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Night Biking

Within the last 6 months, there has been a number of deaths from cyclists getting hit by cars at night. This is just a reminder to make sure you have a white front light and red rear light. When riding on the roads it’s essential to be seen at all times, especially at night. Adding a reflective vest can easily help drivers see you better. If you are properly set up for night riding make sure your friends are as well.



Neuse River Triathlon – Sept. 21st

Registration for the 13th annual sprint triathlon is open! The race is quickly approaching so sign up soon.

When: Early registration ends Monday, SEPTEMBER 9th [after which fee will increase]. Race is September 21st, race day check in begins at 9:00AM
Location: Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC 
Cost: Early Registration is $65
Contact: Abby Machernis or Margaretmary Gilroy
Please join the Duke University Chapter of the Coastal Society for their annual triathlon which consists of an 800-meter swim to Radio Island, a 6-mile bike around historic Beaufort, and a 2.5-mile run to the finish line back at Pivers Island. Participants may register as individuals for the entire event, or sign up as part of a two or three person team. There are two levels of participation, recreational (a little more fun and relaxed, but still a timed event) and competitive (really out to win)! A BBQ will take place immediately following the race at the Duke Marine Lab where prizes for racers, craziest costume, and most environmentally outfitted will also take place. To participate or volunteer, please visit the race website.

A summer ride with Bike & Build

The ability to take 2-3 months off from daily routines is common for students during the summer, or for people transitioning between jobs. These opportunities are rare and it is important to make the most of them. For ambitious students this time is typically used for internships, summer research, or maybe even summer classes. But what about alternative plans that go beyond the standard adding to a resume? Perhaps traveling, meeting new people, or volunteering for a worthwhile cause? I recently heard about an experience, which does exactly that, called Bike & Build.

The idea behind Bike & Build is simple; Bike across America while supporting affordable housing options. Yes, this means participants will be riding a bike from coast to coast. Supporting affordable housing means you will be raising money for affordable housing projects AND you will be actually building these houses along your way.

Do you have to be an experienced cyclist/housing advocate who is harboring dreams of months-long adventures? No. But you will be when you finish. The program has extensive support for riders and housing advocates of all levels. You don’t even have to own a bike (or a hammer) to participate. Some of the details are listed below:

  • It’s a young crowd. Ages of participants are around 18-28.
  • There are multiple routes to cross the US. Each route will have about 30 riders who will be supported by a van, driven by 4 leaders.
  • Each rider agrees to raise a minimum of $4,500 in donations (this may seem like a lot but there is extensive alumni connections and fund raising support from Bike & Build).
  • After raising $1,000, Bike & Build will give you a new road bike.
  • Bike & Build coordinates the entire trip! This includes sleeping arrangements, food, and routes – at no cost to you. You will mostly be staying in community centers, churches, and at campgrounds.
  • The application for each summer’s ride opens up the previous fall.
  • For more details see the Bike & Build website

Check out some of the routes below. The route starting in NC ends up in beautiful San Diego, CA (3,552 miles later)

If you still have questions after looking through the website, you can reach out to Kerri who is doing the ride this summer ( She is also still fund raising for her ride and could definitely use your support. Kerri is a teaching assistant here at Duke and would be happy to talk to you about the Bike & Build program. If you would like to support the program and help Kerri out, you can donate here – Thanks for your support, and we hope we can encourage you to join the experience next summer.

Tip top cycles – New bike shop in Durham, 9th street

Tip top cycles is a new bike shop that just opened up last month. Its located in Old West Durham, right at the end of the 9th Street shopping district.  Situated in historic bank building that also houses Bruegger’s Bagels and Zola Craft Gallery, on the ground level. Stop by and check it out. They do repairs, sell used bicycles, and accessories for the commuter (lights, helmets, locks, etc). If your trying to fix up that old beater, bring it by and they’ll give you some good advice. If you’re looking for some good weekend destination rides, give ’em a call, I’m sure they’ll be happy to chat you up.  

 Tip-Top Cycles – 624 9th St. Durham, NC 27705 – Hours:  Monday thru Saturday 10 to 6

 CONTACT them :Phone: 919.797.2886   or   Email: 

Best time to buy a new bike

Hello All,

From last weekend’s beautiful weather, fall is now upon us. If you opened your front door, stood out side in the sun and felt the cool refreshing breeze, you probably said “I wish a had a mountain bike, and i wish that mountain bike was a new hardtail 29er”. Well thats a good thought to have this time of year because all the bike stores are having sales on 2011 bikes to help make room for the 2012 models. Most stores are giving 20-30% off all 2011 models that are originally priced over $1000. Thats some serious savings. So if you were even thinking about a new road/mountain bike, check out some stores. For the biggest selection try stores like Performance Bike, and the Bicycle Chain.  Here is the list of all Bicycle Chain’s available sale bikes.


Planning grant awarded to develop bike plan

I believe this happened a little while ago, but I just heard about it. BicycleHaywoodNC, a local advocacy group in Western North Carolina, was awarded a $40k dollar bike planning grant by the French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization. Along with approximately $11k raised by the group, it is now moving strongly ahead toward development of a county wide bike plan, which is believed to be the first county wide plan in the State of North Carolina. You can check out who they are and what they’re about here

Up to 74% off Puma bikes. Yes, Puma bikes.

Since when did Puma start making bikes? This is the first time I have heard of them, but I’m really not surprised. Puma has always had a creative pulse on items that extend beyond their mainstream footwear. I have been to a few stores in new york and boston, and have always been surprised about what I find in them, including a sweet line of gore-tex jackets. And this is a great deal if you’re looking to get an undoubtely unique bike at a low price.  Below is their hook and here is the link for the deal.  (ends June 7th, 2011)

“Walking takes too long. Driving is expensive. Bussing it is just plain annoying. But biking is juuuust right. Puma helps you rediscover the joy of a two-wheel cruise with its collection of smartly designed (and easy on the eyes) bicycles.

The Company
Puma conceived its bikes with the urban rider in mind. They’re pared down to the bare essentials, so they maneuver like a dream, glide smoothly, and stand the everyday beating of city life. Built by the bike docs at Biomega, each geometrically designed model is named after an island in the Atlantic Ocean. Choose from bright color-block patterns or a more subdued black or white; special features include BMX handlebars and a folding mechanism that reduces the frame by 50 percent for better portability. The bikes come in sizes for men and women, meaning you can get fit, go for a joy ride, and reduce your carbon footprint as a team.

The Offer
$755 Toward a Puma Bike for $199
Once in a while, a Deal comes along that really gets your wheels spinning. Consider this one of them. For $199, you get 755 buckaroos toward the Puma bike of your choice — meaning your Deal voucher alone gets you the Nevis model (a $755 value). But you can also opt to put the $755 toward a more expensive model (the line ranges up to $1,250; all prices include shipping and tax). Either way, you’d better act fast — quantities are quite limited.”

Bike Commuting event – Wednesday, May 25th 4-6pm Bryan Center Bridge

Duke Parking and Transportation will be holding a Bike Commuting event on the Bryan Center Bridge this Wednesday, May 25th from 4-6pm. Come by on your way home and register to win various bike prizes! We will be giving out free bike seat covers, water bottles, t-shirts and more! Duke Police – Crime Prevention will be on-hand to engrave your bike. You’ll also get to speak with representatives from the Durham Bike Co-Op, the Duke Outpost, Duke Sustainability, the Durham Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and Duke Parking and Transportation.
If you know someone that hasn’t registered with Duke Parking and Transportation, they can do so online at:
Registering helps our push for more investment in Duke’s bike infrastructure. As you know, they’ll also receive free daily parking passes for the days you need to drive and access to the gym showers weekday mornings.
I’ll be there to answer any questions you have. Please come out and meet the people that can support your choice to commute by bike.
Brian Williams
Transportation Demand Management Coordinator
Duke Parking and Transportation

Be a part of National Bike to work week (and catch the savings)

This monday is national bike to work week. So get out there and meet your coworkers on the saddle. If you need some new summer gear for the bike, there are some sales going on at Performance Bike in chapel hill (link)

Tour de Duke: Rock out with your Bike out! (April 21)


Tour de Duke: Rock out with your Bike out!
When: Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: Science Drive cul-de-sac in front of the Physics Building
Description: Join the DUGI for some fun in the sun, costumes and great prizes as we cruise around West and East campus. Register to take part, and have a chance to win a free bicycle made out of 100% recycled material (valued at $500). There will also be a costume contest to win other fun prizes. Need a bike tune up? There will be free mechanics on hand for that. After the tour we’ll join the festivities on the LSRC lawn for the 2011 Earth Day Celebration.
Co-sponsors: Duke University Greening Initiative (DUGI), Sustainable Duke, Nicholas School Student Council, FOREM
Contact Information: Kathleen Fraser at