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Inside Cycling (Aug 16th, 2019)

If you haven’t checked out my Top 100 Twitter list of the best cycling accounts to follow, take a look. The list is constantly evolving and we want your feedback on who to include — think about your favorite underrated cyclists who always seem to come up with the most pithy or hilarious tweets.

Subscribe to the list and take some time to scroll through.

Maybe you’ll find a dose of inspiration for your upcoming rides this weekend!

— Hailey Hudson

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1. Washington D.C.’s oldest bike lane is also the city’s most dangerous. The 15th Street bike lane is the oldest and most protected bike lane in Washington D.C. However, a recent study showed that it also has the highest injury risk out of all protected bike lanes in the city. Several factors increase the danger for cyclists, including that the lane goes across many major intersections with two-way traffic. Out of the 600 bicyclists in the study who had crashed or fallen in D.C. bike lanes, the 15th Street bike lane took up almost half of the crashes or falls that occurred on street-level, two-way protected bike lanes. — THE WASHINGTON POST

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2. A Miami cyclist was killed in a shooting. Cyclist Alex Palencia was in the middle of a group ride Wednesday morning on the Rickenbacker Causeway when a motorcyclist approached the cyclists from behind. The motorcyclist, Kadel Piedrahita, was live-streaming on Facebook, so there was a video of the scene — he seemed to shove Palencia, and then the men stood by the road arguing. A few minutes later, Piedrahita fatally shot Palencia. Other cyclists said the men knew each other and Piedrahita had threatened Palencia before. Piedrahita has not been charged. — MIAMI NEW TIMES

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3. Follow Friday: Laurens De Plus. Laurens De Plus is a Belgian professional cyclist with Team Jumbo-Visma, and his social media is a must-follow for those who want to feel immersed in the cycling world. Laurens’ Twitter feed is full of opinions on the world of pro cycling.

Over on Instagram, Laurens posts photos of his races, training and more. “Some holiday feelings during this 2nd restday,” he wrote during the Tour de France, posting a photo of several men in a pool, cyclist tans on full display. — INSTAGRAM, TWITTER

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4. Over 20 years ago, a kind man gave a young refugee a bike. This week, she tracked him down and thanked him. Mevan Babakar (who is now 29) and her mother left Iraq at the end of the Gulf War and traveled through Turkey, Azerbaijan and Russia to reach the Netherlands, where they met a man who worked in a warehouse of the reception center where she and her mother lived. When Babakar and her mother moved away, the man gave them each a bicycle. “I will never forget how joyous I felt,” Babakar said of the gift, explaining that it gave her a feeling of self-worth. This week, she posted a message on Twitter in an attempt to find the man. Someone recognized his photo and this Tuesday, Babakar was able to meet Egbert. The two were happy to be reunited. — NBC NEWS

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5. The Himo C16 e-bike is almost like an electric moped. Made by Xiaomi, this e-bike has a 75 km (46 mi) range and has a top speed of 15.5 mph. It’s also affordable, coming in at just $284. The bike should be available for international export in the near future and would work well in a crowded city. — ELECTREK

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6. An Indian man took a 16-year bicycle journey to raise awareness for AIDS. Somen Debnath started in India and traveled through dozens of countries to recently reach Alaska, only carrying a bicycle and a backpack. His goal behind the ambitious bike trip was to find a unique way to spread awareness for HIV and AIDS to all the people he’s met on the way. — KTUU

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7. A bicyclist crashed into a bear. Normally you hear of cyclists colliding with cars, but Connecticut cyclist Jim Triano recently ran into a black bear. Triano was going around a corner when the bear came lumbering out of the woods; he didn’t have time to go around and ran straight into the bear. Triano flew over both his handlebars and the bear and slid several feet, ending up with an injured hand plus lots of road rash and bruises. He's is doing fine now and is relieved the bear didn’t come back to check on him. — WTNH


What’s the most bizarre encounter you’ve ever had while out on the bike? Hit reply to share your story with me.

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8. If you’re able, lift and ride on different days. It’s ideal to do your weight training one day and your on-bike workout another; that way, you’ll be going into each workout fresh and can maximize your workout. Spend more time lifting during the off-season, and when you have a race coming up, prioritize your time on the bike. — BICYCLING

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9. A Redditor wants advice on biking across the U.S. in the winter. “Good way to die,” another user commented sagely. Others advised the cyclist to take a very southerly route or to contact the Adventure Cycling organization. Winter camping skills would help, they said, but overall the trip would be unpleasant and dangerous. If you have advice, weigh in here.

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10. Dan Martin joined the Israel Cycling Academy. In a move that came as a surprise to many cycling fans, Martin stepped down from UAE Team Emirates and is joining the Israel Cycling Academy with a two-year contract. Martin is excited for the new challenge and feels this is a good setting for him to reach his goals. — CYCLING WEEKLY

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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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