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From the Better World Club’s online newsletter, some useful stuff for riding in traffic:

From Rodale press, publisher of Bicycling magazine:

Riding in traffic

Comments closedPUBLISHED AUGUST 28, 2013
Excerpt from Dr. Gabe Mirkin’s Fitness and Health e-Zine

June 23, 2013

Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is caused by the cumulative life-time exposure to ultraviolet light. The more sunlight that reaches your skin over your lifetime, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer. The most effective protection against the sun’s rays is a roof. The second is clothing and sunscreens are a distant third.

Clothing: As a general rule, the thicker the clothing and the tighter the weave, the better the protection. However, when you exercise, thick clothing retains heat and interferes with performance. In hot weather you want the thinnest cloth possible that still provides protection. Contrary to what seems logical, white is not the best color to deflect the sun’s rays. The darker the color, the greater the protection. Red, black and blue are the most effective colors in blocking UV-B rays, the ones most likely to cause skin cancers. The darker the shade, the better the protection (Ind. Eng. Chem. Res, 2009;48(22):9817–9822).

Sunscreens: If you don’t keep applying sunscreens when you exercise, your sweat can remove the sunscreen and leave unprotected areas. Then the sunscreen can actually increase your risk for skin cancer by reflecting increased amounts of UV rays into areas of unprotected skin. The safest and most effective sunscreens may be the thick, white, greasy ones that contain zinc or titanium. You can see the white coating that protects your skin, so you can reapply them whenever you see a break in the coating.

The e-Zine is provided as a service. Dr. Mirkin’s reports and opinions are for information only, and are not intended to diagnose or prescribe. For your specific diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor or health care provider. 

For more information visit

Comments closedPUBLISHED JULY 10, 2013

“To Lead Or Not To Lead … We’re Here To Answer Your Questions!”

Are you thinking about leading rides, earning a Ride Leader’s Jersey, being the “big boss” but are perhaps just a little bit jittery about the task?

If so, it means that you’re perfectly normal, as every ride leader felt that way in the beginning. You can, however, take advantage of PFW’s new Ride Leader Mentoring program. The program consists of co-leading one or more rides with one of our experienced ride leaders. With some guidance, you’ll be a competent ride leader in short order! Why not send an email and begin your training today!

Comments closedPUBLISHED MARCH 7, 2013

Learn about the History of West Windsor, Find a Bike Friendly Route thru Town, or Just Enjoy Some Facts About One Local Area.

The project linked here can do all that and more. Resident Paul Ligeti has produced this wonderful resource and deserves lots of credit for it.

Check it out!!

Comments closedPUBLISHED FEBRUARY 1, 2013

Capitol Plaza Shopping Center – 1500 North Olden Avenue – Ewing, NJ 08628

Things have gone so well the volunteers kept the doors open while they put in several hours each Thursday evening to prepare bikes for the Spring season.

Check the base bike stock, look over the higher end bikes in the consignment section or pick the dates and duties you can volunteer for. More information about the Bike Exchange is at

Or we can be found at: Facebook – Bike Exchange

Comments closedPUBLISHED FEBRUARY 1, 2013

Loan a Lonely Tandem!

Do you have a lonely tandem? One you’ve forgotten about or sadly neglected, collecting dust in the garage, back shed or basement! Well, let your tandem languish no longer!!! There are folks in our community who like to bike, but because of disabilities or special needs, can’t ride solo. They can, however, be paired with another cyclist on a tandem and enjoy the beauty of cycling.

If your tandem is in good working order (or maybe just needs a little attention) and you would like to loan it out for a few months at a time so it can be ridden by very appreciative people, please contact Barbara Plunkett at (609) 947-0730 or for more information. Also please check out the Captains for Every Stoker link on the PFW website to learn more about tandem cycling with a blind or otherwise disabled person. Thanks!

FAQ & Current Members Looking for Captains

Comments closedPUBLISHED FEBRUARY 1, 2013


The Board has decided to endorse an active partnership with this group, whose fully featured program is profiled here. The PLW effort has been funded for another year so longtime PFW member Rick Weiss is working to keep PFW partnership activities underway. Check out the opportunities!!

Comments closedPUBLISHED FEBRUARY 1, 2013