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A Roadie Primer: How to be a Rider of Road Bikes
June 05, 2017 - (bump from 8/16) There is a lot of info out there on road riding. It's kind of a technical side of biking. It relates to being a "roadie." Lately, however, I have to say that this has been a somewhat unappealing aspect of biking for me. Even so, it's an aspect requiring a lot of skill. And it's fairly popular. And the truly needed s...  > Read Article

"Who Was That Guy?" Fun at a Crit! (What happens will shock you!)
July 24, 2016 - Our local team hosted a city center crit yesterday. I went and volunteered and have to say I was pretty bored. Zero spectators or promotion for this full day of racing around the Capitol. (Organizers short-staffed of course, but also PR is just not a priority.) I marshalled a far corner by myself for hours. Just me, a quarter mile o...  > Read Article

The Joy of Running with a Bike
November 05, 2014 - (BUMPED FROM 2013) Cyclocross is a good way to get in a little running for those who can't run as much as they'd like to anymore, but who still like to go fast or put in a couple miles. What you do is you blaze along on the bike, hop off smoothly and run a hundred glorious feet, say, then hurdle smoothly back onto your bike ...  > Read Article

HellKaat Hundie! --A New Bike Epic for Michigan
April 06, 2014 - Dudes on the west side have just announced a 100-mile gravel grinder... Down below is what they have so far. ( I've long thought that MI needs an Epic. Sure, the Lumberjack 100 is also an epic, but but... it goes 'round and 'round one trail system. A true epic Goe...  > Read Article | Go to Website

Barb Bike Ski: An All-Time Fave
January 11, 2014 - This is one of my favorite photos. I suppose it's not that big of a deal, objectively, but it means a lot to me. And it IS also really cool, in fact. ...My old friend Barb riding her fixie and carrying skis up in Houghton when she went to MTU around 1980. It looks like the bike has a front brake but if you look closely I k...  > Read Article

For Autumn Views: A Recumbent Bike!
October 28, 2013 - It might be silly to buy a bike just for the views, but maybe not... A regular bike keeps your head tilted toward the ground and you have to lift your head to see the sky. An upright city bike doesn't have this feature, tho. Well...with a recumbent bike your head is naturally inclined skyward and you have to tilt your head do...  > Read Article

The Bike Shop Show: for Michigan CX Fun!
September 30, 2013 - Michigan has quite the fun CX scene. Does everywhere? Well, to capture this fun, these two guys run a Podcast. They report on races and cool stuff. They even went out to Cross Vegas last week! What a great way to keep up on our local action during your morning commute. Or while you're riveting bike luggage in your workshop... (...  > Read Article

Free Camping! --Dispersed Camping in Michigan
September 23, 2013 - Hopefully most other states have Dispersed Camping as well. I'm pretty sure that it's legal on all Federal Forest land. If you're tired of paying RV-like rates to pitch your tent just head to state or federal lands that are more than a mile away from an established campground and camp as you please for free for up to two we...  > Read Article

Best Tour de France Reports: George the Cyclist
July 03, 2013 - The best TdF reporter by far is George the Cyclist. He's a 70-yr-old (approx) dude who bikes each stage before the race goes thru. He stealth camps and lives off the land, ultralowbudget. He knows racers and gets inside info each day. He's a great writer, too. I set up his blog for him some years ago -- I've been pleased to make his...  > Read Article

So You Want to Be a Bike Racer... Here's How!
June 12, 2013 - Bike racing is a fun sport. Or it used to be. You'll have to tell me. Perhaps the main thing that has changed about it is that you'll need a carbon bike with aero wheels to do well. You'll want the bike to weigh no more than 18 lbs. I hope such a thing is available, built of reliable parts, with an enjoyable geometry, for $2k or so,...  > Read Article

CX Your Roadbike for Better Summer Fun!
April 29, 2013 - I just had fun doing a little underbiking in the true CX style. What's that, you ask? Well, nowadays a lot of CX bikes are just that CX bikes. But back in the day, CX is what roadies did in the winter. On their road bikes. You know what that did for them? Well, they had winter fun but they also got to know their road bikes a LOT be...  > Read Article

Cyclocross Mag #20: Worlds + Gravel
April 25, 2013 - Just got the new issue of CX Mag. It has a lot of background on the Worlds. It's neat how they don't try to cover the event 'as it happened' -- that's what their website does. Instead, they go deep. And they include a cute pic that includes Ol' Antler Helmet! : ) More at www....  > Read Article

S24O Rose Lake: My First S24O!
April 23, 2013 - I've been hankering to do a Sub 24 Hour Overnight bikecamping trip for years now. It's been hilariously frustrating trying to find an evening that's free and with nice weather -- and we aren't even busy people. The Midwest is complicated in a way for this kind of camping, since the best seasons for it are spring and fall -- ske...  > Read Article

Nudging CX to the Next Level: Nearly There!
April 22, 2013 - I think the CX scene is *almost* there in terms of rebuilding a new core in US sport cycling. Only a few more pieces in the puzzle are needed. I'm no expert -- it's just a hunch. To show you how close CX is, right now it has the sport, and the mayhem, and the silliness that's needed (new issue #20 of CX Mag has a good silliness ...  > Read Article

Cyclocross Magazine: Gilly the Superfan, Issue #19
April 13, 2013 - I just got Issue #19 of Cyclocross magazine. And there I find yet another reason why I'm digging CX so much. The darn thing just blew me away yet again. Usually it's the events themselves that blow me away but this time it's the mag! Very cool! There's a big article about this superfan, Gilly. He dresses in a Ghillie suit and h...  > Read Article

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