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  • Link Winter Warrior 2015

    by Chris Buck | Nov 12,2015

    Keep riding all winter long with Link! We will be running our Winter Warrior challenge starting on December, 4 going until February, 26. You will have the opportunity to win great prizes throughout the challenge. The more you ride, the more you can win! The person who rides the most will be crowned as the ultimate Winter Warrior!

    All you have to do is register HERE. Then between December, 4 and February, 26, take as many Link trips as you possibly can. Every trip will be counted!*

    By riding you can get your name entered in three different drawings. Take 20 trips, you will be entered into the first tier, take 40 trips, you will be entered into the first and second tiers drawings, take 75 trips, you can be entered into the first, second and third tier drawings.

    During various times through the 12 weeks, we will have other prizes to give away. These will happen at random times and will be posted on our website and social media outlets.

  • The Rain is Not That Bad

    by Robert Prinz | Jun 25,2015
    If you are like us here at Link HQ, you are getting pretty sick of the rain we have been having the past week. The rain makes it harder to enjoy your morning commute or your ride to go get lunch, or evening workout or any other type of ride you may enjoy. Although riding in the rain does not seem like the best idea, it can still be enjoyable. The Link bikes come equipped with fenders and splash guards to help keep the water from splashing up on you, the bikes also have lights and reflective sidewalls on the wheels to help keep you visible. Follow a few simple steps to help you stay dry and you can be out enjoying a ride in the rain in no time! 


    Wet Weather? No Problem! A Short Guide to Biking in the Rain

    Riding comfortably and prudently in the rain is relatively easy using some common sense, preparation, and a bit of additional gear.



    There is no such thing as “bad biking weather”, just ask those happy folks cycling around rainy Portland or snowy Minneapolis every day of the year! Let’s take a look at how they do it, while staying stylish and still arriving at home or work in warm, dry socks.

    On your body:

    • A synthetic or wool (non-cotton) base layer (underclothes) will keep the sweat from sticking.
    • A wool or fleece (again, non-cotton) outer layer (shirt or sweater) will breathe but keep you warm in cold temperatures. 
    • A waterproof jacket or rain cape will keep the water out, but avoid hoods that cover your ears and keep you from hearing traffic noise.
    • Waterproof rain pants and boots or shoe covers will keep you dry from all of the water that your tires will splash up from the roadway.
    • Neon and bright colors are especially important in dim but not dark conditions.
    • A waterproof bag, pannier, or backpack will ensure that all of your valuables stay dry even if you don’t.
    • You can put a rain cover over your bike helmet but avoid wearing a hood that covers your ears. You need to be able to hear traffic to stay safe, especially in rainy conditions.

    Alternately, if it is rainy but not too cold you can ride in quick drying, synthetic biking gear but carry a change of clothes in a waterproof bag or pannier. Once at work you can then towel off and change into your work clothes, then by the end of the day your bike gear is (mostly) dry and ready for you to ride home in!

    Consider keeping a pair of shoes, socks, and pants at work that you can change into in a pinch, in case you are caught in the rain and arrive at work wetter than expected.

    On your bike:

    • Highly recommended: Plenty of bright lights AND reflectors to the front, rear, and sides of your bike (even during the day!).
    • Fenders on your front and rear wheels will keep water on the road from splashing up onto you. Longer, “full” fenders will also prevent some dirt and grit from getting into your chain and gears, keeping things running smoothly.

    Things to know:

    • Bike brakes are much less effective when wet. Take it slower than normal and give yourself LOTS more time to stop.
    • Metal, painted, and brick surfaces in the roadway can become very slippery during and after the rain. This means watch out for train tracks, manholes, bike lane markings, etc. When you cross over them keep your handlebars straight, not turning, to avoid a slip.
    • Hands and feet get the coldest when biking, if wet and unprotected. If you plan to bike more than just a couple miles in the rain, make sure both are covered with waterproof and well insulated material.
    • Beware of bike-eating puddles! Even little ones can hide nasty things like potholes, nails, or glass, which can cause a flat tire or a crash.
    • After your ride, take some time to wipe water and dirt off the metal bike wheel rims, front and back. This will ensure that the brakes are still effective the next time you take your bike out.
    • Also wipe water off the chain after a rain ride, and squirt on a little bike lubricant if possible. This prevents rust from building up on the chain, extending its life.

    Most importantly, don’t worry about getting a little wet and don’t let the rain keep you from having fun on your bike! With the exception of some wicked witches, most humans are water-resistant and will get through it just fine. Everyone has their own routine and preferences, so feel free to experiment and see what works for you.

     
  • Dayton's Bike Share Program Has Successful Start

    by Jerry Kenny | Jun 03,2015

    By   JUN 1, 2015

    • After cutting the ribbon on Dayton's new 'Link' bike-share program, city officials get ready to ride.
      After cutting the ribbon on Dayton's new 'Link' bike-share program, city officials get ready to ride.
      BIKE MIAMI VALLEY

    Downtown Dayton’s new bike share program kicked off this month and it has already exceeded expectations. 
    Chris Buck with Bike Miami Valley says the bike share numbers in the first few weeks have been high.

    “In the first 24 days we saw over 4600 rides taken,” he said. “We know that we have over 1080 unique users so people have really embraced the bike share concept and have gone full-bore at it.”

    So far the program, called Link, has brought in about $24,000 in bike rentals and memberships. Buck says the money goes back into running and growing Link.

    As the number of bikers on downtown streets grows, safety is a concern, but Steve Finke with the city’s public works department says the city has been preparing for increasing numbers of cyclists for some time.

     
    CREDIT BIKE MIAMI VALLEY

    “We've been putting bike lanes in on certain streets in the downtown area to make tie-ins to the bikeway along the river, and so we've been developing these bike lanes in a kind of a systematic way and we have several more planned here in the future.” he said.

    Finke says drivers in downtown Dayton can expect to see more bike lanes phased in on Wayne Ave., Riverview, Helena and Keowee St. and others.

    According to Bike Miami Valley, more than 25 cities across the U.S. offer bike-share programs.

    In Dayton, there are 24 bike stations within a two mile radius of downtown Dayton, with more than 200 bikes available for use. For a rental fee, or paid membership, customers can unlock the bikes and ride to any other station, or they can bring the back to the original location.

    Information on where each station is located can be found on the Link home page.

  • 8 facts about Dayton's new bike share program

    by Dayton.com staff | Apr 27,2015

    Very soon, Daytonians will have an all new way of getting around town.

    A new bike share program, called Link, is set to launch next month.

    Bike share program launches May 5 photo
    A new Link station located outside the RecPlex at the corner of Evanston Avenue and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus is one of 24 stations that will be installed before the bike-share program’s launch May 5. DREW SIMON / STAFF

    Here are eight things you need to know about the program: 

     

    1. The program is set to launch May 5 at noon during The Square is Where event on Courthouse Square.

    2. The program will begin renting bicycles at its stations in and around the downtown area beginning next month.

    3. Link initially will offer 24 stations that are being installed this week in and around downtown Dayton. The system will have 225 bicycles available for rent.

    4. Annual membership will cost $65, and semester passes will run $45. It will cost $30 for a monthly pass and $5 for a day pass.

    5. Station locations were selected based on their proximity to hot spots and employment and activity centers, including restaurants, shops and arts and entertainment attractions.

    6. Thirteen stations will be placed in the Central Business District, east of the Great Miami River with a southbound border of Fifth Street.

    7. Five stations will be located around the University of Dayton Campus. UD was one of the founding sponsors of the program. The Dayton Art Institute and the UD Research Institute will have docking stations.

    8. The bike-share program will operate out of a Greater Dayton RTA building on South Main Street.

  • Pictures from Brand Launch

    by Chris Buck | Apr 03,2015
    Here are a few pictures from our Brand Launch event in March.

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