Your Cycling Events Agenda

Saturday, August 17 — Last call for Summer Streets, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t miss your final opportunity of this summer to experience a nearly 7-mile stretch of car-free streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along with food, music, fitness and dance classes, and art at rest stops along the route. People are raving about Voice Tunnel, the interactive light and sound installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer in the Park Avenue Tunnel, which is open for the first time to pedestrians. Speaking into an intercom at the center of the tunnel adds your voice to the sounds that control the theatrical lights that line the tunnel. Top photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

No bike? No problem. Grab a Citi Bike. Another option: Bike and Roll New York is offering free one-hour rentals. (Citi Bike also hosts demonstrations and a chance to win a 24-hour pass, at 24th St. and Park Ave.)

Saturday, September 21 — Escape New York Registration is Open

One great way to stay committed to your cycling fitness routine is to have a goal on your horizon. The popular Escape New York ride sponsored by the New York Cycle Club is one way to stretch yourself while exploring the tranquil roads of Bergen and Rockland counties. Route options include 100, 65, 50 and 25 milers, all offering stunning views of the Hudson River and Palisades as you cross the George Washington Bridge. Well-stocked rest stops, giveaways, and more. Proceeds benefit Recycle A Bicycle, Transportation Alternatives and I Challenge Myself. Check out the details here.

Cycling Link Love

Sign up here for e-updates to keep informed about the Women Bike program of League of American Bicyclists, which seeks to get more women engaged in all facets of cycling. Released this week: Their comprehensive report on women’s cycling in the U.S.

BeyoncĂ© bikes in NYC and twitter practically blows up — even before her pixie cut!

Congrats to owners Nechama Levy and Joe Lawler on the opening of their full-service bike shop, Bicycle Roots, at 609 Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (above).

Fed up with SUVs and trucks hogging the bike lanes, cyclist Marc Climaco has launched  a Tumblr that documents “vehicles, animals and people” blocking NYC bike lanes.

This video, produced by the website grist.org, aims to inspire the bike-curious to get out on the road. Have a look. What are your thoughts? (h/t thebirdwheel)

Josephine Reitzel of Switzerland won her third World Cycle Messenger championship in Lausanne. Competitors are challenged not only on speed, but also on the ability to plan routes for maximum efficiency. Get this: Reitzel made 70 deliveries in 3 hrs, 2 min. On the men’s side, NYC’s own Austin Horse claimed victory.

The most inviting bike shops deliver good merchandising and visual display, plus service and customer amenities. Check out this post on 10 of the world’s coolest bike shops.

Traveling with a bike is cumbersome in its own right, but having to assemble it on a hotel room floor adds another layer of hassle. A great find via the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is a bike box with an integrated work stand.

Use hairspray to coat the inside of the tape when installing new grips — and 10 other common household goods that can help keep your bike in top shape.

Here’s an awesome way to finish out your cycling season: Giro has teamed up with Carmichael Training Systems to present a women’s road cycling training camp October 3 – 6 in California, and one person will ride free. How to enter.

The next generation of bike racers (above) take their mark! Strider Sports, makers of balance bikes for toddlers and young children, sponsors a race for ages 2 to 5 in Denver on August 25 in conjunction with the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race. Made us smile.

From the @velojoy Instagram feed. Follow here!

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