Category Archives: Lifestyle

Bike to the Tour de Fat with O&S!

This Saturday the Tour de Fat comes to the Triangle bringing merriment, bewilderment, amusement and also some serious refreshment.  Come on an 8 mile ride with us to the American Tobacco Campus to enjoy the festivities! Why? It’s free to attend but TdF proceeds (beer sales!) benefit local non-profit cycling groups and bicycle-afflicted charities including BikeWalk NC, Triangle Spokes Group and the Durham Bike Co-Op.  Holla!

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NAHBS 2014: Bikes all over Charlotte

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This isn’t the type of event that we would normally cover, but I’m here at the North American Handmade Bike Show in Charlotte, NC this weekend with Oak City Cycling Project. In addition to drooling over custom builds and new tech, I have the opportunity to check out some of the bike infrastructure in Charlotte and do a little riding around town. I’ll have a follow up post with my thoughts on riding in Charlotte, but until then jump past the break to check out a few cool things I’ve found so far.

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Bundle Up: Cold Weather Clothing

Now that winter finally has us in it’s icy grasp, I think it may be a good time to talk about some of the gear that can make riding in this weather more comfortable. I’ve been hearing a lot of “I don’t have the right clothes” or “It’s too cold out to ride my bike”, and I think with a little advice we can help to change that! Check out the rest of the article below to keep warm and toasty during those cold winter commutes.

Kristy ready for her bike commute to the office during the "polar vortex."  She uses two pairs of gloves in very cold weather due to poor circulation in her fingers and needs an extra layer in addition to wool tights to insulate around hips and thighs.
Kristy ready for her bike commute to the office during the “polar vortex.” Temperatures dipped down into the teens so she used two pairs of gloves due to poor circulation in her fingers. Experience also tells her she needs to put on an extra base layer in addition to wool tights to insulate around hips and thighs.

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A Park with a City In It

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The 1968 Capital City Greenway report

Raleigh’s greenway system is a unique and forward-thinking network of natural areas within the city. Despite containing a ribbon as asphalt for cyclists and pedestrians it is far from your typical multi-use path. The Capital City Greenway is a natural preserve that reaches into and around Raleigh. It’s history began in the late 60’s with the intersection of one William Flournoy and the Raleigh Capital Improvement Plan.

We’ve spent some time with Bill Flournoy and we able to learn how the greenway system has grown from a concept on paper to an ever-growing natural refuge for people and wildlife alike.

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An Epic Tour & what it means to be a co-op

This September Raleigh was blessed with an inspiring visitor from the Other Carolina. Eric Morton hails from Charleston, SC and found himself in Raleigh during a bit of a bicycle anomaly: Hopscotch + Bike First Friday. Just three weeks into a year-long, cross-country bicycle tour, Eric rolled into downtown hoping to scope out a good meeting spot by seeking parked bicycles. The problem was: everything was covered in bicycles.

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Eric at the Raleigh Bike Polo picnic

Cyclists tend to gravitate together, so it wasn’t long before Eric found some members of Raleigh Bike Polo scoping out the Hopscotch happenings. There was soon a  critical mass of bike-love at the City Plaza stage. Many stories were shared and folks were very interested in Eric’s journey and plan.  Click ahead to hear about Eric’s cross-country trek and some insights on what it means to be a bicycle co-op.

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