Category: Bike trails

Follow that dream — and bike trail

Forty-five bike trails in 36 months. That's the goal for New Orleans bicyclist Larry Lagarde.

Lagarde plans to ride these bicycle trails, review them and tell about his adventures at his website RideThisBike.com.

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Right now, Lagarde has links to more than 40 bike trails worldwide at his website. His personal bike tour will enable him to add his own perspective on the bike trails and routes. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/06/27/follow-that-dream-and-bike-trail/

Great Divide mountain bike race — like an off-road RAAM

Now that the last of the Race Across America cyclists have straggled across the finish line in Atlantic City, mountain bikers are leaving Roosville, Montana, for the Great Divide Race at noon Friday.

While the RAAM racers gain our admiration by cycling 3,042 miles cross-country in 9 or 10 days, consider what the Great Divide racers try to accomplish:

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With no support or team members, the mountain bikers race from the Canadian to the Mexican border. They cross 2,490 miles of mountain terrain carrying their own gear for cooking, camping and bike repair. The route comprises 200,000 feet of climbing. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/06/23/great-divide-mountain-bike-race-like-an-off-road-raam/

Bicycling the Natchez Trace

Back in the early '80s I took a solo bicycle tour down a portion of the Natchez Trace in Tennessee down into Alabama. I didn't keep a journal on my down-and-back bike tour, but I have a few vivid memories:

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— Singing to myself as I pedaled along a little-used two-lane road through beautiful rolling countryside …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/06/05/bicycling-the-natchez-trace/

Bicycling the Erie Canal; pave it and they will come

The Erie Canal in New York state may have been known as Clinton's Folly when it opened in 1825, but the canalway has turned into a boon for cyclists and those who cater to them.

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Nearly 250 miles of canal route towpaths between Buffalo and Albany has been paved for cyclists, who spend between $100 to $300 a day during their visits, according to the state Canal Corporation. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/15/bicycling-the-erie-canal-pave-it-and-they-will-come/

Cycling Chicago's windy waterfront

Would you consider Chicago's breezy waterfront a good place to bicycle?

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Maybe not. But a bike ride along the path adjacent to Lake Michigan takes cyclists past many of the city's popular tourist sites. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/01/cycling-chicagos-windy-waterfront/

Do you often forget anniversaries?

You won't want to forget this one. Thirty years ago marked the first of the TransAmerican bicycle tours that coincided with the celebrations surrounding the Bicentennial year.

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This summer the Adventure Cycling Association is throwing birthday bashes in several cities to celebrate the year that 4,100 cyclists took to the road to prove that two wheels are better than four. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/01/do-you-often-forget-anniversaries/

Bike trail project funds threatened

Illinois is considering sending back federal funds to pay for the 38-mile Sangamon Valley Trail, a biking and hiking trail that connects Girard and Athens, crossing the western side of Springfield.

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It's a threat facing bike trail program nationwide, warns the League of American Bicyclists. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/04/17/bike-trail-project-funds-threatened/

South Dyke Bike Trail in British Columbia

For bicycling, this 3.6-mile gravel trail might not give a cyclist much of an aerobic workout.

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But the description of the surroundings and trailside attractions along these British Columbia dike-top trails remind us that cycling isn't always about nudging the lactic threshold. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/04/06/south-dyke-bike-trail-in-british-columbia/

Learning how to build trails for mountain bikes

Mountain bikers are known for eating dirt out on the course. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program is designed to interest bikers who like to dig in the dirt as well.

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The crew, sponsored by the car manufacturer and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, teaches volunteers and park service trail builders how to build trails that last, create minimal impact …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/03/24/learning-how-to-build-trails-for-mountain-bikes/

Get your cycling kicks on Route 66

Cyclists who want to taste a small slice of Americana at 12 to 14 mph might be happy to know that the League of Illinois Bicyclists and the state have published a map of Illinois' Route 66 Trail.

Roger Kramer's Favorite Cycling Tours brings us the news that the maps with north to south (Chicago to St. Louis) cue sheets are available online.

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For safety reasons, much of the 380-mile route doesn't actually use Old Route 66. You can't get many kicks if you're worried about getting run down on a busy highway. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/03/22/get-your-cycling-kicks-on-route-66/