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Tom Babin
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People seem quite excited by this teacher and his students who have already signed up 50 schools to bike-to-school day. 
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Very cool to see a true "complete street" in action. 
#cycling  #cities 
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Thanks to all the uses of this group, and especially +Doug D for the inspiration (and great photos) to write this story for the Calgary Herald about the evolution of fat bikes.
Doug Dunlop remembers the first time he saw those treadmarks in the snow. They were big. Like, gigantic. Big enough that they dwarfed even the marks left by the tires of the mountain bike he was ri...
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Hey everyone,
I just want to invite everyone to check out my new book Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling. It's about my attempts to answer the basic question of winter cycling: Is this a sane, feasible transportation choice?
The response so far has been great (I was just interviewed by National Geographic Weekend http://goo.gl/IJ8ACb), so if you are interested, please check it out.
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Tom
For 30 years, RMB | Rocky Mountain Books has been publishing books focused on the dynamic and unique aspects of mountain culture, outdoor adventure and writing of place, including volumes on hiking, climbing, skiing and outdoor recreation; history, art, memoir, biography and adventure travel; and environmental writing.
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Been there. done that. Oh what hazardous memories.
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Please come. I hope it will be fun!
Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling will officially launch Thursday with an event at Shelf Life Books in Calgary.
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Very exciting Tom! I'll be there!
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This is a great bag, and a cool story behind it. 
#cycling   #yyc
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This is a big problem holding back a lot of people from leading better lives, I think. 
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My first blog on some of the insight I gained at the Winter Cycling Congress in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
Three years ago, I recounted five things learned at the first-ever Winter Cities Congress in Oulu, Finland. I recently attended the 2015 iteration (full disclosure: I was invited to speak at the ev...
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The rise of the fat bike, and the sad story of the inventor who lost out on the windfall.

Doug Dunlop remembers the first time he saw those treadmarks in the snow. They were big. Like, gigantic. Big enough that they dwarfed even the marks left by the tires of the mountain bike he was ri...
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Hey everyone,
I just want to invite you to check out my new book Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling. In it, I tell the story of the origins of the fatbike, along with a lot of other stuff about riding in the snow and ice. 
It's available at most local book stores in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as most Chapters/Indigo locations. Or check out the link below. 
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Tom
For 30 years, RMB | Rocky Mountain Books has been publishing books focused on the dynamic and unique aspects of mountain culture, outdoor adventure and writing of place, including volumes on hiking, climbing, skiing and outdoor recreation; history, art, memoir, biography and adventure travel; and environmental writing.
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BikeBike is hosting a reading December 6th, which just happens to be Global Fatbike Day, please consider joining us!

http://www.bikebikeblog.com/p/december-full-moon-ride.html
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Hey, check out an excerpt of my new book Frostbike in Swerve magazine this week. With terrific illustrations by Josh Holinaty.
#cycling   #yyc   #frostbike   #winter
When he arrives in the best winter-cycling city in the world, the author of Frostbike is comforted not just by the warmth he generates while pedalling but also by the wisdom of urban planners who put bikes first.
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    Features editor, 2012 - present
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As the Features Editor of the Calgary Herald, I oversee the Entertainment, Real Life, Travel and Drivings sections, and I also blog about bicycling in Calgary. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.
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