March 24, 2009
Here Pedals De Judge!
My friend, Larry Lagarde, of Ride this Bike, is holding a contest!
How would you like to win a brand new folding bike for free?
The economy has put the pinch on a lot of people. Even if you're out of a job, you still need to get around and a folding bike is a great way to do it. So here's the deal:
RideTHISbike.com is giving away a brand new E-Z Pack folding bike including free shipping anywhere within the USA lower 48 states.
To apply, post an appeal on RideTHISbike.com explaining why YOU deserve to get a free bike.
At 5pm Central Time on Earth Day 2009 (April 22nd), a brand new E-Z Pack folding bike will be awarded based on voting by readers of the RideTHISbike.com email newsletter, and a panel of inspirational, and respected bicycle enthusiasts.
Got a convincing Sob Story? No Sob Story, but you want to vote on who has the best one?
As Larry mentions there will be a panel of Inspirational, and respected, Bicycle Enthusiasts (Cycling advocacy and industry leaders.) involved in the voting.
I am honored to have been asked to be on this panel. ;-D
Larry recently introduced us to his readers this way:
Harvey Botzman only rides a Folding Bike, and is the author of several cycling books.
Zahid Buttar is an elite cyclist in the United States Cycling Federation.
Sue Derada is the founder of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Action Committee (BI-PAC), a bicycling advocacy group.
Tony Hoar is a Tour de France veteran and dedicated bicycling advocate,and engineer, and a respected builder of top-quality human-powered transportation devices (such as bicycles, racing wheelchairs and custom bike trailers).
Arnold Kamler is a CEO with an extensive, 36 year, history in the bicycle industry, including the manufacture of mini folding bikes.
Richard Masoner is a dedicated bicycle commuter and the prolific bike blogger behind CommuteByBike. His multi modal commute (via bike, bus, train and bike) spans 3 California counties and 2 transit agencies.
Leah Neaderthal founded The Chainlink (the online community for Chicago cycling) to create a sense of community among the large population of Chicago cyclists.
Mark Sanders has created a variety of innovative products including the Strida and IF MODE folding bikes.
Rick Shaffer is the "Prime Minister" of historic Wallace, Idaho (former mining town & Biking Mecca of the Northwest).
Ira Stone is a 60 year old Conservative Rabbi, published theologian and professor of Jewish Philosophy who rediscovered the joys of cycling less than 3 years ago.
Lauren Sullivan is the founder and driving force behind Nola Cycle (a project to assemble the first, comprehensive, high quality and up to date cycling map of New Orleans).
As for me, in January 2003, I started one of the world's first BikeBlogs. Dedicated to the proposition that bike riding is good for you and fun, the blog includes commentary, links, news, opinion, reviews, stories, poetry, travelogue, and occasional heads up about events.
You can learn more about my fellow panelists, including links to their websites, here.
***UPDATE - 4/7***
A Desperate Dozen entered, and here are the links, and my thoughts, on ones I'm considering in Round 1 of the Voting. ;-D
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