Category: Events

Bike to Work Day 2008 – For Immediate Release
Contact: Russ Roca 562-331-1705 lbcyclists@gmail.com

Long Beach, CA – May 15th is Bike to Work Day, a national event where people from around the country are encouraged to replace their car trip with a bicycle for that one day. The movement has swept across the nation with rising gas prices and as people are re-discovering the health and environmental benefits of bicycling. The Long Beach Cyclists (LBC), the cityʼs only bicycle advocacy group, promotes cycling as a fun, valued and sustainable transportation choice in Long Beach through community, advocacy and education. LBC in cooperation with the City of Long Beach, Bikestation, Los Angeles Metro, Bikecommuters.com, KHS Bicycles and Jones Bicycle are organizing this yearʼs Bike to Work Day festivities.

There will be two simultaneous pitstops on Bike to Work Day in Long Beach, one at City Hall and another at Belmont Shore Pier. Bike commuters will be greeted with fresh apples and oranges from the farmerʼs market, bottled water, coffee and pastries from local businesses and free patch-kits and goodie bags from LA Metro.

In addition, riders that pass by the Belmont Pier stop, will also be treated to some live music, a free bike inspection courtesy of Bikestation and giveaways. Participants will have a chance to win a Dutch-inspired 3-speed bicycle from KHS Bicycles and Bikecommuters.com. Other prizes include lights from PlanetBike and cycling caps from popular Walzcaps.
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The event is free and open to all community members (on two-wheels or not). The Long Beach Cyclists invites everyone to participate, even if theyʼre not riding to work. “We want the event to be a celebration of the bicycle,? says Russ Roca an LBC member.“One of the goals of the Long Beach Cyclists is to create real sense of community of cyclists in Long Beach. So, even if youʼre not commuting to work, come out and meet other cyclists and get involved in making Long Beach a more bicycling friendly city!?

The Sea Otter may not be a ‘bike commuter fest’ but we did manage to go and visit the Swobo booth. We met Sky Yeager, Stevil and the rest of crew and took some pictures of their stuff:

They also had a Folsom bike with a ‘show special’ sticker price, I couldn’t help myself after test riding it, so I brought it home.

I will be doing a review of this bike soon, let’s see how it handles my 21 mile commute.

Well, we made it to Sea Otter and the first thing we did was to hit up the Redline booth. Our good friend Tim Rutledge showed us some new products amongst them was the new Redline 925:

Check out this new Batavus Lightning:

We’ll have video with details coming soon. You can also rate those bikes at www.ratemybicycle.com

The Sea Otter Festival is this week. RL, Jeremy and I are heading over there to cover the event. We learned a couple of things last year. First, having a bike to cover the entire festival really helps. Sea Otter is so big that walking really SUCKS. Second, it rains, and it rains a lot. Last year we were not ready for the rain and it totally blindsided us. So this year we are gearing up for the likely event that it will rain again.

I’ve just picked up a Planet Bike rear removable fender

a Planet Bike down tube splatter guard

the Banjo Brother’s water proof Commuter backpack,

a pair of Hoss Knickers,

and an Evomo Team MTB jacket.

Starting Friday we will be doing interviews, bike demos, product demos, race coverage and beer drinking. Visit this site and our other sister sites often for our award winning coverage!