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As I was coming back into town the other day from an invigorating ride, I came across a fellow cyclist who had been involved in an accident on her bike over the winter.

Her misfortune was due to a collision she had with a dog that chased her when she was in the vicinity of the dog owner’s property. I hope the following article by Fred Matheny and Ed Pavelka will be helpful in avoiding future mishaps with our canine friends as we take to the open roads this cycling season. 

Dog attacks are high on the list of cycling fears…  More info


The seventh season of Urban Assault Ride, the largest bicycle-based adventure race series in the US, will hit the streets in 10 cities this year.  

The Urban Assault Ride (UAR) is a funky bike scavenger hunt that involves navigating city streets, taking on unique physical challenges, and an after-party. Weekend warriors, racers, bike commuters, couples and families unite as teams of two take to the town by bike, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.

During the ride, checkpoint challenges may include power-sliding adult big wheels, face-first slip ‘n slide action, or even jousting on BMX bikes. The challenges vary in each city, so participants never know what’s in store. Prior to the event, checkpoints are listed on the event’s website,  so everyone has plenty of time to plot a course….  More info

santa-rosaThe VELOVE Winter Bicycle Festival is about to transform downtown Santa Rosa into a bicycle wonderland during Valentines Day weekend, February 14-15. Held in conjunction with the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, VELOVE is packed with events for everyone, including bike competitions, race viewing parties, non-profit fundraising events, a pro race team signing and plenty more. It is a joint production between Bike Monkey, the City of Santa Rosa, Mainstreet and West Coast GoldSprints…  More info


If there’s such a thing as crime karma, it came home to roost on an alleged bicycle thief, discovered with a purloined, $1,000 road bike removed from a bike rack in front of the West Napa Street Safeway store.  The caper began…  More Info…

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