Administrator and author of Biking Bis. Currently live in the Seattle area; previously Texas, California, Maryland, Georgia and Ohio. Own a Lemond road bike for light riding and Rockhopper for poor weather riding and touring.

Most commented posts

  1. How to enforce 3-foot passing law to protect bicyclists — 51 comments
  2. 10 longest rail-trails for bicycling — John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington leads the list — 19 comments
  3. Indiana town says “No” to bicycle tourism — 18 comments
  4. Washington state lists parks with bike/hike campsites — 15 comments
  5. “Wording error” saved John Wayne Pioneer Trail from private takeover — 12 comments

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Texas-based bicycle writer killed in roadside crash

Freelance bicycle writer Andrew Tilin was killed on the shoulder of a Texas highway last week after he had pulled off the road to fix a flat tire. Tilin’s writings appeared in Outside magazine and elsewhere. He’s also known his book, “The Doper Next Door,” about his experiences doping with testosterone while competing as an …

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Specialized Bicycle recalls 5,500 Allez model bikes

Morgan Hill, CA-based Specialized Bicycle Components is delivering the first of its replacement forks for 5,500 Allez model bicycles that were recalled after a report of a cracked fork. The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends owners stop riding the bicycles and contact their dealer to learn how to get free installation of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/02/16/specialized-bicycle-recalls-5500-allez-model-bikes/

Plan now for Bike Travel Weekend in June

With half of the nation covered in snow in mid-February, perhaps this is a good time to start dreaming about warm weather pursuits, like an overnight bike ride this summer. The Adventure Cycling Association wants to inspire such a trip during Bike Travel Weekend on June 1-3. This is the third year that the nonprofit …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2018/02/15/plan-now-for-bike-travel-weekend-in-june/

RAGBRAI announces flat bike route for 2018

Do you like flat bike rides? Organizers announced the 2018 route for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and it’s the fourth flattest in RAGBRAI history. You might assume that any ride across Iowa would be flat. But the state’s rolling topography means that some of the past 400-plus-mile bike tours have rivaled …

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WA bicycle trails get funding: List includes John Wayne Pioneer, Whitehorse, Centennial and Olympic Discovery trails

Washington state legislators finally approved a state capital budget last week that includes millions of dollars for bicycle trail improvements. The 2017-2019 budget was drafted for passage in June 2017, but dysfunction at the Olympic junction created an impasse between Republicans and Democrats, delaying final approval until this past Thursday. The SSB 6090 budget summary …

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Newest section of East Lake Sammamish Trail reopens Wednesday

Crews worked frantically on Tuesday to finish up odds and ends for King County’s “grand reopening” of a 1.2-mile segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Finishing touches to trail plaza at newly reopened section of East Lake Sammamish Trail[/caption]

The section — roughly between SE 33rd St. and SE 43rd Way in Sammamish — is the penultimate section of the 11-mile trail between Redmond and Issaquah to be upgraded from crushed gravel to pavement.

The extensive work during the year-long closure will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the new Trail Plaza at SE 33rd St. ….

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Bicyclists flock to new bike trail on WA 520 Bridge

A break in the dreary winter weather in Seattle made for a rare sunny day on Sunday. Local bicycle riders answered the call with a visit to the area’s newest bicycling attraction — the 520 Bike Trail across the WA 520 bridge. The floating bridge replaced an older structure, dating originally to 1963, that carried …

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Sub-freezing weather doesn’t derail promotional bike tour to CES

The year’s first publicity stunt using a bicycle is currently underway. A long-distance cyclist is burning rubber across the USĀ  to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to promote an electric-assist bicycle wheel that is controlled by Google Assistant. You can follow at RidetoCES.com. Completing the 2,826-mile ride from New York City in 10 …

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“Cycling the Pacific Coast” is definitive guidebook for West Coast adventure

If a bicycle tour of the Pacific Coast is in your sights, you should consider using “Cycling the Pacific Coast” by Bill Thorness. The book published by Mountaineers Books is nothing less than the definitive guidebook for those traveling the 2,000 miles from Vancouver, BC, to the Mexican border. Bill Thorness, a Seattle-based author and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2017/12/19/cycling-the-pacific-coast-is-definitive-guidebook-for-west-coast-adventure/

Say goodbye to bicycle commuter tax benefit; thanks GOP

In the rush to give huge tax cuts to corporations, the Senate and House conference committee has removed a small tax benefit for those who regularly commute by bicycle. Passed in 2008, the Bicycle Commuter Act enabled any employer to provide a reimbursement of up to $20 per month for expenses incurred by an employee …

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