Category Archive: Bike Touring

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/

More than 800 miles added to U.S. Bicycle Route System

A network of signed bicycle routes designed to criss-cross the US has grown to 6,790 miles with the certification of new routes in Washington state, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois and the District of Columbia.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials certified the 816 miles of roadway for the U.S. Bicycle Route System at its meeting earlier this …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/17/more-than-800-miles-added-to-u-s-bicycle-route-system/

First day on the road for Trans Am Bike Race

Locations of TransAm racers at www.trackleaders.com/transam14

How far do you normally go on the first day of a multi-day bike tour when you’re carrying all your gear? Thirty-five miles? Fifty miles? Eighty miles?

Probably not more than 450 miles, but that’s how far Canadian Jason Lane traveled in his first day (actually his first 29 hours) of the Trans Am Bike Race that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/08/first-day-on-the-road-for-trans-am-bike-race/

National Trails Day is Saturday; how about a bike ride

Duthie Hill Park

National Trails Day is Saturday, and it’s a good time to remember that trails aren’t just for hiking. They’re for bicycling, too.

Here’s a rundown of some Seattle area possibilities this weekend:

King County

King County (WA), for instance, has 180 miles of regional trails with paved or packed gravel surfaces that are suitable for bicycling. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/06/national-trails-day-is-saturday-how-about-a-bike-ride/

Biking Across Kansas celebrates 40th anniversary ride bike tour

Roadside jam session on Biking Across Kansas

In the summer of 1975, Gerald Ford had been living in the White House for about a year, The Captain and Tennille topped the charts with “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and a 10-speed steel bicycle was pretty much the cutting edge of two-wheeled technology.

Also that summer, a group of fewer than 100 cyclists joined Larry and Norma …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/06/biking-across-kansas-celebrates-40th-anniversary-ride-bike-tour/

A new multi-day bike tour guide for Washington state

Bike touring guide for Washington state

It’s a simple fact that Washington state is best seen from a bicycle saddle. You don’t have to take my word for it, though.

Bike travel guide author Ellee Thalheimer and her team of intrepid bicycling explorers have proved it in a guidebook that’s available now, “Cycling Sojourner – A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.”

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/05/a-new-multi-day-bike-tour-guide-for-washington-state/

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