Ride a Bike, Get Paid!

Ever wanted to get paid to ride a bike and make a difference in the cycling community? Well, you might be able to do just that! The Salt Lake Chamber is hiring a Greenbike Operations Technician and you might just be the perfect fit; check out the job description after the jump!g

From SLC Chamber:

“Provide operational support to ensure the success and expansion of the SLC Bike Share program. Working towards the short-term goal of a successful and densely distributed SLC program while fostering and building support for the long-term goals of Utah’s first bike share program.

Responsibilities:

To ensure that the GREENbike system is functional for users and potential users, including the presence of GREENbikes and docks as well as through cleanliness and flawless system operation.

To engage users and potential users of the GREENbike system.

Other duties as assigned and help with general Downtown Alliance activities as needed.

Friday-Tuesday 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
Wed., Thurs. 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and Sat., Sun. 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

(Hours may shift as a result of program needs)”

Interested? Apply here: Chamber Website

For more potential bike jobs, follow @BicycleJobs…

Volunteer Opportunities This Week.

Check it out, there are a million ways to get involved in the cycling community in Salt Lake! Here is a small list of volunteer opportunities available through the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective. Check out the list, after the jump!

First up, we’re in a museum! The Leonardo Center has invited us to do a piece in their upcoming Green Revolution Exhibit for the Smithsonian Institute, we put something really fun together that illustrates the resourcefulness that goes into the bikes at our community shop. It’ll be open starting this Saturday, the 17th at Library Square.

Our Park Tool Class today is Suspension Systems with guest instructor Marcos Valdez, come in and learn the method behind suspension systems and how to rebuild a fork, starting at 6:00 sharp at the 2312 S. West Temple location.

If anyone’s interested helping lead a special workshop, some the Boy Scouts who successfully gathered bikes for us would like to come in, tune some of them up, and give them away at our shop this week. If anyone’s free to help teach them the basics of bike maintenance tonight after the class at 7:30-9:00 PM or on Wednesday between 10:00 and 2:00 please let us know by responding to this email.

Likewise, anyone interested in tabling at the Wells Fargo Green Team for us this Thursday let me know, we’ll be driving out to the event at 9:30 am, be there to 4:00, and should have a fun table: we’re going to have a simplified fix-a-flat competition and a leaderboard for fastest time and first-time flat fixers/ Come tell people why you love the Collective!

For Valet this week we have the Twilight Concert at Pioneer Park on Thursday, if you feel like gettin’ Luda with Ludacris. Owen primarily needs help at the beginning of the concert, from 4:30-7:30, and after the headliner finishes, from 10:00-11:00. We’ll also be at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Pioneer Park from 8:00-2:00 this Saturday, and the Beer Fest at the Gallivan Center from 12:30-9:00 pm.  Let him know if you’re available at valet@bicyclecollective.org.

Finally, the Monthly Mystery Ride is throwing a very special event this Sunday, the 18th, with proceeds benefiting the Bicycle Collective: a Bicycle Block Party at an undisclosed location. To get there, a Children and the Family-Friendly ride will be leaving the City/County building at 10:00 AM, to be joined by the Monthly Mystery Ride, which departs at 1:00 PM from the Masonic Temple (690 E. South Temple). The block party goes for families from 12-3pm and then adults only until 8:00. A $10 donation is encouraged, $20 for families. The block party will include a dunk tank, where local bike folk will be put on the chopping block (including yours truly), an inflatable gladiator arena, and a mechanical bull! Additionally, We’ll be providing bicycle registrations on the spot for a dollar, there’ll be helmet fittings by the Bicycle Ambassadors, an infrastructure survey by Greenbike, and plenty of friends to see and ride with.

That, my friends, is a jam-packed week.…

Upcoming Events for August 2013

Here is the rundown on all things bike for the month of August (yes I know it is a little late)! If you know of anything that needs to be added please either use the “Submit an Event” page or email Joergen. Events after jump

Cutthroat Beer Bash 2013 // Saturday 17 August at 7 pm

Join the Cutthroat Racing team for some beers (or quite a few beers) at the State Room. Tickets range in price and get you into all the action including live music, giveaways, and a silent auction. Check out the Facebook Event for more information. Tickets available through the Facebook Event or on CTR’s website.

Empire Pass Ride // Saturday 24 August at 7 am

Come and find out for yourself what makes the tough-man of the professional peloton Jens Voigt grimace in pain. August 24th at 7 am, an unorganized, ride at your own risk group is leaving The Hyatt at Canyons Resort and doing Empire pass. A perfect chance to ride a truly epic route with fellow roadies.

Heart of Darkness: The Fifth // Saturday 24 August at 2 pm

This is the big one. SLC’s own, Heart of Darkness.
Spawned out of the depths of Satan’s own lair, Heart of Darkness doesn’t care about your triple butted frame, your months of training, and your silly electrolyte drink, the Heart of Darkness consumes all and show no mercy. $10 entry alleycat meeting at Capitol Hill. For more information visit H0D5’s website!

Party Cross! // Saturday 31 August at 7pm

Cyclocross is about having fun on your bike! It’s about beer hand-ups and whiskey shortcuts! This is the first in a series of grassroots cyclocross racing in O-town. We have the best cycling community around, so let’s party and race some bikes!

Exact course is secret. There will be no entry fee; however, a donation to the Ogden Bicycle Collective is appreciated.

Three Races:

Beginner 20 minutes
Intermediate 30 minutes
Advanced 45 minutes

Parking available at the Miles Goodyear Sports complex. The event will require a short ride on the parkway from the parking lot. Racing begins around 7 pm, but show up early to get your bearings!…

Saturday Cycles sponsors Sunday Smart Trips ride

If you are looking for something to do Sunday morning, spend it on your bike with fellow Salt Lake cyclists. Saturday Cycles is leading the first Smart Trips bike ride to The Peoples Farmers Market at Jordan Park. Enjoy a scenic ride through North Yard and the Jordan River Parkway.

The Ride starts at Saturday Cycles at 10:15, on the corner of 600 North 300 West. Families are welcome to bring children along. The proposed route is 10 miles of flat riding on roads with bike lanes. Enjoy the farmers market and meet new people. We hope to see lots of you there.…

Cycling Books For Summer and Fall Reading

As the summer begins to dwindle we find ourselves spending the hot afternoons on weekends waiting out the heat so we can ride some more. While waiting for the day to cool down we often pass the time by reading a book. Here are a few recommendations for spin bike oriented books we have been reading this summer. Most of these books are available at local book retailers or on the respective author’s website.

Joyride- If you know that Portland, Oregon is the most bike-friendly city in America, you may or may not know it didn’t happen overnight. Mia Burk, the former Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator for Portland writes about building Portland into what we know it as today. The book chronicles her struggles and victories educating citizens on the benefits of cycling while convincing city officials bike lanes are worth it.

Metal Cowboy- Written by Joe Kermaski, Metal Cowboy is a compilation of stories from his numerous bike tours around America. The book includes reflections from his childhood and stories about the people he meets along the way.

Just Ride- If you are familiar with Rivendell bikes you might know the mastermind behind their beautiful lugged frames and practitioner of practical cycling, Grant Peterson. Frame designer, wool enthusiast, bike industry veteran and author, Peterson offers his philosophies to cyclists who want to enjoy riding their bikes while using them as a tool for daily transportation and a source of joy. You can pick up a new wool sweater and a copy of his book on the Rivendell website.

Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike- Eddy Merckx is one of the most prolific cyclists in history, but the man from Belgium didn’t start out that way. William Fotheringham writes an honest and openly about The Cannibal in this memoir that will have racers and commuters falling in love with the man from Belgium.

A Dog In A Hat- Not all bike racing is the same, and not all cyclists are willing to write about their experiences racing during a time when doping was rampant, bikes were heavy, and cheating was par for the course. Joe Parkin opens up about his time as a kermesse racer in Belgium and how it forever changed his life.

True Fans- Dan Austin didn’t set out to write a book about bike touring when a wrote True Fans. He set out to write about being on the road and the magic that exists when you pick your bike and ride coast to coast in search of stories to tell about America. If you are itching to bike tour, True Fans will get your itchy feet in your cycling shoes and make you take to the open road.

Zin And The Art of Road Bike Maintenance- Learning how to fix your bike yourself can be rewarding and fun. Using youtube video’s may be convenient, but they don’t always offer correct information. Author, Lennard Zinn is a renowned frame builder and journalist who has put his years in the cycling industry to good use by writing a complete guide to fixing your bike yourself. Thought you may think your Park Tools Blue Book has all the information you need, Zinn lays out what you need to know in a conversational tone that is insightful and educational (read the chapter on getting a seat post unstuck).

The Feed Zone- A cookbook is a cookbook, is a cookbook –Unless you find yourself burning an exorbitant amount of calories while riding a bike. If you are a cyclist who is training for racing or just a commuter that is looking into a more health-conscious diet, check out Dr.Lim’s Feed Zone cookbook. As the nutritionist for multiple pro teams, Lim teams up with Chef Bijou Thomas to create food that is healthy, tasty, and incredibly easy to make.…