The $3 Hack to Make Your Bike Tires Skid-Proof for Snowy Winter Rides

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Man, the gals over that the Women Bike PHL Facebook group are killing it lately with useful tidbits for bike commuters. First, they alerted us to this weird yet ingenious trick for keeping your hands warm during cold winter rides, and now they’ve left a trail of breadcrumbs for a $3 hack that could make snowy winter rides a whole heck of a lot safer.

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The Be Well Philly Wish List: Let’s Make Philly the Best City for Fitness in 2015

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Be Well Philly Cross-Training Run, summer 2014

Over here in Be Well Philly Land, we’re pretty much always talking about what we absolutely love about Philly’s fitness-and-health-food scene (The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk! HipCityVeg!) or, on the flip side, what we feel like it’s missing. I mean, after all, it is kind of our job to talk about this stuff all day.

Today, we got to talking about what we wish we had more of (or less of, in some cases)—the kinds of things that, if we did have more of them, could be just what we need to make Philly the greatest city for fitness in the world. It’s a lofty goal, I know. But Philly was just ranked the second best shopping city in the world (puzzlingly, but still) and third on a list of the year’s best travel destinations. Who’s to say we can’t be the be-all-end-all city for fitness, too?

Below, 10 things we think would make Philly the best city for fitness in 2015. And the best part about this list? A lot of these things, like more trail-running groups and more free fitness classes, are totally in our control. So consider this our rallying cry: Let’s make it happen, people!

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The Weird But Effective Way to Keep Your Hands Warm During Winter Bike Rides

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I consider myself a pretty dedicated, all-seasons bike commuter, but I have to admit that the bitter wind and cold of late have been enough force even me to opt out of my daily bike rides in favor of taking the subway (or begging a ride from my very gracious husband). So this post is less for me, and more for those of you who are actually insanely hard-core bike commuters. (Kudos, by the way.)
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Bicycle Coalition Maps Four Years of Bike Crashes in Philly

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Since 2011, John Boyle of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has been using newspaper reports to keep a map of bicycle traffic crashes in Philly. The map shows 55 crashes in the past four years, and the information it provides is pretty jarring. Get this: Of the 55 crashes marked on the map, a whopping 27 of them were fatal. That’s nearly half, people! And 16 of the crashes were hit and runs.

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Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Cyclists and Bike Commuters

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Have a cyclist in your holiday-shopping list? You don’t have to spring for a new bike to make his or her day—although, if you did, I’m certain you’d win the holidays for, oh, years to come—but you can make your cyclist’s life just a little bit better with one of these smart accessories. From the practical (an all-in-one tool for fixes on the go) to the whimsical (six-pack storage for toting beer), avid local cyclist Gary Brown has five ideas for gifts for every two-wheel enthusiast.

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