Madison B Cycle Offers 50% OFF Memberships!

bcyclehalfpriceweekWe couldn’t help but post this awesome news! Madison B Cycle is offering 50% off of memberships from October 20th-24th. This is an amazing opportunity for folks to try out the bike share system for a fraction of the cost. $2.50 for a daily pass?! There’s not much in the world that you can purchase for $2.50. Not even a decent cup of coffee is $2.50 (assuming you tip your baristas)!

This means you can ride all around the city for up to 30 minutes per trip, dock the bike, checkout a new new one or the same one once docked, and continue on exploring. If that’s not a cheap date, then I don’t know what is.

Many of you will argue that you already own a bike or B Cycles are heavy or some other excuse. We live in an 8 bike house hold and we still find ways to use B Cycles. Often times if we have to drive downtown, but want to stay parked in the ramp, we’ll B Cycle to get to a restaurant, bar, or meeting place to get their faster than walking. B Cycle is a great way to get to the Badger game without having to find a place to park the bike or worry about your your bike if you stay longer than the Bike Valet allows.

I personally love B Cycle because I don’t always want to leave my fancy bikes downtown. It’s a huge pain to lock up my bike with several locks, remove all the lights, and other easily snatched items. B Cycles have built in lights, baskets, and locks! Oh and just docking it is way faster than having to lock a regular bike.

Honestly I could spend all day telling you why B Cycle truly kicks ass, but I’d rather you buy a day pass or cheap membership to try it for yourself 🙂

I should also state that UW Students and Employees get discounts on B Cycle memberships and I believe it’s for even less than the $32 for the annual pass, so B sure to check that out!

Channel 3000 Promotes Choose to Commute/Bike Safety

channel300choosetocommutevidcapClick Photo to Watch Choose to Commute Coverage!

Channel 300 Promotes the Choose to Commute Series presented by the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Sustain Dane, and Planet Bike.

Come down to the workshop tomorrow at 7pm and grab a FREE light set thanks to Planet Bike!*

449 State Street (upper level) Madison, WI 53703.

Topics covered include:

-How to choose a commuting bike
-What safety gear is needed for riding
-Rules of the road
-Bike laws
-How to choose a route for commuting
-How to carry gear to and from work

Representatives from Sustain Dane, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, B Cycles, and We Are All Mechanics will be there to answer all of your questions!

We’ll most likely be there to support the event as well. We love Choose to Commute and Redamte!

*while supplies last

Spoke Haven’s Top 10 Summer Excursions by Bike

Summer in the Madison area is a lot of fun. But it’s even more fun when bikes are involved! In no particular order, here’s a list of 11 things to do this summer on two wheels!

1. Cruise on the Military Ridge Trail to the Grumpy Troll for pizza and brew.

2. Valet your bike (for FREE) at Concerts on the Square and enjoy some vino with friends.

3. Visit one of the many city parks and have a bicycle picnic. We recommend Hoyt, James Madison or Yahara Place parks. If you’re not in the mood to pack your own picnic, stop by Fromagination or Underground Butcher to pick out some yummy to-go items.

4. Complete the tour de B-cycle!

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5.Complete an S24O (sub 24 hour trip)! We’ve ridden to Token Creek and Governor Dodge for camping. Haul your items on a back rack or attach a bike trailer.

6. Roll over to one of Madison’s several disc golf courses. Capital Springs is the newest and accessible by the Cap City Trail near Fish Farm Park.

7. Ahoy matey! Make your way over to Wingra Boat Rentals for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing.

8. Explore the Badger State Trail (also lovingly known by the locals as the H8er). Stop in Paoli for ice cream or find Dot’s Tavern for some cold brews.

9. Imbibe some of Wisconsin’s best local beers by doing a brewery bike tour. Karben 4, Ale Asylum, One Barrel Brewing Company, Malt House, Great Dane, and Capital Brewery are our favorites.

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10. Get away from it all at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. This hiking and biking route is popular on the weekends. We recommend going on a weeknight and getting up close to birds, deer, and other wildlife.

BONUS: Head to the famed Picnic Point or Memorial Union Terrace to catch a spectacular lake front sunset. You won’t regret it!

picnic point sunset

EVENT: EAT PLAY BIKE

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Check out Madison’s south side by going to EAT PLAY BIKE! Each Thursday through June the Villager Mall will play host to workshops, music, dancing, food, and all sorts of activities. Families and cyclists of all abilities are welcome. The best part? It’s FREE!