Archive for July 2012

RAGBRAI 2012: One Hot Week of Bicycling!

RAGBRAI 2012: One Hot Week of Bicycling!
Most people don’t wake up at 5am every single day of a one-week vacation. Then again, most people don’t wake up in a tent, get dressed, lather up with sunscreen, break camp, and mount their bicycles for a 70-mile ride during the peak of summer weather in the Midwest.  Unless, of course, they’re crazy enough... Read more »

RAGBRAI Bound!

RAGBRAI Bound!
I’ve packed up a trailer full of demo bikes and I’m heading west to Sioux Center Iowa for the start of RAGBRAI – the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa! If you’d like to know more about the largest week-long ride in the US, you can read what I’ve written previously here, here, here,... Read more »

60 Second Cycling: Biking Stories You May Have Missed

Here’s a quick summary of bicycling-related stories you may have missed: Illinois’ Dead Red Stoplight Law now in effect!  If you are riding anywhere in the state outside the city limits of Chicago, you may now legally proceed through a red light (traffic permitting) after waiting 120 seconds for the light to change.  This law... Read more »
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RAGBRAI 2012: Countdown to the Largest Weeklong Ride in the US

RAGBRAI 2012: Countdown to the Largest Weeklong Ride in the US
In just six short days, over 20,000 “cyclists” will converge on the western Iowa city of Sioux Center to begin a 7-day, 470-mile bicycle trek to eastern Iowa’s Clinton. The ride is called RAGBRAI – the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – and it’s a bicycling event like no other. I purposely put... Read more »

Lance Armstrong Enlists GOP Congressman to Investigate Anti-Doping Agency

Lance Armstrong Enlists GOP Congressman to Investigate Anti-Doping Agency
  Has our Republican-controlled House of Representatives found its next Planned Parenthood to defund or is this latest development in the Lance Armstrong doping “conspiracy” just another example of an elected official looking out for the interests of a constituent?   Late yesterday both Velo News and Cycling News reported the involvement of Wisconsin Congressman... Read more »

Lance Armstrong Seeks Day in Actual Court

Lance Armstrong Seeks Day in Actual Court
UPDATED INFORMATION APPEARS BELOW IN QUOTATION BOX. Lance Armstrong’s lawyers were back in court yesterday, seeking an injunction against the US Anti Doping Agency.  At risk; Lance’s 7 Tour de France titles and the legacy of US bicycle racing. Notice that allegations of a doping conspiracy are not being brought against Lance by the CAS,... Read more »
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Discovering the Des Plaines River Trail

View of lake at Independence Grove from DPRT, looking south.
Images of Des Plaines River Trail appear at end of text. When the heat wave finally broke late Saturday, the banks of the mighty Des Plaines River began to overflow – with people. By mid-Sunday morning, the Des Plaines River Trail north of Lincolnshire was spilling over with walkers, runners, and cyclists.  Nearly everyone I... Read more »

60 Second Cycling: Week in Review & Upcoming Events

While we may have enjoyed a day off mid-week, cycling advocates have remained hard at work analyzing the new transportation bill being sent to President Obama. America Bikes has issued its Analysis of The New Transportation Bill, MAP-21, noting that funding will decrease by 33% to 66% depending on each state’s use of the opt-out... Read more »

Of Fireworks and Festivals; What We Really Celebrate on Independence Day

Of Fireworks and Festivals; What We Really Celebrate on Independence Day
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Most Americans are familiar with this phrase.  What about the rest of the Declaration of Independence? Here it is –... Read more »
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Why Everyone Should Watch the 2012 Tour de France

Why Everyone Should Watch the 2012 Tour de France
July has arrived and with it comes daily television coverage of the Tour de France. One doesn’t have to spend weekends tightly clad in Lycra to appreciate Le Tour.  You don’t even have to be the kind of sports nut that will watch dodgeball or the cross-fit championship on ESPN 8 (the ocho). The TDF... Read more »