13 of Pittsburgh’s steepest hills in one bike ride

Cyclists begin climb up cobblestones. Photo by Liz Reid, WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station

Pittsburgh’s hilly streets won’t be alive with the sound of music on Saturday. What you’ll hear is the panting and grunting of hundreds of cyclists participating in the annual Dirty Dozen Bike Ride.

This is the 32nd annual running of the contest in which cyclists tackle 13 of the steepest hills in the city on …

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You can find bike-friendly communities in all 50 states

Thanks to the bike advocates and city officials in places as different as Honolulu and Fargo, there are now bicycle friendly communities in all 50 states.

The League of American Bicyclists announced its newest round of 23 communities that earned bike-friendly status last week. That makes a grand total of 325 communities across the US …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/11/24/you-can-find-a-bike-friendly-community-in-all-50-states/

Two giant charity bike rides collect millions for cancer research

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Two of the biggest — if not the biggest — charity bike rides in the nation raised a total of $62 million for cancer research this year. The checks were presented to the beneficiary medical centers in ceremonies earlier this month.

That’s an amazing amount of support and success, especially considering that these are just …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/11/19/two-giant-charity-bike-rides-collect-millions-for-cancer-research/

Age no barrier on solo trans-Canada bicycle tour

Howard Dietzman pauses on his trip across Canada

Don’t tell Howard Dietzman that he’s too old to ride his bike. The 81-year-old grandfather from New Jersey completed a solo bicycle tour across Canada earlier this fall.

It was his second bike trip across Canada. He’s completed three rides across the US, in addition to a bike tour from New York to Alaska. I …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/11/11/age-no-barrier-on-solo-trans-canada-bicycle-tour/

10 ways bicycle tourism is booming; annual tour directors gathering

Biking Across Kansas bike tour stops at Happy Trails

Bicycle tour directors are gathering in San Diego this week to discuss the growth of their segment of the tourism industry and celebrate their 25th annual conference.

They’re all members of the Bike Tour Network, formerly known as the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. They run everything from one-day charity bike rides, to week-long cross-state mass …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/11/06/10-ways-bicycle-tourism-is-booming-annual-tour-directors-gathering/

Adding a little color to our bike rides

Cyclists on Lake Washington Boulevard

Lots of bicyclists hit the roads this weekend to enjoy the fall colors after a week-long deluge in the Pacific Northwest.

Last week I headed out to Preston in search of fall foliage along the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. This weekend I found the big leaf maples turning a brilliant yellow just a couple of miles from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/11/02/adding-a-little-color-to-our-bike-rides/

Paving gets underway on East Lake Sammamish Trail; bicycling still 6 months away

East Lake Sammamish Trail north segment paving; King County photo

Even though it seems like monsoon season in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had enough dry days for workers to finish some paving on the “north Sammamish segment” of the East Lake Sammamish Trail earlier this week.

King County Parks posted this photo of fresh asphalt on Facebook on Wednesday, but don’t plan to roll down there on your bicycle anytime soon …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/30/paving-gets-underway-on-east-lake-sammamish-trail-bicycling-still-6-months-away/

Instructions on mountain bike rear shock-absorbers spark recall

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Incorrectly worded instructions has prompted Fletcher, N.C.-based Cane Creek Cycling Components to recall 5,000 of its DBINLINE rear bicycle shock absorbers.

The shock absorbers are marked with graphics that mislabel the adjustments for “high speed rebound” damping — the plus (+) and minus (-) symbols are switched. Following the instructions could cause the bike to respond …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/30/instructions-on-mountain-bike-rear-shock-absorbers-spark-recall/

Traffic-related bicycling deaths on the rise in many states; bicycle advocacy groups dispute results

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A report by a national highway safety association is shining a spotlight on the increase in bicyclist deaths in traffic.

Newspapers and other media outlets are reporting that bicycle traffic deaths have been on the rise since hitting a 10-year-low in 2009, a fact that many bicycle advocates already have been tracking. Reports from California and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/29/traffic-related-bicycling-deaths-on-the-rise-in-many-states/

Gaining access to orphaned section of Foothills Trail in Pierce County

View from "trail to nowhere" bridge on Foothills Trail

It could be called “The Bike Trail to Nowhere.”

A 1.3-mile section of Pierce County’s scenic Foothills National Recreation Trail is paved, bridged and waiting for cyclists, hikers and horse riders. There’s just one hitch — there’s no good way to get to it.

Access from the trail in South Prairie in the west is blocked by private …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/26/gaining-access-to-orphaned-section-of-foothills-trail-in-pierce-county/

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