Category Archive: Bike Touring

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/11/28/13-of-pittsburghs-steepest-hills-in-one-bike-ride/

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/

Cross-county cyclist battles Parkinson’s

Steve Quam riding down the road

The next time you consider skipping a bike ride because it’s drizzling, or it isn’t sunny, or you didn’t get your 8 hours the previous night, remember about Steve Quam.

The 68-year-old bicyclist from Anderson, S.C., suffers from Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that gets worse with time. In spite of that, he’s riding a self-contained bicycle …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/09/cross-county-cyclist-battles-parkinsons/

Bicycling to Mount Rainier and the road to Ipsut Creek

[Update: I just read a good piece about the bicycle riding opportunities at Mount Rainier National Park at the Washington Bikes blog — Biking at Mount Rainier. Here’s a bike trip a friend and I took about four years ago from Bellevue to the Isput Campground at the national park…]

Aug. 8, 2010 — My bicycling buddy Kazuki and I are shown celebrating the exhilarating experience of crossing the soaring bridge over the Carbon River gorge on the way to Mount Rainier National Park ….

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/30/bicycling-to-mount-rainier-and-the-road-to-ipsut-creek/

Bike quote: Why bicycle tourists are the best tourists for small towns

Young cyclist visits with a local at Methow ice cream shop

“Many (cross-country riders) stay at hotels and motels, lodges. They’re not whizzing by you with a tankful of gas. They’re stopping and buying a few things here and there. They’re there to interact with a local community instead of driving by in a car and looking out the windows.”

– Steve Jahn, member …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/25/bike-quote-why-bicycle-tourists-are-the-best-tourists-for-small-towns/

New Sumner bike trail helps close the gap between Interurban (South) and Foothills Trails

A small bridge crosses the White River on the Sumner Link Trail

A paved bicycle trail that the city of Sumner built along the scenic White River has gone a long way toward connecting two great rail-trails — the Interurban (South) Trail in King County and the Foothills Trail in Pierce County.

The last section of the Sumner Link Trail completed this spring closed a gap in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/17/new-sumner-bike-trail-helps-close-the-gap-between-interurban-south-and-foothills-trails/

Have piano, will travel by bicycle; Mr. B’s Joybox Express hits the road

Musicians who travel the countryside by bicycle are rare, but not unheard of. It’s relatively easy to stash a cornet into a saddlebag or sling a banjo over one’s back.

Mr. B’s Joybox Express takes this a gigantic step forward by rolling an upright piano up on a bicycle trailer and hauling ass down the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/15/have-piano-will-travel-by-bicycle-mr-bs-joybox-express-hits-the-road/

US Bike Route 10 dedication is Sunday in Anacortes

Open Street Cycle Map of USBR 10. http://www.opencyclemap.org/?zoom=8&lat=48.17592&lon=-119.98274&layers=B0000

Washington Bikes is inviting folks interested in bicycle travel to attend the ribbon cutting on the new US Bike Route 10 in Anacortes this Sunday.

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USBR 10 rolls out for 416 miles roughly along  the State Route 20 corridor from Anacortes to the Idaho border. That’s also the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/11/us-bike-route-10-dedication-is-sunday-in-anacortes/

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