Archive for May 2012

Bike Month Ends: Bicycling to Continue Indefinitely

Bike Month Ends: Bicycling to Continue Indefinitely
Today is the last official day of National Bike Month. Beginning tomorrow, the media spotlight will shine on another worthy cause, leaving only the sun to shine on bicyclists. It will be another eleven months before the media types return to blowing hot air about an activity that enhances health and improves the environment while... Read more »

Two Days Left of Bike Month - Did You Ride as Much as You Wanted to?

It’s hard to believe that National Bike Month is drawing to an end in two days. With all of its official events – Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day, Ride of Silence, Bike The Drive, Bike to Work Week – as well as the unofficial ones generated spontaneously by beautiful weekend weather, there... Read more »

Trail of Beers: A Tale of Two Breweries

Panniers attached in anticipation of an epic beer run
(Pictures follow blog post, Update: Minhas Tour times correction) It was the best of beers, it was the worst of…weather. Who would have thought that the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend would set a record for warmth?  I can recall overcast skies, cold temperatures, and heavy rain putting a damper on the holiday in years... Read more »
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Sixty Second Cycling: Bike the Drive and Other Events

Sixty Second Cycling: Bike the Drive and Other Events
It looks like we’re going to have perfect summer weather for Memorial Day weekend! This is your once-a-year opportunity to get up early, head downtown, and Bike The Drive on Sunday.  The ride starts promptly at 5:30am and you can cover as many miles as your pedals will pump before 10:15am.  So in traditional Chicago... Read more »

Weight of the Nation: Controversy, Confusion and Conflation

In yesterday morning’s post I posed a single question; does anybody care about the “obesity epidemic” highlighted in HBO’s Weight of the Nation documentary. By last night, I was answering nearly a dozen replies to a post that I considered to be merely a fishing expedition.  The majority of commenters were people who really did... Read more »

Weight of the Nation: Does Anybody Care?

Weight of the Nation: Does Anybody Care?
One week after HBO premiered its documentary, Weight of the Nation, there is a dearth of commentary on this 4-part series.  Has anyone out there taken the time to watch this? I wrote about this last week.  It was my hope to engage readers in a discussion about our country’s obesity epidemic and HBO’s handling... Read more »
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Epic Bike Racing Can (and did) Happen in America

Epic Bike Racing Can (and did) Happen in America
For a brief moment this past Saturday, I thought that I was watching Le Tour de France. The race unfolding on my TV screen featured a forested mountainside with a steep gradient, top international teams with well-known riders, and an unpredictable finish that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. ... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling: Bike to Work Day and Upcoming Events

Sixty Second Cycling: Bike to Work Day and Upcoming Events
Today is Bike to Work Day!  By the time you read this, you will already have ridden your bike to work, completely forgotten that you wanted to, or have long since dismissed it as a possibility.  No matter what worked out for you personally, take a moment to look around and notice if there are... Read more »

Every Impression Matters: Reflecting on the Ride of Silence 2012

Every Impression Matters: Reflecting on the Ride of Silence 2012
Our little group gathered in a gravel parking lot near the entrance of the community sports complex in Crystal Lake Illinois.  The two dozen or so of us went unnoticed by the pilots of SUVs and minivans dropping their precious cargo at targeted playing fields. We gathered around our leader, Eberhard, listening carefully to our... Read more »
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Tonight's Ride of Silence and Another Call for Action

Tonight's Ride of Silence and Another Call for Action
Tonight marks the 10th Annual Ride of Silence happening in communities throughout all 50 states and abroad.  I encourage ALL cyclists to make the effort to ride with us in honor of those who have fallen while silently demonstrating our right to share the road. I have written about the importance of the ride here... Read more »