Category Archive: Bike Touring

The words no bike-ride director wants to hear

Bicyclist in 2014 Tour de Wyoming

Amber Travsky is the ride director for Tour de Wyoming, an annual week-long mass bicycle tour that for 18 years has ushered cyclists around the Cowboy State.

During this year’s tour of the Wind River Mountains, Travsky heard the words that no ride director wants to hear:

“Amber, someone’s been hit.”

She writes about the collision …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/08/05/the-words-no-mass-bike-ride-director-wants-to-hear/

Hypothermia greets California cyclists on high-elevation century

Tour de Big Bear 100-miler

Emergency personnel treated some 40 cyclists for hypothermia after a fierce rainstorm swept across the course of the Tour de Big Bear in Southern California on Saturday.

The cyclists were riding at between 7,000 and 8,500 feet of elevation to reach Onyx Peak when the storm hit.

The showers lasted about 90 minutes as the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/08/04/hypothermia-greets-california-cyclists-on-high-elevation-century/

How to tell Oregon what you think of Scenic Bikeways

Oregon Scenic Bikeways

The folks at the Oregon tourism department came up with a great idea a few years ago when they developed the first of 12 Oregon Scenic Bikeways.

It’s the first, and still the only, such program in the US. The routes are created with the help of local riders and range from a morning’s ride …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/27/how-to-tell-oregon-what-you-think-of-scenic-bikeways/

Custom bike-frame builder and cycling advocate die during RAGBRAI

Old photo of Tom Teesdale at his TET Cycles website

A bicyclist remembered as a renowned Iowa custom bike-frame builder collapsed during Monday’s stage of RAGBRAI and later was pronounced dead at a hospital. [Update: Later in the week, on Wednesday, a Sioux City man died of a heart attack in his tent. George “Frank” Brinkerhoff, 74, was president of the Siouxland Cyclists bike club. KTIV.com said he …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/23/custom-bike-frame-builder-dies-during-ragbrai/

Cyclists made first century bike ride on penny farthings

Ten thousand cyclists are preparing for either back-to-back centuries or a 1-day double century in the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic (STP) this weekend.

The root of the event — the century bike ride — was first documented by two guys on penny farthings more than 130 years ago.

Today, most recreational bicyclists target the goal as they become …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/07/cyclists-made-first-century-bike-ride-on-penny-farthings/

Skyrocketing airline fees for bicycles

One style of bike box (86 inches); used also available at local bike shops

At the same time that Amtrak is improving its policies for carrying bicycles, the airlines are continuing to jack up prices on bicycles as baggage.

Washington Post says that as airlines lump extra charges on passengers, they’re going overboard on those who carry bicycles.

Many airlines now charge $150 to $200 each way to carry bicycles. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/06/skyrocketing-airline-fees-for-bicycles/

My guidebook — Best Bike Rides Seattle — is now available

Space Needle is one bicycling destination

Back in April 2012 an editor from Falcon Guides contacted me to see if I’d be interested in writing a guidebook about the best Seattle area bike rides.

I’d be responsible for choosing 40 bike routes, writing a chapter about each ride, taking at least two photos for each ride, and producing a map and a cue sheet for each …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/01/my-guidebook-best-bike-rides-seattle-is-now-available/

More roll-on, roll-off bike service coming to Amtrak

Baggage car bike race; photo by Amtrak

More options for bicycle travel are in the offing as Amtrak says it is installing baggage cars with bicycle racks on all 15 of its long-distance routes by the end of the year.

The upgrade means that bicyclists can roll their rides onto the baggage cars and hang the bikes on the vertical racks. No more …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/29/more-roll-on-roll-off-bike-service-coming-to-amtrak/

Trans Am Bike Race leader crosses into Virginia

Sunday morning round-up at Trackleaders.com

The leader of the unsupported Trans America Bike Race crossed into Virginia Sunday morning, just 15 days after setting off from Astoria, Oregon.

This is the last leg of the race for Mike Hall, 33, of Harrogate, UK. He still has to cross a series of Appalachian hills and valleys on the Trans America Bicycle Route …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/22/trans-am-bike-race-leader-crosses-into-virginia/

Across the Australian outback by bicycle 100 years ago

Edward Ryko Reichenbach in northern Australia

The development of smaller cameras and more durable film in the late 19th and early 20th century added a whole new dimension to explorations by bicycle.

Edward ‘Ryko’ Reichenbach took advantage of that technology to publicize his record-setting, 3,000 km south-north bicycle ride across Australia in just 28 days in 1914.

Some photos taken by …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/18/across-the-australian-outback-by-bicycle-100-years-ago/

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