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Griffin Michelle Jackson Greg Thomas Finance Shirlee Adolfson Sales Brian Bauer 303-444-5545 x112 Russ Chandler 303-444-5545 x122 Lynn Guissinger 303-444-5545 x106 Gregg Thayer 303-444-5545 x103 Editorial Office BikeLife Cities 1515 Walnut Street Boulder CO 80302 Tel 303-444-5545 Fax 800-579-1515 Advertising Contact for media kit and rate card. StoryPhoto Submissions Contact for submission information. Distribution Contact for information. BikeLife Cities is a program of Catalyst Communication Inc. launching in multiple cities. 2015 Catalyst Communication Inc. ON THE COVER Photo by Evan Semn The Poppe-Duvall family Andy 44 Julie 44 Stella 9 and Piper 3 live in suburban Denver and enjoy riding their bikes to go to school or work to do errands and to explore. They love to ride together as it enables them to share memorable family experiences while gaining a greater appreciation for their community and the world around them. EVAN SEMN Evan is a Denver-based photographer providing an editorial style of photography developed over years of experience with newspapers magazines and web-based media. This approach carries through with advertisingPR clients political campaigns and traditional events such as weddings and family portrait work. DAN BAUM The author of several books including Gun Guys A Road Trip Nine Lives Death and Life in New Orleans and Citizen Coors An American Dynasty Dan was also a staff writer for The New Yorker and has reported for the Anchorage Times The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Wall Street Journal. JEANNE EISENHAURE Through her Bike Stylish project Jeanne is on a mission to help further the perception of biking as fun accessible and aspirational. Always well dressed Jeanne shares her tips on biking stylishly in this months issue. Follow her on Facebook at Bike Stylish and Twitter bikestylish. CONTRIBUTORS 7 Welcome Letter 9 I Bike Denver Meet locals who like to travel on two wheels 11 Whats New to Denvers Streets Bicycling in the city keeps getting better and better 13 Get Up and Go for Bike to Work Day Wednesday June 24 from 7-9 a.m. 14 How to Bike Stylish in a Skirt Avoid the dreaded ash with these easy tips 16 The Business of Bicycling 3 ways that Denver and its partners are building a more bicycle-friendly community GET UP AND GO FOR BIKE TO WORK DAY 13 17 Denver Bike Map Pull it out and get riding 21 What is a TMA Community resources and partners that make Denver a great place live 22 A Focus on Bikes in 2015 Denver Parks and Recreation is working on lots of projects for bikes 24 Investing in Connections Wheat Ridge is working hard to build a better network for bikes 25 Meet the Mighty ATATs Helping to make Wheat Ridge bike walk and transit-tastic 26 Fix a Flat Arreglar una Llanta Ponchada In English and Espaol 28 Protect Your Ride 4 great bike locks plus locking dos and donts 30 Bike Businesses in Denver Meet 4 companies that make gear for fun on two wheels 32 The Bike Depot A community hub for bikescommunity education 33 Calendar of Events Plus local bike shops and groups 34 The Final Mile How to train yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four ON THE WEB READTHIS ISSUE ONLINE You can access this issue anytime. Share it with your friends by sending a link so they can read it too BLOGS Read fun stories and news about biking every day RESOURCES Were your one-stop shop for everything biking in Denver from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Denver What would you like to read or write about We want to hear from you. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER Well keep you up to date year- round on all kinds of fun interesting and newsworthy bike-related stories. FOLLOW US Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities CityofDenver 5 Make Every Day a Bike Day. A portion of the US 36 Bikeway opens June 24 which is also Bike to Work Day The bikeway provides a safe and direct route for cyclists. Come ride the 11-mile segment of the US 36 Bikeway from Westminster to Louisville. The remaining 7-mile segment to Boulder opens early 2016. ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES For details and to entergo to BikeLifeCities.comSweepstakes15 Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities Sweepstakes closes August 31 2015. Winners will be posted on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Winners must reside in the contiguous U.S. PublicMariadelRio2012 WIN A BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM welcome BikeLife Cities is a program of Catalyst Communication 2015 Greetings Denverites The City and County of Denver is delighted to share this new resource about bicycling in the Mile High City. BikeLife Denver is a partnership between Denver Public Works and BikeLife Cities to bring you information about bicycling on Denvers streets and trails. In these pages you will nd a bike map information about new and upcoming projects details about events and happenings from community partners and so much more all to inform and inspire you. Denver is a growing city. Now more than ever in the citys history Denver is attracting more people and jobs to enjoy our great quality of life. This also means increased pressure on our transportation system with more trips along our highways streets and trails. The Citys approach to managing this travel demand is to move people by providing more mobility options like walking biking taking transit or a combination of all three. So no matter what your choice there is a safe and convenient way to get to where you live work or play. Bicycling is a transportation option that supports all of our City goals and community values for a sustainable healthy prosperous and inclusive place to live and do business. And the City is working to build a bicycling network that is accessible to everyonechildren millennials families elderly and everyone in between. Together with our partners we are doing more to educate and encourage people on how to share our roadways and public spaces. We have much to celebrate and we have much to do. So hop on your bike and join us in this ride towards a better Denver and a world-class city Crissy Fanganello Director of Transportation FOR MORE BICYCLE UPDATES check out the bike program website at BikeProgram. News and events are updated weekly IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT BICYCLING in Denver or would like to report a problem like a pothole in a bike lane contact the Denver 311 Help Center. NEED MORE BIKE PARKING IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY Your property may be eligible for free bike parking through the Denver Public Works Bike Parking Program. Learn more about the opportunities to expand bicycle parking in Denver at BikeParking. denvergov.orgdpw 720-865-8630 Follow us on Twitter denpublicworks Like us on Facebook DenverPublicWorks Denver Department of Public Works Crissy with daughters Siena and Laurel. 7 AAAColoradoNowOffers BicycleRoadsideAssistance Join today at or call 1.800.AAA.JOIN 5646. Memberships start at 725 mo ONLY Whether you are in your car or on your bike AAA Colorado has you covered AAAColoradoNowOffers BicycleRoadsideAssistance Join today at or call 1.800.AAA.JOIN 5646. Memberships start at 725 mo ONLY Whether you are in your car or on your bike AAA Colorado has you covered AAAColoradoNowOffers BicycleRoadsideAssistance Join today at or call 1.800.AAA.JOIN 5646. Memberships start at 725 mo ONLY Whether you are in your car or on your bike AAA Colorado has you covered I DENVER Meet locals who like to travel on two wheels The Dolegowski Family Caiti Cooper 8 Dylan 6 and Betsy 3 We feel fortunate to live in a beautiful neighborhood and we want our kids to be connected to their surroundings. It is amazing how biking their neighborhood has enhanced their sense of direction and appreciation for where they live. Dreaded errands become an adventure with three small kids on bikes CU Denver Student and Co-Founder of Auraria Women Bicycle I bike because of the freedom that my bike provides. I can go anywhere within the city on my own two wheels seeing new places while getting exercise at the same time. Jenny Niemann Solution Engineering Manager at Bicycling provides me with a community to share the joy of breaking away from the norm whether its on a trail road or path. Craig Lagenfeld President of Whittier Neighborhood Association I facilitate discussions between the neighborhood and the City supporting multi-modal optionsencouraging healthier lifestyles and confronting our unhealthy obsession with cars. We need more residents riding their bikes to work and we need greater commitment by the City to invest in infrastructure that provides for a safer ride. Darrell Watson W e reached out to a number of Denverites and asked them what they like best about biking. 9 WHY I RIDE SHARING A PASSION For Bicycle Riding and Representing Injured Cyclists Experienced Driven Client Focused Colorado Bike Lawyers Who Ride Like You Call today for a FREE Consultation 303-741-0249 Jason Crawford Brian Weiss VELOCITY MADE IN GERMANY. ORTLIEB WATERPROOF MORE INFO HERE WATCH VIDEO HERE 2 014 was a year of milestones for biking. The City opened its rst protected bike lane designed its rst neighborhood bikeway introduced new bicycle waynding signage piloted an on-street bicycle corral and more. While delivering these projects the City also installed 27 miles of bicycle lanes and shared lane markings sharrows citywide. Installation of the 15th Street Bikeway showed a shift in how Denver is designing streets to give people more travel options. The Bikeway made a major downtown arterial street more predictable for all users and 30 percent more bicyclists are using the corridor even with the same number of vehicles and buses. The Bikeway has also improved the pedestrian experience reducing the number of bicyclists on the sidewalk by 60 percent. Building on the Bikeways success Denver will install two protected bike lanes downtown this year on Lawrence and Arapahoe Streets with more bike lanes planned in the future. Denver will also expand the low-stress bicycle experience on neighborhood streets installing the rst neighborhood bikeway on Knox Court this year from Kentucky St. to Alameda Ave.. A neighborhood bikeway WHATS NEW to Denvers Streets Bicycling in the city keeps getting better and better helps reduce and slow vehicle trafc to give priority to pedestrians and people on bikes making them feel more comfortable. To make neighborhood bikewaysand the additional 20 miles of bike lanes to be implemented in 2015more convenient for bicycle travel Denver Public Works is installing bicycle waynding signage and detection devices at seven intersections. The bicycle detection project shown above right will allow trafc lights to automatically recognize people on bikes without pushing the pedestrian button at the intersections. The intersections under study for installation are W 35th Ave. and Federal Blvd. W 17th Ave. and Federal Blvd. E 17th Ave. and City Park Esplanade Colorado Blvd. and Montview St. York St. and E 23rd Ave. Evans Ave. and Oneida St. E 1st Ave. and Gilpin St. To learn more about these programs and much more visit BikeProgram. In 2014 Denver was selected as one of six U.S. cities to participate in the Green Lane Project an initiative helping cities like Denver build better bike lanes and create low-stress streets. The project focuses on protected bike lanes which offer an enhanced travel option for people on bikes. Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver Partnership CEO Tami Door ride down the 15th Street Bikeway on B-cycles. Rachael Bronson Bicycle Planner and Emily Snyder Urban Mobility Manager Denver Public Works contributed to this article. To make bicycle travel easier the City is installing bike detection devices at seven intersections this summer. The graphic above explains how a bicyclist can trigger a device when approaching an intersection. 11 NEWS NOTES FUEL YOUR RIDE WITH THE ONLY 15-SECOND ONE-HAND ENERGY GEL. Isoride and GelSnapTM are trademarks of APAX USA Inc. Castle Rock CO 80104 USA. 2015 All rights reserved. Isoride Gel-Snap Energy Gel provides cyclists with a competitive edge in the form of great tasting carb-loaded gel that delivers high quality and easily-digested energy for endurance athletes of all levels. The slim and innovative package is highly portable and offers safe and efcient one-hand serving on the go with no mess or wasted energy gel. Its new Fast Efficient No Mess No Waste One-Hand Serving Visit us online to learn about the full range of Isoride endurance sports nutrition products. Get Up and Go for BIKE TO WORK DAY A lways celebrated on the fourth Wednesday of June the Denver-Boulder metro regions Bike to Work Day is set for June 24. The second largest event of its kind in the U.S. Bike to Work Day has become a favorite holiday of many in Colorado. Its so cool to see so many people give biking to work a try on Bike to Work Day says one regular bike commuter. And with so many other riders on the road and trails I think it really helps show people that bike commuting is not that hard to do. Local businesses and organizations get on board too hosting the 200-plus breakfast bike-home and water stations throughout the regionfrom Castle Rock to the south to Longmont to the north and all parts in between. The Bike to Work Day Business Challenge attracts nearly 1000 company teams pitted against each other to see who can garner the most enthusiasm for bicycle commuting amongst their employees. For some Bike to Work Day marks the beginning of summer. For others its a great excuse to get out of their car get outside and get some exercise. For newbies it provides a supportive atmosphere to try bicycle commuting. And for regular bicycle commuters its just another dayalbeit a day with free food drink and schwag all along their route to work HAVE A LONG COMMUTE Consider taking a bus or light rail train for part of your commute if possible. RTD buses and trains allow bikes which can be attached to the bike rack on the front of buses or placed in the cargo compartment for regional trips or carried aboard light rail trains in designated areas. Visit for help on planning your trip. Bike to Work Day is organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments Way to Go program along with help from its partner organizations cities counties and community and advocacy groups. Colleen Miller DRCOG Way to Go Program and Marketing Manager contributed to this article. CityofDenver 30000 RIDERS in Denver-Boulder metro region WayToGo.orgbiketowork 9.5-mile average one-way trip 1000 Business Challenge Companies 1186 calories burned for round-trip ride BTWD By the Numbers 337842 MILES of vehicle travel saved from 35562 bike trips 2014 stats Governor Hickenlooper stopped by a breakfast station at last years Bike to Work Day. CityofDenver WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 REGISTER AT WAYTOGO.ORGBIKETOWORK. ITS FREE 13 FUN STUFF TanyaDueriPhotography F irst a quick discussion about the type of bike you ride If you have a step-through frame a bike with a dropped center tube biking in a skirt is much easier. If you have the standard triangle-framed bike you have to get a little creative. Here are my top tips based on the type of skirt you want to wear. Mini-Skirt or Pencil Skirt. Since these are often tight I recommend choosing a stretchy option that will allow for more comfort and exibility while you ride. If your skirt is super short and tight one option is to hold down the center of the skirt to your seat with one hand while you ride. There is no getting around the awkwardness of this move and it can be tricky and possibly dangerous so I recommend wearing short spandex shorts underneath your skirt to avoid ashing your skivvies. Bikie Girl Bloomers are a fun option Knee-Length Skirt. These are the easiest skirts to bike in with enough material and coverage to easily avoid ashing as you ride. Wind can be an issue with these skirts so consider investing in a skirt weight visit for more on this cool product or check out the Penny in Yo Pants video on YouTube. When you get off your bike scoop the skirt material between your legs so you avoid ashing. Long Skirt. Tie the extra material in a knot at the side of your thigh so it doesnt get caught in your pedals or bike chain. When you dismount hold the material between your legs or nd a wall or an alleyway to hop off your bike near your destination. Remember ashing a wall is ne Now throw on your cutest skirt and get out and bike stylishly Jeanne Eisenhaure writes about being bike stylish on her blog I get this question all the time I would bike buthow would I wear a skirt and ride without ashing everyone My answer Its simple Here are a few tricks to make pedaling in a skirt no matter what the lengtha breeze. HOW TO BIKE STYLISH IN A SKIRT Avoid the dreaded ash with these easy tips By Jeanne Eisenhaure 25 16 BIKELIFE DENVER B icycling is a fast exible and reliable way of getting around a city. It offers an economic healthy and sustainable mode of transportation to go to work run errands or pick up groceries. In downtown Denver bicycling is increasingly becoming a popular way to commute to work. The Downtown Denver Partnership has seen a 43 percent increase in bike commuting between 2013 and 2014. Numerous studies have shown investing in bicycling infrastructure and programs provide a better economic return than other transportation options. Studies nd that people on bikes spend more money and shop more often at local businesses than other travelers. Thats why cities like Denver are investing in better bikeways supporting bike sharing and hosting other bike programs and events. Cities that invest in better bicycle infrastructure and programs support business efforts to attract and retain highly skilled talent while reducing employer healthcare costs. Businesses in Denver can play a lead role in ensuring the City of Denver and its partners build a more bicycle friendly community in three simple ways join give and encourage. THE BUSINESS OF BICYCLING 3 SIMPLE WAYS that Denver and its partners are building a more bicycle-friendly community JOIN BikeDenver Denvers local bicycle advocacy group has created a new membership program specically for businesses called Business Cycles. Denver businesses can join Business Cycles to show customers and the community the business values from people who ride bikes. The program allows Denver businesses to network with other bike-minded businesses provides consultation from BikeDenvers staff on events and other bicycling opportunities and more. Visit for details. GIVE In the fall of 2014 Downtown Denver Partnership successfully led a campaign to raise 155000 for the design of a protected bike facility on Arapahoe Street. The project raised just over 36000 in crowdfund contributions plus 120000 from the Gates Family Foundation and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District. Not only did this campaign raise funds for the protected bike lane but it also built community support among individuals and businesses for bicycle infrastructure in downtown Denver. Other ways businesses can support bicycling in Denver is donating money to bicycle organizations. These organizations include local bicycle advocacy groups such as BikeDenver and the Denver Cruisers as well as Denvers Transportation Management Associations including Denver South Downtown Denver Partnership Northeast Transportation Connections and Transportation Solutions. ENCOURAGE Businesses can play a large role in creating bicycle-friendly communities simply by encouraging their employees and customers to bike more. Here are a few easy things businesses can do Provide secure bike parking and showers for employees. Incentivize employees and customers who arrive on bikes with rewards or discounts. Work with BikeDenver the Downtown Denver Partnership or other local Transportation Management Associations to schedule a presentation or offer bicycle commuting 101 classes. Aylene McCallum Director of Downtown Environment Downtown Denver Partnership and Molly North Executive Director BikeDenver contributed to this article. EvanSemn NEWS NOTES AURORA GLENDALE DENVER COMMERCE CITY Transportation Solutions NE Transportation Connections Downtown Denver Partnership Denver South TMA City County of Denver DENVER COMM CIT Transportation Solutions NE Transportation Connections Downtown Denver Partnership Denver South TMA City County of Denver T hey host events. They teach classes. And they do much much more to help educate people about transportation options encourage economic vitality and improve quality of life for residents and community members. They are your regional Transportation Management Associations aka TMAs. TMAs use what are called transportation demand management TDM strategies such as events and trip-planning tools which are low-cost and easy to implement by the businesses employees and residents. Within the City and County of Denver there are four TMAs that are a great community resource and partner. Be sure to visit their websites to learn more about everything they offer. DENVER SOUTH TMA works along the south I-25 urban corridor where they are identifying and developing transportation solutions that will enhance mobility and economic development. They are currently conducting a study looking at bike and pedestrian connections of the regional trail network as well as an Urban Corridor Study. THE DOWNTOWN DENVER PARTNERSHIP is dedicated to creating and maintaining a vibrant and vital downtown. The Partnership conducts extensive outreach not only to companies already in Downtown Denver but also companies looking to relocate to Downtown Denver. The Partnership also hosts a Bicycle Task Force comprised of community business leaders and evaluates commuter habits in their annual Commuter Survey. NORTHEAST TRANSPORTATION CONNECTIONS events and programs encourage community members to try new forms of transportation and better get to know their neighborhoods parks community services and fellow citizens in the northeast Denver region. A few of their offerings include NE Walk Fest WHAT IS A TMA These community resources and partners are working to make Denver a great place to live community walking and biking tours The Hub Community Bike Library and more. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS works as a partner and adviser to provide transportation choices to the central Denver region. Their programs and events include a trip assistance program hosting the Road Ahead conference a Bike Buddies program TDM solutions in partnership with the University of Denver and a high school bike safety pilot project. Aneka Patel Alex Mehn Aylene McCallum Lauren Masias and Eric Herbst contributed to this article. 21 NEWS NOTES A FOCUS ON BIKES in 2015 BEFORE Perhaps the most notable project for bike enthusiasts within the River Vision Implementation Plan is Denvers Confluence Park. One of the busiestand most beautifulstretches of the South Platte River Trail access for bicyclists in this area has long been a challenge due to an outdated design of narrow zig-zag back-and-forth ramps that provide access for both bikes and pedestrians between the trail and the river. Improvements began in March to remove those outdated ramps making them more user-friendly and bringing them up to code. This is a popular area for bicyclists and nature lovers alike due to its access to the river and the parks proximity to REIs flagship Denver store not to mention Starbucks. CONFLUENCE PARK AFTER The Denver metro area is home to more than 80 miles of regional trails. One of the most popular the South Platte River Trail runs right through the heart of the City. Understanding the important natural resource the City has in the South Platte River plans are underway to improve direct access to the river for fishing and boating reclaim the natural landscapes and riparian habitat along its banks and improve the flow of bicycle and pedestrian traffic along this well-used regional trail. Work is underway in several locations to widen the trail making it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians alike. In addition to smoother and wider trails better access points and new safety features and signage are coming which is all part of the Citys River Vision Implementation Plan. All of the projects in the River Vision Implementation Plan are slated to be completed in the summer of 2016. But Denver wont rest on those laurels. With a focus on multi-modal transportation as the City continues unprecedented economic growth Denver will focus on improvements and amenities for the cycling community as long as the wheels continue to turn. SOUTH PLATTE RIVER TRAIL South Platte River TrailProposed Cross-Section 22 BIKELIFE DENVER NEWS NOTES Denver Parks Recreation is putting bikes at the forefront this year with plans to break ground on a number of projects with new amenities and better trail access. Translation Plenty of biking fun for everyone Jay Henke Senior Landscape Architect and Joe Lovell GIS Data Administrator Denver Parks Recreation contributed to this article. ROCK DROP 13 12 PUMPTRACK CUSTOM FEATURE SPEED RING DIRT JUMPS SKILLS COURSE SLOPE STYLE COURSE RETURNTRAIL 5 3 2 14 11 1015 17 18 18 16 3 3 9 8 6 4 7 1 1 1 3 JEWELLAVE KEY 1 Ladder Drop 10 Zig-Zag Short 2 Ladder Bridge 11 Zig-Zag 90 Deg. 3 CurvedWall 12 Double Roller 4 Talladega to 5Drop 13 90 Deg.Turn 5 Nessy 14 180 Deg.Turn 6 WedgeTable 15 MountainTop 2Peak 7 Step-Up Box 16 Snake Ladder 8 WhalesTale 17 Quarter Pipe 9 Speed Ring PumpTrack 18 Wall Ride ACCESS POINTS POTENTIAL PICNIC NODES LEGEND EXTRA SMALL BOUNDRY FENCE SMALL MEDIUM LARGE EXTRA LARGE NORTH 0 30 60 For mountain bikers a new skills course is planned for Ruby Hill Park that will be the only course of its kind in Denver. The seven-acre area will feature slope-style lines ranging from extra small to extra large as well as a drop zone freestyle skills area various jumps and two pump tracks. Its all part of phase two of the Ruby Hill master plan which will bring park improvements including a multi-use natural surface trail. The City began accepting construction bids for the skills course in March and the work is expected to be completed in spring 2016. RUBY HILL BIKE PARK PhotosgraphicsfromDenverParksRecreation 23 SUNDAY JUNE 7TH 730am-530pm Presented by TERIUM dgeat38 LIVEMUSICFOODBEER AND FAMILYFRIENDLY ACTIVITIESALL ATTHE RACESTARTFINISH. RidgeAt38.comPLAYCRITERIUM INVESTING IN CONNECTIONS Wheat Ridge is working hard to build a better network for bikes D eep Roots Short Commutes. Wheat Ridges motto captures both its rich agricultural history and its proximity to many metro area destinations. Located just west of Denver Wheat Ridge is working to ensure that short commutes include options for people on bicycles. Home to the Clear Creek National Recreation Trail Ridge at 38 Criterium Race and Wheat Ridge Cyclery the communitys deep roots include folks who love to ride. Building a robust network for bikes in Wheat Ridge has its challenges. The citys agricultural heritage created a network of streets without a regular pattern of connection and when the city incorporated in 1969 it was the heyday for autos. The citys demographics include the regions highest percentage of seniors and an influx of young families. Luckily investing in bike and pedestrian options benefits community members ages 8 to 80. To achieve this the city is focusing on routes to enhance connections Connecting north to south Lakewood to Clear Creek. In 2014 the city completed bike facilities on Pierce Street the only non-arterial street that crosses the city. Connecting parks schools and regional trails. The Kipling Street Multi-Use Trail will connect Crown Hill Park Discovery Park the flagship Recreation Center Wheat Ridge High School Everett Middle School and the regional Clear Creek Trail. Connecting east to west Denver to Golden. Scheduled this year is completing bike lanes on 32nd Ave. from Sheridan to I-70 a heavily traveled corridor by cyclists riding from Denver to Golden and beyond. Connecting commuters to downtown and to Main Street. The city will build bike facilities on 35th Ave. from Sheridan SUNDAY JUNE 7TH 730am-530pm Presented by CRITERIUM Ridgeat38 LIVEMUSICFOODBEER AND FAMILYFRIENDLY ACTIVITIESALL ATTHE RACESTARTFINISH. RidgeAt38.comPLAYCRITERIUM to High Court continuing to 38th Ave. Main Street District. This will connect with Denvers planned 35th Ave. Bike Boulevard for commuters into downtown. Connecting with mass transit Gold Line 2016. The city is improving connections to the Ward Road Rail Station including bicycle lanes along Tabor Street. Councilman William Bud Starker whose district includes many recent projects has been a steadfast proponent for investing in bike facilities. Starkers leadership is supported by a 2011 CDOT study that found 40 of trips are 2 miles or less. Its the perfect distance to ride a bike so we should make that option an easy choice Starker points out. Whether your commute is 2 miles or 20 Wheat Ridge is a great place to ride WheatRidge2020 Several locals enjoy some pedaling fun during a Live Local Wheat Ridge social ride. SUNDAY JUNE 7TH 730am-530pm Presented by CRITERIUM Ridgeat38 LIVEMUSICFOODBEER AND FAMILYFRIENDLY ACTIVITIESALL ATTHE RACESTARTFINISH. RidgeAt38.comPLAYCRITERIUM 24 BIKELIFE DENVER AROUND DENVER S imilar to the amazing Star Wars vehicles were named after the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team ATAT is driven by Imperial Officers Adam Charlie David and Rachel and fueled by gritty determination and creativity. Together we are dedicated to making Wheat Ridge the most bikewalktransit-tastic community this side of the Death Star. The ATATs formed in 2014 as a citizen- led organization with assistance from LiveWell Wheat Ridge a nine-year healthy eating active-living community investment grant. Recognizing that supporters are just as interested in walking as cycling we adopted a platform of Active Transportation to benefit all. MEET THE MIGHTY ATATS Helping to make Wheat Ridge bike walk and transit-tastic Our work focuses on 1. Connecting community members with city leadership to support funding and implementation of bike pedestrian and transit projects. We closely track the budget process and proposed initiatives to inform our neighbors when where and how they can support active transportation. 2. Connecting policies with priorities by conducting a community survey to understand current interests and concerns. We also convene stakeholders across the community and within city leadership for best outcomes. 3. Connecting fun with funding by hosting quarterly meetings with updates on initiatives organizing Bike to Work DayPedal to Patio events community rides and walks and lastly providing lots of encouragement through outreach and social media campaigns. In 2015 we introduced Action Teams to create opportunities for community members to get engaged in meaningful actions. These include S.A.F.E. Safe Avenues For Everyone League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community status events outreach and next steps. Our key to success has been an openness to different points of view a realistic approach to whats possible and a fierce commitment to making everything at least a little bit fun if not a whole heck of a lot of fun. We are incredibly grateful for the trifecta of amazing support in our community 1 A passionate group of residents and businesses 2 A city council eager to invest in opportunities for a healthy vibrant community and 3 A city staff willing to listen and to provide funding in support of outreach efforts. Using this formula weve worked together on human-powered movement to double the miles of bike lanes in the city and build excitement for whats next. RachelHultin Riders take a break at the ATATs Gems of Wheat Ridge Community Ride. Hope youll join us Have questions Email us at or visit Facebook.comgroupsWheatRidgeATAT. 25 26 BIKELIFE DENVER FUN STUFF FIX A FLATARREGLAR UNABy Tania Satchwell 5.USE THE FIRST TIRE LEVER to gently pry one side of the tire open exposing the beadedge of the tire. Hook this lever on a spokethis will allow more space to fit a second tire lever. UTILICE LA PRIMERA PALANCA y jale un lado de la llanta para que pueda ver su borde. Enganche esta palanca con un rayo del rinesto le proveer el espacio necesario para insertar la segunda palanca y continuar quitndo la llanta. 6.USING THE SECOND TIRE LEVER unzip the tire away from you and all the way around so that the tire is completely open on one side. Pull out the bike tube from inside of the tire. CON LA SEGUNDA PALANCA y con firmeza contine removiendo la llanta hasta que todo el rededor est completamente fuera del rin. Ahora saque la vlvula del aire del rin junto con toda la cmara ponchada. 7.FIND AND MARK your hole on the tube. Sometimes the hole is tiny so it helps to pump up the tube a bit and listen for the leak. ENCUENTRE LA PONCHADURA en la cmara. A veces es necesario que infle la cmara para localizarlo. NOW LETS FIX THAT FLAT AHORA VAMOS A ARREGLARLA 4.IF YOURE FIXING THE REAR TIRE pull your derailleur back with one hand and pull up and then back on the wheel with the other. This should happen easily if your brakes are disengaged and your quick release is loose. SI EST PARCHANDO LA LLANTA TRASERA jale hacia atrs y arriba el cambio de velocidades con una mano y despus con la otra mano levante y quite la rueda. I ts one of the biggest deterrents to biking the fear of getting a flat tire. But fear not. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to repair a flat tire and get pedaling. Es uno de los mayores impedimentos para el ciclismo el temor de contraer una llanta ponchada. Pero no tenga miedo. Aqu estn las instrucciones paso a paso sobre cmo reparar una ponchadura y empezar a pedalear. Materials needed bike pump tire levers I use two 15 mm wrench if you do not have a quick release on your wheels and a patch kit patch glue sandpaper. A spare tube is also good to have in case your damaged tube cannot be patched. Materiales Necesarios bomba de aire 2 palancas para sacar la llanta llave si el cierre de la rueda tiene una tuerca equipo de materiales para parchar cmaras que incluye parches para cmara pegamento para parches y lija. 8.USE SANDPAPER to roughen up and remove debris from the hole site allowing the patch to adhere better. CON LA LIJA raspe el rea que est ponchada. 2.FLIP YOUR BIKE for easier wheel removal. VOLTEE LA BICI con las llantas hacia arriba. 3.OPEN LOOSEN your tire quick release. 3. ABRA Y AFLOJE la liberacin rpida de la bicicleta. 1.DISENGAGE YOUR BRAKES so that your wheel is easier to remove. SUELTE LOS FRENOS IN ENGLISH ESPAOL AllphotosbyHollyBatchelderDenverParksRecreation LLANTA PONCHADA 10.REMOVE THE FOIL from the back of the patch place patch on tube then remove plastic from the top. I always add a tiny bit more glue around the edges of the patch and use the back of the glue tube to spread down the edges. QUITE EL ALUMINIO DEL PARCHE ponga el parche en la cmara justo encima de la ponchadura. Despus quiete el plstico del parche. Ponga pegamento adicional alrededor de los bordes del parche y utilizando el tubo de pegamento sellar las orillas. 16.PUT YOUR WHEEL BACK on the bike. Dont forget to close your quick release and reconnect your brakes. ENSAMBLE LA RUEDA COMPLETA DE VUELTA en su bicicleta. Si es la rueda trasera jale hacia arriba el cambio de velocidades para meterla. No se olvide de cerrar el libramiento rpido o tuerca y reconectar los frenos. TEST YOUR PATCH by pumping up the tube slightly. PARA VERIFICAR QUE EL PARCHE EST CORRECTAMENTE HECHO infle ligeramente la cmara. No completamente. 9.PUT A DIME-SIZE DOLLOP of glue over the hole and let it air dry for 30 seconds. PONGA UNA GOTA de pegamento sobre la ponchadura esparcindolo hasta que sea del mismo tamao del parche. Djelo secar por 30 segundos. GREATJOBYouare ready to ride. BIEN HECHO E stalistoparaandar. Tania Satchwell is the Program Manager for Trips for Kids T4K DenverBoulder where she teaches youth and manages and organizes events and programs. T4K has a mission to introduce diverse youth to the joys of bicycling through their Ride Program their Earn a Bike Program and the Lucky Bikes Re-cyclery a non-profit community bike shop. Tania Satchwell es encargada de un programa que se llama Trips for kids T4K. T4K introduce a la juventud como divertirse en la bicicleta por varios programas. La juventud puede ganar una bicicleta unirse al club para andar en bici en un grupo y aprender cmo arreglar las bicis en un taller de bicicleta que es sin fines de lucro. 14.RE-ZIP the edgebead of your tire around the wheel rim. You can usually do this with your hands. RE-AJUSTE el borde de la llanta en el rin todo alrededor. Lo puede hacer con sus manos metiendo la llanta en el rin firmemente pero con cuidado. 15. 13. WAIT ESPERE 5 minutos 11. 12.PLACE THE TUBE BACK in your tire. Start by sticking the valve stem through its designated hole on the wheel rim. As you push the tube back into the tire make sure that it isnt twisted or bunched up. Leaving a small amount of air in the tube helps INTRODUZCA LA CMARA poca inflada dentro de la llanta. Comience por meter la vlvula del aire en el orificio del rin. Asegrese de que la cmara no se est torciendo o doblando en la llanta. PUMP UP YOUR TIRE to the recommended pressure. This number is stamped on the side of your tire. INFLE SU LLANTA a la presin recomendada. El grado de presin es un nmero localizado en un lado de la llanta. 27 Protect Your Ride 4 great bike locks plus locking dos and donts F ace it having your bike stolen stinks. Close to 190000 bikes are stolen in the U.S. every year and that doesnt include the incidents that go unreported. Its important to lock your bike. A good lock offers two types of protection visual deterrence and a longer louder effort to break it. Thats why youll hear people singing the praises for U-locks. They look tough and take longer to saw through. Cable locks are more affordable but they can be clipped with a single effortif a thief has the right tools. By Becca Heaton WilMatthews2013Abus So consider this The more money you invest in a good sturdy lock the harder it will be for a would-be thief to steal your bike. And a new bike costs a heck of a lot more too. No lock is completely foolproof though. That said the following four locks will help protect your bike from the bad guys. 40 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY SECURITY OF A U-LOCK WITH THE FLEXIBILITY OF A CHAIN Made of hardened steel this accordian-style lock makes it easier to secure your bike in sometimes awkward or tight places. Its simple to carry too the lock folds up and ts in a carrying case that attaches to the frame via Velcro straps or screws into bottle-cage mounts. 149.99 abus.comusa A NEW TAKE ON THE STANDARD BIKE LOCK This lock may not be right for your old refurbished commuter but if you have a nicer ride to protect and appreciate good design this sleek new lock may be worth the money. What we love A father-son engineering team designed this solid titanium lock to complement the beauty and simplicity of bikes. 159.99199.99 AnnChaneckaTucson DONT lock just your frame or just your wheel to the bike rack. Bicycle thieves can and likely will remove your wheel and steal the rest of your bike or vice versa. Also make sure your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is locked. DO Lock BOTH the frame and your wheel to the bike rack. If its easy to release your front wheel place it by the rear wheel and lock both of them with the frame to the rack. DO lock your bike in a high-trafc area ideally with a constant ow of people going by and good lighting at night. DO register your bike and serial number with a local registration service or via the National Bike Registry Take a picture of your bike too. LOCK SMARTS Its a brutal reminder to come back to your bike and nd your wheels missing. Even worse is nding just one locked wheel and no bike. Opportunistic thieves look for unsecured or improperly secured bikes. WRONG WRONG RIGHT A U-LOCK WITH EXTRA REACH Securing your bike in the city is changing with different styles and shapes of bike racks. To accommodate this the Mini has an extender that allows for more variety in how and where you lock your bike. Lock your bike frame to a bike rack and capture either your front or back wheel with the extender. 85.95 A U-LOCK WITH EXTRA REACH Securing your bike in the city is changing with different styles and shapes of bike racks. To accommodate this the Mini has an extender that allows for more variety in how and where you lock your bike. Lock your bike frame to a bike rack and capture either your front or back wheel with the extender. 85.95 CABLE LOCK WITH KEVLAR TO INCREASE CUT RESISTANCE The Kevlar sheath around this cable locks hardy braided steel makes the Angola 50 percent harder to cut for would-be bike thieves. And the price is right for commuting. 29.99 Launched with a Kickstarter campaign Extension for odd-shaped bike racks 10000 lock combinations Folds up like this - 41 BOA TECHNOLOGY INC. With the simple turn of a knob the award-winning Boa Closure System helps cinch up cycling shoes for brands such as Pearl Izumi Bontrager Diadora fizik Lake and Louis Garneau. Youll also find it on footwear for snowboarding golf trail running hunting construction inline skating fishing and the military. Boa is even on bike helmets and motorcycle gloves. We are always working on new ways to use Boa says marketing coordinator Mike De La Rosa. Located in the hip Ringsby Court business park just off the Platte River Path Boa is ber bike-friendly for staff with plenty of bike parking and showers for sweaty bike commuters. There is a regular lunch ride and cruiser bikes available through Boa bike share. Employees are also encouraged to participate in the companys health and wellness program where they log activitieseverything from bike commuting to walking to getting a good nights sleepand get money for achieving goals. BIKE BUSINESSES in Denver Meet 4 companies that make gear for fun on two wheels Clockwise from lower left Cody Baker Sam Maczuzak William Chambers Jeff Wager Shane Haberland Ryan Cannizzaro Matt Maczuzak Nick Hemendinger. ALCHEMY BICYCLE CO. Since 2008 Alchemy has been building and selling custom carbon fiber titanium and steel bikes. We make mostly road bikes but we also build cyclocross and gravel riders and have just designed our first carbon fiber 29er mountain bike shares founder Ryan Cannizzaro. All of our bikes are 100 U.S. percent made in our factory here. Along with building beautiful bikes Alchemy offers quick bike repairs and tune-ups seven days a week for any and all bikes in its shop just off the Cherry Creek Path as well as a full espresso bar in the Rollout Caf. Were located at the midpoint between REI and the Cherry Creek Reservoir so its a nice place to stop when youre out riding says Ryan. Just look for our sign PRIMAL WEAR When you see bike jerseys with big fun designs they were likely created by Primal Wear. When we started an outrageous design aspect was the rule of the day large animals anything and everything on the jersey says president and co-founder Dave Edwards. That trend continues to trickle in to current designs that are a blend of bold and traditional. The company also creates more mainstream jerseys through its support of charitable bike rides such as Bike MS and Tour de Cure and groups including the National Cancer Society and womens and childrens teams and organizations. We want to share our bottom line as much as possible with organizations making a difference says Dave and get the message out to get more people healthy and on a bike. Primal Wear and Alchemy Bicycle Co. are part of the Denver Cycling Collective located at 7700 E. Cherry Creek South Dr. Every 2nd Saturday of the month from April-August there is a group ride and celebration of bikes Breakfast any time after 8 a.m. ride starts at 9 a.m. party afterwards. BoaAlchemyPrimalWear By Becca Heaton 30 BIKELIFE DENVER FUN STUFF DENVER BICYCLE CAFE Its a bike shop tap house and coffee house all in one. So you can sip on a tasty beer or steaming cup of coffee and chat up the mechanic while he xes your bike. We purposely designed our space with all parallel componentsbikes beers coffeeso that you get an interactive experience says co-founder and co-owner Peter Roper. Along with offering repairs and tune-ups the bike shop builds custom bikes. All of our bikes are made to order so the whole process is very interactive with the customer shares Peter adding that his staff resurrects older bikes with upgrades too. From the bar only Colorado tap and canned beers are servedwith exceptions when a special brew comes outand the coffee is all Colorado roasted. Our emphasis is on keeping it local says Peter. Denver Bicycle Cafe is also a hub for events and fundraisers for numerous local groups and charities including BikeDenver and the Bike Depot. We really try to stay involved with the community its a fundamental part of who we are says Peter. LOCATED AT 1308 E. 17th Ave. DenverBicycleCafe 720.350.4256 3509 E 12th Ave Denver Come visit us in Denvers historic Congress Park neighborhood BIKES ACCESSORIES FROM All-City Babboe Brompton Brooks Bullitt Gazelle Handsome Heritage Linus Pashley Public Xtracycle Yuba 30 OFF ONE ITEM IN THE STORE Bikes excluded. Expires 8.15.15 WE BELIEVE BIKES BELONG IN PEOPLES LIVES WE BELIEVE THEY BELONG IN THE CITY TheBikeDepot Its a very rewarding place to volunteer.Aimee Clark 32 BIKELIFE DENVER T he Park Hill Bike Depot in Denver was founded in 2008 with one simple mission to improve the quality of life for local residents by building a community of condent bicyclists. With the help of a core staff and committed volunteers the Depot meets this mission through a bikescommunityeducation approach to advocacy. In 2014 volunteers gave 10000 hours to the Depot. Bike Depot provides access to low- cost high-quality bikes accessories and professional bike repair through a retail store. All bikes sold come from public donations and are refurbished by bike mechanics and resold at one-third to one-half their original price. Proceeds are reinvested into programs like Summer Bike Camp Youth Bike Rodeos and Earn-a-Bike. Bike Depots most popular program Fix-Your-Bike provides free access to work stations where participants can make bike repairs with the assistance of skilled volunteers. Regular classes are also available on topics such as maintaining your bike bike commuting basics or winter riding and are taught by volunteers and professionals. Bike Depots outreach programs are in high demand and able to serve only one in three individuals that seek their support. You can support their programs participate in a fun community and get a sweet deal on bikes or training by simply shopping with Bike Depot or taking a class. To contribute your time skills and support or make a bike-related donation of any kind visit or drop by the shop at 2825 Fairfax St. in Denver. RECYCLED nearly 6000 bikes REDISTRIBUTED over 3000 bikes back to the community EDUCATED and empowered thousands of kids and adults FACILITATED over 15000 free repairs Bike Depot has THE BIKE DEPOT A community hub for bikescommunityeducation Ryan Schutz Executive Director Bike Depot contributed to this article. FUN STUFF calendar bike clubs organizations Bicycle Colorado State advocacy group. BikeDenver Advocacy and events. Colorado Bikes Biz Beer Hour of ideas about biking. meetup.comcolorado-bikes-biz- beer-meetup-denver Crank It UP Womens LGBT-friendly bike group. meetup.comcrankitup Denver Bicycle Touring Club Group rides. Denver Cycling Club Group rides. denver-cycling-club-dcc Denver Cruiser Ride Wedesdays costumes welcome. Electric Bicycle Club of Colorado E-bike rides. meetup.comelectric-bicycle- club-of-colorado Major Taylor Cycling Club of Denver Group rides for youth. Major_Taylor_Cycling_Club OUT Spokin LGBT cycling club. Pedals Pints People for love beer and bikes. Meetup.combike-347 Rocky Mountain Cycling Club Group rides varying distances. denver metro bike shops Adrenalin Cycles 9567 S. University Blvd. Adventure Cycling 4361 S. Parker Rd. Aurora Family Cycles 18801 E. Hampden Ave. Bicycle Dr. 860 Broadway The Bicycle Broker 6190 W 38th Ave. Bicycle Village 5 locations Bicycles on Broadway 1445 S. Broadway 303-388-6611 Big Ring Cycles 600 12th St. Bike Depot 2825 Fairfax St. BikeSource 3 locations C3 Bike Shop 3316 Tejon St. Campus Cycles 2 locations Chocolate Spokes 2801 Downing St. CoCo Bikes Denver 932 Inca St. Confluence Kayaks 2373 15th St. Cycle Analyst 722 S Pearl St. Cycleton Denver 2 locations. Derby Bicycle Center 410 E 104th Ave. Denver Bicycle 6420 E Colfax Ave. Denver Bicycle Cafe 1308 E 17th Ave. Elevation Cycles 1500 Wynkoop St. Estelle Bicycles 2206 Kearney St. Golden Bike Shop 722 Washington Ave. Greentree Cyclery 1549 S. Pearl St. Jinji Cycles 2538 W 32nd Ave. The Mindful Bike 3509 E 12th Ave. Mojo Wheels 5790 W Dartmouth Ave. Nice Bike 2435 S Broadway Oh Wheelie 3660 Downing St. One Stop Bike Shop 3830 Morrison Rd. Peak Cycles 1224 Washington Ave. Pedal Pushers Cyclery 2401 Ford St. Performance Bicycle 358 South Colorado Blvd. Pusher BMX 5777 E Evans Ave. Queen City Cycle 4322 W. 35th Ave. Randys Recycles Cycles 2249 Champa St. randysrecycledcycles. REI 1416 Platte St. Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop 2 locations Sampson Sports 1435 S Holly St. Schwab Cycles 1421 Pierce St. Singletrack Factory 1005 S Gaylord St. SloHi Bike Co. 4434 W 29th St. Small Planet E-Bikes 2 locations Tandem Cycle Works 2720 S Wadsworth Blvd. Track Shack 1338 Tremont Pl. Treads Bicycle Outfitters 4 locations Tribella Womens Multisport 1060 Bannock St. Turin Bicycles 700 Lincoln St. The Urban Cyclist 3519 Brighton Blvd. Velosoul Cyclery 1109 S. Pearl St. Velowood Cyclery 2526 E Colfax Ave. Wheat Ridge Cyclery 7085 West 38th Ave. Aug 29 Civic Center Bike-In Movie Civic Center Bike-In Movie USA Pro Cycling ChallengeDenver stage Denver Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life colorado.cff.orgcycle 23 sept 18 12 Tour de Fat newbelgium.comeventstour-de-fatdenver.aspx The Denver Post Pedal the Plains May Denver Cruiser Ride and every other Wednesday through 93015 Bike to Work Wednesday June Bike to Work Wednesday Pedal 4 Possible craighospital.orgpedal4possible Bike to Work Wednesday Pedaling 4 Parkinsons Urban Assault citydenver Bike to Work Wednesday Denver Century Ride Bike to Work Day waytogo.orgbiketowork Bike to Work Wednesday 6 3 10 14 17 13 20 24 july 12 Civic Center Bike-In Movie 18 Moonlight Classic 2 14 27 33 RESOURCES C limate change fitness and the price of gas are good reasons to transition from car to bike but the best reason is that using a bike for commuting or errands is infinitely more pleasant. When you ride you have the breeze in your face and you notice all kinds of thingsfrom lawn art to sprouting crocusesyou miss from behind a windshield. You feel connected to pedestrians and playing children and you arrive at your destination with no parking hassles your blood full of oxygen. Studies by the British New Economic Foundation reveal that cyclists find their mode of transport at least as flexible and convenient as those who use cars with lower stress and greater feelings of freedom relaxation and excitement. The trick is training yourself to reach first for the bike helmet instead of the car keys. Doing so is largely a matter of challenging your assumptions about how life has to be organized. Think you dont have time to get around by bike For trips of three miles or less riding is about as quick as driving because side streets and paths through parks make it easier to avoid stoplights and you can zip right past traffic. The workout youll get around town on a bike might even save you a trip to the gym. You may not be able to buy a weeks worth of changing habitsTraining yourself to travel via two wheels instead of four By Dan Baum groceries and pick up the dry cleaning all in one bike trip but that can be a good thing. When life slows to the speed of a bike you dont try to do too many things at once. To make the leap from car to bike dont demand too much of yourself. Your job may be too far to bike to but what about your local supermarket the hardware store the movie theater or the post office Instead of hitting these places while driving home from work try going home first and getting the bike its a great way to unwind and move your body after sitting all day. Put your helmet where you usually leave your keys so as you reach you can ask yourself Could I do this on a bike Its a matter of developing the habit and studies show that its never too late to break old ones and develop new ones. The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has found that it takes from 15 to 254 days to develop a new habit and that its easier if you use a natural disruption in your lifemoving a new job a vacationto change one habit to another because the cues on which your habitual behavior relied disappear. Even a small change presents an opportunity. Youll need of course a bike that youll be comfortable riding. It doesnt have to be brand new or cost a lot but it should fit you and be in good shape. Your local bike shop can help. Your local shop can also help you with the extras a rack to hold either baskets or panniers to carry things a good lock a helmet lights for front and back and for wet streets fenders. I got creative and zip-tied a seven-dollar lockable tackle box to my rack so I have a secure place to keep lights tools a spare tube a reflective windbreaker and a credit card. Once equipped start exploring alternatives to the big fast roads. Side streets parks schoolyards and alleys are a parallel universe that you may never have seen before and they can get you across town with surprising speed. Start slow. Choose nice days. Do one errand at a time. Its a head shift as much as anything to switch from car to bike. But its worth it. Dan Baum is the author of four books and was a staff writer for The New Yorker. He and his wife Meg enjoy biking and use bike share to explore a city whenever they can. ask yourself Could I do this on a bike IllustrationbyMikeReisel 46 BIKELIFE BOULDER COUNTY THE FINAL MILE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING YOU FIND YOUR PERFECT BIKE Giant Denver 7301 S Santa Fe Dr 718 Littleton CO 80120 303-703-1700 Campus Cycles 2102 S.Washington St Denver CO 80210 303-698-2811 Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop 3800 Irving St Denver CO 80211 303-691-5595 GET ACTIVEDISCOVER NEW LOWER PRICES ON OUR BEST SELLING LIFESTYLE AND YOUTH BIKES GIANT-BICYCLES.COMGATEWAY