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Fall Launches in Chicago with De Fietsfabriek and Po Campo Party!

It’s that time of year — fall — and the weather reflects the season. I woke up today to 30+ mph wind gusts and temperatures in the 50s (after mid-70s yesterday)! But to help warm up the fall commuting season, two Chicago-based cycling companies are teaming up to launch their new fall lines this Wednesday, September 30! RSVP to attend this free event.

De Fietsfabriek Dutch bikes and Po Campo stylish bags bring functionality and style to commuter cycling. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the founders of each of these companies and even sampling their products. In fact, at Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge awards luncheon, I won a Po Campo rack bag in a raffle. Best of all – 10% of all accessory sales – including Po Campo’s new fall line – will be donated to the educational non-profit West Town Bikes. (Reviews on the bag and the bikes to come soon!)

po campo
pink oma

Now for the party details:

De Fietsfabriek and Po Campo have joined forces to celebrate their new wares, available just in time for the choicest of all Chicago biking seasons – fall! We’ll have our newest products on hand for you to check out and some light food and drinks.
We are pleased to welcome De Fietsfabriek’s newest shipment of bikes from Holland to their new home. All new styles in all new colors means that there’s probably one just perfect for you and your family.
Po Campo, Chicago’s own stylish yet highly functional bike bag company, is thrilled to roll out its fall line, which features their popular handlebar bag and rack bag in all new, limited-edition fall fabrics.
Plus, we’ll be donating 10% of all accessory sales – including Po Campo’s new fall line – to West Town Bikes. WTB’s overreaching goal is to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on underserved populations, and to foster and serve Chicago’s growing bicycling community. We’re happy to help them with their worthy cause!

Hope to see you Wednesday at the party!

Chicago’s L.A.T.E. Ride this Saturday night/Sunday morning

McDonald’s L.A.T.E. Ride turns 21 this year! If you’re in or around Chicago, I hope you can join 9,000 bicyclists for Chicago’s BIGGEST after-midnight ride!

Friends of the Parks’ 21st annual event gives you a rare chance to:
* Cycle past downtown skyscrapers, hear shouts of “Opaah!” in Greek Town and cruise North Side neighborhoods after midnight
* Experience the beautiful lakefront bike path under the stars and see the sunrise over Lake Michigan
* Enjoy breakfast at Buckingham Fountain after your 25-mile ride

Lakefront Sunrise

“The ride began in 1989 with 350 riders. It’s amazing to now see thousands of riders cycling through Chicago and along the lakefront path,” said Nancy Minster Swabb, Ride Director. “About half our riders are from the suburbs, about 35% from the city and 15% from around the Midwest. Word keeps spreading about this great ride!”

Your participation in McDonald’s L.A.T.E. Ride directly supports Friends of the Parks, a not-for-profit advocacy group established in 1975 to protect and improve all of Chicago’s neighborhood and lakefront parks, children’s playgrounds and forest preserves in Cook County. Your support will help this group achieve these goals in 2009:

* develop new children’s playgrounds in two of Chicago’s neediest communities
* create a plan to develop 500 acres of new lakefront parks
* expand an exciting tree-planting program

Register online until noon on Friday, July 10, OR in person the night of the ride.

For the most up to date information and volunteer opportunities, visit www.lateride.org. Hope to see you there!

BikeCommuters.com stickers!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the highly coveted, highly collectible and highly fashionable BikeCommuters.com stickers:

How can you get a hold of these rare pieces of Cycling Americana? Simply email us a guest article or your bike commuter profile to info@bikecommuters.com.

Previous bike commuters that have submitted their articles and profiles, email me at Cycle_Moe@yahoo.com with your address so I can mail you the stickers!

For those who are too shy to submit yourselves to internet stardom, email me at moe@bikecommuters.com so I can send you a mailing address where you can send a SASE envelope for your stickers.

Yes, the stickers are FREE (except for those who need to send a SASE envelope), it is just a way of saying thanks to all of our readers that support our site.

Editor’s Note: If you want to submit your Bike Commuter profile, simply email us the answers to the following questions along with pictures of you, your bikes and your commute:

How long have you been a bike commuter?

Why did you start riding your bike to work and how long is your commute?

How does Bike Commuting help you with your lifestyle (economics, health, relationships)?

What do you do for a living and in what city do you bike commute?

What kind(s) of bike do you have?

Any funny or interesting commuting story that you may want to share?

What do people (coworkers, friends) say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?

How about bicycling advocacy? Are you active in any local or regional advocacy groups?

Anything else that you want to share with us?