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Ask any non-cyclist why they don’t ride bikes and the likely answer you’ll get is that they don’t want to get killed. It’s an unfortunate reality that cycling on the street is less safe that riding in a motor vehicle, but for many of us the risks are outweighed by the health benefits, practicality and simple joy of riding a bike.

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This issue of Bicycle Times is dedicated to safety of all kinds, and we can’t think of a more important subject for rookie and veteran cyclists alike.

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It’s best to use your head when it comes to safety, so we visited the Bell Helmets development and testing lab where we learned how helmets are designed and tested.

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The best way to stay safe in an accident is to avoid it in the first place. Our cover story takes a look at the growing trend of apparel that is designed to keep you visible on your bike. New reflective materials, LED lighting and intelligent color placement factor in to the latest designs.

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Denver’s Five Points neighborhood hasn’t always been a very safe place, but that didn’t stop Gregory Crichlow from following his dream and opening a bike shop there. Now the neighborhood is changing quickly and his shop, Chocolate Spokes, is a bridge between two dramatically different communities.

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Finally, keeping yourself safe is paramount, but what about your bike? We asked experts from Kryptonite and Abus about what kind of lock to buy, where to park your bike and other tricks for keeping your bike in your hands and not a thief’s.

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Product reviews

  • Tout Terrain Tanami Xplore
  • All City Pony Express
  • Bianchi All Road hydraulic disc 105
  • Bell Stoker MIPS
  • Schwalbe G-ONE Pro tires
  • Industry Nine and WTB “Road Plus” wheelset
  • Bontrager Lithos jacket and Evoke stormshell shorts
  • Portland Pogies and BarMitts Extreme
  • Henty Wingman Messneger
  • Two Wheel Gear Classic Garment Pannier
  • Swift Industries Sugarloaf basket bag
  • Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier vest and PRO Aero WXB jacket

Nothing can guarantee absolute safety on your bike, but you should never have to ride in fear. If you take a few practical measures, stay alert and ride confidently, you’ll go a long way towards keeping the rubber side down. Be safe out there and enjoy your Bicycle Times!

— Adam Newman, Editor in Chief

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