Wynwood Mural Tours Offer Hidden Gems, History and Bicycle Adventures Free on the Daily

Categories: Art, Cycling

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Photo by Morgan Coleman
The murals of Wynwood are really cool, pero like, what are they? Who painted them? Where are the artists from? Which ones are by locals? Doesn't anybody know what's going on?

Calm down street-art lover, one man wants to explain. All you need is a bike and an hour to kill, because local artist and bike enthusiast Ryan the Wheelbarrow is offering daily Wynwood art tours Tuesday through Sunday beginning at noon - and it's at no charge to you.

See also: Paint the Walls Interactive Feature: Artists Transform a Neighborhood into a Sprawling Outdoor Gallery

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"Invisible" Bike Helmet Inflates Like an Airbag to Save Your Skull

Categories: Cycling

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All photos courtesy of Hovding
Miami residents love riding their bikes. But, unfortunately, there are even more Miami residents who love driving their cars abysmally. The amount of traffic accidents regarding motor vehicles and cyclists is enough to make your head spin.

And with Critical Mass happening every month, bike safety couldn't be more crucial. As a kid, you might remember wearing those oftentimes tacky knee and elbow pads that matched your equally sparkly and tacky helmet. But as you grew older, and your parents stopped tapping your helmet on your head before every bike ride (or you got away from them so they couldn't), you might have tossed those old elbow and knee pads and accidentally left your helmet hanging when you go out for a ride.

Whatever the reason for not protecting your noggin - it's uncomfortable, it's ugly, it gives you helmet hair, what good does it do anyway, yadda yadda - you're about to rethink your no-helmet motto.

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Jacob Landis, Charity Cyclist Hit By Truck in Florida: "I'm Just Grateful to Be Here"

Categories: Cycling

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Jacob Landis, post-injury.
This story is more amazing than the Mets in 1969.

Jacob Landis, a 24-year-old from Maryland, was born with normal hearing but turned deaf by the age of 10. Luckily, he was able to receive a cochlear implant allowing him to regain the ability to hear.

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device inserted deep into one's ear, sort of like a supersonic hearing aid. They're expensive--not everyone can afford such an implant. In an effort to raise awareness and funds for poor children who could use the implant, Landis decided to do something active.

So he started Jacob's Ride. His goal was to raise 200K for his cause. Starting April 3, Jacob committed to ride his bike to every baseball stadium in the country, sort of like a cycling Forrest Gump or those local dudes who paddle-boarded 100s of miles for charity. After attending 29 of the 30 baseball stadiums in the country, Landis had one more stadium to encounter: Marlins Park.

But while on his journey to Miami, Landis was clipped by a huge Freightliner semi-truck pulling a refrigerated trailer.

See also: Man Biking Across America For Charity Hit by Truck in Florida on His Way to Marlins Park

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Magic City Bicycle Collective Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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This Saturday the skies opened up and let loose a torrent of gray water over Downtown. Despite the momentary monsoon, the slightly waterlogged lot on the corner of 11th and North Miami Avenue was abuzz with music and good vibes. People were celebrating and feeling good, rains be damned. The festivities went off without a hitch for the one year anniversary of the Magic City Bicycle Collective.

MCBC is a non-profit co-op in the heart of Downtown Miami, just across from the Corner bar. They don't sell bikes and they don't sell bike parts -- they help bikers. For a fee of $5 an hour, they will help you fix your cycle and show you how to keep it in top shape. But apart from being handy bike techs, the people at Magic City Bicycle Collective are interested in fostering a vibrant and interconnected cycling community in Miami, and in the past year, they've made amazing strides to doing just that.

See also: Magic City Bicycle Collective Aims to Spread the Cycling Gospel (Photos)

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Cañones Sueltos: An Underground, "Semi-Illegal" Bicycle Race for "Fast Motherf*ckers"

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Let's be honest: Miami isn't exactly known for its particularly good drivers. You could drop somebody in the middle of a school of 400 famished hammerheads in the Galapagos, naked and marinated in warm fish blood, and they might actually be safer than most drivers on the Palmetto.

So it takes a pretty hardcore cat to go balls out on a bicycle in a six-mile race through the streets of Miami. These are the riders who come out for the Cañones Sueltos Race and have a blast barreling through the city like champs on two wheels.

Every month, Jonathan Sauceda chooses a park for the starting line, a bar for the finish line, and at 9 p.m., what he describes as "One of South Florida's gnarliest, ball-busting bike race/rides through the unforgiving brutal streets of Miami" begins.

See also:
- Magic City Bicycle Collective Aims to Spread the Cycling Gospel (Photos)
- Cranksgiving: Cyclists Go Head to Head in Thanksgiving Race for Charity

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Lance Armstrong Cheated, But He's Still a Hero

Categories: Cycling, Opinion
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Lance Armstrong cheated.

Last night, he finally admitted it to Oprah: He "doped" to win seven Tour de France titles and got caught in a web of lies that society won't likely soon forget.

But before those victories ever happened, Armstrong was a relatively unknown 20-something-year-old battling stage three testicular cancer.

"I intend to beat this disease," he told the New York Times in 1996. "I'm 25 years old. I'm one of the best in my sport--why would I have cancer? ... This is something I got stuck with and now have to work through."

A year later, a cancer-free Armstrong established the Livestrong Foundation, an Austin-based non-profit committee that has since raised nearly $500 million to support those affected by cancer.

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House Of Thunder Motorcycle Shop Revs Into Miami

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Motorcycles, excepting steam powered and diesel fuelers, were invented in Germany in 1885. The Reitwagen housed an internal combustion engine that burned petroleum fuel. Hot chicks have been attracted to them ever since. 

So it's only right that Hamburg, Germany's Erik Vauth and his House Of Thunder dealership moves into Wynwood and brings a stable full of Royal Enfields and a Harley custom shop with him. The grand opening is December 15th and includes sexy models in bikini photo shoots all day, and plenty of motorcycles to test drive. 

Here's what the place looks like and a preview of the crazy bikes you'll see while you're there.


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Miami Graffiti Bike Tour Tomorrow Benefiting Magic City Bike Collective

Categories: Art, Cycling
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Besides a group that promotes cycling, a "bike collective" is a workshop with free use of tools, spare parts, and volunteers that help you build or fix your own bike for the low price of a suggested donation.

Like, out of the goodness of their bike-loving hearts.

The Magic City Bike Collective, opening June 30 on 11th Street and North Miami Avenue, is just such a place.

And to raise money they're showing off the best street art in the city on a Miami Graffiti Bike Tour.

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A Quick Peek at Miami Bike Polo at Jose Martí Park (Video)

Categories: Cycling, Sports
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These days, if you're still not satisfied with the kickball or roller derby leagues popping up all over South Florida, maybe bicycles will whet your alternative sport appetite.

The Miami Bike Polo league (polo, as in a mallet in one hand, a handlebar in the other, and a street hockey ball flying through the air) saw it's fourth monthly BBQ early in the month at José Martí Park. If you missed it, no worries because you can plan around games there every Sunday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 7 p.m. (except for Fridays that precede Critical Mass).

And for those of you who'd like a closer look at what you might be getting involved in, this video should bring you to your senses.More »

Miami Bike Polo: Balls and Mallets Minus the Horses

Categories: Cycling
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Photos by Janis Krakops
Twenty years ago, Miami was getting to be a frigging weird place, and if you went to José Martí Park on any given Sunday, it might not have surprised you to see a bunch of maniacs riding in circles on bicycles, screaming and swinging sticks. Today, the city has cleaned itself up a bit, but the stick-swinging bikers are still around, though now they are a lot less socially dangerous and organized into teams thanks to Miami Bike Polo.More »
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