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The joy and curse of the pack mentality
Half of me rejoices in seeing so many cyclists out being active and enjoying our plethora of dairy roads. But the other half of me knows situations like these are disasters waiting to happen.
Biking in a winter wonderland
With all the complaining I do about riding in the extreme cold, you may be surprised that I help out with the group
Madison Bike Winter
. Yes, I actually ride with and plan events for a group that counts down the days until the winter solstice in June.
Axletree in Illinois: What grassroots bike advocacy looks like
What happens wh
en a bicycle shop chooses to broaden its focus on selling bikes but to include bicycling advocacy? Something pretty darn special happens. You’d think every bike shop in the world would also advocate for bicycling, and many do. But it’s rare I find one which works so hard at it as North Central Cyclery and Axletree.
Music makes the wheels go round
I’m not alone in seeing music and cycling go hand and hand, since both get their momentum from unique beats.
A whole lotta dairyland to ride
If you have ever done either the
, both put on by Michelle and Stewart Schilling, you know there will be cows, hills, burning legs, sweat, tears and more hills. Oh yes, smiles are mandatory as well.
Hill Climbing 101
BEHIND THE BARS with Kierstin Kloeckner
As a trainer and cycling coach, I am constantly urging clients who don’t like hills to give them another shot. After all, is riding through flat cornfields day after day really that much fun? By learning to embrace climbing, a whole new world opens up.
To save ourselves, we need to change course
Each time I meet a new client struggling with their health, I wish I could magically change the environment they live in, provide them with the mental strength to commute by human power, the infrastructure to do so safely and instill in them fear that if they don’t make some simple lifestyle changes, they will not survive for long.
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