Recently, I discovered the world of railroad velocipedes — bicycles that ride the rails.
What led me there was a TV reality show, “American Pickers.” One of the buyers is Mike Wolfe, a bicycle enthusiast who occasionally dredges up vintage bikes; I guess that's what originally drew my interest.
Recently, he dragged a vintage railroad handcar out of a building. It was a 100-year-old one-person machine used to inspect the railroad tracks.
It occurred to me that this might be a cool way to travel on some abandoned railways that hadn't been converted to rail-to-trail bike paths. ….
By now, just two days before the New Year, the interest in the top stories for 2011 at this blog must be reaching a fever pitch.
While many other blogs already have divulged their top stories, I've been holding back until I show my hand.
Unfortunately, my site stat database only shows month-by-month results. Since I'm too lazy to add them up, here is a monthly look at the stories blog readers found most interesting this year. [Photo above from 2011 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.]
“Computer snafu ties up registration for Cascade Bicycle Club.” Unfortunately, this story was updated so many times …
A kid with a fishing pole riding a bicycle is an iconic American image. It's so vivid in my mind's eye that I was surprised there was no such illustration in the Norman Rockwell database.
But the bicycle can be used for hunting, too. I'm not into hunting so it never occurred to me, but if you use a bicycle for transportation, there's no reason you can't use one to get closer to your prey.
It's easy to see why. Who hasn't surprised wildlife along the trail? This fall I surprised some turkeys on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in eastern Washington, and I've scared up browsing deer.
A Corning (CA) Observer reader asked recently whether it was legal to hunt from a bicycle ….
Time marches on, pedal stroke by pedal stroke. In a few days, your bicycle calendar will be woefully out of date.
Here are a few suggestions for calendars that you might not mind seeing every day in 2012.
The women's bicycling gang “The Belle Starrs” is entering the calendar madness in 2012 with its “Safety is Sexy: Your 2012 pin-up is a guide to ride.” Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, the bicyclists are raising money for their club as well as a local charity. That's Stacy Schroeder on the cover, with other members featured inside.