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  • NoMo-a-GoGo
    On a biking tour of Kohler and Sheboygan neighborhoods, downtown business districts, the Lake Michigan lakeshore and the routes in between, one is struck by the many ways residents in these small Wisconsin communities are encouraged to get around by means other than their cars. 
  • I talked with eminent trail builders, old school and new, and I’ve explored the fruits of their labors. In search of answers, I finally staged a race to see if one of these machines could replace human labor. 
  • Built it and they did come

    Twice now in as many years, more than 40 cyclists from Madison, Wisconsin, have made the 300-plus-mile trip to the little town of Perry, Iowa, to bike an 89-mile loop on a flat paved trail. That’s more riders than rooms in the Pattee Hotel, Perry’s century-old and fully restored downtown boutique guesthouse.

     
  • Ghost bikes
    The first time I saw a ghost bike was on an urban ride in Madison, Wisconsin. I had heard about these impromptu memorials to bicyclists killed while and had braced myself for the first time I ran across one. But none of that prepared me for the emotions which washed over me as I rode past the bike, painted stark white. 
  • Purposeful driftless pedaling
    On my road bike I swooped into lush green valleys and labored to climb out of each, but I largely followed the ridgeline on curving roads looping south from Viroqua, then north to Westby. Later in the day on my fat bike, I bombed down the Sidie Hollow wooded singletrack which twisted, turned and flowed beautifully . 
  • GRABAAWR: 30 years of a cross-state tour
    Before the tour filled to capacity, months ago I managed to secure a spot in the 30th annual GReat Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River (GRABAAWR). The cross-state tour starts June 20 and ends June 27. 
  • Celebrate and demand safer bicycling

    This time of year there are many outstanding occasions for the bicycling community to declare their love for their choice of activities and communities. But these organized tours and cyclovias areare meant to supplement, not replace, infrastructure improvements that give individuals the confidence to make bicycling part of their daily routine.

     
  • A life-changing bike ride around the world
    My mother-in-law gave me Scott Stoll's book, Falling Upwards: One Man’s Quest for Happiness Around the World on a Bicycle, for Christmas. When I contacted Stoll a few months ago, he was still excited to share his journey with others in hopes they would find inspiration to undertake something big themselves. 
  • Is this Michigan’s most scenic cycling tour?
    "Why is it one of my favorite tours?" Dave Foley asks. "Probably because I love pedaling by water and there is an abundance of it along this route. This 18-mile-long peninsula, which is the divider between East and West Traverse Bays, has three major roads, all them offering lake views." 
  • RAGBRAI: America's favorite bicycle ride
    For 42 years and counting. RAGBRAI – the world’s largest, longest and oldest bicycle touring event – is part roving county fair and part Mardis Gras on wheels across Iowa. 
  • Although the weather this time of year in this part of the country makes it challenging, you should try to keep commuting by bike through the winter. It’s easier than you think. 
  • A study on how to improve bicycling in Stillwater, Minnesota, is being undertaken by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota at the behest of a city business group 
  • A bike share program will launch in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by next April after winning city council approval. 
  • As spring 2013 arrived, I lifted that decades old steel-framed Ross down from the garage hooks, brushed away the cobwebs and sat on the cracked saddle. I decided to turn the Utopian into a singlespeed commuter.  
  • Runs, walks and bike rides are a popular way for charitable organizations to combine fun, fund raising and awareness for their causes. The April issue of a Chicago-area running magazine included 32 ads for upcoming citizen athletic events. Over a third of the ads touted a charity tie-in.  
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