Hit the trail: Opening Day for Trails is Saturday

Prepared for rain on a spring ride on Interurban Trail (south)

Many trail choices in Washington state

Saturday is Opening Day for Trails, an annual event created by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to celebrate thousands of miles of trails — including 22,000 miles of rail-trails — across the US.

Of course, trails are open year-round. This is just the non-profit’s way of encouraging people to start the spring right …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/27/hit-the-trail-opening-day-for-trails-is-saturday/

Specialized recalls aero handlebars

Specialized recalled aerobars

Faulty mounting hardware on aero handlebars made for Specialized Bicycle Components has prompted a recall of 8,300 units.

The Morgan Hill-based bicycle maker says a bolt that attaches the aero handlebars to the bike can loosen, possibly causing a fall. The company said it has received four reports of bolts loosening, but no injuries.

Specialized and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/26/specialized-recalls-aero-handlebars/

Trailer for Trans Am Bike Race film — “Inspired to Ride”

You might remember that last summer some 45 bicyclists took off from Oregon for the first-ever self-contained cross-country bicycle race — The Trans Am Bike Race. No drafting. No sag wagons. No support teams.

Fortunately, a team of filmmakers followed some of them. Here’s a just-released trailer of their film, entitled “Inspired to Ride,” based on the race. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/25/trailer-for-trans-am-bike-race-film-inspired-to-ride/

East Lake Sammamish Trail reopening set for May

Grading the trail in preparation for paving this week

It will probably be May before a closed, 2.6-mile section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail is paved and reopened for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Then you better rush out and get in your bike rides on the 11-mile rail-trail that runs between Redmond and Issaquah by mid-summer, because that’s when another 1.2-mile section will be shut down for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/20/east-lake-sammamish-trail-reopening-set-for-may/

World record attempt in Britain: 75,065 miles in one year

Steve Abraham, from his website

Bicycling records come and go, but one that has survived for 76 years is Tommy Godwin’s record of cycling 75,065 miles in one year — 1939.

Now, 40-year-old Steve Abraham from Great Britain is trying to break that record.

Anyone who has set a goal for annual bike mileage in a year knows how difficult it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/19/world-record-attempt-in-britain-75065-miles-in-one-year/

Handmade bicycle show returns to California in 2016

The scene at NAHBS Louisville

The Sacramento Convention Center will be the site of the 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

It’s the show’s second appearance at Sacramento, which hosted the event in 2012. NAHBS, which launched in Houston in 2005, is held in a different city every year.

Founder and president Don Walker said he was looking forward to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/18/handmade-bicycle-show-returns-to-california-in-2016/

How to keep your bike gear dry during wet bike camping

Tarp-tent bike camping set  up from  Hendrik Christenhusz

There’s a discussion over at the Facebook page for Loaded Bicycle Touring, where a member asked about the “best ways to deal with nonstop rainy conditions while bike-camping”.

I guess that’s a good way to pose the question, because there’s really no way to stay dry. You just have to deal with it. A few readers …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/17/how-to-keep-your-bike-gear-dry-during-wet-bike-camping/

Films promote Montana to bicycle travelers

As spring nears, it’s time to consider when and where you’ll set out for a bicycling adventure this summer. You might want to consider the mountains and valley of the Big Sky state.

A series of films posted at the Epic Montana site on Youtube is promoting the many outdoor pursuits in the state. Among …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/13/films-promote-montana-to-bicycle-travelers/

Snow-plowing on Bicycle Route 10 begins in Cascades

Road equipment at Washington Pass. WSDOT photo

Washington state Department of Transportation crews announced they will begin plowing snow from US Bicycle Route 10 across the Cascade Range on Monday. It could be open in less than four weeks.

Actually, the state announced it was preparing to begin snow-plowing operations on State Route 20, the scenic North Cascades Highway.

But traveling bicyclists …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/12/snow-plowing-on-bicycle-route-10-begins-in-cascades/

Handbuilt bicycle makers win awards

Ron Sutphin

Bike lovers attending the North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show must think that Mars Cycles are out of this world.

That’s because the small Oakland, CA-based builder received the People’s Choice Award at this weekend’s show held in Louisville.

NAHBS has been visiting different venues across the US annually since the first show in Houston in 2005. More than …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/03/10/handbuilt-bicycle-makers-win-awards/

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