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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

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 Ultimate Date Night – Clips Beer and Film

20130620_204757It’s a shame that New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour only comes to town once a year, because this event is seriously the ultimate date night. Can you imagine someone saying “Hey, wanna ride bikes to the lake, drink some craft beers, and watch a movie while the sun sets?” Yes. Yes I do. For as long as we both shall live.

Ladies and gentleman, mark your calendars for next year because no one is turning down that kind of offer. And even better? You get to tell your date that all the proceeds from the beer sales go to supporting the Wisconsin Bike Fed – a local non-profit that devotes 100% of its time to making Wisconsin one of the world’s best places to ride a bike. So basically New Belgium Brewery and Wisconsin Bike Fed had a baby and named it Clips Beer & Film. And we all lived happily ever after in a state of bike and beer ecstasy. But really. This event is too good.

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970419_10151484499687620_1454975210_nIt didn’t take much to convince the Madison B-Team to help out with this event. After all, the New Belgium Fat Tire logo strongly resembles a B-cycle…no? With the help of the Wisconsin Bike Fed and many other bike-loving volunteers, we were able to valet over 600 bikes (not including the 300 parked outside the valet) for the great Madison community so they could drink their hand-crafted brews and watch some hand-crafted films while their bikes were safely tucked in for the night. Out of all New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour stops, Madison is actually the largest – with over 1200 in attendance last year and over 1800 this year. Are we surprised by this fact? Not in the slightest. Madison-ians know how to enjoy the simple things in life – like bike riding on a Thursday evening and taking in a sunset one sip at a time.

20130620_203424Running a bike valet is similar to running a day care. People put their trust in you to take care of their precious “child” and the initial hand-off produces some one-sided separation anxiety. You do what you can to assure parents that the bikes will play nice with each other in the racks. No rough housing allowed under the B-Team watch. Then the proud parents return at the end of the film with some hesitation and concern. Is Stella okay? Will we ever find her? “She is a red Fuji. She has two wheels. And handle bars. Please help me find her.” And then the parents clap and coo at the sight of their “child” being safely wheeled toward them. They thank you profusely for keeping “him” or “her” safe. Glad to know that I am not the only one that has assigned my bike a name and gender…

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B-Team Tech spotted in his natural environment..surrounded by bikes.

B-Team Tech spotted in his natural environment..surrounded by bikes.

Running a bike valet is not similar to running a day care because copious amounts of beer can be found on the premises.

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Either way, the evening was an absolute joy to participate in and we are glad that Madison remains a stop on New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour. Already counting down the days til next year…and contemplating who to invite on this perfect date…

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The New Belgium Crew. Livin' the dream...livin' the dream.

The New Belgium Crew. Livin’ the dream…livin’ the dream.

Lips of Faith selection.  Personal favorite? Cascara Quad.

Lips of Faith selection. Personal favorite? Cascara Quad.

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Brunch on Bikes!

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Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and this will definitely be true of this post. I have to tip my hat off to food critics who can accurately describe how something tastes and smells, enough so that they convince you that you are hungry, even when you are not. It’s like watching Food Network. Regardless of the meal I consumed 10 minutes prior to watching any show on that channel, I always manage to convince myself that I am still hungry and should probably grab a snack.  Or how about that grand old rule of thumb “Never grocery shop on an empty stomach.” I’m gonna go ahead and warn you readers – probably shouldn’t view this post on an empty stomach. You may just find yourself AWOL at work and munching on a coconut curry egg sandwich at Mermaid Cafe.

20130614_093340This past Friday, I (Melissa, your faithful B-cycle Brunch Tour Guide and frequent blogger), was fortunate enough to join up with Madison Eats – a local food-lovers club in Madison – and B-cycle around town while indulging in fine local cuisines. Rough work day, right?

148233_453125728084554_525482615_nWhen I first heard of the club Madison Eats, I was pretty sure I was already in in it. I live in Madison and I eat a lot of food. But Madison Eats provides some pretty unique opportunities to explore the underground and local food scene in Madison – this brunch tour being one of them. The founder of Madison Eats – Otehlia – had been doing brunch tours for years and had just recently had the stroke of genius to pair with Madison B-cycle to cover more amazing foodie havens. The staff at B-cycle was more than ecstatic about this partnership.

Below you will find my storybook account (lots of mouth watering pics, few words) of our tour that day – beginning at Mermaid Cafe on Winnebago Street, ending at Hotel Red, and delighting in Batch Bakery and Graze in between. You may be asking yourself at the end of this post “Why haven’t I done this before and how do I make sure I don’t miss out next time?” Well friends, sign-up is easy. Click here to buy your tickets for you and your friends. The next tours take place on June 29 and July 11 – with hopes to add more based on demand. And by demand, I mean I will be demanding that Otehlia lets me lead another B-Cycle Brunch tour. Because who doesn’t love eating and biking? No one. That’s who.

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I had never heard of Mermaid before this tour. I’ve already been back. A true Madison gem.

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Truffle quiche and radish salad

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Next stop – Batch Bakehouse on Willy Street

Holy baked goods, right?

Holy baked goods, right? Every item made by scratch, by hand, and before dawn.

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Behind the scenes cookie dough spotting. That tub would last 2 days in my fridge…

Batch's bread schedule. My new phone background.

Batch’s bread schedule and my new phone background.

After Batch, we were all feeling a wee-bit full from not-so-sample-sized samples of pound cake and rhubarb bars, so the backside of the capital hill to Graze seemed a little daunting. So we did a B-cycle and Brunch tour first! We took the magical elevator at Monona Terrace!

Surprise!

Surprise!

It only took us three separate trips to get all those B-cycles up, but walking out to this view was totally worth it. Do we live in a gorgeous city or what?

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Mac n’ Cheese and pickled sampler plate at Graze

Our last stop

Our last stop

Crab cakes and a blended pepper dip

Crab cakes and a blended pepper dip

Olive oil cake. Literally my mouth is watering as I type this...

Olive oil cake. Literally my mouth is watering as I type this…

Two sisters - one a local and one visiting from Iowa. Talk about a great thing for visiting friends and family.

Two sisters – one a local and one visiting from Iowa. Talk about a great thing for visiting friends and family.

Our awesome biker gang.

Our awesome biker gang.

And that's a wrap folks.

Plates licked clean. Every time.

And that’s a wrap folks. Huge thanks to all the wonderful restaurants that hosted us. We appreciate all you do to support local farms by sourcing the finest products that Wisconsin has to offer.

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The B-Ionic Man

20130608_101653For the past 24 years, Trek Bicycle Corporation and the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) have been teaming together for the Trek 100 Ride For Hope. The Trek 100 has contributed over $11 million dollars to pediatric cancer research, and we imagine that fund grew substantially after the 2013 ride held this last Saturday in Waterloo.

Each rider was asked to raise $2/mile for two times the number of miles they pledged to ride, with the longest possible mileage being 100 – the grand Century. As if riding 100 miles on a bike wasn’t enough, our long time friend at B-Cycle National HQ – Brian Conger – decided it would be best to ride on a B-cycle. Because some people are awesome, and some people are real life bionic men (B-ionic…if you will).

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Most riders first question upon hearing Brian would be riding his century on a B-cycle was “Why?” But in true super human form, Brian simply asked “Why not?” If you think about it, the logic is quite simple. Big, plushy seat. A basket that allowed for the perfect aero position and top speeds. Plenty of room inside said basket for his cell phone (in which he used to make not one, but TWO conference calls while riding…can you say BOSS? But literally. Pun intended).

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Forget fancy clip-ins and padded shorts. Brian rode his century in what looked like khaki golf shorts and Reeboks. It’s not the first time we’ve talked about B-cycles being magic bikes or stated that anything is possible on a B-cycle. But now Brian has actually proven that. This is factual now. ANYTHING is possible on a B-cycle. Had Brian done any modifications to the B-cycle, it probably would have flown (similar to the the ending scene from Grease where the car suddenly flies…). Maybe next year Brian…maybe next year.

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So huge thanks to Trek for this amazing event and to the MACC fund for all their support. And a huge round of applause to the B-ionic Man Brian for his heroic efforts and logic-defying physical capabilities. In the spirit of always striving for bigger and better, we’d like to propose a challenge for next year Brian, since super-humans like you always need new goals…

The Century…on the Trike?

Race essentials. Water. Ice. Teddy Bear.

Race essentials. Water. Ice. Teddy Bear.

Cheer Station!

Cheer Station!

Wouldn't be a proper event without a pic of an awesome baby in our shades.

Wouldn’t be a proper event without a pic of an awesome baby in our shades.

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Ride The Drive

btb5This past Sunday, Madison B-cycle took to the streets of downtown for the annual Ride The Drive. John Nolen Drive (amongst other streets) were closed to cars so bikes, roller blades, and strollers could rule the streets. B-Team was ready to rumble real early to set up the tent, arrange the coveted B-cycle sunglasses, and assemble the temporary station for bike check-in and check-out. Windy conditions threatened the existence of the B-cycle tent, but after some creative bungee-cording, the station was ready to go!

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20130602_095102Last year we saw a lot of success with our dueling B-cycle mounts, but we upped our game this year with B-cycle basket toss and the ever popular Smoothie Bike. Thanks to our friends at Saris, we were able to have a full on smoothie bar at Ride The Drive – a bike-powered smoothie bar. The “Blender Bike” was a huge hit with young and old riders alike, and I think it is safe to say you will be seeing it at future events.

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crushin’ ice and takin’ names.

Ride it like you stole it.

Ride it like you stole it.

The temperature rose progressively throughout the day and by 1 PM the sun was shining and everyone was smiling. Well..most of us anyway.

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Huge thanks to all those who came out to Ride The Drive and participated in all our fun and games. We are so grateful to be a part of this bike-loving community and can’t wait for next year!

B-Basket Toss!

B-Basket Toss!

The Trike! With coffee! For the win!

The Trike came to the rescue half way through the ride – coffee and bagels in tow!

We like your game face.

Now that’s a game face.

the after-math.

the after-math.

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Brats and Bikes.

So. There is this not-so-famous song by the not-so-talented Ke$ha. But hey, we love to hate her, hate to love her. Today is one of those days where ya just love her. The holiday weekend is upon us and party music is in the air – as well as the smell of brats. We couldn’t help but take a little creative liberty and re-work Ke$ha’s not-so-classic “Boots and Boys” as an expression of our deep excitement to be a part of the annual Johnsonville Brat Fest. We’ve re-written the lyrics below to be more our style. We present to you “Brats and Bikes.” Music video to follow? Maybe. Just maybe.

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world’s cutest b-cycler

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Brats and bikes. Oh.

I think it’s time that I mention
I’ve got myself an obsession
For the smell, for the touch
For that mustard-covered stuff.

I know I’ve got myself a habit
But I gotta bike now.
To the Brat Fest, right in town
Let me break it down.

20130524_184844I check it out, and I ride off.
So see what I got?
I got brats and bikes.
I can fit so many on my trike.
I gotta say it.
I eat my brat so pretty as I ride my bike in the city.
Watch out, brats and bikes.

Give me brats and bikes.

Give me brats and bikes.

Bikes.

20130524_184858I’ll buy quite the collection.
For the excellent condiment section.
Johnsonville brats, big red bikes.
Oh, don’t forget the trike.
My basket holds brats like a champ.
All along the bike path.
Check it out, ride it ’round.
Oh, lookie what I found (a special brat fest station!)
Brats and bikes!
I can fit so many on my trike.
I gotta say it, I eat my brat so pretty as I ride my bike in the city.
Watch out, brats and bikes.

20130524_184908Give me brats and bikes.

(Crazy for you, crazy for you)

Give me brats and bikes.

(I’m crazy for you, you yummy brat you)

Give me brats and bikes.

(Crazy for the trike)

Give me brats and bikes, oh, oh.

 Long story short – ride a B-cycle to Brat Fest. Grab your gang and go. The $5 access fee is waived all weekend and 30 minute trips are free, per usual. It’s basically free to ride all weekend. So get your brat and bike on. B-Team will be waiting for you with swag and smiles. And send us all your best Brat and Bike photos – @Madison_Bcycle

clear eyes. full mouths

clear eyes. full mouths

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From Camp Randall Station to Willow Island. 26 minutes flat.

view from the John Nolen bike path as we cruised home from Brat Fest

view from the John Nolen bike path as we cruised home from Brat Fest

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