Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure
If you ride in the suburbs like I do, you grow accustomed to certain – let’s just call them – idiosyncrasies. Four-lane roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or more are an automatic no-go. Two-laners where the paved shoulder can be measured with the junior-size rulers issued to grade-schoolers also top the “ride... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »