Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Random Giveaway #13: The Non-Winners Second Chance to Win

I've feverishly been attempting to figure out what I wanted to do for the final giveaway of 2011, and have gone back and forth about it, but ultimately, I think what I'd like to do is use the entries from the other giveaways of those who did not win a prize to do a random giveaway for the final contest. So, what I'm trying to say is that this giveaway is open only to those who entered one of the prior 12 giveaways and did not win anything. In this manner, I'm hoping that those who have helped carry the giveaways through will still have an opportunity to win something. I was going to just do a random giveaway for the remaining gifts from the list of names, but I don't want to enter anyone who isn't interested in the prize. So, to that end, here is the plan...
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From my calculations, there are approximately a dozen people who entered one or more of the giveaways but did not win anything. If you are one of these individuals, this is your opportunity to try again. The remaining gifts are 1) the adjustable bicycle ring (which you can find a picture of in this post), 2) the lady bicycle coaster set of four (which can be viewed in the post here - it's the first set pictured), and 3) winner's choice of a 1-year magazine subscription to Momentum, Bicycle Times, or Urban Velo.

Here's what you need to do if you want to play along and were a non-winner in one of the prior giveaways: In the comments, please 1) Tell me your favorite experience of the past year (2011) and why, and 2) Which gift you are interested in winning. The contest is open until Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. MST. The winners will be randomly selected (if more than one) for each of the gift items and the winners will be announced after the end time for the giveaway noted above. I look forward to hearing what you enjoyed about 2011.


  1. Thanks for the second chance. Your contests have been a pretty interesting read. My favorite experience of 2011 has been starting Kidical Mass in my area. We rode twice this year and the first time was a huge response with great weather. The second time also had a great response but the weather was overcast, drizzly. It was a great experience because bikers came out for it regardless if the weather was good or bad. I am interested in winning the adjustable bicycle ring. It will get a lot of use for years to come. Again, thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for letting us losers (har ;o) have a second chance of winning. It was really hard to pick just one experience, but this is definitely tops. It was during this years Venus De Miles all women bike ride. I was doing the Jamestown climb, probably 40 miles into the ride and boy was I spent. It was a hard day for me anyway and I was really struggling to get up that hill (hills are my enemy on a good day, on a bad day....well I shouldn't say, but it's not pretty). I got about 5 miles to the top and decided I was going to turn around. I saw a man by the side of the road helping to make sure riders went the right way and decided to stop there and turn around. By the time I got to him I was crying, shaking and just done. He talked to me for a while and asked why I was quitting and managed to not only convince me this was a horrible idea, but encouraged me to keep climbing that god awful mountain. He asked me to make sure to wave on my way down. I made it to the top of the hill and boy did it feel GREAT, I did wave, scream and almost crash I was laughing so much on my way down, he screamed, cheered and laughed with me when I passed him. I was beyond happy and beyond thankful for his encouragement.

    During our talk he told me about a local bike club his wife was a member of, and a few days later that bike club was mentioned by one of my facebook friends. Turns out he is a friend of a friend and we ended up finding each other on FB and are now very good friends. I am actually very thankful for his friendship (and his wives) and think it was pretty cool that we met that way. Almost like it was meant to be, if you believe in that sort of thing. :o) We are even planning to do a few rides together next year. Pretty cool. :o)

    If I am lucky enough to win, I would love a magazine subscription. :o) Thank you!!

  3. Goat Squid - How great to start a Kidical Mass! Sounds like a great start to something that will hopefully continue.

    Joey, dear - I loved hearing your story, and it's even better knowing that you've remained friends! Super cool.

  4. My favorite experience of the past year was, of course, dominated by my bicycle. My husband gave me a Dahon folding bike and last March we took it to San Francisco and biked all over the city and into Marin County. I loved being in a city with so many urban cyclists and places to cycle to - musuems, cafes, landmark tourist attractions. . . . the list goes on and on. My husband rented a bicycle for himself and we spent two days in the saddle and loved every minute of it.

    If I win, I'm the most interested in subscriptions to either Momentum or Bicyle Times since both are hard to find in Flagstaff.

  5. My favorite experience was riding a rental bike on the Manhattan Bridge. It was a weekday and not a lot of people were around and it was a breezy downhill ride of admiring the architecture.

    I'd love to win a subscription to Momentum!

  6. My most memorable experience from last year came when my 4 kids thought ice cream would be a great treat on a hot summer day. I suggested we all bike there and back so that we can 'earn' it. Well, my wife thought it was a fine idea and we dragged them out for a 45km RT ride. They complained all the way there and half the way back. I was surprised when half of them said they'd like to do it again. If I'm chosen as a winner, a subscription to one of the mags would be awesome possum!

  7. I've enjoyed your blog this year and am looking forward to whatever path you choose to take in 2012.

    I am a "woman of a certain age" and after deciding to bicycle again after not riding for more than 20 years in 2011 discovered that yes I could still ride and yes I still loved it. I purchased an inexpensive second hand cruiser and stuck to bicycle paths. Initially I huffed and puffed up the most modest of inclines and walked the bike up steeper hills. It was my plan to replace the bike with one having at least 8 speeds.

    My best experience of 2011 came on the Saturday afternoon I took the bike out with a group and as if by magic I found that the hills did not appear to be daunting at all. My bike hadn't improved but I had. I pedaled up and coasted down (not good form I know) and rode sixteen miles along a beautiful trail and was able to appreciate the scenery. I now think that three speeds are probably enough for me.

    Thanks for the second chance! Should I be lucky enough to win I would like the ring.


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