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October 2017 Cycle California!

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Rack 'Em

By Bo Crane

"Stack 'em, pack 'em and rack 'em." —Fred Thompson (Mr. Trudeau, Dulles operations chief), Die Hard 2

For years, my vehicle bike carrier was the bed of my Ford pickup truck. Now some truck bed carriers are made special, such as the one owned by my buddy Pete who can clamp in his bike without removing wheels.

However, my truck rack consisted of two waist-high 2x4 wood railings, spaced parallel far apart, lengthwise, secured to a flat sheet of plywood underneath. Just think "carpenter."

Thar's a Bear

Love, Your Tour Mom

By Chris Uss

Our tour group had been riding in the Canadian Rockies for nearly a week and hadn't seen a single bear. We'd pedaled along quiet, remote, and deserted roads, coasting down or sweating up hills at dawn , midday and dusk, but all we'd seen were lovely landscapes and one admittedly cool moose. Where were the bears? You don't save up for a nine-day trip through the Rockies and expect to go home without at least one bear sighting. It was time for me and my fellow tour guide to do something.

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A Little News: Bike-themed license plate in works

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has proposed a special interest bicycle-themed license plate for California. Sales of the plate will help fund grants for cycling programs by emphasizing cycling as a physical activity to prevent obesity and chronic disease.

The grants will focus on creating safe places to ride and earn-a-bike programs for at-risk youth, promote cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and safety education for cyclists and car drivers. Statewide coalitions, community-based organizations, nonprofits, county health departments and similar organizations will likely be eligible for these grants.

To set the wheels turning, CDPH plans to announce a contest for the graphic image to be used on the license plate. Look for an announcement on the release of the contest rules in an upcoming issue of Cycle California! Magazine.

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