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We’ve Missed You!

Hey there B-cyclers, it’s been a loooonnnnggggg time. We wanted to let you all know that we haven’t forgot about you all. Since we last checked in, we’ve had some major developments and changes. We have three new AWESOME interns, a brand new tech guy, an ever-so fresh Assistant City Manager, and four new convenient stations! Stay tuned next week for details on each of our new developments, including pictures of our new B-team and stations, as well as updates on past, and future, events! We have some exciting things in store this summer that you don’t want to miss. 

Thanks for hanging in there!

B-happy, B-positive, B-healthy,

The B-team

 

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A Short Film starring: The B-Cycle

Seeing as it is the first of the month, it would be fitting to post a “first.” This is the first short film ever created starring The Madison B-cycle. You could argue that our intern-extrodinare Connor does his best to steal the spotlight. But regardless of who you believe the true star of this film is, we just want you to believe it’s awesome. Please enjoy our first Madison B-cycle video production:

This video would have never been possible without the amazing help of Paddy Cassidy.  Paddy was 100% instrumental in the creation of this video, and we want to make sure his work is honored. The best way to honor a video editor? Share his material. Post the link to any social media site, retweet it, share it with your friends that love bike share (or Connor). As the internets say, let’s make this baby viral!

Thank you again Paddy for your constant help in making this happen. We owe you B-cycle rides for life.

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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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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.

our newest brand ambassador.

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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