Bicycle Times’ top stories of 2017

It’s that time of year when we reflect on the accomplishments and memories of the past 12 months. Here at Bicycle Times, we took a look at the analytics and picked out our most popular web posts of the year. Here are the top 10 stories we published in 2017:

1. If you build it, they will ride: Pop-up bike lanes prove that demand exists

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We took a look at the town of Macon, Georgia, which installed a network of temporary bike lanes for several weeks last year to see what would happen. It turns out that if bike lanes exist, a lot more people choose to ride for fun and transportation.

2. First Impression: REI Co-Op ARD 1.2

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The Co-Op ARD 1.2 is a moderately-priced gravel adventure bike from REI. Trina got to ride one in Texas this past year and had a pretty positive first impression.

3. Riding the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

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Just outside of Breezewood, Pennsylvania, there is a nine-mile stretch of roadway that was abandoned in 1968 and is now open to cyclists and hikers to explore and enjoy. This post-apocalyptic-like “trail” is a fun ride for all skill levels.

4. The Spend Cycle: How bicycle tourism impacts small communities

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Cycle tourism is great business for small communities because cyclists move at a much slower pace than cars, take the back roads and stop in tiny towns that cars normally just fly by on the highway. The positive impacts all around the world are real.

5. Review: Specialized Pizza Rack and Bag

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This front-loader rack and bag are simple, inexpensive options for those who want to try the “flat rack and bag” lifestyle. This particular setup isn’t the best for expedition use, but for around town grocery-gettin’ and tooling around, it’s worth a look.

6. Review: TwinSix Rando

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It might come as a surprise that clothing company TwinSix makes bikes, but it does. This steel-framed simple steed is refreshingly uncomplicated and durable, and a good fit for heavier riders or those who love to mash the pedals and go fast.

7. NAHBS 2017 Best in Show: Anna Schwinn’s Prince Bike by Peacock Groove

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One of the highlights of the 2017 North American Handmade Bicycle Show was this Prince-themed bike built for industry legend Anna Schwinn by Erik Noren of Peacock Groove.

8. Bike Shop Tales: The customer is always right

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If you’ve ever worked in a bike shop, or any customer service job, you know the phrase “The customer is always right.” Except when they’re wrong, very, very wrong.

9. Essay: Slow is the new fast

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“Biking is about the experience, the journey, the comfort and the discomfort, the meditation and the challenge. The more you focus on the moment, rather than the destination, the farther you’ll go. The only real prize for me at the end of a ride is the feeling of finishing something I didn’t think I could.”

10. First Impression: Ritchey Break-Away Ascent

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The Ritchey Break-Away Ascent is a jack-of-all-trades steel adventure rig that even breaks apart for ease of travel. Be sure to also check out the full review here.


What were your favorite stories we did in 2017? Tell us in the comments! 

 

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