Posts in category "Bicycling For Fitness"

This Weekend, Fifty Will Feel Like Seventy!

It’s official; Chicago experienced its coldest winter in recorded history. But I don’t have to tell you that, you lived through it… We spent all winter checking the 10-day forecast on our smartphones and commiserating with one another about the “feels like” temperature. Who among us will forget the near-choking sensation brought about by minus... 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 »

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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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »