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Green Cycling Quiz from the Sierra Club

Our environmental friends at the Sierra Club have assembled an online quiz about the ‘greenness’ of people’s cycling habits.

The quiz pretty clearly favors those who are using cycling as transportation, versus recreational cyclists and certain types of cyclotourists. For instance, they love the bamboo bicycle. They aren’t keen on unnatural fibers (spandex, wicking polyesters), claiming them to be more about fashion than function. I’d challenge that on a hot day in the Minnesota sun, yes indeedy, beyond the fact that some of the tight, bright cyclist clothing is also about safety (doesn’t get caught in moving parts) and visibility (they don’t make truly neon hemp clothes). The LAB also points out that in the cold, cotton will hold damp and sweat to your skin… brr!

They also don’t like space program bicycle materials. I suspect the bike I am presently building makes them cry.

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

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