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Thursday July 05, 2012 | 09:47 AM

What's the best way to decide if a bike is right for you? Try before you buy.

Mountain bikers get the chance to do that this Saturday when a truck filled with Santa Cruz demo bikes rolls through the gate at Bradbury Mountain in Pownal.

The event is hosted by Gorham Bike and Ski and riders are encouraged to come out and try models like the Santa Cruz Blur TR (above in green), Heckler or Tallboy (below in red) out on the trails. All you have to do is bring a credit card and valid driver's license to get in the saddle of a first-come, first-served demo cycle.

Thursday June 28, 2012 | 09:40 AM

Human powered vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. And you'll see them all at the 2012 New England Human Powered Vehicle Rally this weekend at Rogers Pond in Kennebunk.

The rally is now in its ninth year of celebrating practical, healthy and environmentally friendly people-powered transportation. Expect to see recumbent bikes, velomobiles (enclosed recumbent bikes), electric assisted bikes and home-built or store-bought versions of any of the above.

Here's a column I wrote about last year's rally. The event is run by Ethan Davis of Wildfire Human Powered Vehicles.

Tuesday June 19, 2012 | 02:45 PM

The Portland Police Department wants kids to be safe on the roads and trails - especially when they're on two wheels.

On Wednesday, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Preble Street Extension parking lot (across from Hannaford at the start of the Back Cove Trail), the department will be holding a bike helmet giveaway for children who live in Portland.

Young riders can pick up a helmet, register their bike and learn some safety tips from police officers. There will be other free activities during the event, including a bike rodeo and the always-popular Dunk-a-Cop tank.

Friday June 15, 2012 | 09:19 AM

Everyone who cycles, has a lot of love for their bike. Even when that bike succumbs to a flat at the worst possible time.

And so, for your Friday, some famous and inspiring words about bikes. And some eye-catching photos, too.

"It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century."  - Author Unknown

Monday June 11, 2012 | 08:00 AM

This Melon Slice was spotted in Monument Square last month just waiting for someone to fold it up, put it in the trunk and take it somewhere fun.

It looks a little funky because of its 20-inch wheels and it only has eight gears, but owning one of these little guys means there's no bike rack needed. It fits in a car trunk, a closet, under your desk at the office.

It lists at $429, but doesn't it look fun?