SXCycles: An awesome SXSW bike share program

sxsw bike share

SXSW is an epic film, music, and tech weekend festival that happens in Austin, TX every year. However, the descent of so many uber-geeks on the small-ish city creates a notoriously horrid transportation issue every year. Enter SXCycles. This is a sweet bike-sharing program sponsored by a revolutionary new brand of folding bicycles.

Fool bike thieves with this handy water bottle lock

kuat bottle lock

Bike locks can be bulky, heavy, and downright hard to carry. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had one that fit perfectly into the existing storage space on your bike — say, your water bottle rack?

The future of cycling, by the numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

cycling cost benefits

Cycling is exploding in the United States, and there is no secret as to why. Bicycling can help you get (or stay) in shape, save you money, eliminate the need to sit in traffic jams, or even become a sport to get involved in. Not to mention the fact that it’s just plain fun. The […]

Cyclocross: The best bike you’ve never heard of

Cyclocross bicycles are the best all around bike you can buy

If you’re looking for one bike to rule them all, you should be looking at a cyclocross bicycle. Cyclocross is a type of bicycle racing that is all kinds of crazy, muddy fun. Cyclocross bicycles greatly resemble road bikes, but what makes them the best all-around bike you can buy are the differences that make them cyclocross-specific.

These small steps add up to a greener daily routine

green routine

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you live a greener life? One step at a time. We’ve said it before, and will say it again, the best way to live greener is to do so in ways that already mesh with what you’re passionate about. This great infographic shows how you can live greener by taking a few small steps throughout the day.

New Belgium Tour de Fat: The best party on 2 wheels

New Belgium Tour de Fat

Bicycles + beer + crazy costumes = one hell of a party. And that’s exactly what you get when you attend a New Belgium Tour de Fat. Add to that the fact that Tour de Fat events benefit local charities and promote bike awareness and it’s a party you do NOT want to miss. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the few pro-bike cause that isn’t also anti-car.

The pragmatic beauty of Valvoline’s NextGen oil

Valvoline NextGen recycled motor oil

Valvoline is throwing a giant green wrench in the gears of the tire & lube industry…and that’s a good thing. Their new NextGen motor oil is made of 50% recycled oil. There’s a lot of life left in used oil. Finished motor oil is made from 85% base oil and 15% additives. The “oil part” of motor oil doesn’t really wear out, the additives do.

Wine corks as eco-friendly packing peanuts

Wine corks used as packaging peanuts

Cardboard boxes, packing tape, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, foam peanuts…Do you ever feel like half the stuff you’re moving is just the packaging itself? By nature, moving to a new home is not the most eco-friendly, uh, move. But there are some clever ways to make it greener. Check out some of these ideas to do just that.

No royal carriage for your wedding? No worries.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding carriage

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding next month will hardly be a toned down, eco-conscious affair…though they will leave the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. But just because you can’t afford a 100-year-old horse-drawn carriage to haul you away from your nuptials, doesn’t mean your wedding travel can’t be eco-friendly.

Reuse a lunch bag as a stylish car trash can

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Reusing plastic grocery bags as mobile trash cans will get the job done, but it also creates even more waste and doesn’t exactly look good hanging on your shifter. I solved both of those problems when I realized that one of my kids’ stylish reusable lunch bag would be the perfect mobile trash can.