Posts in category "As Seen On A Bike"

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 »

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 »

Add the Apple Cider Century to Your Bike-It List

Add the Apple Cider Century to Your Bike-It List
Apple Cider. It’s the lemonade of autumn.  The hot chocolate of fall.  As iconic as an Oktoberfest ale, fresh apple cider signals the taste buds that a new season is on its way.   Change is in the air. It’s the air that makes fall bicycling so invigorating. Mornings start out cold and damp.  The... 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 »

Summer Fitness: Cultivating the Six-Mile Smile

Summer Fitness: Cultivating the Six-Mile Smile
Six miles.  Thirty minutes.  Three hundred plus calories. A simple half-hour bike ride at a moderate pace will take you on a trip of six miles and burn over 300 calories.  Half of those calories will be provided by stored body fat. Getting one’s recommended daily allowance of exercise is as easy as riding a... Read more »

A New Bike Path in DuPage County?

A New Bike Path in DuPage County?
Part of the fun of bicycling is exploring new places. Given the choice of riding down a familiar path or following a new trail, my curiosity gets the better of me every time.  Such was the case yesterday when my familiar path intersected with a shiny new trail. Heading east along the Great Western Trail... Read more »
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30 Days of Biking: More Obstacles Along the Final Stretch

30 Days of Biking: More Obstacles Along the Final Stretch
On Day 21, I woke up in a hotel room in Duluth Minnesota.  It was 37 degrees outside with a 9mph wind coming out of the east. When you’re in Duluth and the wind is coming from the east – straight off “the big lake they call Gitche Gumee” – you can expect a wind... Read more »

30 Days of Biking Day 15: Halfway Home

30 Days of Biking Day 15: Halfway Home
Fifteen down, fifteen to go. Figuratively speaking, I’m halfway home when it comes to time spent riding during 30 Days of Biking.  Geographically speaking, I’m nowhere near halfway home. I have just completed day three of an eleven day business trip that will take me through Western Wisconsin, the Twin Cities, Duluth, the North Woods,... Read more »

30 Days of Chafing, er Biking

30 Days of Chafing, er Biking
After a solid week of bicycling every single day, I have observed a few things. Flowering trees.  Sprouting dandelions.  A woodchuck.  Innumerable scurrying squirrels.  A goose attempting to nest in the middle of the bike trail.  Deer. Nature is glorious at the start of spring.  People, on the other hand… I shivered in sympathy watching... Read more »
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30 Days of Biking Day 4: Loving the Lunchtime Loop

30 Days of Biking Day 4: Loving the Lunchtime Loop
Just in case you’ve been wondering what 30 Days of Biking is all about… “30 Days of Biking has one rule…  Bike somewhere every day for 30 days – around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you – then share your adventures online.  We advocate daily bicycling because we believe it enriches lives... Read more »