Administrator and author of Biking Bis. Currently live in the Seattle area; previously Texas, California, Maryland, Georgia and Ohio. Own a Lemond road bike for light riding and Rockhopper for poor weather riding and touring.

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30 days of biking: Slumming at Newcastle Beach

Day 9 of 30 Days of Biking reminded me what it was like when I just a few minutes of daylight to squeeze in a ride.

Nowadays, I can head out on my bicycle anytime while my daughter is in school.

She’s on spring break now, though, so I’m looking after her until my wife gets home for the “hand-off.” …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/09/30-days-of-biking-slumming-at-newcastle-beach/

Magazine and new books aid search for bicycling adventures in Pacific NW

The recent string of sunny spring days should be setting cyclists’ legs a-twitching in the Pacific Northwest as they think ahead to summer adventures on their bicycles.

Picking a destination should be easier than ever this summer as at least three new books will share prime bicycling routes in Oregon and Washington. Actually, with so many choices, picking a biking option might be more difficult

Let’s start with an article in the current Outdoors NW pub that picks “10 Classic rides in the Northwest.” Author Amy Poffenbarger chooses five mountain bike rides and five road routes that top the list of many cyclists in the Northwest. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/09/magazine-and-new-books-aid-search-for-bicycling-adventures-in-pacific-nw/

30 days of biking: Bellevue’s whaling past in the shadow of high rises

This is the view that most would expect from Bellevue — high rises soaring above a downtown park that’s a focal point for high-end stores like Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus.

But less than a mile away on the city’s waterfront stand structures left over from the city’s gritty past as one of the last whaling ports in the U.S.

I headed up here on one of the most pleasant Easter Sundays I can remember in the Pacific Northwest. It was a day made for cycling. ….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/08/30-days-of-biking-bellevues-whaling-past-in-the-shadow-of-high-rises/

Solo win at 2012 Paris-Roubaix

If you tuned in to the Paris-Roubaix bike race about an hour before the finish, like I did, the race already was a foregone conclusion.

Apparently, all of the tactics, punctures, and crashes on the cobblestones had taken place earlier in the race.

By an extraordinary effort, Tom Boonen won his record-tying fourth Paris-Roubaix on Sunday with plenty of time to spare.

The final hour of the race broadcast essentially showed Boonen bumping to the finish over the cobbles with more than a minute lead …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/08/2012-paris-roubaix-winner/

30 days of biking: Hobart

Day 7 of “30 Days of Bicycling” found me craving some carbs after 20-some miles of fighting a stiff breeze blowing over the Cascade foothills.

The Hobart General Store and post office loomed ahead and I pulled in for a snack.

This is always a great place to stop for a number of reasons, among them the community bulletin board, at left.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/07/30-days-of-biking-hobart/

Where to watch Paris-Roubaix bike race on Sunday

Unless you’re out on your bicycle, it should be fairly easy to watch the Paris-Roubaix bike race on Sunday.

NBC Sports Network (the old Vs. channel on cable) is airing The Hell of the North from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday (Eastern time), with a repeat from 7 to 10 p.m. EST.

Cycling.TV will offer a live webstream beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday (Eastern time); the first hour of coverage is free, but then you need a subscription.

It’s the “mother of all mothers,” the “biggest one-day adventure on a bike you can have,” and “260k’s of torture,” according GreenEDGE teammates Matthew White, Stuart O’Grady and Baden Cooke. “It’s like being stuck in a washing machine and someone shaking the shit out of you,” says Matt Wilson. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/07/paris-roubaix-bike-race-airs-sunday/

30 Days of Biking: A typical trip to the market

When the local grocery store closed in the economic downturn of 2008, it meant market runs 3 or 4 days a week for odds and ends grew from a half-mile bike ride to about 4 miles.

Although I miss the local grocer, I enjoy getting the chance for a longer bike ride to the Safeway, QFC or farmer’s market. If the weather is decent, running an errand to the grocery store can turn into a ride of 20 or more miles.

When I’m picking up a medium load like today, I’ll attach the old Eclipse panniers that have served me since my TransAmerica bicycle tour in 1984. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/06/30-days-of-biking-a-typical-trip-to-the-market/

Interviews from bicycle tour become book about Latino experience

Back in 2007, I posted a story here about a professor who took a 6-month leave from the University of Minnesota to study how Latino immigration is changing the United States.

The unique aspect for me was that he did much of his work from the saddle of his touring bicycle. Louis Mendoza pedaled nearly 7,000 miles on his perimeter travels around the country to talk with Latinos from all walks of life.

He conducted many interviews, and they’ve been compiled into a book: “Conversations Across Our America, Talking about Immigration and the Latinoization of the United States” which is scheduled for release this summer. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/06/interviews-from-bicycle-tour-become-book/

30 days of biking: Luther Burbank Park

On Day 5 of 30 Days of Biking, I set out by bicycle to discover why a park on Mercer Island — Luther Burbank Park — was named for an African-American botanist who developed new uses for the peanut.

As many of you can guess, the first thing I discovered was that Luther Burbank was white and developed new and improved strains of hundreds of plants, but not the peanut.

I had him mixed up with George Washington Carver. I’m sometimes surprised by the depth of my ignorance, but not often.

But that still left the question of the name of the park, located on 77 acres on the north end of Mercer Island with 3/4 miles of prime Lake Washington shoreline; more than that owned by Bill Gates. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/05/30-days-of-biking-luther-burbank-park/

Topeak child bike seat recall due to amputation hazard

Grab bar dangerMassachusetts-based Todson Inc. is recalling 40,000 Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seats because children can get their fingers caught in the grab bar hinge.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Todson said two reports of near amputations have been filed about children whose fingertips were caught in the hinge mechanism.

Parents are urged to stop using the seats until they can install a free cover retrofit kit from Todson…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/05/topeak-child-bike-seat-recall-due-to-amputation-hazard/