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Bengals & Bikes

If you have suggestions or would like to contact us, please email either Eric "Luke" Krieg (Sociology) or Paula Madrigal (Health Promotion).

Started in 2021, Bengals & Bikes (B&B) is a newer campus organization open to students, faculty, and staff.  Activities include group rides, clinics, and other events.  Bengals & Bikes is not just for riders.  We are committed to building bicycle culture and infrastructure on campus and in the community to promote bicycle safety, healthy lifestyles, as well as advocating for racial, climate justice, and transportation justice.  Join Bengals & Bikes and join the bicycle movement!

Click here for a Student Release and Waiver Form (must be signed before participating in our group rides)

Click here for a Buffalo State Waiver Form (must be signed before participating in our group rides)

A call for Volunteers and Members

We hope to host a number of events in Fall 2022 and need your help.  Ideally, we will have at least one of the following group rides each week - Tuesday afternoon to Lake Effect Ice Cream (6 miles), Wednesday afternoon to Canalside (10 miles), and Thursday afternoon to the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda (21 miles).  The more volunteers and members we have, the more rides we can offer!  In addition, we will host repair clinics, riding clinics, and safety clinics.  To make this all happen, WE NEED YOUR HELP.  If  you would like to lead a ride or host a repair clinic, (or if you would like to be added to our communications) please contact Eric "Luke" Krieg in the Department of Sociology.  You need to bring your own bike to partake in the rides.

 

Mission-Driven Bicycle Organizations (Local and otherwise)

The bicycle movement isn’t limited to just riding. It’s also about enacting social change. A wide range of organizations have emerged in recent years to promote justice in the areas of race, climate, gender, sexual orientation, and community. Check out some of the links below to learn how bicycles can act as a vehicle for social change (literally). 

Recommended Readings and Videos 

  • Marc Auge, In Praise of the Bicycle (A philosophical view of the history of the bicycle)
  • Jens Voight, Shutup Legs (Autobiography of a long-time team rider)
  • Aili McConnon and Andres McConnon, Road to Valor (Biography of Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist and World War II hero)
  • Bikepacking.com Video Library  
  • Leave No Trace for Bikepackers (rider responsibility)
  • Jerry Holl, Downhills Don’t Come Free (First-hand account of riding from Alaska to Mexico)
  • Michael McCoy, Cycling the Great Divide (First-hand account of riding more than 3,000 miles from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico)
  • D.J. Robinson, Cycling Norway (First-hand account of a 2,000 kilometer bikepacking trip)
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Bengals & Bikes Inaugural Ride Nov. 21, 2021. Three brave souls made their way to Lake Effect Ice Cream on a chilly afternoon.

Rider Resources 

Routes

In addition to the websites listed below, check out some of the recent apps that allow you navigate on your phone, such as Komoot, Ride with GPS, Strava).  These apps are free and include rides that others have made public. They also have social networking abilities.

On-Campus

Fix-It Station (Butler Library front door) 

Bicycle Sharing Reddy Bike Rentals (Rockwell Road and Butler Library)  

Bike Path Access to Delaware Park and Niagara River Trail (north of campus just before McKinley High School parking lot) 

Park and lock your bike (various locations across campus) 

Buffalo State Bike Friendly Plan   

Off-Campus

Campus Wheelworks (Elmwood Avenue and Niagara Street, Buffalo)  

Handlebars Cycle Company (Englewood Avenue, Buffalo)   

Schickluna Bikes and Darts (Hertel Avenue, Buffalo)   

Bert’s  Bikes and Fitness (Niagara Falls Boulevard) 

Rick’s Cycle Shop (Allen Street, Buffalo) Website currently down 

Dick’s Bike Shop (River Road, Tonawanda)   

GObike Buffalo Workshop (Colvin Avenue, Buffalo)   

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