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Celebrate National Bike Month

Spring means an influx of cyclists on city streets and in state parks, and who could blame them? It’s a truly magical experience to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of a saddle. With this in mind, it only makes sense that May is the most appropriate time to celebrate National Bike Month!

National Bike Month.

Get on your bike this month! [Image: http://lacrescent.lib.mn.us/]

The League of American Bicyclists created National Bike Month back in 1956 as a way to highlight the many benefits of regular cycling (a form of regular exercise, environmentally friendly, and a great way to see the outdoors to name a few!). Since its foundation, National Bike Month has grown immensely popular, increasing by more than 62 percent between 2000 and 2013.

There are many events to take part in this month to celebrate National Bike Month. Here are just a few to keep in mind.

Bike to Work Day

Bike commuters.

This is our type of traffic jam. [Image: http://www.bloomberg.com/]

Probably the most well-known facet of National Bike Month is Bike to Work Day, which is a part of Bike to Work Week (currently going on at the time this article was written, May 16–20). Bike to Work Day falls on Friday, May 20 and is exactly what the name describes—it’s a day for people to ride their bikes to work as a show of unity among the cycling community as well as a way to raise awareness to the many benefits of riding a bike.

Different cities across the nation have different ways of celebrating the day. In May 2010, 43 out of 51 of the United States’ largest cities hosted Bike to Work Day events, with Denver clocking in with the highest rate of participation that year. In 2012, Boulder, Colorado had free breakfast available from 11 organizations to its more than 1,200 participants; Bethesda, Maryland unveiled 100 new bike racks; and Chicago offered free tune-ups and balaclavas to riders. San Francisco also makes a huge event of the day every year as they have a humungous cycling community.

Bike to School Day

Kids cycling.

You can go to school AND have fun getting there—who knew, right? [Image: http://www.secondglass.net/]

The first Bike to School Day was in May 2012, and since then it’s become an increasingly popular event. It was inspired by the already popular Walk to School Day, which is typically celebrated nationwide in October. Instead, this event calls for students to hop on their bikes and ride to school on a day in May.

This year’s Bike to School Day already passed on May 4, but 2017’s is already scheduled and will be on May 10!

CycloFemme

Cyclofemme.

Just a bunch of awesome lady cyclists, no big deal. [Image: http://www.wellandgood.com/]

Although this event has also already passed (hosted on Sunday, May 8), it’s worthy of mention regardless. CycloFemme is a day of cycling in recognition of the powerful women in our lives that opted for the freedom to be different and wear pants and ride bikes and break down barriers like a bunch of admirable badasses. It’s a way to empower women to get outdoors and ride their bikes while also getting rid of the stereotypes within this male-dominated sport.

Local Events

Biking.

Now go ride off into the sunset, you bike lovers! [Image: http://www.cyclingespana.com/]

There are many events that can found locally within your own cycling community, too. And if you’re having trouble finding one, then you can plan your own event. It’s a great way to kickstart a cycling fervor in your area (if there isn’t one already slowly building).

As with all your outdoor adventures, make sure you bring our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps with you to enhance your journey. Happy riding!

What Kind of Cyclist Are You?

Two cyclists biking on a path enjoying themselves.

Get out this May for National Bike Month! [Image: www.mauterndorf.at/en/summer/activities/cycling-mountain-biking.html]

Cycling is a great source of exercise and an exciting way to explore your surroundings. And in honor of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, we want to start off at the absolute beginning and help you figure out what type of cyclist you might be. Depending on what your surroundings are like (Is it more of an urban setting or are there frosty mountaintops as far as you can see?), you’ll want to take this short list into consideration when deciding on what type of bike will make your time spent outdoors more enjoyable. It also depends on what type of riding you want to do—whether that’s race, leisurely explore, or head off-trail.

Road Biking

Three men on road bikes on a paved course.

Road bikes are great for long distance touring and races on paved roads. [Image: fashions-cloud.com/pages/r/road-biking]

If you’re surrounded by lots of paved roads and bike lanes, like those typically found in a city setting, a road bike might be your best choice. The options are pretty endless with a road bike: You can head out for a short trip through your neighborhood, go on long distance tours, or even race. For instance, the Tour de France is a road bike race, and fixed-gear bikes are particularly popular for urban, closed course criteriums and circuit races. Road bikes have light frames and thin, high-pressure tires, making them easy to ride for long distances at higher speeds. Touring, recumbent, hybrid, and fitness bikes all fall under the category of road bikes. Typically road bikes have multiple gears, but fixed-gear and single-speed road bikes exist as well.

Mountain Biking

A man mountain biking on a cliff with the sun setting in the background.

Mountain bikes are made for exciting off-road adventures. [Image: enduro-mtb.com/en/riding-with-the-don]

If you’re looking for more of an off-road, bumpy ride then a mountain bike makes the most sense for you. Mountain bikes are most notable for their thick, grooved tires, shock absorbers, and suspension systems. A thicker tire leads to a generally easier and less bumpy ride, which is ideal when you’re traversing uneven terrain. Fatbikes are especially popular for those looking to use their bikes to explore on an unstable surface, such as the sand or snow. These are fantastic bikes for a winter biking adventure, and are commonly used for sub-artic racing in Alaska or deserts tours in New Mexico.

Bicycle Motocross (BMX)

A group of BMX bikers on a closed dirt path.

BMX bikes are durable enough to withstand stunts and off-road competing. [Image: www.tntmagazine.com/london/events/bmx-badass-keelan-phillips-to-open-bmx-stunt-show-in-shoreditch]

If you’re looking for a more playful type of ride, a BMX bike is a great idea for you. They’re known for their small size, single speeds, and wide, grooved tires. BMX riders often compete in off-road and stunt races, and these are the smallest bikes used in competitive cycling. BMX bikes are incredibly durable, which makes sense within the context that they’re used.

No matter what your preferred method, hop on your bike and explore a bit for National Bike Month. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, look up what day is Bike to Work Day in your local area, and head into the office on two wheels. Don’t forget to stop at our Gear Store to pick up any last minute bike gear first!

Top 5 Bike to Work Week Accessories

There are already plenty of reasons to ride your bike to work, but here’s a really good one: May is National Bike Month. (Bike to Work Week 2014 is May 12-16, and Bike to Work Day is May 16th.)

Now that we’ve got you excited about your bike ride to work, what are some bike accessories that might take your commute to the next level? Here’s our list of top 5 Bike to Work Week accessories!

5. The Boom Bottle

Top 5 Bike to Work Week Accessories

Image: www.scosche.com

Rock your way to work with this wireless, portable, and weatherproof speaker. There isn’t much to do to get it all set up since it fits right in the water bottle cage on your bike. Pro tip: get a second bottle cage for an actual water bottle so you can be cool and hydrated while listening to Queen.

4. Bike Powered Cell Phone Charger

Top 5 Bike to Work Week Accessories

Image: www.bike2power.com

This might be the most post-apocalyptic-survival-oriented item on the list. Of course it’s also very useful for the working biker. With this product’s dynamo power generator you (you!) make the electricity necessary to bring your dead phone back to life and check your email. If you’re biking to work in a convoy, we guarantee someone will be asking to use this.

3. Buddyrider Bicycle Pet Seat

So you want to bike to work because of it’s a form of exercise, it’s good for the environment, and it’s fun. You also like the idea of bringing your epic animal companion to work because of obvious reasons. “Guess I can’t have both,” you’re thinking, “to even ask for such a thing is hubris!” Well, we’re here to tell you that’s wrong. You deserve to have it all, and you can with the Buddyrider! Take your furry friend with you on a fantastic voyage to work.

Top 5 Bike to Work Week Accessories

Image: www.buddyrider.ca

2. Bike Planter

What about taking plants with you on your ride? You heard us! Plants! The bike planter lets you bring a plant on your ride and show it off in a stylish mounted planter. We know what you’re thinking: plants? But go with it! Also, this bike accessory was made with a 3-D printer, so that’s just crazy futuristic.

Top 5 Bike to Work Week Accessories

Image: www.etsy.com/listing/92775778/sunshine-yellow-bike-planter?ref=related-0

1. The Greatest Bike Helmet Ever Made

Top 5 Bike to Work Week Accessories

Image: http://www.rei.com/product/872780/nutcase-bike-helmet-mens

In addition to being an all around high performance helmet, these Nutcase helmets have creative and vibrant graphics so bikers can express their individual style while riding.

We hope this list has you pumped about the awesome bike rides in your future. Also, check out our list of cool bike-oriented movies to get you even more inspired!

And now that you’ve become a master at biking to work, you’ll have no problem biking to (and in) the state parks. When you find yourself at a beautiful state park for some cycling, make sure you have your Pocket Ranger® app downloaded and you can document and share your fun through Pocket Ranger Trophy Case®!