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B-bash Mixer and Summer Contests!

Hey there B-cycle fans and bike enthusiasts. We want to end the summer with a bang..or bash for that matter. Join us on August 28th at Peace Park for an end of the summer celebration to bring together the existing B-cycle community and new B-cycle members to celebrate the wonderful world of bike share!

We’ll have the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Dream Bikes, and the UBRC there supporting us and offering tons of information on all things bike related.

Check out our Facebook event for more details.

At the Bash, you’ll have the chance to win some great prizes, including free memberships, gift cards, and Badger football tickets. In addition, we still have our summer contests going on. Be sure to submit your best B-cycle photos as well as amp up your rides for your chance to win!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

B-well

–The B-team

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7 Reasons to Start Biking

Biking is a fun way for a person to get improve their health, physically and mentally. There are a number of ways that biking can improve your health, including an awesome workout for your quads and a stress free meditation session. Check out the top 7 reasons to start biking presented by Women’s Health Magazine

1. It burns calories!

2. You can do it on the go! It’s a relatively easy routine to get into. Bike to work, bike to class, bike to the grocery store. Biking will become a part of your everyday life.

3. In addition to killer legs, biking sculpts your upper body as well, giving you a balanced tone to your bod.

4. It improves energy levels by 20%. If you’re feeling sluggish, hop on your bike and boost your energy.

5. It puts less stress on your joints than walking or running. 

6. Every muscle feels that burn, creating a more effective workout.

7. It lowers your blood pressure and LDL while increasing your aerobic fitness.

Biking is a good way for one to get in shape and improve their overall health. Hop on your bike and pedal your way to a healthier lifestyle!

 

Summer 2014 B-cycle Contests!!!

Hey Madison B-cycle fans! We’re kick starting summer with three different contests. Here’s your chance to win free memberships, t-shirts, and various gift cards from local establishments! Not a B-cycle member? Now’s the time! Already a B-cycle member? Here’s your chance to get competitive!

The contests include: Best B-cycle photo, Top New Rider, and Top three riders!

Best B-cycle Photo: Let your lens do the talking. Time to get artsy and share your best B-cycle photo with us, using the hashtags #ridethered and #beyondthebars. Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Top New Rider: Hey incoming students and new members, now is your chance to shine and make a big entrance into the B-cycle community. Take the most rides throughout the summer and win!

Top 3 Riders: This one is for the B-cycle veterans. Bring out your competitive spirit and ramp up the number of B-cycle rides for a chance to be on the the top 3 B-cyclers of the summer.

The contests end August 22nd, so be sure to submit your photos by then! More in-depth details on specific prizes are coming soon.

We have some other cool things in store for the rest of the summer, so be on the lookout for more details about upcoming events, chances to win, and more!

Are you Ready? Show us what you’ve got, Madison, and keep on pedaling!

The Time the Tour-De-Bcycle Was Live Tweeted

The life of a social media content creator can be somewhat challenging. Most of the time you are isolated, doing work from your bed in sweat pants that say “Brat Fest” on the butt. You’re forced to be your own critic, and you go a little crazy. You definitely start to think you are funnier than you actually are. Sometimes the words hit you, and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes you get this crazy burst of inspiration for what to say and how to capture an audience, and it will be while you are out to dinner at Culvers. And you are scribbling on ketchup-stained newspapers like a mad person. And other times, you are totally blank. Lost on anything witty or creative to say. And then there are the days when two amazing souls send you the ultimate content – freeing you from the dreaded writers block that has plagued you for the last three days.

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already owning his title.

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can we be best friends?

Over the weekend, another Tour-De-Bcycle was completed. And the two champions live-tweeted the entire experience. And it is my pleasure to present to you their account. Tweets, photos, hashtags and all. Congrats Laura and Brint. And thanks for the awesome piece. My blog post on one day becoming a biking cat lady was going nowhere quick…

“Legs feeling good today, about to saddle up for the #tourdebcycle

“Here we go #gamefacePhoto 1

“Stage one complete. 31 to go. #tourdebcycle #hardworkstartsnow

“Now at the station of my first b cycle adventure #fondmemories

“stage two at the nat first time bcycling was here #omg #thisissomuchfun
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“The hospital hides her cycles #scavengerhunt #tourdebcycle

#imhungry @gordonsfreeman. This’s gonna be a long stage #tourdebcycle

“Sales on sales on sales #bcycletoyardsale

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“Stopping by to say hi to Leopold #tourdebcycle

“Lovely day for a ride past the zoo. Might break from #tourdebcycle to see Leopold the lion”
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“Off roading to the John Nolen Dr stop #mountainbcycle”

“Just racing the #tourdebcycle with @madtownbees #painface”Photo 6

“Madison bcycle Safari #babymuskrat”Photo 7

“Multitasking on the tour #tourdebcycle

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“Hot bearing sun brings us to a refreshing lunch #tourdebcycle”photo 9

Fan tweet from our friend Loren: “totally biked by that dude in tie dye on my ride in. He was flyin on his BCycle!”

“One year ago on bike 2work wk I got my first @Madison_Bcycle now here I am on le #tourdebcycle at my very first station”hoto 10

“#planning”photo 11

“Once more stage til food! #tengohambre”photo 12

“Fueling up #tastyorangesphoto 13#tourdebcycle

“Might have to spike glucose at @GreenBushBakery #livestrong”

“Swimming at the terrace via bcycles. It’s just too hot not to. Thanks for all the support and rt’s @Madison_Bcycle ! Back to the bikes”

“Drying off from the swim”

“Finding inner peace at peace park #tourdebcyclephoto 14

“Getting a blister on my finger, maybe need to cool it on the bell . @madtownbees @Madison_Bcycle ever get that problem @lancearmstrong ?”

“Who knew this one was here #someofthesearehardtofindphoto 15

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personal favorite picture. #powermove

WE FOUND THE TRIKE!!!! @Madison_Bcycle @madtownbees @ClayMatthews52 #wishyouwerehere

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“Tail wind going east this’ll be a fast stage! @madtownbees #bigtimespeed

“Cutting it close on open slots at tenney park #GetLuckyphot 18

“Stage 29!!!! We can do it @madtownbees ! #dedication

“Madison-full of bikes and gardens”photo 18

#SpeechLess #WeAreTheChampionsphoto 19

Just being rock stars after le#tourdebcycle #stillsohungry  #goodmemories photo 20

“How many of these puppies ya think would fit in the back of the #btrike?  #over1000photo 21

The most well-deserved cheese curds I’ve ever seen. Job well done, folks. Thanks for making the B-Team’s weekend and keeping us laughing and smiling. Now your Tour De Bcycle will forever live online!

Mad love, from the Madison B-Team.

PS: if this inspires you to complete your own #TourDeBcycle, know that you get a sweet free T-shirt upon completion. Details can be found here.

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But I already own a bike…?

The most common question I get asked is “Why do you have a B-cycle membership when you already own a bike?”

Well friends, since you asked…

Avoid the skunk. Take a B-cycle.

Avoid the skunk. Take a B-cycle.

Reason #1: Fenders

My skinny little tires on my road bike probably couldn’t fit fenders even if they wanted to. The configuration of my bike is just too narrow to hold fenders. And frankly, fenders can kind of look uncool on a road bike (no offense to anyone). I personally feel my bike would lose its’ street cred if it had permanent fenders. So what do I do when it rains (like it has every other day for the past three months…)? Well, I grab my B-cycle. Fully equipped with giant fenders to keep my backside dry and clean. Too many times have I seen a poor souls with a giant mud stripe down their back and thought “If only they had taken a B-cycle instead…”.

Reason #2: Nights Out Downtown

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My apartment is pretty centrally located, and I consider myself pretty lucky that the Plaza is basically in my backyard. Just like the cast of Cheers, The Plaza is my neighborhood bar, equipped with $2 Long Islands on Thursdays and a magical condiment known as Plaza Sauce (don’t ask, just go). But not all my friends care for the crowd at Plaza, so when they text me to meet them at Gennas, I always oblige. Until I’ve been walking for 30 minutes and I’m sweating profusely. Any time I set out on any adventure on foot, I am reminded how foreign walking is to me. I’ve saved so much time by having a bike in Madison. I can get anywhere I need to be in under 20 minutes. Madison is really big on foot. And I am able to defy all elements of time and space on a bike. But I am not about to lock up my rather costly pearly-white road bike outside a bar all night. Don’t trust myself. Don’t trust anyone else. So having a B-cycle membership eliminates this risk, saves me tons of time, and makes cross-town bar-hopping excursions rather enjoyable. So when my friends text me to tell me they went to Jordan’s Big Ten Pub instead of Genna’s AFTER I’ve already trekked there, I don’t have to curse the day they were born. I just hop on my big red bike and go. And I can make it there before the next song even comes on the karaoke machine.

Dog-Bike-BasketReason #3: The Big Silver Basket

I’d like to illustrate this point with a math equation: Toilet Paper + Iced Coffee + Computer Bag + Jimmy John’s Sandwich + Road Bike = Scraped knees, bruised elbows, bruised ego. I should have left my bike, packed up my B-cycle, and just retrieved the bike later. It would have saved me from embarrassment, public harassment, and a lot of neosporin. The silver basket can fit anything. And with the new B-Trike floating around town, set to carry up to 55 pounds – you could literally carry tiny people. Or tiny animals. Or both. The basket is so clutch. I know, I know – I could buy a cute little wicker basket to attach to the front of my road bike. But I refuse to do so for the same reason I refuse to attach fenders. I use my bike for 40% transportation and 60% street cred. Gotta keep my street cred, people.

Reason #4: Badger Games

Camp-RandallRemember that time you tried parking downtown for a Badger game and it kind of made you cry a little inside? Ya…That…

Thanks to B-cycle, you can literally park anywhere downtown, hop on the red bikes, and be to the Camp Randall station in 15 minutes flat. And as I mentioned earlier, I don’t have to worry about carting my bike around and locking it up somewhere where it could potentially be in danger (not that Badger fans ever vandalize anything on Game Day…). And B-cycles have bells. I have been known to ride my red bike a time or two down the bike path singing Sweet Caroline and ringing my bell in pure, childlike joy. Really. You gotta try it.


Reason #5: I’ve always wanted to be in a biker gang.

bicycle-gang-fixies_good-685x456A couple years ago I ventured to Indian Lake on a random Wednesday night. I was shocked at the insane amount of cars piled up along side the entire lake entrance road. Everyone had trunks popped, cold beers cracked, hearty laughs, and they all had shiny bicycles. Apparently there is a biker gang that congregates at Indian Lake. They probably ride 200 miles at probably 200 mph, and then they sit around, drink cold ones, and talk about how awesome they are and soak up eachothers’ awesomeness. Cuz they are, in fact, awesome. I’ve never wanted to be part of a bike gang so bad in my entire life. But my level of cycling isn’t quite at their caliber. Enter B-Cycle. The Biker Gang for non-super-humans AND super-humans alike. We are one on the big red bikes. All we need now is some kind of sweet hand gesture or bird-like call so we can greet our fellow gang members when we pass them on the streets of Madison.

my idols.

What I’d like to believe my friends and I look like on bikes.

Alas. My Top Five reasons why having a B-cycle membership is necessary, even if you already own a bike. And trust me. There is more where that came from.

If you have reasons of your own, please do share! We gladly welcome guest  celebrity bloggers.

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B-cycle Spotlight: Ron Singer

Ron Singer SpotlightAll eyes are on Ron Singer!

Our Top Rider for 2012 and the first to complete Le Tour de B-cycle for the 2013 season

In an effort to get to know Mr. Singer a little better we conducted a quick Q&A to better understand our Top Rider.

Question 1: Tell us a little about yourself. (Job, family, interests, etc.)

I’m retired with 2 children, 2 stepchildren, 4 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren with a third on the way.  I obviously enjoy biking, and being active, with swimming as my main form of exercise, along with biking.  I’m the guy you see daily on a b-cycle (with helmet!).

Q2: How long have you been a member of Madison B-cycle?

I’ve been a member of b-cycle since day 1, May, 2011.  During 2011 I came in second on the leaderboard, last year I was first.

Q3: What has been your favorite experience with Madison B-cycle?

Doing Tour de B-cycle last year, half with my son and then one year old grandson in tow.  I finished the other half the next day.  More generally, I enjoy getting around everywhere on B-cycle, seeing others using it, serving as an ambassador of sorts, talking up B-cycle, and helping out people who ask about it, or are having difficulty figuring out how to use it.

Q4: If you could go on a Tour de B-cycle with any historical figure (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Probably President Obama.  It would be a wonderful way of showing him how programs like B-cycle have not only recreational value, but are part of the solution to our energy and environmental challenges, as well as getting others interested in joining.

Q5: If there was one thing you could tell a stranger about Madison B-cycle what would it be?

Get out and try it, you’ll be hooked – I am!

 

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Tour de B-cycle Hall of Fame-rs!

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TOUR DE B-CYCLE HALL OF FAME!

These brave people have taken the 2012 Tour de B-cycle challenge! Their names will go down in history as the bravest B-cycle-rs ever known in Madison.

Brian Conger (4/1/12)

Ron Singer (4/15/12)

Torben Harrison (6/29/12)

Claire Hurley (7/14/12)

Shannon O’Hern (7/14/12)

Kelsey O’Hern(7/14/12)

Kaitlin Bier(7/14/12)

Travis Doran (7/22/12)

Adam Both (7/22/12)

Sarah Both (7/22/12)

Jody Medeke (8/24/12)

Nicci Fite ((8/24/12)

Dane Fjelstad (8/24/12)

Steve Wasmund (9/8/12)

Stu Rasmussen (9/12/12)

Mary Alderson (10/6/12)

Chris Whelley (10/6/12)

Albert Quattrucci and son (10/20/12)

Meredith Krejny (10/29/12)

Chuck Failing (10/29/12)

Steve Faulkner (11/15/12)

Will Catron (11/15/12)

Katy Hurley (11/17/12)

Keith Weber (11/18/12)

Beth Gelhar (11/18/12)

Troy Price (11/18/12)

Andrea K Noeske (11/22/12)

Torben Harrison– Second Tour (11/23/12)

Zacarias Barnes (11/30/12)

Ron Singer (05/01/13)

Derek McRoberts (07/20/13)

Indira Ceylan (07/20/13)

Liz Gebhardt (07/20/13)

Ronald Gangnon (07/24/13)

Chris Helf (07/29/13)

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Upcoming Usage Increase

Dear Madison B-cycle Users and Enthusiasts,

It has been a busy week here at Madison B-cycle. Our team is diligently working on one of our largest events of the year; Trek World. This annual convention is held by Trek Bicycle, who will be unveiling the latest and greatest products for the upcoming year.

As you may recall last year Madison B-cycle held our grand unveiling at Trek World, when we unloaded 75+ bikes on the Monona Terrace. Well this year we wanted to make another big impact on Trek World by giving each participant a demo membership. Now you may be wondering how this will affect you, the B-cycle user. Since Trek World brings in vendors from across the country and globe, there will be an increase of around 1,000 members in our membership pool. This will lead our B-cycles to be in a higher rate of usage than normal.

But do not fret our Madison B-cycle team has taken measures to ensure that all of our users will have easy access to B-cycles when, and where they need them.

To keep updated on all Madison B-cycle happenings, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook!

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