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.

Most commented posts

  1. How to enforce 3-foot passing law to protect bicyclists — 51 comments
  2. 10 longest rail-trails for bicycling — John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington leads the list — 19 comments
  3. Indiana town says “No” to bicycle tourism — 18 comments
  4. Washington state lists parks with bike/hike campsites — 16 comments
  5. “Wording error” saved John Wayne Pioneer Trail from private takeover — 12 comments

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Faulty pedals on Public Bikes spark recall

San Francisco-based Public Bikes is recalling 4,100 bicycles after receiving two dozen reports that the pedals crack.

The Wellgo brand pedals mounted on the 18 models of men’s and women’s bicycles are clearly marked. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/05/faulty-pedals-on-public-bikes-spark-recall/

Virginia parks guarantee campsites for bike travelers

A new policy in Virginia requires state parks to set aside areas for bicycle tourists so they’ll have a place to pitch their tents, even when the campgrounds are full.

This is an issue near and dear to traveling bicyclists who prefer camping but don’t relish the thought of stealth camping in a patch of woods.

It hasn’t been much of an issue for me lately, as most of my bike camping involves overnight trips. If I’m heading to Washington state parks, I can choose those that have primitive hiker/biker spots, such as the one at Joemma Beach State Park on the Key Peninsula, above left.

This one was swank by primitive standards ….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/05/virginia-parks-guarantee-campsites-for-bike-travelers/

30 days of biking: Coulon Park

In the summer or during sockeye salmon season, this boat launch at Coulon Park in Renton is jammed with cars dropping off or picking up their putt-putt boats.

On a drizzly spring morning like Wednesday, however, it’s just me and the ducks.

The park is a wonderful spot near the south end of Lake Washington …

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

USA Pro Cycling Challenge announces high altitude route

The route for this year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado will be breath-taking, and we’re not talking about the scenery.

Route details for the Aug. 20-26 bicycle race reveal that cyclists will be pedaling above 12,000 feet — higher than any route in North America or Europe — three separate times.

Because of less air pressure at high altitudes, there’s 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath than at sea level. Cyclists who haven’t acclimated to riding at high altitudes will be suffering. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/04/usa-pro-cycling-challenge-announces-high-altitude-route/

Bicycles spared fare increase on Washington State Ferries

Fares are going up on the Washington State Ferry system beginning May 1 — except for bicycles.

The state announced Tuesday an across-the-board 3% increase that “applies to all fare types, including vehicle/driver, walk-on, and multi-ride cards.”

But not for bicycles. Riding a bike isn’t only a good idea when it comes to the gas pump, it also makes good sense at the fare booth. …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/03/bicycles-spared-fare-increase-on-washington-state-ferries/

30 days of biking: A nasty and wet ride

As much as I love bicycling, there was nothing much inspiring or exhilarating about Day 3 of 30 Days of Biking.

Monday’s glorious sunshine was long gone and the seasonal blustery rainy weather returned.

I took the opportunity to return a Blockbuster video and stop at the store on the way home.

Before the video chain downsized, that would have meant a 4-mile bike ride. But a couple of years ago Blockbuster closed its nearby store so it gives me an opportunity for a 10-mile round-trip …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/03/30-days-of-biking-a-nasty-and-wet-ride/

Grand Ridge: New trail for mountain bikers and hikers completed

After volunteers put in more than 40,000 hours of labor over the past 10 years, the completion of a new 7-mile trail in the Issaquah Highlands (WA) will be celebrated with a public hike and barbecue on Thursday.

The Grand Ridge Trail is open to mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. The trail includes a 40-foot-long log bridge, two shorter log bridges and the just-completed 600-foot-long elevated boardwalk that passes over a hemlock bog.

The Washington Trail Association held 448 volunteer events …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/03/grand-ridge-new-trail-for-mountain-bikers-and-hikers-opens/

30 days of biking: May Valley Road

Day 2 of “30 Days of Biking” sent me out May Valley Road to Squak State Park and back.

This is my default 20-mile bike route here in Washington. It hugs the south-facing base of Cougar and Squak mountains so if there’s any sun, it gets some warmth.

More than that, it’s a two-lane road …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/02/30-days-of-biking-may-valley-road/

Indiana town says “No” to bicycle tourism

A city commission in Greenwood, Indiana, is turning away a proposed U.S. Bicycle Route that would take traveling bicyclists through the middle of its historic downtown.

It seemed surprising to me that a town would turn away tourism dollars, especially from those with such a low impact as touring bicyclists on the U.S. Bicycle Route System, a proposed 50,000-mile network of bicycle byways that will span the nation.

I asked Ginny Sullivan, the Adventure Cycling Association’s coordinator for the bike route network, whether this is common …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/02/indiana-town-says-no-to-bicycle-tourism/

Solutions for women left numb by bicycling

It’s no secret that some women can suffer the same numbness in the genital area as some men do from riding a bicycle.

For men that can lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence, serious issues that can be addressed by professional bike fittings and alternative saddle styles.

Now researchers at Yale University School of Medicine have found a solution for women suffering numbness — set the handlebar higher in relation to the saddle.

Back in 2006, Yale University looked at issues of women’s sexual health and bicycling …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2012/04/02/solutions-for-women-left-numb-by-bicycling/