Tag: bicycle

1984 Bike Tour: Day 2 – First roadside attraction – Shirley Plantation

We awoke to roosters crowing Monday morning. They walked down the hill from the house and strutted around our campsite.

Bruce and I climbed out of the tent at 5:45. It took us two hours to get ready, and most of that was just repacking our panniers so that the stuff we'd probably use first was at the top.

After pop tarts and coffee (the water heated on a one-burner Coleman stove), we were back on the road at 8. …

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Day 1: Dude — Where’s my campground?

Sunday, May 13, 1984

Yorktown to Charles City, Va. 40 miles

Note: I’m republishing my journal from a transcontinental bicycle tour my friend Bruce and I took back in 1984. This tells what bike travel was like 36 years ago. No smart phones, no Garmins, no kevlar tires, no wifi. It took 10 weeks, …

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Senior looking for bicycle advice

Occasionally people reach out to this blog for advice about bicycle routes, bicycles, or bike accessories. I’ve researched these topics for myself in the past, but with so many new products coming on the market, my personal knowledge isn’t that extensive or up-to-date.

That’s why I’m putting out this question about the best bicycle for …

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WA bicycle trails get funding: List includes John Wayne Pioneer, Whitehorse, Centennial and Olympic Discovery trails

Washington state legislators finally approved a state capital budget last week that includes millions of dollars for bicycle trail improvements.

The 2017-2019 budget was drafted for passage in June 2017, but dysfunction at the Olympic junction created an impasse between Republicans and Democrats, delaying final approval until this past Thursday.

The SSB 6090 budget summary …

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Newest section of East Lake Sammamish Trail reopens Wednesday

Crews worked frantically on Tuesday to finish up odds and ends for King County’s “grand reopening” of a 1.2-mile segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Finishing touches to trail plaza at newly reopened section of East Lake Sammamish Trail[/caption]

The section — roughly between SE 33rd St. and SE 43rd Way in Sammamish — is the penultimate section of the 11-mile trail between Redmond and Issaquah to be upgraded from crushed gravel to pavement.

The extensive work during the year-long closure will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the new Trail Plaza at SE 33rd St. ….

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Florida county bans bicycles on connector road

Here we go again.

Manatee County, FL, officials have banned bicycles from 1.9-mile-long Hidden Valley Trail. The two-lane road is a low-traffic, east-west connection that’s a popular link used by bicyclists.

A brief history of bicycle advocacy shows that bicycle bans don’t stick. Just ask officials in Black Hawk, CO (“Victory! Colorado Supreme Court …

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Skyrocketing airline fees for bicycles

At the same time that Amtrak is improving its policies for carrying bicycles, the airlines are continuing to jack up prices on bicycles as baggage.

Washington Post says that as airlines lump extra charges on passengers, they’re going overboard on those who carry bicycles.

Many airlines now charge $150 to $200 each way to carry bicycles. …

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British filmmaker explains the revival of bicycling

Why is the bicycle back in fashion? That’s the question that British filmmaker Michael B. Clifford tries to answer in the film, “Bicycle – A Great British Movement.”

The 90-minute documentary tells the story from the British perspective, but we can easily argue that the bicycle is also undergoing a rebirth in the US.

The documentary premieres …

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More roll-on, roll-off bike service coming to Amtrak

More options for bicycle travel are in the offing as Amtrak says it is installing baggage cars with bicycle racks on all 15 of its long-distance routes by the end of the year.

The upgrade means that bicyclists can roll their rides onto the baggage cars and hang the bikes on the vertical racks. No more …

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Memories from my 1984 cross-country bicycle tour

My friend Bruce unearthed this old photo of us walking across the sand at Virginia Beach after dipping our rear tires in the Atlantic Ocean to start our cross-country bicycle tour in 1984.

After our ceremony, we climbed in a car with our girlfriends and drove to Yorktown, Va., where we actually started our 11-week …

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