One week to register for Bike Florida

Bike Florida's Red Hills to the Sea bicycle tour cuts off registration this Friday, Feb. 18. The ride, which features worm gruntin' (whatever that is) and oyster shuckin' (I know what that is, yum), begins its week-long tour of the Florida Panhandle on March 19. It's the earliest multi-day state bicycle tour I have listed …

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I'm doubtful Lance will Tour de France in 2005

First we see Lance Armstrong on Oprah's TV show on Friday. Then on Sunday night he's back on TV, this time onstage at the Grammy's alongside Sheryl Crow. Is he leaving time for training?

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Bike Virginia misses the summit this year

One of my fondest memories of cycling Bike Virginia in 2000 was struggling up a narrow, winding road to the Blue Ridge Parkway. There were about 1,100 cyclists on the bicycle tour that year, and I remember hearing a lot of fear and loathing the night before the climb about the steep grade. When we reached the …

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Rescue

Traveling independently on a self-contained bicycle tour means no sag wagon, no mechanics, and no large group to look to for support.
But no matter how bad things might get, it seems that someone always shows up at just the right moment to lend a hand, offer a lift, or provide a place to stay.
Touring cyclists call this a rescue. Here's how my friend and I were rescued once while cycling the TransAmerica Trail in 1984.

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Retirement and independence on a bicycle seat

Roscoe and Ann Phillips are a retired couple who use their free time to take self-contained bicycle tours of the US and Europe. Here, they add Canada to their itinerary.

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Lance and Oprah together

No last names are needed here. Lance is scheduled to appear Friday on Oprah's TV show. He's supposed to talk about bicycle racing and his work with cancer research and survivors. Rockstar girlfriend Sheryl (Crow) also will be interviewed. Then Lance and Oprah will race bikes. I've been known to videotape obscure bicycle races for later …

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One China city exports more bicycles than all of Taiwan

At one time, only the state-run Flying Pigeon bicycle plant operated in China's Tianjin. Today, there are upwards of 800 bicycle and bicycle parts makers there.

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Greg LeMond gets some respect

Before Lance Armstrong, there was cyclist Greg LeMond to excite the imaginations of US bike fans. A jury says he deserves money owed to him by a sponsor.

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Pyramid power at heart of bicycle frame

Cyclists are always looking for lighter and stronger equipment. Engineers at BYU are trying to meet those demands with bicycle frame that relies on pyramid power, as well as carbon fiber and Kevlar. …

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Cycling in small doses

Those small bicycling rides can add up. Instead of waiting until my mood and the weather is just right for a big ol' monster bicycle ride, I've been using my bicycle for light errands in whatever the weather. Here in the Northwest, that usually means drizzle and temperatures in the upper 30s to 40s — …

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