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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.
To ride gravel roads is to double your possibilities on a bike. Once shunned by the skinny tire crew, gravel gets a rider away from the traffic and into another dimension of the terrain previously hidden from view.
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.
Feeling bike fit
Several years ago, I bought my first new road bike since college. I did the typical bike shopping thing: figured out my price range, went to the bike shop, looked at every bike in my size and budget, eliminated the ugly bikes, rode around the parking lot a few times, and decided on a bike. That two-minute ride in the parking lot was the best I felt on my current bike.
The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour
From the get-go, I knew the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour was going to be different. Riders dressed in tweeds, Bermuda shorts or, for the ladies, classy dresses. They lovingly hefted shiny steel bikes off racks. Most often the bikes were British steeds equipped with Sturmey Archer three-speed rear hubs.
Two cheers (per bike) for the Midwest Tandem Rally
Hundreds of tandem cycling enthusiasts throughout the Midwest block off Labor Day weekend on their calendar every year. At least they have since 1976 when the first annual Midwest Tandem Rally was held. In 2012, the place to be for tandem bikers was Middleton, Wisconsin.
Call me Ishmael. No, wait a second. Call me idiot. And call my brother Michael Captain Ahab. It's good to have goals, but when does dogged determination become maniacal obsession?
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