Category: Bicycling Story

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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Cycling controversies and cabin fever: I just want to ride!

Cycling controversies and cabin fever: I just want to ride!
Old Man Winter has got my tongue. Not to worry, I’m not stranded at the foot of the driveway, stuck to the light pole, fending off hungry coyotes. It’s more like a case of laryngitis. As winter wears on, I seem to be losing my voice. Or my desire to use it. It’s not that... Read more »

Cyclocross Worlds: the hand-up US cycling desperately needed

Cyclocross Worlds: the hand-up US cycling desperately needed
It should have been televised. Thousands of devoted fans and curious locals trudged through freshly fallen snow, slid cautiously down slick, grassy slopes, and trampled over rutted patches of frozen mud just to be part of US cycling history.  The cold, damp, and messy conditions along the south bank of the Ohio River in Louisville... Read more »

Lance Armstrong and Travis Tygart: Capone and Ness redux

It’s hard to believe that the two most pressing issues 60 Minutes could delve into last night involved speculation that Hillary Clinton would run for president in 2016 and a rebuttal to the Oprah Winfrey interview with Lance Armstrong… In case you missed the second segment, Travis Tygart of the United States Anti Doping Agency... Read more »
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Lance and Oprah: What's next for Armstrong?

Lance and Oprah: What's next for Armstrong?
Chapeau Ms. Winfrey! For non-cycling fans, that’s parlance for “tip of the hat” for an extraordinary effort.  Oprah succeeded in extracting more truthfulness and humanity from Lance Armstrong than any interrogator that has ever come before her. Unlike the talking heads and media pundits who feel it is their duty to dissect Oprah’s interview as... Read more »