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Paving gets underway on East Lake Sammamish Trail; bicycling still 6 months away

East Lake Sammamish Trail north segment paving; King County photo

Even though it seems like monsoon season in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had enough dry days for workers to finish some paving on the “north Sammamish segment” of the East Lake Sammamish Trail earlier this week.

King County Parks posted this photo of fresh asphalt on Facebook on Wednesday, but don’t plan to roll down there on your bicycle anytime soon …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/30/paving-gets-underway-on-east-lake-sammamish-trail-bicycling-still-6-months-away/

Instructions on mountain bike rear shock-absorbers spark recall

Cane Creek shocksLARGE

Incorrectly worded instructions has prompted Fletcher, N.C.-based Cane Creek Cycling Components to recall 5,000 of its DBINLINE rear bicycle shock absorbers.

The shock absorbers are marked with graphics that mislabel the adjustments for “high speed rebound” damping — the plus (+) and minus (-) symbols are switched. Following the instructions could cause the bike to respond …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/30/instructions-on-mountain-bike-rear-shock-absorbers-spark-recall/

Traffic-related bicycling deaths on the rise in many states

State by state chart; click for larger view

A report by a national highway safety association is shining a spotlight on the increase in bicyclist deaths in traffic.

Newspapers and other media outlets are reporting that bicycle traffic deaths have been on the rise since hitting a 10-year-low in 2009, a fact that many bicycle advocates already have been tracking. Reports from California and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/29/traffic-related-bicycling-deaths-on-the-rise-in-many-states/

Gaining access to orphaned section of Foothills Trail in Pierce County

View from "trail to nowhere" bridge on Foothills Trail

It could be called “The Bike Trail to Nowhere.”

A 1.3-mile section of Pierce County’s scenic Foothills National Recreation Trail is paved, bridged and waiting for cyclists, hikers and horse riders. There’s just one hitch — there’s no good way to get to it.

Access from the trail in South Prairie in the west is blocked by private …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/26/gaining-access-to-orphaned-section-of-foothills-trail-in-pierce-county/

Biking out Preston-Snoqualmie Trail for some late season color

A cyclist heads down Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

With a break in the rain, I rode my bike out the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail on Friday to enjoy the fall colors.

Unfortunately, I discovered that my timing was a little off. Many of the trees were already bare and their moss-covered limbs exposed for all to see.

Although the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail is paved, the wet leaves …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/25/biking-out-preston-snoqualmie-trail-for-some-late-season-color/

Universities pass the test for bicycle-friendly status; UW moves up to gold level

Bike lockers and rooms at UW

Twenty-five institutions of higher learning earned passing grades to achieve a spot on the League of American Bicyclists list of Bicycle Friendly Universities this fall.

In addition, eight universities renewed their membership in the program; in seven of those renewals, the universities moved up on the list to either silver or gold level. The University of Washington …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/24/universities-pass-the-test-for-bicycle-friendly-status-uw-moves-up-to-gold-level/

No weekend charity bike ride for Armstrong

Hincapie Gran Fondo

Disgraced professional cyclist Lance Armstrong cannot participate in a charity bike ride event this weekend sponsored by his friend and former teammate George Hincapie.

Armstrong had planned to ride in the Gran Fondo Hincapie this weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, until USA Cycling ruled otherwise.

Although the Gran Fondo is a fun ride and not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/23/no-weekend-charity-bike-ride-for-armstrong/

Seattle’s Pronto Cycle Share rolls out

Bikes awaiting riders at Cal Anderson Park

Organizers for Seattle Pronto Cycle Share couldn’t have asked for a better autumn day for the official roll-out of its 500-bike system on Monday.

It’s the type of day that just begs for a bike ride. [Not so much beginning tonight, as rain and winds will blow in for the rest of the week].

The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/13/seattles-pronto-cycle-share-rolls-out-283-use-system-in-first-hour/

Seattle bike share goes live Monday afternoon

Pronto bikes in warehouse - photo by Pronto

Seattle’s Pronto Cycle Share system will be ready to roll by Monday afternoon with 500 bicycles available at 50 stations scattered between the International District and University of Washington.

To mark Seattle’s entrance into the bike-share generation, five group rides to deliver some of the Pronto bikes to their destinations will get underway at noon.

Pronto members …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/12/seattle-bike-share-goes-live-monday-afternoon/

Louis Garneau recalls 1,100 aero helmets

Helmet recall

Bicycle helmet importer Louis Garneau is recalling 1,180 aerodynamic styled bicycle helmets because they don’t protect the user in cold temperatures.

Users are urged to stop using the helmets immediately and return them to Garneau USA for a refund or replacement.

The recall is for Louis Garneau P-09 aerodynamic bicycle helmets with model number 1405362. The helmets …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/12/louis-garneau-recalls-1100-aero-helmets/

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