Posts in category "Rediscover Bicycling"

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 »

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 »

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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Bicycling Really Did Save My Life

Bicycling Really Did Save My Life
Three years ago today, I was lying on a gurney in the emergency room fighting for my life. To be more accurate, the ER and catheter teams were fighting against the clock to save my life.  I remained motionless in shock and disbelief. There was really nothing that I could do to help myself.  By... Read more »

60 Second Cycling: Biking Stories You May Have Missed

Here’s a quick summary of bicycling-related stories you may have missed: Illinois’ Dead Red Stoplight Law now in effect!  If you are riding anywhere in the state outside the city limits of Chicago, you may now legally proceed through a red light (traffic permitting) after waiting 120 seconds for the light to change.  This law... Read more »

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 »
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Sixty Second Cycling: Upcoming Events & Weekly Recap

I’m definitely phoning it in this Friday. Instead of being downtown at Daley Plaza celebrating Chicago’s Bike To Work Week, I’m in a hotel room midway to Sioux Falls, South Dakota (via Minneapolis).  A hectic work schedule has prevented me from partaking in a great week of Chicago cycling events and some of the best... 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 »

Trail of Beers: A Tale of Two Breweries

Panniers attached in anticipation of an epic beer run
(Pictures follow blog post, Update: Minhas Tour times correction) It was the best of beers, it was the worst of…weather. Who would have thought that the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend would set a record for warmth?  I can recall overcast skies, cold temperatures, and heavy rain putting a damper on the holiday in years... Read more »
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Will Your Child's School Be Participating in Bike to School Day on May 9th?

Will Your Child's School Be Participating in Bike to School Day on May 9th?
This coming Wednesday, May 9th, is the first ever Bike to School Day. Organized and promoted by The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the League of American Bicyclists, this National Bike Month event seeks to emulate the success of Walk to School Day in October. Do you know if your child’s school... Read more »