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The benefits of yoga and bicycling


At last night’s flow yoga class, half of us bicycled to Lotus Voice for an hour-long workout of stretching and enlightenment. This was not the first time this had happened this spring, but it was coincidental with a planned Lansing … Continue reading

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Riding the Galloping Goose on a two-wheeled steed


Among the terrific non-motorized trails we bicycled and/or hiked in Canada was the awesome Galloping Goose Trail in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. The 60 kilometer long Galloping Goose Trail extends north and west from the heart of Victoria into the … Continue reading

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Book review of “Pedaling Revolution”


I have just wrapped up reading the fine book, Pedaling Revolution, by author Jeff Mapes. The subtitle of How Cyclists are Changing American Cities best describes the premise of his book, as Mr. Mapes thoughtfully explores the promises and pitfalls … Continue reading

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Why not a midwinter Smart Commute?


I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the powerful benefits of Smart Commute, than to highlight its potential during the winter months as well as during fair weather. Most, if not all Smart Commute events seem to be … Continue reading

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Images of the Michigan Bike Expo


Neither blowing snow, nor single digits temperatures, nor icy roads could keep the truly determined from attending today’s Michigan Bike Expo at the Michigan State University’s Ag Pavilion. For the first time, the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, the League of Michigan … Continue reading

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Do our college communities pass the walkability test?


In a nutshell, the answer is largely a resounding NO. Below is a list of American college communities with their walkability score for 2014 as compiled by walkscore.com. The overall rating was used for each community as students tend to live, shop, … Continue reading

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Let’s go take a hike!


As an avid recreational and commuting bicyclist, I have often preferred exercise by two wheels over two feet. That does not mean I didn’t hike, but it was not purposeful on a fitness or health level. Instead, hiking was principally … Continue reading

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Postal pedal power!


Observing the custom of postal delivery by bicycle-mounted carriers for An Post in two different Ireland cities last week (Ennis and Killarney) had me wondering why in the world this is not a more common method of delivery here in … Continue reading

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A “Wales” of a great Welsh trail


Kudos to Wales for accomplishing something that no other country on the planet has done – in 2012, it completed a hiking trail along its entire 870 mile long coastline. Yes…you read that correctly – its entire coastline! What a … Continue reading

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Do you get a bike helmet forehead spot?


Okay…I have been wondering this for years. What the heck causes many bicycle riders to get an oblong-shaped reddish spot on their forehead from their bike helmet. It’s not like there is something on the inside of the helmet that … Continue reading

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