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Storming the Dominican: Our Ride in the Rain

November 10, 2010

Storming the Dominican: Our Ride in the Rain is one of the first posts on the Revolution Cycles’ News of the Revolution blog, and an alternate version of this story was published as a feature in Bicycle Times Magazine in November, 2010.  Riding mountain bikes through diverse terrain in ridiculous weather was an incredible experience, and the historical context of the ride, which took place one day before the earthquake in Haiti, made this a ride to remember.

Read “Storming the Dominican: Our Ride in the Rain” on News of the Revolution.


Revolution Cycles and Kettler Management Partner for Bike Sharing

November 9, 2010

Not only is this release featured on Kettler Management’s website, but it was also picked up by many online news outlets, including US and international sites.

Revolution Cycles and Kettler Management Partner for Bike Sharing

November 9, 2010

The City Hub will provide bike share access for Kettler employees and residents

Revolution Cycles is pleased to announce a partnership with Kettler Management that will allow both employees and residents of Kettler to enjoy the people-managed bike share program at the Revolution Cycles City Hub, located in Crystal City, Virginia. With the formation of this unique relationship, residents from more than sixty-five Kettler Communities, including more than 15,000 apartments, will have low cost access to the City Hub’s fleet of Trek Allant bicycles.

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The Great Debate: Vehicular vs. Segregated Cycling

October 28, 2010

This article is my first of many posts on Commute by Bike, a site dedicated to providing bike commuters with tips, news, reviews and safety information.

One of the most contended points in bicycle advocacy is how cyclists fit into the overall transportation picture and what course of action best benefits individual riders and cyclists as a group.  Two distinctly different schools of thought exist: vehicular cycling and segregated cycling.  While the vast majority of cyclists fall somewhere in between the two extreme ends of the spectrum, there are also a number of passionate advocates who remain firmly on opposite sides of the fence.  So what is everyone so excited about?

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Bicycle Advocacy Organizations: Consorting with the Locals

July 8, 2010

A well-deserved tribute to local bicycle advocates.

Published on on 5.25.10

On Friday morning, before the sun had made its daily appearance, I was on my way to set up shop at Northern Virginia’s largest Bike to Work Day pit stop in Rosslyn, Virginia. Through my position with a local bicycle retailer, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to represent our company as we offered bike safety checks, tire inflation and cycling advice to the masses of commuters enjoying DC’s annual Bike to Work Day. The day’s events are organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and BikeArlington, and the overwhelming success of the Rosslyn pit stop (as well as the other thirty-four stops in the DC Metro area) was a tribute to the incredible and important work that local bicycle advocacy organizations do every day to ensure that more people can experience the utility of cycling.

Nearly eight hundred cyclists rolled through our stop just across the Potomac River from the national’s capital, and because of the support and incentive provided by the local advocacy organizations, more than a few of these commuters were enjoying their first of many trips to work on a bicycle.

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A Good Week

April 19, 2010

New shop, celebrity guests, national stage, and a lot of coffee.

March 15, 2010

Before the sun had made its appearance on Monday, I was on my second cup of coffee and attempting to get ahead (or catch up?) on the infinite number of details that required my attention before the new City Hub opened its doors to the public later in the week.  In the midst of Monday morning email chaos, I received a message indicating that Mr. Gary Fisher had reserved a bicycle from the Hub for the duration of his visit to DC for the tenth annual National Bicycle Summit.  After a long snowy winter on the trainer and strong coffee on an empty stomach, my cardiovascular system was ill prepared to handle the news of our first customer.   The sky was beginning to show shades of orange, and a week of exhilarating, exhausting and encouraging events was about to commence.

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Treading New Ground (Without Tread)

December 27, 2009

Published in Bicycle Times Magazine, Issue 001, 3.01.09

As an invincible adolescent growing up in Western Pennsylvania, crashing my way through trees and mud puddles and rocks on two fat tires was the ideal way to spend an afternoon or a weekend or a summer.  I rode my bike to the trails and to various other destinations that were of interest to a 13-year-old troublemaker, but my goal was always to find some dirt and branches and to see how long I could stay upright and pedaling at unhealthy speeds.  Since relocating to DC a few years ago, my goals have changed a bit and, consequently, my eyes have been opened to an entirely different breed of bicycles.

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Rough Draft

December 20, 2009

Published in Bicycle Times Magazine, Issue 002, 6.01.09

As the dark, cold mornings abate and the road temperature rises above freezing, the crowd on Sunday mornings begins to take shape after a long winter of hibernation and much-resented alternative activities.  Adorned in long-finger gloves, arm warmers, toe covers and ear-to-ear grins, we set out at a pace significantly slower than the one we spun so proudly in the late fall.  We start to shake off the cobwebs, and we have to remind ourselves and each other to signal stops, point out potholes, and call cars passing, as these obstacles typically are not present during the mind and butt numbing winter trainer sessions.  Riding in a straight line and not riding into a hole does not seem like an insurmountable task, but at the start of each season, we must acclimate to the joys and dangers of riding elbow to elbow and tire to tire.

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