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Inside Cycling (Aug 14th, 2019)

Planning to order some pizza this weekend? Depending on the city you're in, your order might be delivered via e-bike. Read on to learn more.

Also making news today, bikes made from recycled materials and bike chores we hate doing.

Hope this newsletter makes your "Hump Day" a little brighter — and let us know which bike chores you hate the most.

— Hailey Hudson

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1. Amazon’s second headquarters in Virginia needs a protected bike lane, some say. The advocacy group Sustainable Mobility for Arlington County is calling on Amazon to pay for a new protected bike plane. Amazon is going to be doing construction anyway, the group’s founder pointed out, so it should be easy enough to upgrade the bike lane during the construction process. The street outside the future headquarters in Pentagon City sees around 16,000 cars each weekday, and the traffic is only going to increase — soon, Amazon plans to hire around 25,000 employees to work at the location. A protected bike lane could help encourage bike commuting. — ARLNOW

2. Cyclist Neil Campbell wants to break a Guinness World Record this weekend. Campbell already holds the European record for the highest motor-paced speed ever reached on a bike; now he’s aiming bigger. The current record was set in 1995 and is 268.8 kilometers (167 miles) an hour. Campbell’s European record is 239.8 kilometers (149 miles) an hour. — ROAD.CC

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3. By the Numbers: E-bike riders get more exercise than traditional cyclists. A study of 10,000 adults found the average energy expenditure for riding an e-bike, riding a pedal bike and other forms of transportation. Since e-bike riders spend more time on the bike, the researchers said, they got more exercise each week than pedal bike cyclists. However, standard cyclists have an average BMI (Body Mass Index) of 23.8 while e-bike riders had an average BMI of 24.8. There’s one more plus for e-bikes here, however: they’re affordable. You can get a solid e-bike for under $500. One more interesting note — e-bike riders have an average age of 48.1 years while the average cyclist is 41.4. — ELECTREK

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4. Domino’s Pizza is now using e-bikes for some deliveries. The company tested e-bike delivery in Houston, Miami and NYC; after those stores saw improvements in delivery and service, Domino’s is now rolling out this delivery option in several other cities, too. Another benefit of e-bike delivery is that stores have more options for employees — it’s okay if a candidate doesn’t have a car or a driver’s license. Domino’s is working with Rad Power Bikes and will use e-bikes with front and rear insulated soft-sided cargo areas. — MASHABLE

How would you feel if your pizza delivery came to your door via a bicycle? Hit that reply button to share your thoughts.

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5. A cyclist died in Houston on Monday. The accident occurred on Katy Freeway around 10 P.M. A cyclist was traveling north and an SUV was headed east; the biker didn’t stop at the red light and was struck by the vehicle, then passed away at the hospital. Meanwhile, at the accident scene, someone stole the cyclist’s bike — police think the bike thief might have been a friend of the deceased cyclist. The driver of the vehicle was released without charges. — CHRON

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6. Will a time trial bike make you faster? A cyclist and an aerodynamicist ran an experiment to answer this question and realized the answer was yes, but not as much as you might think. They used the AIR aero road bike and TTE time trial bike for the test; the time trial bike saved 55 seconds, which is not as big of a margin as people might expect but could make a big difference in a race. — CYCLING WEEKLY

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7. Police plan to charge the driver involved in the death of Jose Alzorriz last weekend. However, according to New York laws, the driver might not actually be guilty of anything more than a few traffic violations. The driver was not high or drunk, although he did run a red light; the police may charge him with reckless driving or a misdemeanor. — NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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8. A new bike is made from recycled coffee pods. The bike is called RE:CYCLE and was created by a Swedish start-up and Nespresso, a luxury coffee/espresso company. Coffee pods made by Nespresso include aluminum, making it easy to melt the pods down and repurpose them; the bike took 300 espressos to make. RE:CYCLE costs $1,446. — QUARTZ

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9. An Amazon delivery driver took a young girl’s bicycle while making a delivery. A doorbell cam video showed the driver delivering a package, then getting on a child’s bike sitting in the driveway and riding it away. The sheriff’s office contacted the driver, who said he thought the bike was garbage since it was next to the recycling bin. Amazon announced the driver was no longer working for the company, and the homeowner advised others to “watch what’s on your front porch, because you don’t know what might… ride away.” — WNDU

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10. On the list of “bike chores I hate doing,” Redditors discussed how often they clean and relube their bike chain. “Clean it after almost every ride,” one user said, adding, “relube it about every 150-200 km. Got to keep it sparkly and silent!” Other answers ranged from once a week to once a month. And finally, one honest user said, “Not as often as I should.”

What's your take: How often do you take care of these important tasks? Hit reply to share your stories. Be honest!

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Inside Cycling is written and curated by Hailey Hudson, an Atlanta freelance writer with a love for all things fitness and sports. Hailey performs an equal mix of journalism and content marketing services for clients such as Sitejabber, Barnes & Noble Education and FloSports. In her spare time, she writes YA novels, tap dances and snuggles with her beagle puppy Sophie. Follow her on Instagram @haileyh412.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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