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Cycling Helped This Man Get Healthy. Now He Lives to Ride Fast

Age: 40



a person riding on the back of a bicycle: Thanks to cycling and eating healthy, Adam Bennett was able to stop taking blood pressure medication.


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Thanks to cycling and eating healthy, Adam Bennett was able to stop taking blood pressure medication.

Occupation: Sales

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Start Weight: 225 pounds

End Weight: 168 pounds

Time Cycling: 3 years

Reason for Cycling: I want to go fast.

I initially got into cycling in early 2004 after graduating college, because I needed to lose the beer and pizza weight. I started mountain biking, but then I moved to Japan in the fall of 2004. It’s hard to ride mountain bikes without having a car to get to mountain bike trails, so in spring 2005, I bought my first road bike and rode it all over Shizuoka and Osaka prefectures, even competing in the 2007 Mount Fuji Hill Climb (which was truly epic).

After returning to the United States in 2008, I continued cycling in and around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in

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Slack Randoms: Chromed Carbon Frames, a Hydrogen Powered Bike and Dancing Death Bots

We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond… We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.

Fully Chromed Carbon Frames

Two entrepreneurs from Wisconsin claim to have created the ‘world’s first chrome carbon bicycle frame,’ Cycling Weekly reports. Tom Griffith and Gary Elmer have apparently spent $90,000 of their own money and put 2,000 man-hours into creating a chroming method that can be replicated on a production-level scale.

Chroming has previously only been available on metal frames and the spray chrome technology that the friends adapted has traditionally only been possible on smaller, simpler objects than bike frames, the CW article dives

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What We Learned from Tracking Cycling Deaths for a Year

(Map data collected through December 31, 2020, by Outside; map created by BikeMaps.org.)

States with the Most Total Deaths

Louisiana, New York, California, Florida, and Texas were the five deadliest states for cyclists in terms of total fatalities. The latter three have been the most deadly states for cyclists for years, and New York’s fatalities have been on the rise as well—in 2019, it reported 46 cyclist deaths, with 29 in New York City alone. While these three states are also the most populous in the country, Florida and California have among the most cycling deaths per million people, as well. And Louisiana recorded 7.3 cycling deaths per million people, the most of any state. Louisiana’s total fatal crash numbers have remained in the twenties and thirties for the past five years, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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(Illustration: Jonathan Ver Steegh)

Deaths

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Ride Virtually Alongside Cyclists Like Nelson Vails and Rahsaan Bahati With Zwift’s Black Celebration Series

Starting in February, Zwift will be holding a year-long Black Celebration Series designed“to celebrate the history, athletes, heritage, and joy the Black community brings to Zwift from around the world,” according to the company’s press release>>>P.

The rides (and runs) will all take place in Zwift’s virtual rendering of New York, the home of renowned Black cyclists like Major Taylor>>>P, the first Black cyclist to win a world championship, and Nelson Vails>>>P, a 1984 Olympic silver medalist. Each ride will be an hour long and held at a pace of 1.5 to 2 w/kg.

“It’s important to come together as one community, and we will continue to provide further opportunities for all as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” Zwift CEO and co-founder Eric Min said in the press release.

Zwift members will have opportunities to virtually ride with prominent cyclists like Vails;

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