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Montreal Like a Local: Where to Rent Bikes

Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
June 24, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

If you want to get around Montreal like a local, all you'll need is a bicycle. It's surprising to find such a thriving bike culture in a city that averages more than 80 inches of snow per year, but Montreal caters to its cyclists with 400 miles of bike lanes, many of which are closed to vehicular traffic, and bike racks outside most businesses.

For visitors, the easiest way to join in on Montreal's bike craze is to rent one of the 5000 Bixi Bikes around the city. Like NYC's Citi Bikes, many are centrally located near tourist spots and can be rented for as little as $5 a day.

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May is National Bike Month – Ride Smart

May 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

With the first day of May here it is now National Bike Month. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, the event has been celebrated across the country since 1956. The idea is to show off the benefits of biking, while encouraging newbies to give the two-wheeled lifestyle a try.

Whether you ride for recreation, exercise, personal errands or to commute, here are a few smart cycling and basic maintenance tips to keep in mind. These are especially useful if you plan on taking advantage of a city's bike share offerings.

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Cycling from Brewery to Brewery in Belgium is Totally Possible

Where: Belgium
December 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM | by | ()

Beer makes everything better.

This is you at brunch, when your friend asks, "Want to run a half-marathon with me?"

This is you at brunch, when your friend asks, “Want to bicycle for 10 days and 200 miles across Belgium, drinking lots of awesome beer?”

See?

Please direct your attention (and your hypothetical friend) to Beercycling, a nifty business that organizes brewery-hopping bicycle trips. Among the awesome-sounding excursions slated for next Spring is a 10-Day Flanders Adventure Tour that covers 200 cycles across Belgium, encompassing eight towns and 10 breweries.

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Scottish Scenery and Mountain Biking Make for One Seriously Sweet Video

October 3, 2014 at 1:02 AM | by | ()

Drop everything and watch this. Do not be put off by the video's 7.5-minute length; it is worth every moment. You see, pro trials cyclist Danny Macaskill puts his biking skillz to the test over waterfalls, cliffs, sharp ridges, and—not even kidding—mountain peaks in the clouds around his home region, Scotland's Isle of Skye.

The premise is simple, and thusly laid out by the video's brief description:

For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

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Got the Guts (and Charity Chops) to Bike from London to Istanbul?

February 26, 2014 at 3:12 PM | by | ()

The Young Philanthropists - a organization that uses service project-based adventures to mentor young people and raise funds for impoverished communities - is planning a trip from London, England to Istanbul, Turkey that they promise will change lives.

The YP’s co-founders Matt Friedlund and Leon McCarron are teaming up to lead EuroTrip 2014, a cycling expedition from London to Istanbul this summer.

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Europe's Bike-Friendly Cities Finally Have Google Maps Bike Directions

June 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM | by | ()

Good news for all of you with tickets for summer travel to Europe. Google Maps has recently added the ability to get turn-by-turn directions for bicycling routes in six new countries: Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

As usual, the way to access the maps is by plotting your route and then selecting the little bicycle logo as your means of transport, versus directions for driving, public transport or walking. Cities in the USA first received the ability to display Google Maps bicycle directions way back in spring 2010, so it's about time some of the world's cycling capitals were able to join the fun.

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8 Travel Safety Tips to Avoid Getting Mugged

May 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM | by | ()

We were robbed. It may have happened just over a year ago, but we still live with the effects (like a fear that comes while biking and we hear a moped motor approaching). Read the full story, but also take away whatever knowledge you can from our horrible experience in order to prevent it happening to you while away from home.

Only a few days ago, Lifehacker posted a brilliant list of tips for travelers toting nice cameras, including how to deter would-be thieves. In this vein, we're revisiting our own 8 safety tips to avoid being mugged abroad:

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Helmet Vending Machines are Coming Soon to a Bike Share Near You

November 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

With the appearance of bike sharing programs all over the place there’s also the need for bike safety re-education, and the city of Boston is getting ready to go all in. The police aren’t giving tickets to riders just yet for not wearing helmets, but there is quite the push to ensure that your head stays safe.

Residents and locals alike have made the city’s Hubway bike share system a hit, but now the increase in riders has resulted in a need for increased safety. Signups for Hubway encourage riders to buy a helmet, to always wear the helmet, and there are even safety classes from which to choose. The city has also started to blanket the bike lanes with signs reminding everyone what can happened to those who choose not to wear a helmet, and the results—which are not too pretty. Some of the signs show some pretty nasty injuries, and many have the tagline “And you think a helmet is uncomfortable?”

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Oh, Go Bike Down a Mountain (in California)

August 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM | by | ()

You're in California! Get out of your hotel! We yell this doubly loud at anyone staying just off the Pacific Coast Highway and triply so if you're near Santa Barbara, as we recently had a chance to go bike down a mountain in the area and, boy, was it awesome. Over one afternoon with Santa Barbara Adventure Company, we got a suntan, caught the breeze, and glided for nearly 20 miles while hardly breaking a sweat.

The biking itself begins after being driven up (bikes and all) to the the top on one of the higher peaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains. During the drive up the mountain, the guides point out scenic spots as well as evidence from a major fire that devastated the area a few years ago. We noted that many trees were still charred and black, while new plant growth flourished around it. Once we reached the peak, we got our bikes ready and set off down the mountain.

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Pedal the Path of Joseph Gordon-Levitt from 'Premium Rush'

August 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM | by | ()

As the high-adrenaline action flick Premium Rush opens in theaters today, you'll probably never look at bike messengers in the same way.

Premium Rush follows New York City bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who picks up the wrong package—an envelope wanted by a dirty cop (Michael Shannon)—who then chases him across Manhattan.

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Always a Welcome Sight: Airport Bike Parking

August 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM | by | ()

Long ago, we declared Portland International Airport to be the most bike-friendly airport in all the US. Well, since then, we've gotten around a bit more and would also lay some laurels on both Nantucket Regional and, now, Chicago-Midway International.

One of the really brilliant things about Chicago's two airports—both O'Hare and Midway—are their easy accessibility by public transportation. We're talking $2.25 on the El Blue Line (to O'Hare) or $2.25 on the El Orange Line (to Midway), total. Last week, while on said Orange Line to MDW, we disembarked at the airport and ran smackdab into the welcome sight of this large bicycle rack.

It's free to park and within the El gates, so it's far safer than your average rack. Bring your own lock, hook up your bike here and take off for a long weekend's vacation (most likely on Southwest Air). Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

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Michigan Field Trip: This Island Was Made for Bicycling

July 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM | by | ()

Summertime, and the livin' is easy. So you're thinking of a late season trip so long as there's blue water involved, hm? Believe it or not, Michigan's got beaches, blue water and budget-friendly destinations. This week we'll be looking at the ways and places in which you can chill out while diving into the state's Upper Peninsula.

Did you know: The entirety of Mackinac Island is both a National Park and a National Historic Landmark?

Did you know: Mackinac Island State Park was only the second National Park established, following Yellowstone?

Did you know: There are over 70 miles of paved and natural trails for biking on the island, and all trails are completely free of motor vehicles?

Stepping off the Shepler's Ferry, the very first thing to greet us on Mackinac Island was a sunburnt tourist man wobbling on his beach cruiser bike, shouting a warning: "first timer here, watch out!" We jumped back onto the sidewalk, but secretly our hopes for mankind were renewed; here is a place where Americans get up off their butts and get to pedaling, enjoying the outdoors. Sure, it's the only option other than hailing a slow-moving horse carriage, but still—progress.

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