Archive for April 2013

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike - Key features to look for

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike - Key features to look for
Every ride is an adventure – especially when you’re on an adventure bike. Over the past ten days, I’ve ridden an abandoned railroad bed covered with loose ballast, a few different limestone rail trails that had been battered by flood waters, and the potholed streets of Chicago. I’ve plowed into puddles, maneuvered around garbage heaps,... Read more »

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike

Anatomy of an Adventure Bike
Every ride is an adventure. Each time I throw a leg over my bike, clip into the pedals, and start rolling forward, I never really know what I may encounter. It’s been like this since my early teen years and I rather enjoy the consistency of this inconsistency… In those early riding days, my trusty... Read more »

Spring is here - let the adventures begin!

Spring is here - let the adventures begin!
I think it’s safe to say that spring is finally here. At least the ten-day forecast finally looks promising. With apologies to my friends in Minnesota who have suffered through yet another April snow storm, it’s past time for all of us to stop fretting about unseasonably cold temperatures and start planning our cycling adventures.... Read more »
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30 Days of Biking - Laughing at Mother Nature

30 Days of Biking - Laughing at Mother Nature
At some point, you just have to learn to laugh at the weather. You’re certainly powerless to change it… After fourteen straight days of obsessing over the forecast and checking hourly updates, I think I’m starting to crack up. 38 degrees? Ha! 20 mph wind? Pfff. Sleet? Seriously, is that all you’ve got? Mother Nature’s... Read more »

30 Days of Biking: Permission to ride inside?

30 Days of Biking: Permission to ride inside?
I don’t mind getting caught in the occasional downpour or riding my bike while it’s drizzling. Thunder, lightning, hail, and gusty winds? No thanks, I think I’ll take a pass. After going nine for nine in April’s 30 Days of Biking, I was having some serious misgivings about riding today (April 10, 2013). In nine... Read more »

Navigating the St Louis Riverfront Trail

Navigating the St Louis Riverfront Trail
Sometimes you just have to deal with what lies in front of you – even if it aint all that pretty… At least that was my initial impression of the Riverfront Trail in St. Louis as I pedaled north from the downtown trailhead. At the south end of the 11-mile, paved, multi-use trail sits the... Read more »
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30 Days of Biking Day 2: What a difference a year makes!

30 Days of Biking Day 2: What a difference a year makes!
I’m starting to get used to this 30 Days of Biking thing… I wait until mid-day, throw on a couple of layers, put on my North Face jacket, pull my knit cap over my ears, slip on my full-finger gloves and head out to one of my favorite “lunchtime loops” for a half-hour or more.... Read more »

Studies show bike commuting more effective than gym workout

Studies show bike commuting more effective than gym workout
As word spread about Sunday’s article in Grist Magazine* offering scientific proof that bicycle commuting can be a more effective exercise than the typical health club workout, thousands of cyclists worldwide turned collectively to their significant others and exclaimed “see, I told you my cycling obsession wasn’t unhealthy!” The author of the post, bicycling enthusiast... Read more »

30 Days of Biking begins today!

30 Days of Biking begins today!
Looks like our schizophrenic friend Mother Nature has decided to mess with us on April Fools Day… I refuse to play along with her. Not this time! I will throw on an extra layer and begin 30 Days of Biking with a lunchtime loop around a local forest preserve trail. It may not be as... Read more »
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