Last week was Bay State Bike Week.
As I transition to being a bike commuter, I heard about the 50,000-Mile [Bicycle] Commuter Challenge and pledged my ~4 mile/day ride to/from the Alewife T-stop. In brief, the idea was to get many people to commute during bike week a certain number of miles.
Turns out that 50K miles was a low-ball goal, and >100K miles were pledged by bicycle commuters throughout Massachusetts. Of course, who knows how many miles were actually ridden…. but the Alewife T-stop is packed with bicycles in the morning, and the T is adding more bicycle racks in the near future.
Luck was on my side, and I was randomly selected as a finalist to potentially win a new Fuji Commuter Bicycle. And they were going to make the selection at a Happy Hour event at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Sq.
Long story short: I didn’t win the Fuji Bicycle. (But I recently bought a great bicycle, the Breezer Uptown8, so I can’t be too disappointed. I’ll be writing a review of the Uptown8 soon.) However, I did win one of the door prize raffles: thank you very much, REI!
The prize consisted of two bags stuffed with goodies. The small, black messenger bag on the left has the 2008 Bike Week logo on it, which reads “Kick Gas”.
Kick Gas T-shirt; Bike Map of Boston; stickers; mini Clif Bar; mini bungee cords; and a nice OnGuard bicycle lock (not for heavy-duty applications, but just right for cruising around town and getting a quick ice cream cone).
The Eagle Creek Bag had an embroidered REI on the cloth side. Inside:
“Get Dirty” REI Volunteer shirt (not cotton); weatherproof outer shell/jacket; water bottles (because one isn’t enough); and tire irons (because one set isn’t enough). I was quite happy about the shirt and jacket– until I realized they are both women’s cut. Ugh! Useless for me… but they fit my wife just fine.
(Though the arm-pit zips on the jacket don’t unzip and all the retail tags are missing… perhaps there’s a reason why it was a “gift”?)