Wintertime is here, which means that Bicycle Santa may be spotted in your community!
In Cincinnati, we bicyclists have some emerging holiday traditions to get us out on our bikes. Keep your eyes peeled for that special seasonal celebrity, Bicycle Santa! He will be out on the streets and at bike events throughout December. Keep on the lookout! We encourage you to post your pics of Bicycle Santa on our Facebook Page.
There are some great holiday events coming up! Check them out!
Queen City Bike Holiday Party
Monday Dec 2nd at 6:30PM at Roebling Point Books and Coffee
Instead of our traditional monthly meeting,we are celebrating all of our year’s accomplishments with a party. Come down to Covington for live music by Lagniappe, hot drinks, books galore, and great company! Continue reading
Electric-assisted Bicycle (e-bike) Commuting
My e-bike makes it a pleasure for me to commute for work, a ride of about 14 miles from Pleasant Ridge to Milford. I like to bike two or three days per week in warm weather, and one or two days per week most weeks in the winter. When I bike to work I look forward to the morning ride and to the trip home in the evening.
Ray and his e-bike
My wife, Leah, and I have hybrid trail bikes we use mostly for rides on bike trails. For commuting and shopping trips and such, we have e-bikes.
Typical e-bikes have front or rear hub motors, a battery pack, and wiring that includes a throttle system. Inexpensive e-bike systems, available for a few hundred dollars, use cheaper batteries and are best for trips under ten miles. More expensive systems, ranging from $1000 to $3000, have greater range and power. I have also looked at reasonably priced gas-motor assist systems, but they were too noisy, finicky, and smelly for my liking. Battery-powered systems are relatively quiet and easy to maintain. I’ve seen a few other e-bikes and e-trikes around Cincinnati, so they are becoming more common. Continue reading
Want to encourage bicyclists to attend your community event? Queen City Bike Valet is a great answer to finding enough secure bike parking for festivals, fairs, concerts, sporting and other outdoor events. Bike Valet is convenient and easy to use: we set up a secure area and watch attendees’ bikes for them while they enjoy themselves.
Bike Valet not only makes your bicycling attendees feel specially taken care of, but you are encouraging alternative transportation to your event, as well as freeing up valuable parking spaces for even more guests.
Pricing for your event varies based on the size and scale (Discounts for non-profits, churches, and schools). For more information about rates and to reserve Bike Valet for your event please contact Nern at 513-205-3059 or Nern@QueenCityBike.com.
Upcoming Events featuring a Bike Valet:
We made it!
The total number of 18 riders throughout our trip we covered over 70 miles up to Morgan’s Riverside Campground and back to Newtown OH.
Our bike gypsy camp in the woods
We had among our ranks 3 youngsters, one recumbent, one trumpet, one banjo, and two bike trailers. We had experienced bike tourers riding along with some who had never ridden more than ten miles in a day. You can look forward to another QCB Member camping trip this spring, probably in either April or June. We had such a great time, we can’t wait to travel more miles together in the future!
A simple, practical city bike with carrying capacity and an upright riding postion
Want to bring a bike into your life?
I often get asked about where to get a good used bike for a good price by folks eager to get going on two wheels, and the answer, unfortunately, is not that simple these days. The first bike I owned as an adult was an old raleigh road bike bought from the thrift store for $15. You’d be lucky to find that deal now. Even thrift stores are discovering the value of a good bicycle and raising their prices. This article is my hope to help you find the best bike for your money in Greater Cincinnati.
So let’s start with the basics. What is a good bike worth?
Do you need bike lights? View an updated schedule of installations here.
A young man is excited about getting new bike lights.
Queen City Blinkies is a program started in September of 2012 to install front and rear bike lights for free on the bikes of cyclists riding in the tri-state communities of Greater Cincinnati with the purpose of making urban cycling in Greater Cincinnati immediately safer. As of today, the Blinkies Program has installed 1,000 sets of bike lights and is planning on installing another 1,000 sets of lights this fall. Continue reading
After a intense and invigorating spring, Queen City Bike has been doing some re-focusing and strategizing post-bike month about how to extend the energy generated from Bike Month into communities across the region. And just like the humble bicycle, we may not always be the fastest moving organization, but we keep making steady progress. Even if it sometimes does feel like a slow climb uphill, looking back on the progress we have already made is inspiring.
Within 3-5 years Queen City Bike hopes to accomplish these goals: Continue reading
Madisonville Residents & Queen City Bike Advocates Dan McMahon & Maura McMahon (brother/sister) departed Tuesday from Astoria, Oregon on a bicycle adventure ride across the United States. You can follow their journey at www.danandmauracycle.us
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Dan’s loaded bike