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Inside Cycling (Sep 16th, 2019)

Hey there — thanks for subscribing and reading to Inside Cycling! Next week, we’re doing a special takeover edition of the newsletter focusing on podcasts where we list 10 of the best episodes out there. Have you recently listened to a fantastic podcast episode featuring cool bike gear, cycling technology or an interview with a pro cyclist? We want to hear about it — respond with your favorite cycling podcast episode(s) for a chance to see your name in next week’s newsletter. — Hailey

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1. California residents can trade in old cars for e-bikes as part of a government program. A program called Clean Cars 4 All has already let people trade in their gas cars for subsidies to purchase either electric cars or hybrid cars. Thanks to Senate Bill 400, though, vouchers for e-bikes and bike sharing programs are now part of the deal, too. California has more e-bike riders and e-bike shops than any other U.S. state, and with the new bill, even more cyclists can hit the road. — ELECTREK

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2. Primoz Roglic won the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday. Roglic, a 29-year-old, became the first Slovenian rider to win a Grand Tour (it’s been 10 years since Slovenia’s first stage win on a Grand Tour, Borut Bozic’s 2009 Vuelta a Espana stage victory). Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen won the final stage of this year’s Vuelta yesterday. The stage was 106.6km long. Race winner Primoz Roglic was a ski jumper before becoming a cyclist just six years ago; he won the Vuelta over Alejandro Valverde and Tadej Pogacar. Miguel Angel Lopez and Nairo Quintana came fourth and fifth, respectively. — EUROSPORT

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3. By the Numbers: Bike lanes are good for business. Retailers often complain that bike lanes kill business, but a recent study from the University of Toronto and the Center for Active Transportation showed that it's actually just the opposite — shoppers spend more money. The number of merchants on the street in question that reported over 100 customers per day increased significantly; visitor spending rose, too, and visit frequency increased. The amount of shoppers arriving on bikes rose from 8 percent to 22 percent. — TREEHUGGER

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4. An Australian cyclist crashed and died yesterday after being attacked by a magpie. The 76-year-old rider was cycling through New South Wales when a magpie swooped down at him (something that’s common in Australia during the birds’ mating season). Trying to avoid the bird, the man swerved and hit a fence post; he fell off the bike and badly hurt his head. The cyclist was transported to a hospital where he later died. A website that allows Australians to track magpie attacks has reported 1,700 attacks in 2019 resulting in over 200 injuries. Some Australian cyclists attempt to repel the birds by painting eyes on their helmets. — USA TODAY

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5. A new bicycle pedal system might be the fastest of its kind. The Pitbull Bike Pedal was created by two Florida men, who made the prototype in a machine shop. The pedal design helps cyclists click into pedals in under two seconds while keeping their eyes on the road. A Kickstarter campaign is raising money for the pedal. — Spectrum Bay News 9

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6. Popular Mechanics posted a review of Yakima’s FrontLoader Upright Bike Mount. The bike rack is affordable and works with several bike sizes; it’s also easy to set up and use, and keeps your bike secure as you drive to wherever you’re riding that day. However, it might be hard to reach on taller vehicles.

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7. A personal trainer posted this at-home core circuit that builds strength on Instagram. A strong core is essential for cyclists, and ab exercises help improve balance, too. Perform each of the following trainer-approved moves for 40 seconds, running through the entire list two times total: high plan with opposite limb reach, supermans, flutter kick leg raises, seated core twists, alternating side plank and plank moguls. Repeat 2-3 times a week. — BICYCLING

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8. A new Florida build-your-own bike shop is free for customers. A new bike shop called Unwholly Bikes is completely donation- and volunteer-based. Employees teach customers how to build their own bike from old parts, and then customers can take the bike home at no charge besides the elbow grease and time. — ABC ACTION NEWS

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9. Vermont is putting $3.6 million toward bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The money is from grants and will improve conditions for bikes and pedestrians all over the state. Most of the money ($3.3 million) will fund larger projects, while $300,000 will cover 10 small projects like sidewalk gaps and shared-use paths. — VERMONT NEWS

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10. How can you ship a bike from country to country? One Redditor’s bike is stuck in Madrid, and they need it in Lisbon ASAP. Other Redditors chimed in with ideas: use the Camino package with the Spanish post or use DHL Express. Another suggested just cycling it there! — REDDIT

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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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