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click-stand.jpgNecessity is the mother of invention. This guy probably faced the frustration many of us face. You hop off your bike, kick the kick stand into place, walk away, and the bike falls over. Have a look at the Click-Stand, a light-weight, portable stand that’s customized to fit your bike.

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Hurray for Hobart & William Smith College in Geneva for instituting a Community Bike Program to promote a greener campus. I’d like to see this idea spread far & wide.

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Bike Designed by DavinciBikes come in all types for all people is an article about the history of bikes and an update on bikes available today – and the benefits of biking.

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Dog attacks are high on the list of cycling fears. Maybe you can’t stop Fang from giving chase, but you can outsmart him if you know how dogs think—assuming that stinkin’ mutt even has a brain!

  • Know dog psychology. The majority of dogs who chase cyclists are merely defending their territory. When you pedal off the section of road that they consider their turf, you no longer pose a threat to their ancestral instincts and they lose interest. Incidentally, this is why you’ll rarely be chased by a dog you encounter way out in the boonies. He’s not on his turf so he couldn’t care less about you.

  • Know dog tactics. Dogs want to attack from the rear, coming up from the hindquarter. Even one who sits up in his yard ahead of you may wait till you pass before giving chase. You can use this to your advantage in the next tip because it gives you a head start.

  • Sprint! You often can outsprint Fido when he’s more interested in fooling around than in actually attacking. You can tell his intent by how hard he’s running and his expression. An easy gait with woofing and ears and tail up, no problem. A full-out sprint with ears back, tail down and teeth out, problem. Still, the territorial gene can save you. If the road is flat or downhill, stand up and sprint to get past the dog’s invisible boundary.

  • Guard your front wheel. When a dog sees you coming, he might make a beeline for your bike, then attempt to turn up beside you. The danger here is that his poor little paws will skid on the pavement and he’ll plow into your wheels. If he hits the front one, you’ll crash. Sprint so that you move forward faster than he expects, and give him a margin for error by steering farther into the road—if traffic permits!

  • SCREAM! Most dogs know what happens when a human is angry with them. A sudden shout of “No!” or “Git!” or “Stay!” will surprise Fluffy and probably make him hesitate for just the second you need to take the advantage. If he’s hard of hearing, raise your hand threateningly as if it contains a rock. Outlaw mutts usually have had experience with bad things flying at them when a human makes a throwing gesture.

  • Play douse the Doberman. If you see big, fast Prince up ahead and know that he sees you, sprinting might not work. Especially if the road is tilting up. Take out your water bottle. Just having it in your hand may make him stay away. If he does come near you, give him a faceful and a loud yell. This distraction will slow him down, though he may come back for more. Just don’t distract yourself and ride off the road.

Some riders swear by Halt pepper spray that they clip to their handlebar. This stuff works great—if you hit your target. That’s a big if when you and Spot are going different speeds, the air is moving, and you’re trying to stay on the road. Pepper spray stings a dog’s eyes, nose and mouth, but it doesn’t cause lasting damage. It also works on human attackers, but that’s a different story.

  • Give up and get off. If nothing works and Toodles has the upper hand, dismount quickly and hold your bike between you and those sharp teeth. Swing it like a weapon if necessary, and start calling for help. Someone may eventually come out of a house and yell, “Oh, he won’t hurt you!”

  • Call the cops. If you are attacked and bitten, report it to the county sheriff or other authority immediately. Include the location, a description of the dog and the owner’s name and address if you know them. Get medical attention without delay. If the dog was rabid, you are at risk of serious illness or even death. Demand proof of rabies vaccination or insist to authorities that the dog be quarantined.

If the same dog accosts you every time you ride the road, report this to the authorities, too. You have a right to use public roadways free from fear for your life, liberty and pursuit of cycling happiness. Keep following up with calls to make sure steps are taken to put PupPup on a rope.

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By Fred Matheny and Ed Pavelka of www.RoadBikeRider.com

 

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Puma green glow bikeGroovy Green recently reported on this new bike that glows green at night. What a great idea! I have a red strobe light attached to the back of my bike so I can be seen by cars during dusk hours. But having a frame that glows would be an added plus. Anything that makes us bikers more visible is surely an advantage. I hope this is a trend that grows.

Read the Groovy Green report here.

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Outing ClubHanging out with people you enjoy, seeing beautiful places, sharing challenges, sharing life: these are some of the best things in life.

In 2008, Pack Paddle Ski will be starting an “Outing Club” series. These are simple outings to enjoy companionship, beauty and nature. There is a canoe/kayak, bike, and hike throughout the year. Free to those traveling on longer PPS trips, it is a time to meet other people and share time with the leader. You can ask equipment questions, training ideas and places. Each outing will start with a short inspirational moment to set the tone for the day. If you are not signed up for a trip, you can join by volunteering for PPS or by paying for the outings.

Please let others know about the outing club!! This is an attempt to add wellness to our world and create community. Each outing starts at noon and ends at 4:00 PM, rain or shine. After each event, the group will stop at a local small diner or restaurant to share a meal or piece of pie together as a way to support local business.
If you are interested in joining the outing club or have any questions about it, email info@packpaddleski.com for more information.

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Lake George in the Adirondacks sounds like a wonderful place for those of us who enjoy the outdoors. Here’s an article about biking in Lake George.

Two other resources are the guidebooks by Roger Fulton and Michael Carpenter that cover short hikes in Lake George and canoe/kayak trips in the Lake George area:

25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Lake George, NY Region

25 Flatwater Kayak & Canoe Trips in the Lake George, NY Region

25 Interesting Historical Sites to Explore in the Lake George, NY Region

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