn lane!) but I’m getting better.

This weekend, I went for a ride down the Provo River Parkway Trail with my husband and brother-in-law. Using the Google Maps bike feature, I was able to plot out a route that was full of bike lanes, very few stop signs, and lots of trail riding. We went from our home in downtown Provo, rode north on 400 E (stop-sign-free heaven!), turned left at 800 N, and were able to pedal down bike lanes all the way to the trail head.

Provo River Parkway really is one of the greatest assets we have in our city! It goes all the way from Utah Lake up into the canyons, running alongside a gorgeous view of the river. We biked by lots of friendly people enjoying the sun and even came across a group of guys riding a couch around. (Yes…a couch. I think they were the same guys that were riding the couch in the Freedom Festival Parade. I mean, how many guys have couches to ride?)

All around, it was an excellent week for riding and I can’t wait to plan more adventures this month!

Ride Report 6/28-7/4- Share Your Cycling Experiences

Fire Circle
Creative Commons License photo credit: seantoyer

Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirrel? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!

ZAC

Happy Fourth of July everybody! I hope everyone is getting out and enjoying all the festivities going on. Also happy start of the Tour De France! I am not really a race type of guy but I do love the history and athleticism that is displayed during the Tour. This week has been a mixed week for riding. It seems I have been honked at a lot (more than likely due to the stress of getting to events on time in you car.) Ironically,  most of the people that have honked at me have ended up at the same destination as me 10 minutes or so after I was already locked up and started enjoying myself. The bicycle really is great for quick access to big events. The ride that I am going to share was a nice little ride around town with some non-Provonians.

My parents are in town this weekend to visit my daughter their granddaughter. Since they were in town they got invited to our Sunday bike ride. Our Sunday ride is something that we do every week with some friends in the neighborhood. We simply pick a direction and go discover Provo. This particular ride I threw both my mom and dad on beach cruisers and off we went. We kicked around south Provo then rode over to the Provo Cemetery to look at the old grave stones. From the cemetery we then road to downtown. It was really cool to see all the people lined up with their BBQ’s, tent’s, and even their T.V.’s and Guitar Hero. It was even cooler to see that part of downtown open only to pedestrians and bikes this weekend. When I was down there I began to think about Ciclovias, and Sunday Parkways. I began to think how awesome it would be if Provo did something like this once a month, or even just  a few times a summer, in the downtown area. Maybe we could move the Farmers Market to Center St. once a month and draw more people downtown and out of their cars.  Either way this was the ride that got me thinking the most and got me excited about bikes. This ride also made me excited for the next Provelo event as I was thinking about getting bicyclists together and having a good time.

We recieved high marks from the perspective of new riders both parents were qouted as saying the ride was “Beautiful and relaxing I wish I could do it more often” and, “It was enjoyable. Traffic was not great (too many cars) but, most drivers were courteous.” I know many of you went out last night and enjoyed the unofficial festivities of the pre-parade. I hope you will take some time to tell us all how it was.

JAMIE

One of the best parts about the holiday weekend is the chance to ride around town and check out the fun from a bicycle. Last night I too rode the Townie all around downtown and Center Street to take in the excitement.

Once I was done greeting the parade-reservers, I headed over to the BYU duck pond (not sure what that park is actually called). It was a beautiful, green summer day and I wished I had brought a picnic. I’m looking forward to checking out even more festivities on the Townie during the July 5th celebration.

Now it’s your turn…tell us about last week’s cycling adventures…

Ride Report 6/20-6/27- Share Your Cycling Experiences

Come on, you know you’ve had some sort of biking experience this week. Go somewhere fun? Find a new path? Get into some trouble on the road? Run over a squirrel? No matter how big or small, we want to hear about your cycling week. Help make this feature successful by writing a comment!

ZAC

This past week has been an awesome one for bicycles in Provo. The first Provelo event took place and had a great turn out and Mayor Curtis is now riding his bike to work. With all the great stuff going on I have had a chance to do a lot of riding outside of my standard commute. For me this week also marked two good friends birthdays accompanied by two good birthday bike rides. Both rides were great and actually tie in awesomeness. However I have been told that one of our readers will be doing the first B-day ride so, I will cover the second.

(Happy Birthday!)

My good friend Allie (pictured above) had her birthday on Thursday June 24th. For her birthday she requested that we wake up at 6:30am and ride bikes to Springville to beat the heat. Normally waking up that early is out of the question but, for bikes and friends I make exceptions. We all woke up and headed out to Springville. The weather was perfect we rode along some local connector streets until getting to the frontage road (Kuhni Blvd.) that goes by the railroad tracks out to Springville. We chose a nice pace and just meandered along with only one or two cars passing us the whole way to our destination (the Maverick in Springville). Once we got to the Maverick we rested a bit had some water and then started the ride home. All along the ride we chatted and checked out the farmlands and streams you pass by on the way to and from Springville. Once we got closer to Provo we started talking about food as none of us had eaten and decided to go to Gurus on Center St. I have not eaten there in a long time but can say their breakfast menu is the perfect way to end any morning ride. Thank you Allie’s mom for having her so I had an excuse to ride my bike with friends and eat some good food. Continue reading

Ride Report – Share Your Cycling Experiences

If you haven’t noticed we here at BikeProvo we really love two things: riding bikes, and riding bikes in Provo. Often we get to report on events going on here in the valley as well as share our insights into bicycling in general. Basically, you all get to hear a lot from us and we don’t get to hear that much from you or your bike riding here in Provo. In an attempt to remedy that we are introducing the Monday Ride Report. The idea is a few of us will report on some aspect of our rides, commutes, or bicycle adventures and then open the floor to all of you (in the comments section) to share your experiences on the road or trail. You can write about a funny experience, or how you discovered a new road, or about how sometimes drivers really just do not pay attention. Anything ride-related. If these guidelines are not helpful with what to write make a comment so we can help you get your experience out there. Jamie and I will go first to get things rolling.

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