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Calendars feature Washington bicycle trails on covers

If you’re looking for a bicycling themed calendar to help keep track of your busy days as your roll through 2019, consider two that feature Washington rail-trails on their covers.

The calendar I’m most excited about is published by Rails to Trails Conservancy, featuring a photo I took last fall on the Snoqualmie Valley Regional …

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Biking Across Kansas announces 2019 tour route

Breaking with tradition, the folks who run Biking Across Kansas — aka BAK — have announced the dates and route of the 2019 across-state bike tour before Christmas this year.

The 2019 west-to-east route runs from Goodland to Atchison from June 8-15. The ride offers the ability to extend the route a few miles to …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/11/29/biking-across-kansas-announces-2019-tour-route/

Washington state’s 2019 week-long and multi-day bicycle rides

Washington state’s reputation as a rainy destination is proved false every summer and fall as blue skies greet bicyclists coming to the Evergreen State.

You’ll notice that the week-long and across-state rides below are scheduled during that sunny period.

The Cascade Bicycle Club and Adventure Cycling Association,  both nonprofits, schedule the bulk of the longer …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/11/27/washington-states-2019-week-long-bicycle-rides/

Front suspension fork recall

A Swedish front air suspension fork importer is recalling 5,400 forks used on some Specialized-branded Enduro, Stumpjumper, Fuse, and Levo mountain bicycles.

The company, Öhlins Racing AB, reports four injuries, including a broken rib, after the air cartridge abruptly sprung out of the stanchion tube. Mountain bikers who have the forks mounted on their bikes can …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/11/27/front-suspension-fork-recall/

Wildflower Century bicyclists found relief in Paradise, CA; now Paradise needs relief

The historic wildland fire that swept through Paradise, California, has left 42 people dead and countless others missing. Officials sifting through debris estimate that more than 6,000 structures are destroyed.

Thousands of bicyclists have enjoyed the northern California town’s hospitality over the years on the annual Wildflower Century presented by the Chico Velo Cycling …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/11/13/wildflower-century-bicyclists-found-relief-in-paradise-now-paradise-needs-relief/

Week-long and across-state bicycle tours in California in 2019

The coastal and mountain roads of California draw touring bicyclists like a magnet. Here are just some of the week-long and across-state bicycle tours already scheduled in California for 2019. More California tours presented by Adventure Cycling Association can be found here.

I plan to update more Pacific Coast bike tours for Oregon and Washington …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/11/08/24057/

Leaf peeping along rail trails

It seems that rail-trails are among the best places to enjoy the fall color from a bicycle.

Maybe it’s because so many are bordered by trees. Even in suburban areas, the trails are often buffered by trees that have sprouted up along the old railroad rights of way.

Or maybe it’s because there’s no threat …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/11/06/leaf-peeping-along-rail-trails/

Bike Tour 1984: Postscript – TransAmerica tour comes full circle

I can't close off this cross-country bicycle trip without a postscript, because the tour really didn't end for me when we arrived in Oceanside. Still suffering from wanderlust, the trip ended for me up the Pacific coast with a chance meeting with another cyclist who had ridden ahead of us on our bike tour.

…. It made me realize that while we cross-country bicycle tourists are pedaling throughout the world, we're also cycling in our own world…

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/07/20/bike-tour-1984-postscript-transamerica-tour-comes-full-circle/

1984 Bike Tour: Day 68 – End of the road

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA — Bruce and I achieved the goal — to ride from coast to coast — that we'd made up our minds to accomplish two years ago. It seems like the end arrived too soon.

Fittingly, this was one of the easiest days of the trip. From 2,727 feet, we were coasting down to sea level. Soon after leaving our pace quickened and we had to slow for switchbacks and suddenly we began passing orange groves. It was all so California. We passed a mission, but we didn't stop to investigate. As Lazy Louie would say, all the hills went down and we had the wind to our backs.

Traffic increased as we hit residential areas, and James nearly had a head-on as he sped around us in the van. We were all riding together, and each tried to be the first to spot the ocean. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/07/19/1984-bike-tour-day-68-end-of-the-road/

1984 Bike Tour: Day 67 – Final toasts in the glow of a Coleman lantern

The last full day on the road ended in warm camaraderie making toasts around a picnic table. But it began much chillier than that for me.

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I was slow waking up as I felt totally exhausted from the day before, when I had left everyone else at a cramped motel room in Ocotillo and headed up here on my own. I was finally breaking camp when I heard the crunch of tires on the road leading to the campsite. It was James in the blue van. Everyone was worried about me. They got an early start and would be passing by soon. He offered to carry my gear. No, I brought it this far, I’ll take it the rest of the way….

Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2018/07/18/1984-bike-tour-day-67-final-toasts-in-the-glow-of-a-coleman-lantern/