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.
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. …
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. …
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. …
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. …