Didn’t register for Emerald City bike ride? You can still ride onto the new floating bridge from the Eastside

Route from Kirkland P and R to Evergreen Bridge

There’s going to be a big party for bicyclists and pedestrians on the new Evergreen SR 520 Bridge across Lake Washington all weekend.

Early Saturday, nearly 10,000 people are expected for a fun run and walk onto the State Route 520 bridge starting at Husky Stadium. A ribbon-cutting is planned at 10:30 and Guinness Book …

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Petition supports using rail bed for Eastside Rail Corridor bike trail

Families using Cross Kirkland Corridor

Except for an occasional bird-watcher or coyote on the tracks, things outwardly might seem quiet on the Eastside Rail Corridor that runs north from Renton.

Things are happening behind the scenes, however.

Advocates are pushing a petition that supports the “on rail-bed” option in the Eastside Regional Trail draft master plan that covers 16.7 miles …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/03/29/petition-supports-using-rail-bed-for-eastside-rail-corridor-bike-trail/

SRAM recalls thousands of Zipp hubs and quick-releases


Chicago-based SRAM is recalling 54,000 Zipp 88 aluminum front hubs because the flanges can break. About 2,900 of the hubs were also sold in Canada.

The distributor is also recalling 6,400 Zipp quick-releases because they can fail to lock in the closed position.

SRAM and the Consumer Product Safety Commission urges owners to stop riding …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/03/17/sram-recalls-thousands-of-zipp-hubs-and-quick-releases/

Elevation gain — Cycle Oregon vs. Ride the Rockies

Day 4 of Cycle Oregon

Which week-long bicycle tour has the most elevation gain — a 457-mile ride along the Pacific Coast in Oregon or a 403-mile bicycle tour over five Rocky Mountain passes in Colorado?

If you guessed Cycle Oregon’s 457-mile option, you’d be correct.

The 2016 Ride the Rockies summits at least five high altitude mountain passes, totaling …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/28/elevation-gain-cycle-oregon-vs-ride-the-rockies/

Two public hearings for future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail

John Wayne Pioneer (E-W) and Columbia Plateau (NE-SW) trails

The issue of preserving and upgrading the 253-mile-long John Wayne Pioneer Trail must be rising on the radar screen of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

After years of neglect, the abandoned railroad corridor in eastern Washington will be the subject of two public hearings in March. Here are the details as released by …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/17/two-public-hearings-for-future-of-john-wayne-pioneer-trail/

Proposed laws affecting Missouri bicyclists defy logic

BWorks in St. Louis shows what 15 foot flag looks like

As a reader from St. Louis suggests, “crazy season has come early to Missouri.”

At least that’s the case for one legislator, Republican Rep. Jay Houghton of Martinsburg.

It started with his HB 2046, which would require all bicycles using “lettered” county roads to display a fluorescent orange flag suspended 15 feet above the road …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/16/proposed-laws-affecting-missouri-bicyclists-defy-logic/

More bike route announcements for across-state summer tours

B.A.K. jersey (info below)

Across state bike ride organizers are firming up routes and overnight host cities for many of this summer’s week-long bicycle tours.

You may hear more about long-distance bicycle tours this summer as this marks the 40th anniversary of the first Bikecentennial bike rides in 1976.

Here’s a quick list of across-state bike tours that have …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/11/more-bike-route-announcements-for-across-state-summer-tours/

Mechanical “doping”, a new way to cheat in pro cycling

Gruber assist motor; one type of motor assist

Ever since the Lance Armstrong doping scandal revealed widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by competitive cyclists, I’ve pretty much ignored the bicycle racing universe at this blog.

But here is a new way to cheat that no amount of blood tests can uncover. A Belgian cyclist at the cyclo-cross World Championships has been accused …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/04/mechanical-doping-a-new-way-to-cheat-in-pro-cycling/

‘Breaking Away’ star will appear at vintage bicycle show and ride

Dennis Christopher as Dave Stoller in Breaking Away

Actor Dennis Christopher is returning to his role as a bicyclist to participate in the Eroica California vintage bike show and ride in April.

Christopher, 57, played a young cyclist in the 1979 coming-of-age movie “Breaking Away”, in which he and a group of friends figure out their roles in life after high school.

Known …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/02/02/breaking-away-star-will-appear-at-vintage-bicycle-show-and-ride/

Across state bike tour takes a cue from Hollywood


You gotta applaud any effort to make a cross-state bicycle tour more fun, interesting, and relevant than it could be on its own.

So I’m tickled to learn that the theme for RASDak (Ride Across South Dakota) is the “Grit and Bear It Ride.” It commemorates the saga of local frontiersman Hugh Glass, whose escapades …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/27/across-state-bike-tour-takes-a-cue-from-hollywood/

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