National Bike Challenge begins Sunday

TL;DR Summary: Click through to the National Bike Challenge, login or register, and link your account to Strava, MapMyRide, or Endomondo so your stats are automatically updated. If you don’t use these tracking apps, you can log your miles manually. It’s easy, and it’s kind of fun. Keep reading for more details.

National Bike Challenge 2016 begins May 1

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Bike school: Should people on bikes be required to use bike paths?

Trees down on San Tomas Aquino Trail Santa Clara California

Happy Friday, all. I occasionally participate in the weekly BikeSchool Twitter conversation that takes place every Thursday night beginning at 6 P.M. California time. A “professor” asks a series of questions to generate discussion on bike-related topics.

Last night’s guest professor, Matthew Dyrdahl, is the Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator for the city of Minneapolis, MN. Among his many good conservation starters, he asked if people “should” use a path next to a road if it’s available.

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More keyless bicycle wheel locks

After posting about the Kyrptonite keyless wheel security devices yesterday, I learned similar products have been on the market for years.

Zefal’s “Lock’N Roll” locking skewers and seatpost clamp have apparently been on the market for about a decade. Unlike the Kryptonite WheelBoltz and WheelNutz, these are quick-release levers, so no tools are required.

zefal lock and roll wheel locking skewers

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Keyless security for your bike wheel

Bicycle wheel security without special keys using Kryptonite Gravity WheelNutz and WheelBoltz

kryptonite gravity wheelboltz & wheelnutz

Kryptonite announced these products a couple of years ago and I completely missed them because I was so focused on their then-new “Messenger Mini+,” which is the Kryptonite Mini with a rear wheel shackle designed specifically for quick locking and unlocking.

Kryptonite also offers secondary protection for both wheels with either the Gravity WheelBoltz wheel locks (for hollow axle wheels) or WheelNutz locks (for solid axle wheels). WheelBoltz replace standard quick-release skewers, while WheelNutz replace the 15mm nuts used on singlespeed and fixed gear bikes.

The genius of these products is the use of standard tools for removal and installation. A pin secures the wheel lock so that a potential thief cannot turn the nut securing your wheel. The pin drops out of place when the bike is inverted so you (or your bike shop mechanic) can repair your flat tire, and a properly locked bike can’t be inverted. This video from Kryptonite shows how these bicycle wheel locks work.

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10th Anniversary SF2G Bayway Ride on Thursday

10 years ago yesterday, Brett Lider of Google announced the first Bayway ride to an internal bike discussion list at Google that would eventually morph into the public SF2G ride announcement list.

Bayway 10th Anniversary Ride

Ride leader Brett Lider (still of Google) says “We should celebrate by riding bikes.” The ride departs 6:30 A.M. from Ritual Coffee on Valencia at 21st. This week’s Bayway route will be via Feral Cat Freeway “along with the ‘game ‘goon,” per Lider’s ride announcement. Assorted former riders and old-timers say they plan to join this 10th Anniversary Ride. There’s a slight chance of rain so dress accordingly. Pace will likely be brisk. As of this writing, 28 people have said they plan to join this ride.

SF2G is the loosely knit group who regularly bike the 40+ miles from San Francisco down to Silicon Valley. Riding that distance early in the morning is more fun in a group, so SF2G was created to facilitate these group ride meetups. Learn more here.

H/T Jason for the heads up.

How to enable bike mode on Fitbit Surge

Fitbit was at the Sea Otter Classic last weekend handing out their Fitbit Surge “Fitness Superwatch” to media folks. Like their other fitness watches, the Surge monitors your activity during the day to help you achieve your fitness and health goals. Unlike their other watches, however, the Surge includes a GPS receiver. This watch is apparently popular with runners and hikers, but Fitbit wants to see more adoption among cyclists.

Fitbit Surge fitness watch

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