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Five New Bike Projects to be Thankful for this Year

This year brought a lot of improvements to San Francisco streets—especially for the growing number of people biking in our city.

Best Road Biking Trails in Lake Tahoe

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Although outdoor recreation in the Lake Tahoe area is more synonymous with skiing and snowboarding in the winter and boating in the summer, the roadways that provide access to the basin are great for epic two-wheeled adventures. Here are five rides that are the perfect slice of what the region has to offer, starting with the most mellow and ending with a circumnavigation of Big Blue itself.

5 Activities Beyond Snow in Lake Tahoe

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Welcome to June-uary. That's what folks around Tahoe are calling this snowless time of year. And with the paucity of powder -- more than six weeks and counting -- and the endless sunshiny days, many outdoor enthusiasts are eschewing their skis and snowboards and snowshoes for toys more typically seen in the summer.

Happy Bikesgiving, San Francisco

It’s been a great year for San Francisco biking, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. Today, as you prepare to stuff yourself with turkey or tofurky, raise a glass to some of our biking victories and our city’s exciting pedal-powered movement. And when you’re done gorging on mashed potatoes, you can give thanks that it’s never too cold to go for a bike ride in San Francisco. May I suggest the Butter Lap as a fitting ride for this gluttonous holiday? Without further ado, here are five bike-related things to be thankful for. I’ll make it brief—there’s a cranberry soufflé with my name on it.

 

How Bicycles Helped Emancipate Women

Susan B. Anthony famously said that the bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Sue Macy’s book, Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with a few flat tires along the way) tells you why. 

From the influence on fashion (the first pants were for biking) to the impact the bike had on social justice and women’s lib, Macy’s book explores the early days of women and wheels. She will be reading from the acclaimed book this evening at Public Bikes from 6-8 p.m. More details here.

Great Local Bike Gear for Wet Riding

As is evident by this week’s weather, winter is just a hop, skip and a puddle jump away. But that doesn’t mean you have to hang your bike up for the season. In fact, pedaling in the rain can be a really enjoyable experience. It just means knowing how to ride on wet streets—a little slower, making sure to hit the Muni tracks perpendicular and being visible. It also means having the right gear.

Biking in Heels: A Step-By-Step Guide for Stylish Ladies On Two Wheels

San Francisco is home to some of the sexiest sporty girls around. I’ve seen girls ollie over MUNI tracks in mini dresses, met women at cocktail parties who still have climbing chalk under their fingernails, and witnessed a parade of skirt-wearing ladies bike down Market Street. This week, I noticed something new - women biking in heels.

Safety First, Style Second: Bold Bike Accessories

The more I hear about bike accidents the more excited I am about stylish bike safety. Wearing a Bern helmet and bike lights are not enough. And with Burning Man less than a month away, channel your inner playa baby with some tricked out bike accessories that help ward away potential road damage.

Look of the Week: Chic Cyclist

May is National Bike Month and last Thursday was San Francisco's 17th Annual Bike to Work Day. Even Mayor Ed Lee joined in on the pedal-thon, biking from Golden Gate Park to City Hall. In case you missed it, the SF Bike Coalition has some great photos of all the cyclists who inspired this week's Look.

Whether you're dodging the city's onging parking battle or saving yourself from the curious scents of MUNI, urban cycling is one addictive alternative. Mix new technical fabrics with modern apparel design, and there's no need to compromise great style for a bike ride. Check out our fabulous finds and tips for chic cycling:

Getting Ready for Bike To Work Day

Fill up your water bottle, strap on that helmet, and roll up your right pant leg. May is National Bike Month. More than 100,000 Bay Area riders are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 12, including Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels, who bikes 38 miles roundtrip on his regular commute. “I ride along the bay through Marin County, where I have views of Mt. Tamalpais and the shore of Sausalito. You can’t beat crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise,” he says. Energizer stations set up around the city make the Bike to Work Day commute even easier with free beverages and snacks. After work, pedal to DNA Lounge for a party and fashion show complete with raffles, DJs, and valet bicycle parking. 

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