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My Top 5 Reasons Why You Need a Bike

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Oh, and if you happen to have a cool new bike like mine, you get to show it off.

by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

1. Biking is good for you.

Biking is one of the healthiest workouts around. Not only do you burn calories and strengthen your lower body, but it’s a low-impact exercise that’s safe for almost everyone – you don’t need to be a professional to ride a bike. Biking is a faster way to travel, too. Whether you’re running late for an early class across campus or for work, you can hop on your bike and get there in at least half the time it would’ve taken you to walk.

2. Biking is good for your community.

Riding a bike you’re delivering benefits to everyone around you. For example, you help reduce your community’s carbon footprint by cutting down on air pollution and reducing water pollution (less brake fluid, anti-freeze, and transmission fluid to flow from storm drain to sea). You contribute to a more serene environment by reducing noise pollution. And leaving your car at home means an extra parking space for others to use.

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3. Biking is convenient.

Have you ever lived in, or traveled to, a large city? Well, I have, and I can tell you that it was a pain to find a parking spot. (See #2 above.) Then when I did find one, I wasn’t allowed to park there. So I threw down $40 for a parking garage for the day. My point being that having a bike to use in the city is much more convenient than parking and will save you time and money besides.

4. Biking is something you can do with old friends.

Do you find yourself sitting around with your friends saying, “What should we do?” and everyone responds, “I don’t know, what is there to do?” Go for a bike ride! It could be as simple as a trip into town or something more ambitious, like a ride on a local trail. You’re engaging in healthy outdoor activity and spending quality time with friends at the same time – doesn’t get any better than that.

5. You can meet new friends when you’re on a bike.

When you’re on a bike and come to a stop sign or a fork in the road, chances are that a fellow cyclist is close by. I can practically guarantee you that a conversation – and possibly a new friendship – will ensue. Something else that I didn’t realize until this weekend when I bought a new bike is that in many towns, including mine, there’s a large presence of cycling groups. It got me thinking: What a great way to meet new people. I think I might even join one.

One last unofficial reason why you need a bicycle: When you get one, you get to show it off.  Check out mine:

by Keith Kaplan

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The Summer Fun Continues

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Yep, We’re Extending It!

If you haven’t entered our Summer Fun: Friends with Benefits contest yet, good news! We’re extending the promotion until this Friday, so you have an extra week to get yourself and your friends some extra pocket money! So what are you waiting for? Enter Now!

Now we’re excited to announce that the next weekly winners of our Summer Fun contest are Stephanie Arnold from Jacksonville University and Hedsey Rowa from University of Hawaii. They have each won a $100 Visa gift card! Look out next Friday for our next lucky fan!

In other news, our Rock the World Scholarship competition has ended, and we received over 25,000 entries. We’re working away right now to read all of them within the next month. It’s going to be difficult to pick one student to give the scholarship to, but all of you are incredibly inspiring, and we wish the best of luck to you all in achieving your goals. We will announce the last two BookRenter $50 Extra Credit winners tomorrow!

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And the winners are…

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We’re happy to announce that the first weekly winner of our Summer Fun contest is University of Oregon senior Patrick Millegan! Pat has won a $100 Visa gift card. Look out next Friday for our next lucky fan!

We hope this makes your summer even more awesome, Pat! Congratulations. And if you haven’t entered the contest yet, you still have until July 1st.

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With only two weeks left to enter our Rock the World Scholarship, we wanted to give a great big shout out to our Extra Credit weekly winners. They will each receive BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit.”

Congratulations to our winners!

Week 1 – Marcus Harun

Week 2 – Kate Felton

Week 3 – Robin Spoehr

Week 4 – Tiffany Villanueva

Week 5 – Elizabeth Beaulieu

Week 6 – Singfoo Oo

Week 7 – Mary Herold Twarog

Head on over to the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1.“Like Us” on Facebook.
2.“Enter” the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win up to $25,000.
3. “Share” with all your college friends for your chance to win $50 in free textbooks!

*To be eligible to win BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit,” you must use the share tool provided on the Rock the World Scholarship page.  Full Terms

What are you waiting for?

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Summer Fun: Friends w/Benefits

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School’s out! The sun’s shining, and the beach is calling. You can’t wait to jump into the waves and get this summer party going, but your monthly budget lingers on your mind. Not to worry, we have you covered! We want you and your friends to kick off summer with a bang, so take a trip to the beach with your friends on us!

We are giving away Visa Gift Cards to you and up to five of your friends. Each week, we will randomly select a fan who will win a $100 gift card, and up to five of their friends will receive $50 gift cards. There’s something for everyone.

So get the adventure started —  Start Now!

Help share the fun of BookRenter by sharing this contest with your friends and classmates. Your friends will thank you after they’ve won their own gift card!
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Keith’s Top 5 Summer Activities

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by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

Hit the beach. Go geocaching (geocaching?). You’ve got lots to do this summer!
Summer is a great time – the sun is out, school has ended, and you get to log some serious hang time with your friends.  Even though you may have a summer job or an internship, I’m hoping you’ll still make time for the things you love to do.

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Here are some of my favorite summer activities:

1. Take a trip to the lake (or ocean). To me there’s almost nothing better, come summer, than cooling off by going to a lake or the ocean, depending on where you are.  It’s even better if you know someone who has a boat.  One of my highlights from last summer was learning to wake board at my friend’s lake house.

Even if water sports aren’t your thing, you can still have a great time playing beach games like volleyball, Frisbee, Cornhole, or even Bocce Ball.  If it so happens that you’re not by a large body of water, most cities have a public pool that you can swim in.  Whether lake, ocean or pool, though, don’t forget to take your sun screen, sunglasses, and a nice book to read while you soak up some rays.

2. Go geocaching. This is a treasure hunting game where Geocachers try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a GPS-enabled device.  Once these geocaches have been found, you log your find and share your experience by visiting the geocaching website.  Every time I tell my friends about this, they either have no idea what I’m talking about or think I’m crazy for actually doing this.  Either way, geocaching is a great way to spend time outside with your friends enjoying the summer weather.

3. Did you say concert? Summer is prime time for concerts and festivals.  All around the country there are major musical happenings, including Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, and LollapaloozaMetrowize is a great resource that names some of the nation’s most popular music festivals.

4. Any time is Movie Time. This summer there are a bunch of great movies heading for a big screen near you, among them The Green Lantern, The art of Getting By, Super 8, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  On summer days when the weather’s not the greatest, take a trip to the movie theatre.  Flixster.com is a great site for checking out reviews, trailers, and showtimes.

5. Play ball! It just wouldn’t be summer without baseball.  Don’t be shy about going to a game just because you know nothing about baseball.  Chances are you have friends who know the game – go with them.  I went to my first MLB game in Chicago last summer, and did I have a good time! If you’re with a group of friends and it’s a nice day outside, you’ll have fun.  Cheap MLB Tickets is a site that lets you buy discounted tickets to professional sporting events.

Do you have some terrific plans for the summer? Share them with us!

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