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

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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/

John Wayne Pioneer Trail supporters head to Olympia; seek more trail funding and end to permits

John Wayne Pioneer Trail website

Supporters of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail should probably thank the two state legislators who mounted a muddled attempt last year to give away one-third of the 253-mile-long rail-trail in eastern Washington to adjacent landowners.

The ploy, spoiled by a simple typo in a state budget item, galvanized trail advocates into action after a series …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/25/john-wayne-pioneer-trail-supporters-head-to-olympia-seek-more-trail-funding-and-end-to-permits/

RAGBRAI bike route across Iowa announced for 2016

Route for 2016 RAGBRAI bike ride

If you’re considering to ride in the grand-daddy of all across-state bicycle tours — RAGBRAI — this summer, organizers announced this year’s route at the annual gala on Saturday night.

The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa is July 23 to July 30, so don’t worry, all the corn pone from this year’s primary …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/23/ragbrai-bike-route-across-iowa-announced-for-2016/

Grant boosts bicycle tourism in WA town; more People for Bikes awards given

The rail-trail along Similkameen River near Oroville.

A town in the scenic Okanogan region of northern Washington state is banking on bicycle tourism to improve the local economy.

The People for Bikes nonprofit granted $1,250 to the Borderlands Historical Society in Oroville to make improvements that will cater to bicycling visitors.

The grant will help pay for installation of a bicycle repair …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/18/grant-boosts-bicycle-tourism-in-wa-town-more-people-for-bikes-awards-given/

Highway 520 bike trail opens in April; big bike ride planned

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[Update: April 25 — The bridge bike path set to open in middle to late May ] Get ready to pop the corks on your water bottles in celebration. The bike trail on the soon-to-be-completed Highway 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington is set to open in April.

A grand opening ceremony for the 1.5-mile-long …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/12/highway-520-bike-trail-opens-in-april-big-bike-ride-planned/

Another small step to create trail on Eastside Rail Corridor

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A full year after Kirkland opened a six-mile bicycling trail on its section of the Eastside Rail Corridor, King County held a ceremony on Friday to remove some railroad spikes on its 12-mile share of the old rail corridor.

The real work of removing the rails won’t begin until early 2017, another year down the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2016/01/08/another-small-step-to-create-trail-on-eastside-rail-corridor/

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