Saturday, February 23, 2008

Bicycle Commuting: Lance's new focus, death's old enemy

Lance Armstrong is getting in the bike store business:
One would think it'd be a bicyle racer's mecca, but Armstrong has a completely different idea. His 18,000-square-foot bike shop now being built in downtown Austin, Texas, will cater to . . . bicycle commuters. In a story in the Austin American Statesman, Armstrong and his partners said the shop, slated to open in May, will be called Mellow Johnny's (the name a takeoff on the nickname Armstrong was given for wearing the Tour de France leader's "maillot jaune," or yellow jersey). In addition to selling and servicing bicycles, the store will have showers and a locker room that commuters who work in the nearby office buildings can use. It will also house a Carmichael Training Systems facility. The overall goal is to encourage the bicycling culture in Austin one beginning rider at a time -- and to make the city more bike friendly along the way.

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Commuting your way to a longer life:
Riding your bike to work or the library can help you live longer. A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology tracked the mortality rates of 67,143 women over a span of more than five years. In addition to regular exercise, those who performed more non-exercise physical activity -- such as riding a bike for transportation -- reduced their risk of early death by anywhere from 20 to 50 percent. (source: Bicycling, 10/2007)

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