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Bike communities – driving the change

on May 27, 2015

Hi everyone,

in past two years we’ve ridden side by side with worldwide cycling communities. We’ve learned so much along the way and felt like sharing some of the amazing cycling communities that exist out there. We’re sure you’ve already crossed paths with some, and hope to inspire you to meet the new ones.

Communities, groups, movements and organizations mentioned here have common goals: to make the world a better place in a sustainable, playful way. By organizing events, sharing stories, building new bike lanes, writing news or getting involved in government. The things we strive for and appreciate ourselves.

Donate? Share a story? Tell a friend? Write to the president? Become a member? There are so many ways to get involved and each step you make counts.

People for bikes, US
Movement to make riding better for everyone.

peopleforbikes

League of american cyclists, US
Creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

mayisbikemonth

Bike map, worldwide
Finding and creating bike routes.

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Bike to work, Switzerland
Promoting cycling and healthy lifestyle in Switzerland.

biketowork

Next city, US
Inspiring social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events around the world.

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Urban cycling institute, Amsterdam
Bringing on knowledge on cycling from science on practice and back.

urbancyclinginstitute

Cycle action, Auckland
Making Auckland a great place to get around on a bike.

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World Bicycle relief, US
Mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles.

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Velo city 2015, France
World’s premier international cycling planning conference.

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Treehugger, worldwide
Leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

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Adventure cycling association, US
Inspires and empowers people to travel by bicycle.

builtitbikeit

Eurovelo, EU
European cycle route network.

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Frocks on bikes, New Zealand
Unique cycle advocacy organisation that aims to get more women on bikes in everyday life.

lovetorool

London cyclists, London
Making your every day cycle that bit more enjoyable.

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Rails to trails, US
Transforms unused rail corridors into vibrant public places.

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Other amazing communities that we support:
Engaging cities, Cycling circle Lebanon, 30 days of biking, Copenhagenize, Amsterdamize, Sustainable cities collective, Bike experience, Bike works, Bike to work day, Ciclavia, Love to ride

Do you know a bike community, that was not mentioned here and think others should know about it? Email us at info@flykly.com with some info about your local community and we would love to add it to our blog. Thank you.

As easy as stealing a bike

on May 13, 2015

Tips, tricks and things that help keep your bike yours

 
Bikes get stolen and thats a fact. And because we often help thieves do it, stealing a bike became almost as easy as riding one. So hop on and take a quick ride through the best and the safest out there.
 
3 things that will make a thief’s job super easy:
1. The ‘It will only take a moment’ situation – You don’t lock your bike.
2. ‘Alloy steel what?’- You lock your bike with a cheap lock.
3. ‘But it was locked!’ – You lock your bike incorrectly.
 
Make or break.
Or how exactly should you lock your bike and increase your safety up to 95%?

 

1 Choose a proper lock (or two) and lock the bike correctly

 
Check out this video coming from a guy, that didn’t have his bike stolen in the last 30 years. In London. Yes, he knows what he is talking about, when he comments different kinds of locks. More about basics of how not to get your bike stolen is here, here, also there is a story of ex bike thief, that explains the bike theft situation from a thief’s perspective.
 

 
The MAKE lock
Get a U-lock or a hefty bike chain. With the U-lock, lock it with the keyhole facing down as it will make it more difficult for someone to break the lock.
 
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So just in case you’d like to know more about the most recommended, loved and unbreakable lock out there, that even stood the test of media, its here: U lock with a cable. And if the U lock with a cable just isn’t You, browse the review of 10 good locks. Cable locks are flexible and can make it easier to lock your bike in awkward situations, but they can be cut quickly with bolt cutters or a hacksaw, so you can also call them the brake lock.
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2 Lock your bike correctly

 
Always lock your bike on a firm object, possibly frame + rear wheel with the first lock and frame + front wheel with the second lock.
 
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And even when you do everything right, you can still get your front wheel stolen, if it has a quick release. We recommend a quick release, that will only open when the bike is upside down.
 
Accessories. With No Access.
Nice bike seat? Neat new bike light? Want to protect those too, right?
Here is a locking skewer that will protect your bike accessories.
 
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3 Don’t park your bike just about everywhere

 
If you live on the 10th floor without an option to leave your bike inside, you will probably have to go with a cheaper bike. They are less likely to get stolen and it will hurt less. Bikes above $300 should be safely inside during the night. And parking in a public space with a lot of people is obviously better than a lonely street.
 
If you can choose where to park your bike, always go for something that can’t be put in a van together with your bike. Also, choose a bike rack, that allows you to lock your bike frame and rear wheel (and not the front wheel only).
 
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Check how easy a bike can get stolen when you lock the front wheel only:
 

 

4 Don’t make the ‘I’ll be (right) back’ mistake

 
Because it can terminate your bike. Just stopping for some chewing gum? Only 10 seconds? Totally enough, that someone hops on your bike and rides away. They know, you can’t catch them – you are on foot.
 

5 The first thing that comes to your mind – your bikes’ serial number

 
You and your bike have something special going on. Remember the dates and the serial number, save it somewhere, email it to yourself, anything. It can help in case your bike gets stolen. Probably your city is already fighting against bike thieves. For example, if you are from UK, you can register here and help the police. We are sure you can find similar system in your own country. If not, propose it.
 
If your bike still gets stolen, here is a bit of what to do in this case. We have a rather unusual advice on what to do, if you actually find your stolen bike, locked in a city. Lock it.
 
Kickstarter bike locks
There have been many bike projects on Kickstarter so far and here are some of the notorius Kickstarter locks:
 
LITELOK: Lightweight, flexible and super secure bike lock. More here:
 
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LOCK8: Keyless. Alarm secured. GPS tracking. More here.
 
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Nokē U-Lock: World’s Smartest U-Lock. More here.
 
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BitLock: Unlock your bike with your phone. More here.
 
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Nutlock: Outsmart thieves. Protect your bike wheels. More here.

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on Apr 28, 2015

Traveling with the speed of mind

Volume 1: Anja Humljan, Ljubljana

Anja Humljan travels every day. Forms, places and states. She explores the space around her and interacts with objects, streets, cities, embracing super structures and smart transitions. And wherever she goes, she journeys with the ease of body and mind.
 
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Extensions
Anja Humljan, the author of The Urban Yoga project and FlyKly, with its first pedal assist wheel for bicycles, have something in common. They both share the very same passion for exploring urban spaces, pioneering their fields.
 
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Foundations
The role of an architect is not only to create buildings, but to build bridges between structures and citizens who use them on daily basis. So, Anja went off the yoga mat and out of the architectural office to change the way we feel and think about architectural space and urban environment.
 
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Overgrounds
She would take a look around and think – How can I position my body within space, intertwine myself, and mimic the surroundings? The Urban Yoga is an architectural experiment, changing the way we experience every day situations in the city if we focus on our body and senses: re-examining how bodies inhabit urban places, breathing new human-oriented life into the efficient and industrial world of urban architecture and design.
 
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Structures
The project is challenging architects to design spaces that are not only visually and technologically stunning, but are designed with human sensory experience in mind. Yoga techniques do an effective job of putting both conscious and subconscious experience of the world into practice.
 
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Intersections
Just like in yoga, where your body becomes your special space, every urban environment designed with human sensory experience in mind can become a source of positive energy, a place of self-reflection and self-realization.
 
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Undertones
A place that sparks our imagination, conjures memories, tells stories, and nests our dreams. Environment that brings us back to the world and towards our own sense of being.
 
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Composites
Credits: Creative direction: Jure Pozun; Photography: Primoz Korosec