Transport your Christmas tree by bicycle

I’m giving props where props are due. When you see bikers not just riding, but riding with Christmas tree in tow, you begin to realise cycling has no limits. After seeing our favourite family on wheels A Simple Six taking their new tree home by bike, a quick image search online proved they’re not the first to do so.

A Simple Six take their Christmas Tree home

Image (c) A Simple Six

Long John Christmas Tradition in Copenhagen

Image (cc) Mikael Colville-Andersen

Copenhagen Yule

Image (cc) Mikael Colville-Andersen

You can transport anything by bicycle in Amsterdam

Image (cc) milknosugar

longtail Christmas tree recycling

Image (cc) Mark Stosberg

Tree on bike

Image (cc) Jeff Youngstrom

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Image (cc) cleverchimp

There are more pics at Copenhagenize.

There’s even a Christmas tree company in Portland called “Trees By Bike” that, you guessed it, deliver their trees via bike (they’re already sold out for the year.)

One week in and we have 200+ challengers from around the world

Today we’ve kicked off week two of the ‘Winter B-icicle Challenge’ and Em and I are super delighted to see over 200 bikers from around the world have signed up. It’s amazing to think it was just two weeks ago I read Em’s blog and saw that she had set a personal winter biking challenge for herself in an effort to commit to a green lifestyle – all year round. And later that evening I met up with her in a Beijing bar and said, “Em, you have to go big with this.”

As luck would have it Emily agreed, and within a few days we had a name (Lane Change), a site up (the one you’re reading) and thanks to the contributions of one talented bike-lovin’ graphic designer, we also had some fantastic graphics for our challenge. As for the rest, we would have to wait and see.

Safe to say it’s been amazing to see that in the last week we’ve seen our challenge spread through blogs, twitter, and mainly through facebook to all parts of the globe. Challengers hailing from London, Miami, Seattle, Boston, Syracuse, Calgary, Alaska, The Hague, Gloucestershire, Shanghai, Beijing and other cities have been sending in photos and comments.

I don’t know about you guys, but there’s something really cool – actually make that really warming – knowing every time I stick on my beanie and gloves, hop on my bike and push off, you guys are out there doing the same. That there’s 200 of us (and growing) who every morning choose to take our bike and make earth-friendly tracks all through the snow.

And just remember, every ride you make, and every day you make it – you are a biking advert for a better, cleaner, more beautiful future. Ride on!

Image: Photos sent in from challengers via. the ‘Winter B-icicle Challenge’ Facebook page. Click to enlarge.

Tips for biking safely through snow, ice and bitter winds

Beijing snows

Winter B-icicle challengers in Beijing woke up to the sight of thick, fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky. I snapped the above photo on my way to work. Over the next three months the weather will most definitely throw a few hairy snowballs your way, so it’s important to know how to ride safely when temperatures begin to fall (and fall) below zero.

Luckily All Weather Sports (via Take Part) has some great advice:

  • Try to pedal smoothly and relax your upper body, especially on ice and soft snow.
  • Road ice can provide lots of traction or very little. Learn how the different types look and sound. Try not to brake hard on the slippery sort, or if you must, use only your rear brake. Watch for dry patches where you can do your braking or turning.
  • Wide tires with widely separated knobs work best on snow.
  • Use low pressure: start with 15-20 psi and experiment for yourself. Sometimes 5 psi feels great.
  • Studded tires and chains improve traction on ice, but will slow you down.

Along with that we’d add a few ‘common sense’ pointers for bad weather days:

  • Be overcautious: ride slower than usual and best not to have your headphones on.
  • With poor visibility try and use bike lights or wear reflective vests or stickers.
  • Dress warmly – even if it makes you look like a stuffed sausage. Thermals, beanies, thick socks, big scarves, gloves, vests and boots are all musts.

Head to All Weather Sports for a full rundown on tips and all-weather equipment, especially for those cycling out in the countryside or for long periods of time.

Have any other tips to add? Leave them in the comments section below!