Posts about bicycle touring as of October 9, 2009

9 10 2009
10/09/2009
Syndicated from Biking Bis – Bicycle Touring and MoreAn updated edition of “Major Taylor, The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World” by Andrew Ritchie may start a discussion of who is America’s greatest cyclist. Although this summer’s book by John Wilcockson calls Lance Armstrong “The World’s Greatest Champion,” you can make the argument that Marshall “Major” […]read the entire article
The Tikit in Borneolovethefold.blogspot.com
10/09/2009
It is well known that the tikit is an excellent commuter bike, perhaps the best in its class. But I brought it along as I wanted to see if it could handle the rigours of hard core, no holds bar bicycle touring. Lets start with the downsides first. Luggage carrying capacity is not its forte especially with the one sided commuter rack. With a heavy 7 kg touring pannier, it affected steering feel. This issue is easily solved with the twin touring rack so I guess to be fair, I was using the wrong rack for the wrong purpose.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 9, 2009

9 10 2009
Carbon Trace Updateisocrates.us
10/09/2009
I’m out of town attending a writers’ conference. I’m giving a presentation on media ethics (see my PowerPoint slides here ). I did not bring a bicycle with me. But there’s no time to go exploring the local scene anyway. Consequently, I haven’t posted anything since I left town on Wednesday. Here’s a repeat of upcoming events: I’ll be attending a bicycle advocacy workshop in Little Rock later this month sponsored by the Alliance for Biking & Walking .


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 9, 2009

9 10 2009
Come Ride Your Bike!twinriverscyclists.wordpress.com
10/08/2009
Do bicycle advocates who point out bike-fatalities instead of the thousands of safe-miles-ridden actually discourage cycling? Do strident calls of “Where’s your helmet?” discourage potential cyclists? How about bike trails and bike lanes? Even the Leage of American Bicyclists use miles-of-bike-lane as a criteria for Bike Friendly Community Status. Yet, we know that most bike lanes actually increase hazards at intersections and promote the idea of the bicycle as something other than a vehicle.
09/04/2009
There are many avenues that lead to equality, and the Los Angeles Times has an unusual story about one person’s path. You can view it here , but briefly, it’s about a Portland, Ore. woman who tried to ride her bicycle up to a drive-through window at the local burger-ator and found that the place wouldn’t serve a cyclist. Drive-throughs, she found, are only for motor vehicles. Bicycle-riders would not be served. She went home without her burgers, and Twittered.
Helmets Again… Againisocrates.us
09/01/2009
On a slow news day, start a helmet war Here’s my contribution: As a rhetoric scholar I’m always interested in arguments (usually not the shouted kind). And I find the argument that helmets make bicycling look scary worth examining. I appears to go something like this: Helmets make bicycling appear dangerous. People generally try to avoid danger. Therefore, wearing helmets dampens enthusiasm for bicycling. I wonder. Let’s examine “evidence” from my own experience.
Vigilance, Not Fearisocrates.us
07/29/2009
I’ve written a few times about bicycle lights. It’s an important topic, especially because I see so many riders on the road at night without lights. Missouri law says you must have white light up front. Common sense says you should light up like the the 4th of July. Nate, a Carbon Trace reader, sent me e-mail saying he’d recently purchased a nice cruiser-style light for his bicycle. And he sent me a picture of the box. It’s certainly true that riding at night can be dangerous under certain circumstances (e.g.
07/29/2009
UncategorizedPosted by Chad on July 28th, 2009 Wisconsin Ranked 2nd in the Country as a Bicycle Friendly State (7/16/2009) Wisconsin has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a Silver Level Award and ranked 2nd out of 50 states in the League’s Bicycle Friendly State Program.The Bicycle Friendly State program is revolutionizing the way states evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work toward improving their bicycle-friendliness.
I Got Civic Cred :-)isocrates.us
07/28/2009
Today I received my first civic award. The Traffic Advisory Board for the City of Springfield recognized me and Annie DeGraff for our work in publishing the Drive Less, Live More booklet. But there were more people involved than just us. The entire Sustainable Transportion Committee of Ozark Greenways (yes, I swear, a new name is in the works) helped make this booklet possible. And the good folks at the Community Foudation of the Ozarks paid to have it printed.
07/28/2009
Which bike issues do you really want to discuss with BTA staff, members and community partners? Take this short, two-question survey and tell us what you think. Then, attend the first BTA Advocacy Forum on August 15 to ask questions and provide feedback about the issues. It is important for us to know what our members think about our advocacy efforts and where we should direct our work in the future. The event is free, and we will provide coffee, tea and snacks.
We’re On Our Ownisocrates.us
07/28/2009
I don’t claim to know much of anything about health care. My wife is an expert on the business of health care , and she once told me: “We’re on our own.” By that she meant: Americans are probably never going to fix the health care system, so individuals must do what they can to stay healthy so that we can avoid/survive the ever-increasing costs. A new report shows that obese people pay more in health care costs.
07/27/2009
Remember how the prospect of federal stimulus funding posed such good possibilities for installing more bicycle lanes and creating more bike and pedestrian trails when it was approved in February? Well, a group named Smart Growth America has analyzed the requests from states for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and found that only 2.8 percent ($605.4 million) will go toward non-motorized projects. An even lesser amount 0.9 percent (or $189.4 million) will go toward public transportation projects.
Bicycle path “safety”dukebike.blogspot.com
07/27/2009
“Three major statistical studies have shown that bicyclists on separate bikepaths have an accident rate over two and a half times higher than that of bicyclists on the street. (These studies were commissioned by the AAA, by the CHP, and by a bicycle advocacy group; all three came to the same conclusions.


Posts about Adventure cycling as of October 9, 2009

9 10 2009
Riding the Great Divide 2009barrybandstra.com
08/20/2009
Barry Bandstra rode the Great Divide on a motorcycle trip that lasted from July 22 to August 9, along with his friend Jaco Hamman from Western Theological Seminary. Barry rode his 1999 Kawasaki KLR 650 and Jaco rode his 2005 BMW R1200GS. The Great Divide, also called the Continental Divide, marks the line of highest elevation of the North American continent and runs through the Canadian Rockies, then through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, and continues on into Mexico.
Ride Reportbarsonbikes.blogspot.com
08/03/2009
From a customer who rode part of the Continental divide on his Fuji Touring, customized with Mountain Cranks and a wheel set made by me: Hello Peter and Tiffany, I just got back from my trip and your wheels held up great. Thanks a lot. It was a fantastic experience, great cycling, awesome scenery, and beautiful weather. I was wondering if any of your wheels (or bikes) has been on higher elevation that these? Anyway, here is the summary and a photo of the trip.


Posts about bicycle touring as of October 9, 2009

9 10 2009
10/09/2009
Syndicated from Biking Bis – Bicycle Touring and MoreWhy do cyclists spend $5,000 on a bike? Do you think it’s absurd? “Well, there’s only one answer. There’s only one word. And that’s performance.” This video has been hanging around on YouTube since August, but I just ran across it a couple of days ago. “It’s all about […]read the entire article