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December 2013 ZAP Newsletter

Photo of bike on snow cover trail

Shared on our Facebook page from a ZAP rider on December 4th during the first snow. Bike path in St. Louis Park at 4pm.

Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st but Mother Nature kicked off winter bike season early with two snowfalls over the past week. Some of us embrace the ice, and some of us dread the chapped face and piles of damp gloves, socks, and coats drying by the door.  For those of you who keep on riding, good news, your competition for the ZAP prize pool just got smaller.

Since we went last month without a prize drawing, we have some making up to do. We  have a drawing for October rides and a drawing for November rides. We also have a few special give aways that you can enter to win to celebrate a great year with ZAP Twin Cities.

 

Included in this edition of the Minneapolis ZAP Twin Cities newsletter:

 

Winter Riding Basics

White front lights don't need to be large, they just need to visible at 500 feet. This light is small, clips on and off your bike easily, and is visible at over 1900 feet.

White front lights don’t need to be large, they just need to visible at 500 feet. This light is small, clips on and off your bike easily, and is visible at over 1900 feet.

For those of you new to biking or new to Minnesota, welcome to what it’s going to look and feel like outside for the next 3-4 months. ZAP Twin Cities has many year round bike enthusiests that have specialized gear and experience so as not miss a beat in the climate shift, but for the rest of us, here are some bike basics for winter.

1. The sun comes and goes fast as we near the winter solstice, so make sure you are visible to other vehicles and pedestrians on your bike. Front and rear lights/reflectors are the law, this is one piece of riding equipment you don’t skimp on.

2. Protect your eyes with glasses or goggles. Squinting to protect your eyes from the brisk air and falling flakes may work for your eyeballs, but biking around with your eyes nearly closed puts both you and those around you in danger.

photo bike light skull

Rear lights or reflectors need to be red and visible at 600 feet. The cold Minnesota air kills batteries fast so look for lights that are easy to take on and off your bike and can be charged. Both front and rear lights pictured plug into a USB port to charge, have 2 hours of burntime with a solid light or 11 hours of burn time with the light flashing.

3. Use the basics, wash the basics. Dress in layers with glove liners, neck warmers or scarves, and headbands or hats. While it may be tempting to lay out your base layer to dry each evening, please keep in mind that you did complete an aerobic workout with your skin against those layers. Lay out your outer layers to dry, wash your base layers.

Disclaimer: The author of this newsletter is not picking on anyone with these winter riding tips. She is fully guilty of all three “don’ts” listed above.


Rider Stats for ZAP Twin Cities

Looking at the number of rides each person is doing in a month, the “super riders” seemed to have peaked in August while August was also the lowest month for infrequent riders. Maybe too hot for those not into regular rides?

There was also a dramatic drop of the “super riders” between August and September. Riders I’ve spoke with have shared that when the children are out of school, it’s much easier to leave the car behind and use a bicycle as the main commuting vehicle.  What do you think?

Minneapolis ZAPS per Person per Month

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Prize Winners for October and November Rides Drawing

Yes, we are off by one month for our prizes so we get double the winners this round. As a bonus for waiting, each winner for October and November rides will get a National Bike Registry tag with a 10 year protection plan (worth $10).

Here we go, the October rides prize drawing winners-

$20 Gift Card for Atlas Grill located at 6th Street and 3rd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis – A. Vasatka

Insulated Camelbak water bottle ($10 value) from Commuter Connection on 6th Street and 3rd Avenue – C. Goldsmith

$25 Gift Card for Espresso Royale with locations on Hennepin, Dinkeytown, and St. Paul – A. Gavzy

 

And now the November rides prize drawing winners-

$20 Gift Card for Atlas Grill located at 6th Street and 3rd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis – Z. Mauduit-Benner

Insulated Camelbak water bottle ($10 value) from Commuter Connection on 6th Street and 3rd Avenue – P. Holt

$25 Gift Card for Espresso Royale with locations on Hennepin, Dinkeytown, and St. Paul – M. Daman


 

A Special Year End Prize Pool

We have three prizes to give away that may not be valuable to all riders since they have some space requirements. Since we only want to give these out to people who can use them, the drawing registration will be on Facebook next week. I’ll post one prize per day with an image and description. If you want to enter into the prize drawing, *comment on the photo.

*Only those who comment on the image will be entered in the drawing. The post will go up at 10am and we’ll take entries until 3pm. The prize winner will be posted on our Facebook page at 3:30pm each day.

Please make sure you “Like” the ZAP Twin Cities Facebook page.

Here’s the schedule and prizes:

Monday, December 16th

photo of ZAP prize bike standFloor Bike Stand by Racor (Value $40)

See floor stand details


Tuesday, December 17th

photo of prize bike hookFlip Up Bike Storage Hanger by Crawford (Value $10)
See storage hanger details


Wednesday, December 18th

photo bike hanger prizeBike Lift by Racor (Value $25)
See bike lift details


photo of snow on stone arch bridge

Shared by ZAP rider on our Facebook page- Stone Arch Bridge bike path on December 4th.

 

 

Thank you everyone for participating in the pilot year of ZAP Twin Cities and remember to use ZAP as a tool to welcome new people into the bicycle community. Have a great holiday season everyone!

Jessica Hill
ZAP Twin Cities