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Ride A BlueBike To Vote!

From the email:

Election Day in Massachusetts is Tuesday, November 6th, and Bluebikes is hosting a Free Ride Day to help you get to your polling location. Grab a free Adventure Pass from the Bluebikes app on Election Day by using code BIKETOVOTE: gift codes to redeem at a Bluebikes kiosk will be made available from our website before Election Day. The Adventure Pass includes unlimited 2-hour trips for a 24-hour period, so you can #BiketoVote in style on Election Day.

Once you have your free pass, head over to our Bike to Vote Guide to find a Bluebikes station near your voting site.

The early voting period is open until Friday, November 2nd. Head over to our early voting blog post to learn more about how you can cast your vote. You don’t need a reason to vote early, you just need to be a resident of the municipality where you cast your vote. If you have any questions on how to vote early or find your polling location, stop by and speak to one of our ambassadors at our Bike to Vote Pop-up Event next week:

  • Boston City Hall Plaza | Thursday, November 1st | 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Let’s Go on a Boo-Bikes Ride: Halloween Edition 

Celebrate Halloween and take Bluebikes to one of the many spooky events popping up across Metro Boston. From cheese and candy tastings to exploring historic graveyards in Boston, there is so much to do. We put together some of our favorite Halloween events and activities to attend across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Check out our Halloween Guide, and hop on a bike today.

Now in a Neighborhood Near You

You may have noticed our new stations in more neighborhoods across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Here is a look back on some of the major new updates and milestones for the Bluebikes system:
  • 60+ New Stations
  • 2,000+ Additional Docks
  • 800+ Bikes Added to Fleet
Record Day: September 9th, 9,974 Rides
Pop-Quiz Time: Want the chance to win free one-month membership extension? With 800 additional bikes in the field, how many additional wheel spokes have been added to our fleet? Leave your guess on this form by midnight on Thursday, November 8. The closest guess will be announced on Friday, November 9.

Closing Out Women’s Bike Month

Women’s Bike and Brunch

A little rain could not put a damper on our Women’s Bike Month close-out celebrations. The event kicked off with brunch and networking at Lucy’s American Tavern on Saturday, October 27th. With weather in our favor, we closed out the weekend with a leisurely ride along the Neponset River Greenway on Sunday, taking in the peak fall foliage.

Thank you to all the amazing women that came out to support the event: this is the first of many rides to come! Head over to our blog and check out the full recap and see additional photos.

Behind-the-Scenes Feature: Lindsey

Lindsey has been with the Bluebikes team since 2013. With a little bit of experience in every department, she now serves as the Bluebikes Field Staff Manager:

“I’ve been most excited about collaborating with other departments to help make the expansion into Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale a success. It’s exciting to see bike share in Boston reaching different neighborhoods.”

Head over to the Bluebikes blog and check out Lindsey’s full feature. Interested in joining the Bluebikes team? We’re hiring.

As Women’s Bike Month 2018 wraps up, we took some time to recap all of the amazing women that we featured throughout the month. Check out the #WBM2018 blog post to learn more about some of the women who bike in Metro Boston, and staff members that keep the Bluebikes system rolling.

Let’s Go on a Bluebikes Ride

Bike to Vote Pop-Up Event
November 1st | 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Boston


Moving Together Conference
November 1st | 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Boston


Massachusetts Cheese Festival 
November 3rd | 10:30 a.m. | Somerville


Pumpkin Smash!
November 3rd | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Boston


Somerville Neighborhood Cleanups
November 3rd – 10th | Various Times | Somerville


Roslindale Farmers Market
November 3rd | 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Boston


Election Day & Free Ride Day
November 6th | All Day


Winter Biking Basics Workshop
November 19th | 6:00 p.m. | Cambridge


Community Thanksgiving Dinner
November 24th | 1:00 p.m. | Brookline

Kitsbow honors trail advocates in three states

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The clothing brand Kitsbow has announced its inaugural Trail Advocate Program and its first Trail Advocate of the Year recipients: Joe Lopresti (Homer Glen, Illinois), Tim Kugler (Gunnison, Colorado) and Erik Mickelson (Northvale, New Jersey). “Community is vital to the mission of Kitsbow — communities create and maintain our trails, and without trails we have no mountainbiking

New startup links cyclists with global rentals, accommodations and events

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — It’s a bold concept.

H3 Publications shutters Decline and Road magazines

VALENCIA, Calif. (BRAIN) — H3 Publications owner Dave House has closed down industry titles Decline and Road after a 13-year run. The staff of six employees at H3’s headquarters in Southern California were let go Tuesday morning, sources said.

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Rob Warner’s top 11 moments

In the latest issue of Mountain Biking UK, which is out now, we caught up with the legendary Rob Warner two decades after his first (and only) DH MTB World Cup win. We asked Rob what his top 11 moments were over the last 20 years.

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1. Getting fired from his first and only ‘proper’ job, working for Rover cars, after just six months. The rest is history…

2. Racing Man vs. Horse vs. Bike in the early ’90s. “I was caught up in the epicness of mountain biking then.”

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3. Finishing one place ahead of John Tomac at the DH World Championships in 1993. “My chain came off on the first turn, I rolled down and got 19th, one place ahead of Tomac. MBUK loved that and signed me for ’94.”

4. Getting off to a flying start in World Cup racing in 1994. Rob qualified in the top 10 at his first race in Cap-d’Ail, France, but punctured in the final. His second race was in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada where he finished third.

5. Winning the Kaprun World Cup in 1996.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Rob Warner’s top 11 moments

In the latest issue of Mountain Biking UK, which is out now, we caught up with the legendary Rob Warner two decades after his first (and only) DH MTB World Cup win. We asked Rob what his top 11 moments were over the last 20 years.

  • Best winter mountain bike tyres
  • Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you

1. Getting fired from his first and only ‘proper’ job, working for Rover cars, after just six months. The rest is history…

2. Racing Man vs. Horse vs. Bike in the early ’90s. “I was caught up in the epicness of mountain biking then.”

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3. Finishing one place ahead of John Tomac at the DH World Championships in 1993. “My chain came off on the first turn, I rolled down and got 19th, one place ahead of Tomac. MBUK loved that and signed me for ’94.”

4. Getting off to a flying start in World Cup racing in 1994. Rob qualified in the top 10 at his first race in Cap-d’Ail, France, but punctured in the final. His second race was in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada where he finished third.

5. Winning the Kaprun World Cup in 1996.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Our 10 most anticipated mountain bike products of 2017

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to look forward to new advancements in mountain biking. Here are some of the model year 2017 products and general trends that our team of mountain bikers is most looking forward to riding in the year ahead. 

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Liv Hail – Aoife Glass, women’s cycling editor

The brand new Liv Hail is one of my most hotly anticipated products for 2017. 

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This 160mm-travel aggressive trail bike is designed for the rigours of enduro racing, with some pretty bling kit at the high end of the range. It’s also one of an increasingly rare number of bikes with a geometry specifically designed for women. Liv bases its bike geometry on data gleaned from a global body dimension index, refined with comprehensive testing from riders and racers. I’m very interested to see how this bike feels in action on big terrain!

More affordable 1×12 drivetrains – Josh Patterson US technical editor

Many of our test team, myself included, have been impressed with the shifting and range of SRAM’s new XX1 and XO1 Eagle drivetrains. While they’re impressive, they are also extremely expensive for the average rider. 
What I’m looking forward to in 2017 is the introduction of 1×12 groups at more affordable price-points. I don’t know for certain that this is in the cards for the new year, but given the high level of aftermarket competition for 11-speed cassettes and add-on cogs that outgear SRAM’s own 11-speed mountain groups, it seems very likely that SRAM will push forward with an X1 level 12-speed group to maintain a competitive advantage. Once this happens, the front derailleur will become as outdated as bar ends. 

Focus Vice – Reuben Bakker-Dyos, videographer

Coming from a road and cyclocross background, I naturally gravitated toward hardtail 29er mountain bikes, but I found fear was a major barrier in progressing. So with the assistance of a Focus Vice, I’m hoping to gain confidence when the trails get steeper and the terrain gets gnarlier. With the 120mm travel shock, 130mm travel fork, burlier-than-I’m-used-to tyres and a SRAM NX groupset, the Vice is a middle-of-the-range trail bike perfect for building skills.

More aggressive 27.5+ tyres – Seb Stott, technical writer 

Shimano Steps – Tom Marvin, technical editor, What Mountain Bike magazine

Nicolai Gemetron – Rob Weaver, technical editor-in-chief 

Fox Live Valve – Jon Woodhouse, technical editor 

Cannondale Scalpel – Joe Norledge, videographer 

Giro Privateer – Jack Luke, staff writer 

Long-travel 29ers – Ed Thomsett, staff writer, Mountain Biking UK magazine

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Step back in time with these 5 retro bike games

Over the years there have been a few attempts at bringing cycling into video games, and although it’s fair to say that some were a lot more popular than others, that didn’t stop them from eating into plenty of our free time. In this article we take a look back at five memorable titles that kept us clocking the miles even while our bikes were tucked away in the shed. 

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1. Downhill Domination

Launching exclusively onto the Playstation 2 back in 2003 (we know, right?!), Downhill Domination was a strangely satisfying mashup of reality and fantasy where a player would race downhill head-to-head against multiple opponents on ludicrously steep, obstacle-ridden terrain. 

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Unusually, a player could choose a number of real world bikes from Specialized, Foes, GT, and Karpiel and even upgrade individual components with real world parts from the likes of Mavic, Marzocchi, Manitou and Maxxis. Stranger still, if you did well enough at the game then you were rewarded with the opportunity to play as mountain bike legends Eric Carter or Tara Llanes.

Playing it was an odd experience that combined the racing element of many driving games with the ability to freestyle like many skate games. Weirder still was the in-game combat which — similar to that of the Sega Mega Drive classic Road Rash — allowed players to comically punt one and other out of the running.

It was a pretty good game too, and achieved high praise among many of the gaming industry’s most respected review titles.

2. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX

3. No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking

4. Paperboy

5. Pro Cycling Manager/Cycling Manager

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Mountain Biking UK celebrates everything that is great about mountain biking, inspiring and enabling riders of all abilities and ages to get out and have a better time on their bike — and a refresh for summer 2016 means it’s more informative, fun and engaging than ever.

In every issue of MBUK you’ll find the very best features showcasing the most exciting and stunning places to ride in the world; easy-to-follow technique guides; step-by-step maintenance tips; reviews of the latest must-have kit; plus exclusive info on the newest and best bikes that you can buy. It’s the ultimate mountain bike hit, all in one place!

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