Check Out the New Commuting by Bicycle Section

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Bicycle commute tips, bike maintenance, rules of the road, bicycle accessories and other info to get you on your way to commuting by bike.

New iPhone app helps bicycle riders take challenge

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If the monthly Critical Mass attracts the let’s-save-the-world-by-taking-a-crazy-party-to-the-streets kind of bicyclist, then the annual Team Bike Challenge attracts the let’s-save-the-world-by-kicking-another-team’s-butt type of bicyclist. And the latter just got a new toy. The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition unveiled a new iPhone app meant to draw even more people to its annual Team Bike Challenge.

Get Your Ride Ready for Bike to Work Day

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So you took a close look at the kind of spider that was weaving its web between the spokes of your bicycle's back wheel. Now you are wondering how much you would have to do to make the dusty bike ready to ride for Bike to Work Day, Thursday May 13. The answer is that probably just a little attention will get your two-wheeler up to speed. Aside from dusting off the cobwebs, I checked in with the professionals, the bike shop mechanics of San Francisco, to ask what their recommendations are for anyone taking their bike out of hibernation.

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1. Check out the Team Bike Challenge FAQ to learn how to start recording your bike trips, earn points, and edit your team info.

2. Download iBikeChallenge for free on your iPhone to record your trips and track your team points.

3. Haven't signed up yet?  There's still time to sign up your team before registrations close on May 6th so sign up now.

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The iBikeChallenge is a free iPhone application that lets you use your iPhone’s GPS to record bike trips for the Team Bike Challenge. Recording a trip is as simple as tapping start, riding your bike and tapping save. iBikeChallenge saves maps of all your rides so you can keep track of everywhere you’ve biked. It also lets you check your points for the Team Bike Challenge anywhere at anytime so you can stay ahead of the competition. You can even check which Team Bike Challenge medals you’ve earned and which you need to complete for bonus points. By recording your bike trips with iBikeChallenge you’re helping build a better future for bicycling as city planners can use the anonymized route data to figure out where new bike facilities are needed.

Learn more about iBikeChallenge and download it for your iPhone.