Monthly Archives: October 2012

The joy of celestial cycling


One of the most pleasant  aspects of bicycle commuting is the opportunity for riding in the pre-dawn hours during the fall, winter, and spring. Granted, one has to keep their eyes on the road, trail, path, or whatever you are riding upon … Continue reading

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A case of childish anti-bike vandalism


I walked out to my car yesterday evening to discover that sometime during the afternoon, a vandal (or vandals) either thought they were being funny or had a beef with bicycle advocates because they tore off one the pro-bicycle bumper … Continue reading

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GR is GRRReat!


There are many very nice medium to large cities situated in the Great Lakes and Midwest. Some, such as Ann Arbor and Madison have gotten their fair share of positive press both regionally and nationally. Others, like Des Moines, Greater Lansing, … Continue reading

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An unfolding bike saga


My urban commuter folding bicycle made its 2.85 mile maiden voyage to work this morning. Was it a blast! I should have bought one of these years ago. Fun, maneuverable, speedy, and comfortable for the short-medium haul ride, it is a joy … Continue reading

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Fracking is lacking


I don’t know about you, but I find both the term and method of extraction known as “fracking” to be downright disgusting. While it might be an accurate way to describe the method utilized to extract natural gas, it certainly … Continue reading

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The “grand” prize for fusing art and economic development


This is a slightly revised post from the same story I wrote for Rust Wire, that was published earlier today. Enjoy! I had my first opportunity to attend ArtPrize in Grand Rapids on September 29th. My oh my, have they ever hit … Continue reading

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Razor-thin margin of cycling safety


On my trip home from Indianapolis earlier this week, I passed through the Amish Country of Northern Indiana. In particular through the charming town of Middlebury, Indiana which also happens to be home to two very large recreational vehicle manufacturers and … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to Kokoslowmotion


If you happen to have grown up in Indiana or pass through the central part of the state from time to time, you have no doubt driven the U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo. You may also recall that today, the … Continue reading

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