Monthly Archives: August 2014

Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego by bicycle


I am not kidding. That is the lengthy north-to-south course taken by author, climate scientist, and touring cyclist David Kroodsma , which he describes with intriguing detail in the book, The Bicycle Diaries; My 21,000 Mile Ride for the Climate. … Continue reading

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Interurban glide ride – the soap box derby of bicycles


Throughout the summer of 2014 one of our favorite evening pastimes has been to ride the non-motorized Interurban Pathway from East Lansing to Lake Lansing to buy ice cream cones. Afterwards, on our westbound ride home, we will competitively glide … Continue reading

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Tom Waite’s Ten “Loose Suggestions” for Drivers


Below are a list of ten “loose suggestions” for drivers listed on pages 111-114 of Mr. Waite’s hilarious and often poignant new 2014 book release, entitled Chronic Pedalitis. Personally, I think the majority of these should be and could be … Continue reading

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Memories along the Monon


When I was growing up on the north side of Indianapolis, there was no such thing as the Monon Trail. Instead, it was the Monon Railroad linking the city with communities to the north, including Chicago. In 1985, the Monon … Continue reading

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It’s not just the speed of the commute, it’s the quality and effectiveness


Cocooned in one’s automobile cruising the streets, taking highways and byways to work may seem like the speedier way to commute. And in certain situations it probably is faster. But, is it truly the better or more effective way to … Continue reading

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More bike racks than stores – now that’s a story!


It is not often that you can find a shopping center where each and every tenant has a bike rack installed out front for the benefit of their customers and employees – in fact, until Tuesday evening I had never … Continue reading

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Plying the street eddies as a cycling courier


Below is a weblink to an excellent article from The Guardian on the ups and downs of being a cycling courier – from its heyday in the 1990s to today. The story is a prelude to an upcoming book, which given the … Continue reading

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What scares you the most while bicycling?


There are a number of potential dangers that could occur while bicycling, including bad or inattentive drivers, other cyclists, rough or uneven riding surfaces, broken parts, potential crime, etc. But, the danger that worries me the most often is an … Continue reading

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Bicycling loses a dear and funny friend


“And I love to ride my bike, which is great aerobics, but also just a great time for me to think, so it’s like this terrific double bill.” – Robin Williams May you find the inner peace you could not … Continue reading

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The next evolution of the bike lane?


Just had to chuckle when I first saw this cartoon. Hopefully, we may reach the day when there are enough bicyclists plying our streets and roadways that this will become a reality rather than satire. If such an example already … Continue reading

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