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Best sites to help you get rolling

For cyclists and would-be cyclists, these sites supply tips to beginners and offer information about biking trails.

Traillink.com is a free service that lets cyclists “hunt for paths by city, ZIP code, route length, and surface type.” Many trails come with photos, maps, and user reviews. The site encourages users to assist in its Rails-to-Trails conservancy program, which maps “unused railroad corridors” and turns them into bike paths.

1world2wheels.org supplies tips to beginner­ or hesitant bikers interested in riding more. One such feature will calculate your “carbon reduction, gas money saved, and calories burned,” so you’ll consider opting for two wheels instead of four.

Newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat is the home page for a multi-state festival celebrating bicycling, sponsored by New Belgium brewery. The Colorado brewery gives custom-made cruisers to participants who donate their cars to charity. The tour will visit 11 U.S. cities this summer and fall. 

Sources: O magazine, USCyclingReport.com

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