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Biking and Work: a Perfect Pairing in September

September means many things for Ashland, Oregon; students are going back to school, trees are changing colors, and fall is beginning to ease in as summer sneaks out.  Standing Stone welcomes the season with the Bike Commute Challenge. The annual cycling challenge takes place during September (Oregon’s Bike to Work Month) and encourages companies, schools and individuals across the state to commute with two wheels.

It’s a call to action by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, our regional cycling advocates. The BTA’s goal is to increase health of our state, while decreasing transportation and health care costs, by commuting to work every day.  Over 228 schools participated in 2011 and the BTA helped obtain over 1,100 signatures for Portland’s bike sharing program.  1,400 workplaces participated, with 12,000 riders (including, of course, Standing Stone Brewing Co.).  We even got featured as an inspirational picture of the week!

Currently, Standing Stone boasts 500 miles biked by employees, with over 150 round trips in just the last three weeks!  Our very own Josh Nielsen leads the pack with over 105.6 miles logged.  Nice work, Josh!  Employees also get to enter in a raffle for every day they bike to work to win prizes at the end of each week.  And of course, there is a grand prize winner at the end.

Why do we participate in the Bike Commute Challenge every year? Well, that’s easy: we care about the health and well-being of our community and employees.  Standing Stone’s commuter bike program is in its fifth year and we’re always looking for new ways to increase employees’ health and happiness.  In fact, we’re starting a new employee wellness program at the end of the month – keep an eye out for more info soon!

As is tradition, we also tapped our annual September seasonal ale, the Commuter Gold in honor bikebeertshirtof Bike to Work Month.  Be sure to check out information on this refreshing beer and stop by to try it for yourself. When you’re in, you’ll see our coworkers wearing Standing Stone bike tees all week in celebration of the Challenge. We hope to see your bike out front with ours on the big, yellow rack soon!

Happy 4th of July Weekend from Ashland’s 2014 Grand Marshals

Happy 4th of July weekend! Yesterday, we had the privilege of leading this year’s Ashland, Oregon 4th of July parade through downtown. Standing Stone Brewing Company co-owners, Alex and Danielle Amarotico, were chosen as the 2014 Grand Marshals, and many of us cycled along behind their beautiful, classic car on our Standing Stone commuter bikesamarotico fam in car

Here is what the Ashland Chamber of Commerce had to say about their choice for this year’s Grand Marshal:

The Grand Marshal epitomizes this year’s theme, ‘This Land is Our Land’, to the fullest extent.  We’d like to congratulate, Alex and Danielle Amarotico and the Standing Stone Brewing Company as this year’s Grand Marshal.   Personifying the stewardship of our land, Alex, Danielle and Standing Stone are being recognized for their leadership with their sustainable business practices, investing in solar, their Farm and true ‘farm to table’ offerings at their restaurant and brewery.  Recently honored at one of the Top 100 Green Businesses to work for in Oregon, Standing Stone gives back to the community and its employees by offering one of the first employee bike programs in Ashland. Congratulations and we shall see you at the Parade!group photo

We had a great time circling our decorated bikes around the parade route, and we’re honored by this generous recognition. Thank you to the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and all the parade volunteers who make this event a once-yearly great success!high five biking

In the spirit of continued celebration, come toast a pint of American craft beer at Standing Stone this weekend. We hope you had a fun and festive Independence Day yesterday, and wish you a safe, joyful and responsible weekend to follow!rachel bike wavingtaylor in carbiking downtowndanielle waving in carriding in car parade

Celebrating Craft Beer & Biking Events May 13th-19th

As we roll through the month of May we tap into several local, regional and nation-wide events that celebrate lots of the things we love! We already saw the kick-off of the Saturday Growers and Crafters Market in front of Standing Stone on Oak St. We now have our favorite local growers and producers just steps away every week through November. We also cheered a group of seven Standing Stone runners last weekend who participated in the Avenue of the Giants. It’s an annual race in Humbolt Redwoods National Park, with 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon events. Next week, we raise our glasses and celebrate two more events, American Craft Beer Week and Go By Bike Week, May 13-19th.20130503-largemap

American Craft Beer Week is organized by the Brewer’s Association (BA) and encourages craft breweries, beer sellers and beer lovers around the country to join in festivities and promote our talented American microbreweries. Last year the BA saw record participation with all 50 states holding special events and 35,000 beer lovers following in the Facebook community. Every year we mix it up and participate in new ways – here’s what on deck for the 2013 celebration:

• We’ll highlight a new beer every day! We have five beers we keep on our menu year-round and two seasonal specialties on tap for the occasion. Ask for a free taste of the beer-of-the-day, and check out our specials board for flavorsome food and beer pairing ideas. We’ll also feature each beer-of-the-day on our blog, writing all about ingredients, flavors, pairings and more.

• We’re raising our glasses for the nation-wide toast on Thursday, May 16th at 5pm. AcrossIMGP7515_edited-1 the country, participating breweries and independent beer lovers are invited to take a moment to cheer our unified appreciation of craft beer. Join us with either a free sampler of beer or your own pint and show your dedication to quality American beer.

• Brewer Larry Chase will host three sessions of brewery tours and tastings on Saturday, May 18th. Come in for a walk-through of our brew deck and try a couple of our house-made beers on tap. Tours are scheduled for 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, and there’s no need to sign up – just jump in to the group.

We’re also supporting goRogueValley.org’s Go By Bike Week, a local celebration in the middle of the League of American Bicyclist’s National Bike Month. During Go By Bike Week, several local businesses in Southern Oregon are offering both early morning coffee_GEO9159_edited-2 and snacks, and “happy hour” free food gatherings for anyone commuting by bike. We’re setting aside the outside patio from 4-6pm on Tuesday, May 14th for all bike commuters and supplying appetizers for hungry appetites. We’ll have lots of Standing Stone employees joining in and riding their bikes to work all week. Visit goRogueValley.org for the full schedule of local events and pledge to ride for the opportunity to win discounts and prize drawings.

There are plenty of opportunities to join us in the fun this month, so mark your calendar with any of our upcoming events and celebrate craft beer, bike commuting and thriving communities in our valley and across the country.

A Beer Year in Review: Our Top 10 Highlights of 2012

Every December at Standing Stone Brewing Co we like to grab a pint, relax, and look back on all the events, beers and happenings that we feel characterized our year. We’re thrilled with our batch of news and brews for 2012, and we’re sharing our Top 10 with our beloved News on Tap blog readers. Thanks for staying in touch with us year-round, and we’re excited to keep you updated with beer news and highlights in 2013.

1. We brewed brand-new specialty beersgalaxy hops

Our brewer has a blast experimenting with new beer recipes and ideas, and this year we tasted some of our new favorites here at the brewpub. The list of never-before-brewed specialty beers includes: Pacific Crest Ale, Backyard Brew, Pints for a Purpose Ale, Galaxy Session, Wildcraft and 2012 Barley Wine. Which was your favorite? Let us know which specialty you’d love to taste from our menu again!

2. We were chosen the #3 Best Green Business to Work For in Oregon

Oregon Business Magazine bestows annual awards to the top 10 Green Businesses to Work For in Oregon, and this year we were one of the top three for the third year in a row! We’re honored that our employees voted to place us so high on the list – we think maybe it has something to do with the beer.

3. We rolled on more commuter bikes for our employee bike programnew bikes

We started our RPM bike program in 2009, getting brand new commuter bikes into the hands of our employees to cycle to and from work every day. Two and a half years later we’ve purchased 50 bikes total and the program continues to be a favorite benefit among our staff. Cheers to two-wheeling in 2013!

4. We started beekeeping

With our lush farmland down the road teeming with blackberries, we thought we’d better get some honeybees out there feeding on and pollinating the good stuff. We have four colorful bee boxes buzzing with honey-makers and we harvested our first batch (5 liters) of honey in October. We’ll debut our harvest in the first course of this year’s beer dinner, alongside local goat cheese and fig butter. We’re thrilled to see what year two of beekeeping brings!

5. Twenty four employees competed in the Siskiyou Challenge Relay Raceteam 1

In September 2012 we had a record number of Standing Stone athletes participate in our favorite relay race of the year, the Siskiyou Challenge! Participants biked, kayaked and ran all around Ashland in the six-leg, multi-sport course, and ended with food and beer from Standing Stone by Lithia Park. We also threw our own costume contest for the occasion, with team “Let’s Get Physical” winning growlers of beer for all their racers.

6. Our brewer, Larry Chase, was elected to the Brewer’s Association Board of Directors

We are ecstatic that our very own Standing Stone brewer has been chosen to serve on the board for the largest organization of craft brewers in the U.S.! Larry has been an active member of the BA for some time, serving on various committees and hosting seminars for the annual Craft Brewer’s Conference. Congratulations Larry!

7. Joel Salatin came to our farmjoel and melza

The owner of Polyface Farms and an agriculturalist featured in book The Omnivore’s Dillema, Joel Salatin is the front-runner of a national movement toward sustainable and traditional agriculture. In fact, he helped inspire our own multi-species rotational-grazing system on our farm, and he came to Ashland last March to visit in person! We shared a great day on our pasture and Valley View Beef’s pasture with Joel and 30 other farming enthusiasts from around the valley. We’re more excited than ever about farming in Ashland and look forward to bringing even more produce from our farm to the brewpub tables.

8. We got a Brammo electric motorcycle

We’re fortunate to have the internationally-known electric vehicle company, Brammo, just down the road in Ashland. In April, we purchased our very own Enertia bike from their warehouse to make quick trips to and from the farm and brewpub. We like that we can get 40 miles on a 4-hour charge (in our regular restaurant outlet), which is plenty to meet our brewery and farm needs. And, it’s really quiet so we can sneak up on people easily.

9. We paired delicious food and beer at our Annual Winter Beer Dinner

Every year we put our collective beer and food loving heads together and create a mouth-watering, multi-course pairing extravaganza. melza tractorOur annual beer dinner is always a festive gathering of like-minded culinary enthusiasts, and last January’s dinner was a hit! Six-courses featuring local fare and Standing Stone beer brought about three hours of fun, and this year’s dinner promises to be no different. With local farms and products taking center stage, how can we not love what’s brewing and cooking?

10. We won a tractor

Through the creativity and efforts of one of our employees, Standing Stone won a free five-year lease on a New Holland tractor to use on our farmland. The agriculture equipment company hosted a video contest last year asking entrants to describe how they would use a Boomer 30 model tractor, and our own Melza Quinn submitted a video on Standing Stone’s behalf. Now, we turn compost, move chicken housing and build trail on the farm with ease, and we’re so grateful for the helpful hand (or tractor claw).

We hope your 2012 was as monumental and enjoyable as ours was at Standing Stone! We wish you a great 2013 and may your season be flavorful and bright.

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Cycling into Fall with Bike Commuting All September Long

We can think of tons of great reasons to commute by bicycle year-round: fresh air, good exercise, sustainable transportation and just plain fun all make the list. This September, we’re cranking up our bill of biking incentives even more. We’re hopping on board with lots of local and state events, and encouraging our employees to ride for prize drawings, in-house competitions and gift certificates.

Here’s what rolling in this month:

We just brought on our latest round of Standing Stone Commuter Bikes for another nine great employees. With our Bike Program, team members who have worked over 1,000 hours at Standing Stone become eligible for a free bike, and in turn promise to ride it to and from the brewery at least 45 times in the next year. We’re delighted to see these folks jump on their new two-wheeled transportation around town.

September 12th and 13th Ashland welcomes Cycle Oregon and the over 2,000 cycle enthusiasts staying in town. Cycle Oregon offers participating athletes a mix of road riding and tent camping as the event moves from town to town around the state, enjoying both beautiful and challenging terrain along the way. We’re welcoming the bikers to the area with extra bicycle racks in front of our restaurant, to serve as a hub for downtown bike parking. We hope to see these racks full of from local biking buffs and visitors alike!

Every September we cheerfully participate in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s (BTA) Annual Bike Commute Challenge. Employees sign up for our Standing Stone team and we collectively track all the bike trips and miles we roll in throughout the entire month. Teams and individuals from all over the state challenge each other to bike commute the most and are entered in weekly prize drawings. With over 50 Standing Stone Commuter Bikes in the hands of our employees, and lots more bike-lovers with their own two-wheelers, we’re excited to trek more miles than ever before! You can sign up, too, either as an individual or as a team on the BTA’s website. Happy riding!

On September 22nd we’re racing in the 3rd Annual Siskiyou Challenge Multi-Sport Relay Race. This scenic and challenging competition supports Rogue Valley Farm to School, one of our favorite local nonprofits. We’ll be biking, kayaking and running our way to the finish line where Standing Stone fare and brews await all the participants in Lithia Park. Be on the look-out for stand-out Standing Stone athletes, as we have our own in-house contest for best team uniforms. Learn more about the race, resister your own team or sign up to volunteer on the race website.

For the month of September our employees are trading in car fuel for food! For every mile our cyclists commute to work and record the distance on the Bike Commute Challenge website, Standing Stone is giving money toward a gift certificate for each employee at the end of the month. Standing Stone bikers are also entering their names into a drawing for every round trip they make to and from the restaurant or farm. At the end of the month we’ll pull names for gift certificates to local outdoor retailers and the Ashland Food Co Op.

We hope to see mobs of cyclists around Ashland all month long. Remember, we’ve got downtown bike parking right out front of the brewpub on Oak Street, so stop in, enjoy a pint and a bite, and let us know what gets you motivated to bike commute!

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Sneak Peek into Cycle Sojourner and Interview with the Author

This Thursday, June 7th, at 5:30 pm we’re welcoming author Ellee Thalheimer to launch her new book, Cycle Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Bike Touring in Oregon. Many of us here are frequent two-wheeled commuters with our Standing Stone bikes, and we thought this was a great opportunity to bring cycle touring tips and information to the brewery, for employees and community members alike to enjoy.

We asked the author to give us a sneak peek into Cycle Sojourner and tell us about her passion for cycling around the state.

What are the greatest benefits of bike touring?

There are so many reasons I love bike touring! Independent adventure is one reason – it’s the opposite of a passage vacation. The exercise aspect gives great endorphin highs, and, rather than the drained exhausted feeling you might get from traveling, you experience an invigorated exhausted feeling, which is a wonderful reward. When bike touring, there’s also more opportunity to talk with people. Other travelers and folks along the way are generally really interested in chatting with you and learning about what you’re doing. It makes for a rich social experience with people who may not otherwise start a conversation with you.

Why a book about bike touring?

Planning you own cycling tour can get kind of time intensive. It definitely takes more preparation than motor traveling, although once you do a tour you get it down pretty fast. This book is intended as a tool so people don’t have to spend as much time with logistics and can use it as a reference. We’ve gone through all the dirty work, learning about routes, road conditions, mileage, and elevation so cyclist can better prepare. I also believe we’re hurtling ourselves forward to being the best cycling state in the country. I found it incongruent that there’s not a lot of information out there for bike touring – Oregon hasn’t featured a book like this until right now. After receiving grants from Cycle Oregon and Travel Oregon we launched the project.

Where was your first Oregon Bike Tour?

My first tour in Oregon was actually my first tour ever, and I rode from Astoria to San Francisco with my father. I’ve found the coast is a popular and frequented route for bike tourists, but I also think some of the best cycling in the state is in Southern Oregon, though I have favorites all over the state. In my opinion, Crater Lake features some of the best routes in the region, if not the country. There are lots of really cool service roads and logging roads, and the views at Crater Lake National Park can’t be beat.

Tell us about your next project, Hop in the Saddle, pairing cycling and breweries in a Portland guide.

My editor is a beer and food writer. We were talking about including a snippet in Cycle Sojourner with a Portland brewery guide and found it was a whole other project all by itself. We kept going back to the idea and finally said, “Let’s make it happen!” Beer and bikes always seem to go together – people get super excited. So we chose to do the book, which you can expect to see in November. It’s full of easy routes in all the neighborhoods of Portland, with extended routes available if the reader wants a real cycling workout. The city has an amazing biking infrastructure and world-class craft breweries. With five to six stops in each neighborhood, the book includes easy routes, bike parking, and quick reviews of the brewpubs. It is 100% supporting local – businesses, breweries, and sustainable tourism.

Thanks Ellee! Cycle Sojourner is launching in Ashland, OR just in time before Cycle Oregon comes to the Rogue Valley for a two-day stay, September 12-14. This state-wide cycling tour rolls 2,000+ people all around the state, and we’re thrilled to welcome these outdoor enthusiasts to our area and show them around.

Grab you bike, come down to meet the author and pick up a copy of the book while you’re here to learn about great biking routes right in our regional backyard.

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Get Rolling: Bike Month & Go By Bike Week in May

With warm weather and longer days, May is perfect for biking. Aptly, it’s Bike Month, organized by the League of American Bicyclists. To celebrate locally, Go Rogue Valley is coordinating “Go by Bike Week” from May 14-20, which includes events, a bike commuting transit pledge and more. (Coincidentally, this is also American Craft Beer Week. We love both bikes and beer, and celebrating them together is even better!)

Rogue Valley residents who want to participate in Go by Bike Week can get tips and pledge to ride on the event website. If you’re out of the area, check out the Bike Month site to find events near you.

To help folks get started rolling or kick your biking commitment into a higher gear, we asked Nathan Broom, Transportation Options Planner at Rogue Valley Transportation District (part of Go Rogue Valley) to for motivation and biking tips.

What’s “Go By Bike Week” about?

Research indicates that the majority of people – about 60% – are interested in bicycling, but for various reasons, ride rarely or not at all. Well-designed roads and paths help, but so does encouragement – and that’s what Go By Bike Week is about. It’s an invitation to plan ahead, get prepared and go on two wheels for a week – for work, school, errands, fun and more. It just might stick.

What are the benefits of bike transportation?

The first benefit is the reason every kid gets on a bike in the first place: it’s fun! That’s true for adults, too. Money is another compelling reason for most of us. AAA says it costs 59.6 cents per mile to drive an average sedan. That’s nearly $16 for a round trip between Ashland OR and Medford, OR. Health is another strong reason. We can combat the destruction of sitting diseases just by changing the way we make some of our trips. I could go on about emissions, mental wellbeing, parking impacts, etc. but after a while, it all starts sounding too good to be true. It’s not!

What’s a good way to find bike routes? 

Just paying attention is probably the best way, but there are some great tools, too. Google Maps has a button for directions specific to bicycling (as well as walking and public transit), and a layer showing bicycle facilities. Combining bike and bus is a great way to make longer commutes feasible. Drive Less Connect is a statewide tool that helps people connect with bike commute and carpool partners.

What tips do you have for getting started or increasing your commitment to biking?

Just pick a day and make it happen. Maybe it’s during Go By Bike Week. Maybe it’s the summer solstice. To increase your commitment, explore what you value about biking. If it’s financial savings, figure out how much you save per mile. Track your saving and promise yourself a reward at a certain point.

What are your top safety tips and how can people learn more about safe biking?

The best advice I’ve gotten comes from bicyclesafe.com. It focuses on the most common kinds of collisions between bikes and autos, and gives practical advice on avoiding those. In summary, it’s a good idea to wear a helmet, but it’s a great idea to take steps to avoid a collision in the first place.

Thanks, Nate! We hope this leaves our readers as inspired and ready as we are to pump up the pedal power. Happy biking!

Two Wheels, Two Years: Bike Program Celebrates Second Anniversary

This month, we celebrate the Two-Year anniversary of the Standing Stone Brewing Co “RPM” Bike Commuter Program.  Through this program, 35 employees have received new bicycles to date. These proud owners are happy as ever to have pedal-powered transportation in bike friendly Ashland, OR.

Participating employees become members of the RPM Club, which signifies goals to Reduce car trips, Promote living and working in Ashland, and Maintain an active lifestyle. Not only does this have a positive impact on the environment, it boosts employee health and wellness, and reduces transportation costs – a win all around. To be eligible, employees must have worked 1,000 hours at Standing Stone, and promise to  2-wheel it to work for 45 round trips in one year.

Since giving out the first round of 17 bikes in 2009, we’ve inspired related initiatives at Standing Stone and in the community. Our friends at Rogue Creamery launched their Nellie Green Pedal Power program in December 2009, with 25 team members participating. Last year, they passed the torch to Rogue Federal Credit Union, which purchased 20 bikes for their bike-to-work program as well.

At Standing Stone, we installed a 14-bicycle rack in the street in front of our restaurant and brewery. The Ashland Outdoor Store, just a few blocks away, soon followed suit with on-street bike parking. These racks act as central hubs for cyclists in downtown Ashland.

We’ve also designed a new line of bike themed T-shirts that express our joint passions for biking and beer. These aren’t just for employees. Stop by our brewpub to pick one up for yourself or a friend!

As is tradition, in September Standing Stone employees will participate in the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s (BTA) annual Bike Commute Challenge. This Oregon-wide contest invites businesses of all sizes to log employee cycling trips and challenge others in the state and local community to get in gear. The workplaces with the highest percentage of commutes by bicycle during the month win! Last year, Standing Stone employees logged 177 commutes, totaling 567 miles! Visit the BTA website to get more information, see who’s participating and sign up a workplace team. Bring on the challenge!

Check out this slideshow, too, from Standing Stone photographer, George Rubaloff, with photo highlights of happy bikers when we kicked off the program with a ride through Ashland two years ago.

We continue to celebrate this program every day and hope you’ll join us!

Get in Gear With Bike to Work Week 5/16-20!

Spring is the perfect time to tune up your bike and enjoy healthful, fun, zero emission, gas-free transit. We love leaving our cars at home to cycle and walk as much as possible, and have an employee bike commuting program to reward pedal powered commuting. Oregon’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance recently recognized our 2-wheeled advocacy with their Alice award for 2011, and we’re really touched by the honor.

To help folks get in gear, the League of American Bicyclists has designated May as Bike to Work Month, and organizes a National Bike to Work week each May. It’s May 16-20 this year (conveniently overlapping with American Craft Beer Week, nice!), ending with Bike to Work Day on May 20. The League’s website lists events nationwide.

Bike to Work Rogue Valley is hosting the regional festivities. You can get the details on their website and Facebook page.

We encourage you to pledge to bike to work (for all or part of the distance) and get tips for safe, fun riding.

Click to sign up in the Rogue Valley!

To map your route, check out this online tool from Clif Bar.  The Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) website offers more tips and a tool to map out a route combining biking and an RVTD bus ride.

On Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20, bike commuters can enjoy energizing refreshments from 7-8:30 AM at three locations in the Valley, two in Medford and one in Ashland, OR. Find the pit stop on your route here.

To cap off the week, there will be a “Bike to Work Happy Hour” on Friday, May 20 from 4-6 pm, with free food, giveaways and more. Standing Stone Brewing Co is one of three sites, along with Porters Dining at the Depot in Medford (147 N. Front St) and The Brick in Central Point (311 E. Pine St). We hope to see you at Standing Stone for some well-deserved R&R after a week of pedaling away!

To extend the fun even longer, we’re hosting a community bike ride on Saturday 5/21. We’ll meet at Standing Stone at 1 pm and enjoy a 6-mile round trip bike ride to Alpha Beta Hop Farm to tour the beautiful vines that give beer its signature flavor. Afterwards, we’ll head back to Standing Stone to relax and refuel.

For those who are motivated to keep on cycling after Bike to Work week, check out the Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge. Through this program, Clif Bar encourages folks to replace car trips with biking, starting with short distances like two miles. Two miles may not sound like a lot, but about 40% of car trips nationwide are less than two miles, so replacing them with cycling makes a big difference. (Get more cool and inspiring facts here.) Participants can designate one of three environmental and bike-advocacy nonprofits to benefit from each mile they bike. We encourage you to sign up.

Happy biking!

Get in Gear: Tips For Safe & Fun Bike Riding Year Round

As you may know, we love to ride our bikes, both for commuting to work and errands, and exploring Oregon’s beautiful Rogue Valley. Standing Stone Brewing Co even provides free bikes to employees to encourage bike commuting and we host a sidewalk café in front of our brewery for International Car Free Day in Ashland, OR.

From late fall through early spring, when precipitation, colder temperatures and shorter days present themselves, it can be a little more challenging to conjure up that pedal power. Yet, there are lots of benefits for those who get in gear, including saving gas money, getting free exercise and helping the environment.

Committed cyclists know it’s easy to cruise through the seasons with well-chosen gear and clothing, and a little know-how. Here are some tips:

  • Layer up: Dress in layers you can remove as you heat up through your ride. Get durable apparel that can withstand the elements and that will last many years. Check out thrift stores or purchase items made with recycled materials to keep your pedaling light on the planet.
  • Stay dry: It’s essential to have water-resistant or waterproof pants and a jacket. Getting wet chills you to the core…brrr. Savvy shoppers can score good snow pants and such at secondhand shops, saving money and reducing your environmental footprint.
  • Coddle your hands and feet: Extremities get cold first, so they need extra TLC. Wear warm socks, and good shoes and gloves.

    Ashland, OR's International Car-free Day in front of our restaurant and brewpub (Photo: Rogue IMC)

  • Lighten up: Get bright lights for the front and back of your bike—and yourself—so you can see and be seen.
  • Watch out: Look ahead for ice, puddles and other hazards so you can avoid them.
  • Ride responsibly: Learn the rules of the road for bicyclists and follow them, year round. This maximizes safety and mutual respect for everyone.
  • Get handy: Take a basic maintenance class so you know how to fix flats and other inevitable bumps in the road, and what tools and supplies you should have for riding.
  • Prepare…for the unexpected: Give yourself extra time to get to your destination…no matter what your form of transport! Keep extra clothing at work or pack it. Carry spare batteries for lights (we love rechargeables), basic tools, water and a snack. Have a back up plan to get where you need to go if the weather makes cycling unsafe or not possible.

    Our co-owners, Alex and Danielle, receiving RVTD's "Transportation Hero" award. (Photo: RVTD)

  • Enjoy the ride: Take in the fresh air and beautiful scenery and think about the financial, wellness and planetary benefits that add up with each turn of your wheels.
  • Learn and share: Ask other riders for their secrets to success and share yours. Check out these tips from our friends at RVTD and an article with ideas and inspiration from committed cyclists.

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