Category: Rediscover Bicycling

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 »

The Wrong Young People are Riding Bikes More Often

The Wrong Young People are Riding Bikes More Often
If you follow cycling-related news feeds like I do, you probably noticed a host of commentary on the Frontier Group’s recently released study Transportation and the New Generation:  Why Young People are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy.   This report puts actual numbers to the trends bicycling advocates and industry insiders have... Read more »

30 Days of Biking Day 2: Deer Grove Forest Preserve (Image Gallery)

Informational sign at Deer Grove Forest Preserve.  Note "controlled burn" notice in lower left hand corner.  This is part of the "managed area" signed accordingly throughout the preserve.
Monday was Day Two of 30 Days of Biking and my desire was to log at least ten miles.  I needed a place I could get to quickly that offered an easy loop for a late afternoon ride. The perfect place for a nice, easy ride is the Deer Grove Forest Preserve on Dundee Road... Read more »
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30 Days of Biking Begins With A Few Obstacles

30 Days of Biking Begins With A Few Obstacles
Bike shorts? Check.  Short sleeve jersey?  Check.  Sunscreen?  Check.  Meet-up point?  Check. Sometimes even the best laid plans fall apart at the very last minute.  The sunny 70-degree day fails to arrive.  An unnoticed little bridge over a very impassible creek is cordoned off for decking repairs.  The early morning rain leaves muddy ruts on... Read more »

Mountains, Shorelines, and the Midwest?

Apostle Islands
When you imagine scenic mountains and picturesque shorelines, you’re probably not thinking about the Midwest.  Caves and islands?  Seriously? With sights set on the grandeur of the Rockies or the sandy beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific, there is a tendency to overlook the fascinating diversity of terrain within a day’s drive of Chicago.  Have... Read more »

Rapidly Rising Gas Prices and One Cost Cutting Solution

Rapidly Rising Gas Prices and One Cost Cutting Solution
Driving back from St. Louis this past Friday I was reminded of an all too familiar phenomenon; the Chicago area gets hit much harder each time gas prices start to rise. I did some quick research into state gas taxes and found that Illinois has the 7th highest rate in the nation at nearly 39... Read more »
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The Perfect Weekend to Rediscover Bicycling!

The Perfect Weekend to Rediscover Bicycling!
Forget about an early spring, we’re experiencing an early summer! Seventy-degree Saturdays in mid-March are about as rare as declining gas prices in an election year.  Some years we wait well into June for the perfect temperature to hang out in our t-shirts and shorts. While this stroke of lucky weather has taken us all... Read more »

Is 2012 the Year You Rediscover Bicycling?

Is 2012 the Year You Rediscover Bicycling?
Think back. Way back.  Back to a time when the toughest decision you needed to make during any given day was which color popsicle you would eat first.  Life was as simple as hopping on your bike and pedaling from one adventure to the next. As long as I was back in time for dinner,... Read more »

Appeal of Bicycling Rises with Gas Prices

Appeal of Bicycling Rises with Gas Prices
It happened in 2008.  It’s happening again. Gas prices are rising.  Rapidly.  Inexplicably.  In an election year, coincidentally. Unless you are an heir to an oil fortune, an executive at a multinational oil company, or a Wall Street speculator, this is probably not good news for you.  It likely falls somewhere between monkey wrench and... Read more »
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