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Kristin Smith

Introducing the Mission Cycling Wallet

Last night, the streets of Hayes Valley were filled with bike industry leaders, bike fashionistas, and a gaggle of Mission Cycling Club riders—all awaiting the launch of Timbuk2's latest, most local, product: The Mission Wallet.

SF's Love Affair With Bicycles Gets Even More Intense

San Francisco is falling in love with the bike. More locals (7 in 10) are riding bikes, tourists are choosing the two-wheeled transit, and new bike projects, bike art installations, and bike news are happening on a near daily basis. Here's our roundup of cycle-centric news and events.

1. ARTCRANK Show Tonight! Bikes and art are a beautiful combination. Last week we wrote about Papergirl SF, which delivers art by bike. Today brings another fun bike/art project—ARTCRANK. Chrome Bags’ annual ARTCRANK poster event showcases some of the coolest bikecentric designs around. Drink some beer, look at some art, and celebrate with other bike-loving folks. Free bike valet by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, so just lock up your steed and enjoy the fun. 111 Minna, Friday, October 17, 2011, 7 pm.

2. JFK Separated Bikeway Approved! Yesterday, the Recreation and Parks Commission voted unanimously to approve a plan for separated bikeways on both sides of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. For those who commute down JFK on non car-free days, this 1.5 mile separated bikeway between Stanyan Street and Transverse Drive means a much safer daily ride and a key link in safe, crosstown bike routes.

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.

New Parkwide Bike Share Program Launched

As New York City prepares for its citywide bike-share program, San Francisco is getting its own taste of bike-sharing. This week, the Recreation and Parks Department, in collaboration with three local bike rental companies, unveiled its newest project: Parkwide, a park to park rental service where you can rent a bike in one place and drop it off in another. 

Bike rental is nothing new in San Francisco. Places like Blazing Saddles, Bike and Roll, and Bay City Bike have been outfitting tourists with hybrids and tandems for years. But Parkwide’s flexible drop-off design sets it apart from the ordinary bike rental and puts it more in the realm of bikeshare.

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.

A Gallery on Wheels: Papergirl Delivers Art on Bikes

Art and bikes have a storied and passionate marriage. From the 1920s photographs of the Tour de France to the custom painted frames of today, artists have long been attracted to the two-wheeled canvas. Local artists Heather Tompkins and Nazir Agah are taking this love even further with their participatory art project, Papergirl SF.

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.

Chain Gang: Trade Your Crappy Car For This Pimped Out Bike

Welcome to Chain Gang, our new weekly bike blog– your guide to Bay Area bike culture and happenings, and news.

On September 24, the roaming, cross-country Tour de Fat bike festival rolls into Golden Gate Park. Along with this free full-day celebration of all things bike and beer, comes the chance for one lucky local to trade their gas-guzzling car for a super-sweet custom bike.

Chain Gang: Teach Your Kids to Ride Without Training Wheels This Sunday

Welcome to Chain Gang, our new weekly bike blog– your guide to Bay Area bike culture and happenings, and news.

Think back to when you learned to ride a bike, maybe the first time you successfully raced down the street on your BMX (mine was fluorescent pink) or a big banana seat Schwinn. Now go back even earlier, to the arduous process of learning to ride. For most of us, that involved months of clunky training wheels, which were really nothing more than glorified shopping cart wheels that rattled along behind us. Not so anymore. Training wheels have gone the way of…well, banana seat bikes.

Chain Gang: Giro di San Francisco Races Through the City on Labor Day

Welcome to Chain Gang, our new weekly bike blog– your guide to Bay Area bike culture and happenings, and news.

It’s almost Labor Day, a time for beer, barbeque, and in San Francisco—bikes. Or rather epic bike races. This Monday is the 37th annual Giro di San Francisco, a full day of racing that attracts more than 800 riders of all levels, from Cat 4 amateurs to top-tier pros. Greg LeMond won the race in the late 1970s/ early ‘80s, when it was known as the San Francisco Grand Prix, and you’re still guaranteed to see some top notch riders today.

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