Month: December 2013

ROUTES: MIDTOWN TO DOWNTOWN

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Juxtaposed Cities (Street Art and Graffiti in Chicago and Kansas City)

When I started riding in Chicago I discovered one of my favorite things was riding without a set destination. On my days off I would ride for hours on end stopping here and there when I’d find a spot that caught my eye. I wasn’t very particular. Some spots had wonderful views and others had paint thrown up on a wall in a way that I couldn’t help but stop and look. It was interesting to realize that someone had stopped in that very spot and taken the time to paint or post something that they thought someone else would enjoy. Most of the things I took photos of I enjoyed, while others I took photos of because they were simply an imprint of another person’s existence. Cycling can be a humbling experience for this very reason. Many lives are being lived in any city and from a bicycle you have a front row view.

When I went for my first “free-ride” through Kansas City I soon realized that it wasn’t too different from Chicago. There was still evidence sprawled across the city that people lived here who wanted to communicate to those who wandered with an open eye. I traveled from the Plaza area around the Kansas City Art Institute through downtown to the River Market over to the West Bottoms and back. Along my way I found gorgeous scenery and an abundance of art throughout the city. This is a post showing how, if you look close enough, you can gain a similar experience riding around KC as you can around most other major cities. As I said before I took these photos because I enjoyed the images and I hope you do as well.
(Also this is a way for me to escape the winter weather as all of these photos were taken during far more desirable seasons.)

Chicago…

I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend in Chicago. It was my first opportunity to explore a city and being there with very few friends gave me the motivation to strike up a passionate relationship with my bicycle. A relationship which, though I’ve moved on to my second bike, will never be out done. I have learned to look at the details in a way I had never done before. Now in Kansas City I try to carry on that way of living and it has most definitely paid off.

Kansas City…

I hope to have a more recent photo essay posted in the near future. In all honesty I haven’t been out for an all day “free-ride” since summer. As I said before I’m hoping this blog will give me the motivation to get out more (This weather isn’t making it any easier for sure). I hope ya’ll are doing well as the winter weather moves in and I hope to see you out there on the streets.

Take care!

–Michael

Why You Should Make B-cycle Your Winter Bike

snower_miser-01Old Man Winter has finally arrived in Kansas City, and he’s brought with him a bunch of ice, snow and chilly temperatures. Whether you bike for fun or transportation, biking can definitely become more challenging in the winter, especially if you’re not prepared. Just as some people put on their snow tires on their cars for winter, many cyclists move to their heftier bikes with better brakes and traction when the snow begins to fall. Fortunately, B-cycle bikes will be out all winter long and are a great option when it comes to winter riding. But why?

 1. No maintenance: Decreased temp and increased moisture make for an increased need for regular bike maintenance to keep your bike free of winter grit and grim. Avoid getting your usual commuter bike gummed up or possibly damaged by salted streets and choose B-cycle instead. B-cycle repairs and maintenance are made by a qualified mechanic with regular safety checks on all the bikes.

2. Better stopping power: All B-cycles have drum brakes, which have increased stopping power over traditional rim brakes on most bikes, meaning you’ll be able to stop more quickly in wet, or slippery conditions.

3. Wider tires for increased traction and control on slippery streets: Usually ride a road bike with skinny slick tires? Gain better control when there’s ice or snow on the roads with 1.5″ wide tires.

4. Protection from the elements: Fenders, chain guard and skirt guards mean you won’t get wet and grimy on your ride.

5. Basket space: Baskets have plenty of space to hold hot cocoa or a giant thermos full of coffee!

6. Lights that never die out: Rear and front lights on the bike keep you safe, even when riding early in the morning or in the evening on your daily commute.

6. Close proximity to warm-up spots: Every B-cycle station is within a block of a coffee shop or restaurant where you can take a break and warm up!

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