Norte Youth Cycling Group | This Group Wants More Kids on Bikes

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When Ty and Johanna Schmidt moved to Traverse City, Michigan, from Tucson, Arizona, in 2006, they had no idea they’d eventually dedicate their lives to bicycle advocacy, organize bike clubs and programming for the entire region, and launch the largest youth mountain bike team in the state.

When their oldest of two sons, Carter, now 16, started elementary school in 2006, the couple noticed the line of cars to drop kids off was increasingly long and full of annoyed parents—no one was riding a bike or walking. So Ty and Johanna, now 44 and 46, started leading their sons and a few other neighborhood kids to and from school on bikes.

Soon, it turned into a “bike train” with a dozen kids, and word spread. By the time their youngest son, Jameson, now 13, started elementary school, biking was the obvious mode of transportation to get there.

“The key was

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Shortage of bikes continuing to increase during COVID-19

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With public transportation still a taboo during the pandemic, people are starting to look for their own private ways to mobilize.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As people start to head back to school and work, bicycles are becoming a popular method of transportation. But, as the pandemic continues, the shortage of bikes and supplies is starting to become an issue.

With public transportation still a taboo during the pandemic, people are starting to look for their own private ways to mobilize. 

“People are getting cabin fever, wanting to get outside their house, escape the four walls that surround them,” said Cycles etc. owner Robert Rose.

But as the demand for bikes continues to increase, the supply at hand is decreasing. 

“The inventories and the stores were completely depleted as well as suppliers, and at the same time in Asia, a lot of the production stopped of bikes and accessories so

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Getting There: Break-in won’t slow Shacktown’s mission to use bikes to create positive change

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Consider the chili bike.

Notice the sturdy, handmade, insulated wooden box installed above the front wheel and designed to contain up to five gallons of, yes, chili at a time. That’s how much of the hearty dish Roger Hernandez prepares two days a week in the winter and then serves to the hungry.

The chili bike is just one of many bicycles in the fleet parked outside Shacktown Community Cycle – there are road bikes and mountain bikes and cruisers and pedicabs, too – but the chili bike serves as perhaps the strongest symbol of what Hernandez is up to: using self-powered mechanisms of transportation to propel self-powered change among downtown Spokane’s homeless population.

“So many people need a little love and compassion, regardless of their situation,” Hernandez said last week on the steps of Shacktown, the nonprofit bike shop he runs in the 600 block of West Second Avenue.

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The Best Bikes for Women, According to Biking Experts

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If you’re thinking of buying a bike to get around and stay active during lockdown, while still social distancing, you’re not alone—especially in a city. Considering the risks of public transit in the age of COVID-19, the best bikes can be a very helpful and affordable alternative. It’s not a surprise then that people around the world from the U.S. to Australia have been flocking to bike shops in search of new ways to get outside, get around, and exercise.

According to REI master technician Steve Walde, the first question to ask yourself when you’re shopping for a bike is how you plan to use your new set of wheels: You’re going to want different qualities in a bike depending on what activities you need it for—do you want something to ride around town, charge down mountain trails, or ride 100 miles on the weekends—and where you’re going to be

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