Bicycles Eat Up a Hummer

Give us your suggestions of how we can get more people out on bikes, and win one of these cycling t-shirts with a fantastic message.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the guys over at Ban-T Shirts and asked if I’d like one of their new bicycle themed shirts.  I’d actually seen the design floating around social media and definitely thought it was something I’d like to wear.

It seems like all I ever wear is cycling t-shirts, and although I love being a walking billboard for the bike…..I’m also quite particular about which ones I put on.  A t-shirt has to be totally comfortable and feel good in order for me to wear it on a regular basis.  It can be the most super cool bicycle shirt ever, but if it doesn’t feel right I won’t wear it.

That fact is often a worry of mine when a new shirt is in the mail, but when this one arrived I was very happy with the fit and I’ve added it to my rotation.  As for what’s on the shirt?  Yeah, it’s pretty cool.  Would you like one of your own?

These t-shirts are manufactured and printed in the USA, made of 100% organic cotton, and if you don’t win one here you can get one of your own at http://www.bant-shirts.com/bicycle-t-shirt.htm.  They come in men’s and women’s sizing, and it’s also available in a hoodie.  Oh, and they’ve got a couple other cycling themed shirts over there as well.

Win a T-Shirt

Thanks to everyone who entered.  We’ve randomly selected a winner and the t-shirt goes to Michael Hayes.  Congratulations, Michael the shirt will be out to you soon.

They crew over at Ban-T Shirts want more people to get on bikes and they have this quote to help promote it: “Get on your bike, stay healthy and let’s keep our cities quieter and cleaner.”

Leave a comment below with your quote or suggestion for getting more people to ride bikes, and you’re in to win.  The contest closes on Monday at Noon EST.

  • Joe

    I wanted a good commuter bike and so I went to http://www.saturdaycycles.com and found the best bike for me.

  • http://aerochick.com/ Ashley

    How to get more people to ride bikes? Wave and talk to everyone, it’ll naturally turn to riding and why they don’t ride.

  • http://www.facebook.com/my.name.is.nic Nic Lindbergh

    Emphasize the fun factor. People don’t have to get a road bike or commuter to do good. I encourage people to buy a cheap cruiser and use it for short trips (grocerie shore, book shop). They’re enjoyable to ride, get people moving, and lessen gas use. It’s a great way to get a nervous person started.

    • http://www.facebook.com/my.name.is.nic Nic Lindbergh

      *store (oops!)

  • F Breol

    I do feel that things are improving, but we have a long way to go. Websites like yours and having all of us on bikes being good role models will help get more people riding bikes.

  • Rick

    I think getting more kids involved in cycling and having them fall in love with it will help create more cyclists in the future.

  • Kimstring

    I lead a beginner group on weekly rides, we start at a low mileage, Learn about how & when to shift along with riding in traffic. Many beginner group rides start at too high of a mileage for people to feel comfortable attending them. Hopefully next year with teaming up with a friend we can double our numbers (of course that’s if I didn’t get the job at the Grand Canyon.)

  • Adam B

    Cool shirt. I’m always sharing with people the benefits of cycling and how it can make your life better. We all need to promote bikes like this and more people will start riding.

  • http://twitter.com/openmikey Mike Neifert

    Live your commute! (I feel much more alert and awake on my “drive” to work when I’m on a bike!)

  • Bethel Strong

    I encourage people by leading by example. I let them know by way of facebook (BethelStrong) and Twitter (@takeabike). They will see me riding and having fun, plus seeing how it help my health. They will honk, wave or stop me to talk. I can’t tell you how many people I have encouraged to start riding by just talking about it. Let them know the health benifits, the fun and not a better way to see the city you live in. I tell them that you don’t have to be able to out ride anyone, just ride and have fun.
    #ImPoweredByMyOwn2LegsAStrongHeartandABigSmile. #IamACyclist #BSTRONG
    Bethel Strong

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniela.froehlich.5 Daniela Froehlich-Ruggle

    Cycled a lot when I was a bit younger and loved it!!! Would love to start again here in Grenada but honestly the driving styles of the guys is scary. Educate the bus/truck/car drivers and you might see many more ppl on their bikes ;-)

  • http://www.reasons2ride.com/ Joel Phillips

    When I decided to make a change in my life, the bicycle is where I looked. On it, I was able to find resolve and strength I never believed I had. In the few thousand miles I’ve ridden since, the best way I’ve found to get people to ride is just to ride myself and let them see how happy it makes me feel & how much better I look. Let me drop a deep thought of mine on you, Words move emotions, Action moves mountains, now RIDE!

  • Ken

    I would really like to see more people riding bikes. In the city its difficult to get more people biking because of the distance to commute to work, the dangerous roads, and the fact that many people don’t want to show up sweaty to work. Having cities and businesses set up things to make it easier for people to ride bikes to work would help a lot.

  • Jeremy

    If they keep the price of gas going up that should help get more people on bikes.

  • http://www.reasons2ride.com/ Joel Phillips

    The crew over at Ban T-Shirts and I need to know each other as this is Mission #1 for me! “Health, happiness and love all are only a bike ride away”!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705713197 Michael Hayes

    I think we should be more open and encouraging to newer cyclists. Inviting them to join a ride is great and helping them to find resources for information!

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Congratulations, @facebook-705713197:disqus you’ve been randomly selected as the winner. Send your t-shirt size and mailing address to us at http://lovingthebike.com/contact-us and we’ll get it out to you. Thanks for entering.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705713197 Michael Hayes

        Thanks a lot, love the site, great info. I listen to cycling 360 weekly as well!

  • Mark

    I think people need to be motivated first. If there is no motivation, nothing will get them on a bike. If they dont have one, nothing motivates more than a new bike, and the thought that you just spent his money on something, now you MUST use it! A common complaint I hear from people with bikes that dont use them is that they are not comfortable on them. I always suggest they go to a bike shop and get a fit on their bike. They will be more comfortable and more inclined to ride. I also make riding a family activity. Everyone wins, and its hard to say no to the kids when they want to go for a ride, even if I am getting back from a 50 mile ride with the team.
    RIDE ON

  • Frances

    It would be great if employers and local businesses would get together and organize a ” bike to work” day to encourage more people to bike to work!

  • Shelbi

    I love to ride the off road trails. We have a lot of great ones locally to choose from. I was recently thinking it would be a great idea to contact the local youth group and talk to them about starting a bike club for the youth. This would get more young people on bikes, out on the trails, and actively pursuing a healthier lifestyle. If youth groups and/or schools all around started doing this we could start an epidemic for the generations that will follow us!

  • http://twitter.com/TimothyMcLeesJr Timothy McLees Jr.

    Building off that idea below, I’ve heard of some cities that encourage a Commuter Benefits Program where you can deduct pretax dollars for commuting needs. It is supposed to encourage using pubic transportation or carpooling, all of which is great to the environment. The eligible expenses should be expanded to include buying a bike, new gear, clothing, etc… ! I’m not sure of the full details, but here is a link for the law in place in NYC http://www.nyc.gov/html/opa/html/transportation_benefits/commuter-benefit-program-overview.shtml

    Other good ways to get your hesitant friends on a bike are to suggest riding with them!!!

    • http://twitter.com/TimothyMcLeesJr Timothy McLees Jr.

      For myself personally, I am already an avid road cyclist and love being on the bike, but anytime you drop some dough$$$ on an awesome new component or piece of gear for your bike there is just a crazy feeling to get out there and put it to use!

  • William Dunkerley

    Companies, especially those located in inner cities, should allow employees who commute by bike to punch out 15 minutes early. If I owned a company I would promote this, plus I would provide a safe place for employees to secure their bikes/gear.