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Ride of Silence

On May 17 at 7 p.m., the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honour cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. Find out how you can participate.

We've had our share of cycling fatalities in Calgary. Do we need to have one of these events here?


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Commuting on a folding bike

I was given a 1974 Raleigh 20" folding bike and brought it back from the dead. Today I rode it to work for the first time. It was fun! I may even do it again some time. Here's one of the big benefits of a folding bike: in the washroom with my folding bike Yep, when you go to the washroom you can relax, not having to worry whether your bike is being stolen while you pee. With a folder, you can just bring it in with you and keep it always within eyesight! Folding bikes have a confidence-inspiring feel because their frames are low - you can usually put both your feet flat on the ground while sitting on the seat. And the upright riding style means you have good visibility of what's around you. The short wheelbase and small wheels give them quite rapid response, yielding a lively feel. By the same token, the small wheels can give you a somewhat rougher ride, though this is easily offset by a seat suspension system. Cheap models can also be quite heavy, but if decide you like them you can always upgrade to a light, expensive aluminum version.