Announcing the LGRAB Summer Games

On May 17, the cycling event of the summer begins. It’s fun, friendly and features amazing prizes from some of the best cycling brands out there — including the grand prize of a Batavus BuB from 4th Floor Distribution. (See the full prize list here.)

How to play, you ask?

It’s easy. There are three main categories, and six events in each category. Complete events in each category over a three week period, and tell us about it via blog post link or email, plus photo addition to our Summer Games Flickr Pool. Entries must include a story and a photo of each event you complete.  If you enter via a post on your own blog, please link to this announcement in your entry, include one of our badges and let us know via email.

Anyone who completes at least two events in each of the three categories will be entered to win the Batavus BuB by random drawing. We’re also giving away prizes as readers complete each category.

May 17-June 6: Social Cycling

  • Go on a group ride
  • Leave a nice note on a bike, or say hi to a cyclist at a red light
  • Schedule a bike date with a friend or partner — dress up!
  • Recruit a non-biking friend for a ride
  • Ride with your family

June 7-June 27: Learning Experiences

  • Perform a maintenance task — big or small!
  • Decorate your bike
  • Read a book about cycling
  • Carry a load on your bike — groceries, etc.
  • Test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride

June 28-July 18: New Territory

  • Ride a greenway
  • Have a bicycle picnic
  • If you don’t normally ride to work, commute by bike, or by bike/train or bike/bus
  • If you do commute, take the long way home: add distance to your usual ride
  • Explore a new part of town by bike

We will be completing every event ourselves and sharing our adventures here, of course.

A huge thank you to all of the companies that donated prizes!  Click on the images below to visit their websites.  This is all for you, loyal readers and fellow bike lovers.

Most of the prizes are available internationally, so everyone is welcome to participate.

If you have a blog and would like to display a badge linking your readers to this announcement, we will include you in a list of all participating blogs on our sidebar.

Be sure to visit us on Monday for more prize details and the official start of the games!

Who’s in?  ;)

ETA: Badges, which should be linked to this post (we’ll update it with links to category posts as they occur) can be snagged below the fold.


Right-click on any of the images below to save to your desktop and upload to your own site, or get the links to post them without hosting yourself. Thanks for spreading the word!

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165 thoughts on “Announcing the LGRAB Summer Games

  1. Wow! Fun contest! I’m in!

  2. Lizzie says:

    I think I did maybe all of these things today all at once – went on a bike ride with my mum and tried out her bike on a new cycle path (well new to me) but that is waaay too boring so I am going to more – I agree very fun contest.

  3. Melissa S. says:

    ooooo!!! Sounds like fun! Can’t wait for the challenge!

  4. Jami says:

    This is very exciting! I do a lot of these things regularly, but it will be great to be encouraged to write about them.

    Thanks for putting this together!

  5. Cherilyn says:

    WONDERFUL IDEA!! Nice job, ladies! See you in the blogosphere!

  6. Mickey Zoom says:

    YAY!!! I sooo can’t wait to get started on this! :-)

    What about International entries? Will we be considered for prizes too?

    <3

  7. This is great! I’m in!

  8. donna says:

    You guys continue to amaze me!

  9. Cosmo says:

    This is Fabulous and should keep me busy this summer. I already love the boys at fourth floor but it is awesome of them to give away a BUB.

  10. Awesome! This weekend will be the perfect time to put some air in my bike tires.

  11. David says:

    I’m still confused. I see the events. But what are the rules, and criteria for “winning”?

    • David says:

      Oh, I see. It’s a random drawing?? As long as you post stuff on your blog…..

      • Mr. Dottie says:

        Enter by one of three ways: blog post, email to LGRAB, or add a photo of you doing the event to the Flickr Pool. “Complete events in each category over a three week period, and tell us about it via blog post link, email or photo addition to our Summer Games Flickr Pool.”

  12. katie says:

    I love this idea!

  13. Amy V says:

    I was happy to hear about this on Ravelry. I have also invited one of my fiber pen pals to join. She loves to bike, too. One of my social events will be attending my local Bike to Work Day on May 21 in the Washington, DC area.

  14. anna says:

    Brilliant idea! We’re in!

    The girls from cyclingisgoodforyou.blogspot.com :)

  15. sara says:

    The five of us are rarin’ to go. Only problem– not sure there is ANY more room on either cargo bike for more decorations :) We’ve been a bit crazy on that front already. Wait ’til you see our new, most GORGEOUS Clarijs panniers on the bakfiets– orange, red, & pink.

  16. Wow, I was gone for a day and missed this! Congratulations on your sponsorships; looks like some great manufacturers are supporting you. And the Games sound like a lot of fun, good luck to everyone!

  17. Carolyn I. says:

    I’m in. Sounds like a lot of fun to complete most if not all. (I don’t have any family up here)

  18. DramaMama says:

    *dancing!* I am super excited for this!!! I will post my efforts on my bike blog! This is really cool especially for today b/c it’s the first time this year I will be riding my bike to church =) Oh how I have missed that! And now I hop over to your blog and read about the olympics and I am so pumped! Thank you for the inspiration, I can’t wait…

    • BikeWorkPlay says:

      Oh how fun, its not summer here, but it could be the LGRAB Winter Games for me! I won’t be able to enter & post about the tasks (I’m about to move house and change jobs) but I’ll try do these things in my daily bike life just to be in the spirit of things! What a super idea. Good luck to all of the participants :)

  19. Lorenza says:

    Count me in!! :D Ermmm what do you mean by “Ride a greenway”? xxx

  20. [...] the skinny on the events, rules and other contest ephemera by visiting Trisha and Dottie’s article on the Summer Games. This is a great event and participants are virtually guaranteed a good time [...]

    • JC says:

      What a great idea! I am in for sure! I already have so many ideas. Over the past several months I have been following your blog and just created my own. Its called LodoLanes. I live in downtown Denver and named the blog after Lodo(lower downtown) and the cycling culture seen on our bike lanes. I have a lot to learn about WordPress and blogging, but so far am having fun trying to figure it out! Thank you for the inspiration.

      - JC

      http://lodolanes.com

  21. George says:

    Wow, this is a wonderful idea, but being new to this I have some questions, like how do I email you? I didn’t see an email link. Also, I’m clueless about how to enter via a blog post.

  22. Doohickie says:

    I don’t know if I’ll formally join in, but I do a lot of those anyway. And others, I can’t (bike date, family biking) simply because I’m the only member of my family that rides. Interesting idea though.

    • Genius idea! We were already planning to try many of these activities this summer – this will be just the push we need to document them and set up a Flikr account. We are definitely in and have already put the badge on our blog. – Deborah, Angel, and Nicki at loopframelove.blogspot.com

  23. Evie says:

    Now that my new bike is fully assembled and ready to go, count me in as well!

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  28. Christa says:

    Wow, this is great! I’m impressed. Count me in! :)

    “Leave a nice note on a bike… ” oh, I love this. I would love if someone left a nice note on my bike.

    (Just a friendly suggestion for next year’s game: would be more clear if you had a video explaining the contest. Keep up the great work!)

  29. Cherilyn says:

    Do you ladies know about these cards? A friend forwarded the link to me.

    http://www.yourbikeishot.com/

    • Ok, I am IN!! I posted notice of your contest on my blog with my plan on doing the contest. Check it out-http://bikinginchattanooga.blogspot.com/2010/05/let-games-begin.html

  30. Elisa M says:

    Bike Skirt (at least this 1/2) is in! I need a new bike, so this is perfect. I could also use some pretty new bike accessories. Love this!

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  33. Salty Spokes says:

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  34. Great idea. Just wondering though: what’s a greenway?

    • Beany says:

      I got a new job and then insanely busy where I couldn’t do the activities or blog. But loved reading about everyone else’s adventures!

  35. meligrosa says:

    hey lovelies
    posted them up and we are all ready to go!
    will be adding to flickr, since we all of us use that more than often
    <3 thanks for this, will be fun!! :D

    http://changeyourliferideabike.blogspot.com/2010/05/lets-go-ride-bike-summer-olympics.html

    http://bikesandthecity.blogspot.com/2010/05/lets-go-ride-bike-summer-olympics.html

  36. RJ says:

    LOVE THIS!

    I want to do them ALL!!

  37. Barbara says:

    Can I vote for my favorite photo?

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  39. Daniella says:

    I think I may be a little late for this… but i’m still going to play along just for fun! Love seeing everyone’s photos up on the blog… and it just so happens I have a bike book ordered for June 22 so that’s one thing off the list!

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  43. Coreen says:

    OK, I’ve been procrastinating, but I want to participate (if only because I’ll regret it if I don’t)! A contest doing awesome stuff I do anyway – oh yes!

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  49. dreamlet says:

    As I get ready to embark on part 3 next week I wonder…are there any greenways in Los Angeles?

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  56. Sara says:

    Can I be a last minute joiner for this round? I just got my bike today, but I’m pretty sure I can catch up

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      • Sara says:

        count me in.
        I finished the last challenge (the only one I was able to do since I just got my bike).
        Thanks for the fun.
        pics and proof at my blog

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  62. Alison says:

    Missed it!

    The hubs and I just test-rode Batavus Fryslans yesterday and it was love at first peddle. Hope to be purchasing ours in short order and joining the fun-on-wheels….

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  87. Dave says:

    I’m in :) I’d love a badge for Portlandize, and I’ll post about my events there as well :)

    Cheers!

  88. Kara says:

    It is on like Donkey Kong! I’m in!

  89. neighbourtease says:

    You guys are awesomely ambitious! I love it. I will go test ride a fixie at the shop where the dudes are very nice but the bikes scare the shit out of me. Heart.

  90. dukiebiddle says:

    That’s my favorite Bat. I’m not going to do any social riding before June 6, so good luck to the rest of y’all. :D

  91. Dave says:

    By the way, does it count if your daily commutes and rides on errand have gradually turned into group rides? :) People on bikes everywhere this Spring!

  92. Such a great idea. And thanks for all the work to put it together.

  93. tina says:

    this sounds like so much fun!

  94. eva says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! Fantastic Idea ladies!!!

  95. Cathy says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

  96. Exploring more ways to add bicycles to everyday life! Brilliant idea! Thanks for all of your great stories and photos.

    I’ve posted a link for your contest at http://velozen.blogspot.com/

    Perhaps you’ll visit and say hello?

  97. b. says:

    I really needed a kick in the seat of my pants to get me taking some risks with my biking this summer. This is such a fun way to do it–thank you!

    Have already linked on my blog. Click on my name to visit.

  98. Dottie says:

    Wonderful write-up – makes me even more excited :) Thanks!

  99. Trisha says:

    Thank you! Love the name. :)

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