C4C Staff Attend Youth-led Climate Strike


By: Gunther Melander

Last Friday, September 20, Cycles for Change staff attended the Global Climate Strike, an international youth-led action to stop climate change. With the Minnesota capitol lawn full of young and old alike, we heard stories from young Black and Indigenous leaders about how climate change is destroying their communities and about the need to fight together for a better future.

Why is it important to come to actions like the climate strike? One march or protest will never stop injustice on its own, but each protest is an important step to create lasting change. First, attending an action can foster a sense of community and give people an opportunity to stay involved. There is a lot of work that goes into running a movement and there is always room for more hands. Second, the more people in a crowd, the better the message for the movement. From names on a petition, to people in a crowd, every person involved increases the the momentum to influence change for any movement. 

Why do you participate in actions? What does climate change look like in our community here in Seward? Email Gunther Melander, Administrative Coordinator, at [email protected] with your stories and thoughts.

Pre-Winter Specials

Studded Tires
Get your studded tires before the snow flies! We’ve got new and used studded tires for sale in the shop.

Our stock of new studded tires are $77/each. We can also order different studded tires for you at any time.

Used studded tires are $20/each or $35/pair. Used studded tires tend to sell quickly, so if you’re looking for a pair for this winter, stop by sooner rather than later!

Lights
The days are getting shorter and Daylight Savings ends on November 3. Lighting is important to keep yourself visible while biking in the dark. Minnesota law requires that, at a minimum, bicyclists riding in the dark have a front light and a rear reflector. But a rear light is highly recommended as well. We have many lighting options for sale in our shop in a variety of price ranges. Come check out our selection so you can light up the night on your bike.

(And a reminder: we still have FREE headlights for BIPOC folks!)

Fall, winter, and deep winter gloves
As the weather changes, you may need different protection for your hands as you ride. We have fall, winter, and deep winter glove options for sale in the shop ranging from $40-$80. Each of these options protect your hands to different temperature degrees. The deep winter gloves are meant to be worn as a second layer over a base pair of gloves.

Kali City Helmet
We’re doing a limited run of the Kali City Helmet ($125). This great winter helmet comes in three colorways: matte bronze, matte cement, black; and two sizes: small/medium and large/extra large. The best feature is the drop-down visor for winter eye protection!

Nalgene bottles and cages
We now carry Nalgene 32oz water bottles ($14) and wide bottle cages ($32) in the shop! You’ll also get a C4C sticker to put on the water bottle.

Bikes, Sustainability, and Climate Change

“Climate change is just one on a long list of reasons why you should swap out your four wheels for two. Commuting to work or school by bike instead of car results in a significant reduction of your carbon footprint on a daily basis. From production, to use and maintenance, every step in the life of this form of transit reaches the same conclusion. If you want an easy way to help protect our climate, hop on your bike and go for a ride.” – Gunther Melander, C4C Administrative Coordinator

Want to hear more about bikes, sustainability, and climate change? Email Gunther Melander at [email protected] with questions and article requests.

Sources: Palmer, B. (2011, August 9). How soon does a bike pay back its initial carbon footprint? Retrieved from https://slate.com/technology/2011/08/how-soon-does-a-bike-pay-back-its-initial-carbon-footprint.html

Pre-Season Specials: Winter Bikes

We aren’t thinking about winter yet. No, not yet. But we do have a great ready-to-go winter bike option for sale in the shop! This bike is a Reid Cruiser Winter Single Speed with studded tires. Available in women’s small, medium, large and men’s medium and large, and pink and blue colorways. Pre-season sale price is $335.98.

Thinking about biking in the snow this winter but don’t have the right bike for it? We’ve got another great option with a pre-season special in the shop: the Reid Alpha 26×4.0 Fat Bike in a gunmetal colorway. Regular price is $642.99, but we’re giving 10% off to the first 5 special orders ($578.09 sale price). We have one of these Alpha Fat Bikes on display at the shop for fitting and test rides. Stop by and check it out!

Light Up the Night

The days are getting shorter and Daylight Savings ends on November 3. Lighting is important to keep yourself visible while biking in the dark. Minnesota law requires that, at a minimum, bicyclists riding in the dark have a front light and a rear reflector. But a rear light is highly recommended as well. We have many lighting options for sale in our shop in a variety of price ranges. Come check out our selection so you can light up the night on your bike.

(And a reminder: we still have FREE headlights for BIPOC folks!)