This Weekend, Fifty Will Feel Like Seventy!

It’s official; Chicago experienced its coldest winter in recorded history. But I don’t have to tell you that, you lived through it… We spent all winter checking the 10-day forecast on our smartphones and commiserating with one another about the “feels like” temperature. Who among us will forget the near-choking sensation brought about by minus... Read more »

My Silent Summer

It has been a while since I last posted anything – over five months, to be exact. It was early June and the promise of new adventure was in the air. Where would I ride this season? What would I see? What would I experience? The summer was mine! Like most cycling enthusiasts, I had... Read more »

Gravel road touring in South Dakota is a BLAST!

Gravel road touring in South Dakota is a BLAST!
The dusty roads of Siouxland are beckoning me. For the past six years, I’ve joined my friends in South Dakota for a relaxing week of supported bicycle touring. We traversed lightly trafficked roads emanating from Sioux Falls and visited friendly communities in all four directions. Each year’s route varied from the last, offering a different... Read more »
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The Katy Trail and the Mighty Missouri River

The Katy Trail and the Mighty Missouri River
We leaned our bikes against the guardrail of the old trestle bridge and set ourselves upon the task of changing yet another flat tire. Neither my riding partner nor I felt threatened as the sky behind us turned an ominous shade of blue. We had fifteen miles to ride and three hours to do it.... Read more »

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike: it's better with a nice rack

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike: it's better with a nice rack
Life is better when you have a nice rack. People notice you. They can’t help being drawn to you. You pique their curiosity. They begin making assumptions about your proclivity. There is a sense that you are going places. They are compelled to meet you. Before you know it, they are awkwardly chatting you up.... Read more »

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike: Gravel Compatible

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike: Gravel Compatible
Gravel. One word. Six letters. Synonymous with fun. Growing in popularity among cycling adventure seekers. Gravel is more than a surface that adds friction to your ride. It’s a new sensation. Navigating an uneven surface adds another dimension to a routine endeavor. It forces you to pay closer attention to where and how you are... Read more »
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Ride of Silence 2013 is tonight!

Ride of Silence 2013 is tonight!
It’s a gorgeous late spring day that promises ideal temperatures for an early evening ride. If you were already planning to get out and pedal, why not join tonight’s Ride of Silence? Chances are good that you will find a ride location close to where you live or work. There is no cost to participate.... Read more »

GITy Up! Sample bike touring in the Western Suburbs

Bike touring. It’s the ultimate freedom fantasy. You. Nature. Everything you need to survive – and not a single item more – strapped securely to your bicycle. Inspiring sunrises. Stunning sunsets. Nothing but the uninterrupted hours between to discover new places and reconnect with your inner self. It’s a dream shared by many, yet only... Read more »

Ride of Silence: Bike Month's most significant event

Ride of Silence: Bike Month's most significant event
Ten days in, pretty much anyone who enjoys bicycling should already be aware that May is Bike Month. Next week is Bike to Work Week (something we Chicagoans prefer to celebrate on a grander scale in June). This past Wednesday was Bike to School Day. Depending on what else is going on in the world,... Read more »
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Are Americans ready for European trekking bikes?

Are Americans ready for European trekking bikes?
There is something romantic about European bicycling. Scenic mountain passes. Ancient cobblestones. Ornate roundabouts. Grand boulevards. Narrow avenues. Historic bridges. Whether one is a fan of professional bicycle racing or simply an admirer of efficient everyday transportation, most American cycling enthusiasts have a soft spot for European bicycling culture. We really admire Europe’s relationship with... Read more »