Archive for May 2013

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure
If you ride in the suburbs like I do, you grow accustomed to certain – let’s just call them – idiosyncrasies. Four-lane roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or more are an automatic no-go. Two-laners where the paved shoulder can be measured with the junior-size rulers issued to grade-schoolers also top the “ride... Read more »

A cease fire in the War on Cars?

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It’s that time of year again. Sunny skies. Warmer temperatures. Longer days. Leaves on trees. Singing birds. And swarms of pesky, annoying, unavoidable… bicyclists. It’s only a matter of time – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – before a perturbed columnist has had enough of being inconvenienced by these slow-moving scofflaws and takes to his... Read more »

30 Days of Biking ends, National Bike Challenge begins!

30 Days of Biking ends, National Bike Challenge begins!
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in… Without even a full day to reflect on the significance of (nearly) keeping the 30 Days of Biking pledge, it’s time to head over to the National Bike Challenge website and make another commitment. While it is highly unlikely that I’ll unknowingly be... Read more »
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