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  • What do we think of e-bikes?
    I spotted the unusual machine pictured and puzzled over it. Clearly it's a full-suspension, electric-assist mountain bike, the likes of which I hadn't seen before.  
  • Twenty-four hour racing is largely determined by one’s equipment and physical readiness, but it also warrants a premeditated psychological strategy to endure the unknown places the wee hours will take a rider. 
  • My birthday ride
    Without thinking much about it in advance, I "biked my age" today. This being my birthday, it just seemed like the thing to do.  
  • A Trans-Iowa moment
    Trans-Iowa has been the sovereign of gravel grinders since it was brought forth 10 years ago by two guys sitting around a bike shop imagining a two-wheeled trek across Iowa that would shun pavement and comfort. 
  • Minnesota took the No. 2 spot in the latest ranking of “bike friendly states” as determined by the League of American Bicyclists. Wisconsin jumped from No. 8 to No. 3, approaching that state’s highest rank of No. 2 in 2010. 
  • Madison, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have the second and third highest percentage of people riding bicycles to work of U.S. cities with populations over 100,000 – 5.1 percent and 4.1 percent respectively. 
  • In keeping with tradition, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, presented by Trek and produced by Life Time, will award 50 guaranteed reserved entries to the winners of the “50 Ways to Ride the Chequamegon” essay contest. 
  • 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. 
  • Epic singletrack dreaming
    Getting an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Ride Center in Wausau, Wisconsin, would be a big deal, a coup for the local mountain bike club and the surrounding community.  
  • No one left behind
    At five-foot-seven or so, Bob Barabe was a giant in Wisconsin cycling, a gentle giant. Bob was a loving husband, father and career guidance counselor. But he also harbored a passion to ride free and race hard. He taught everyone he touched the joy of cycling.  
  • A legacy of activity
    Since R.T. Rybak was first electected mayor of Minneapolis in 2002, snowmaking efforts started at various city parks to cover Nordic ski trails, the very successful City of Lakes Loppet was created, new mountain bike trails appeared, a bikeshare program commenced and, not surprisingly, Minneapolis-St.Paul has ranked among the healthiest metro areas in America. 
  • 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. 
  • Pick Me Up at the Border ride may benefit from controversy
    Wisconsin recently lifted a ban on night-time use of state trails, a restriction few knew existed until last year when an overnight bike ride took place on the Badger State Trail. Fewer still had heard of that 80-mile ride from the state capitol in Madison to the Wisconsin-Illinois border and back which brought the night-time travel ban to light. 
  • "Next Tuesday, May 13, we are holding a briefing for legislators at the state capitol on the economic and health benefits of bicycling in Wisconsin. Due to the loss of funding, many bicycle infrastructure projects will not be funded." 
  • Taking the Chicago River Bike Trail to the Botanical Garden
    The “journey” includes a winding route along a quiet river, crossing bridges and circling peaceful lagoons. The “destination” is the award-winning Chicago Botanic Garden, the 12th most visited tourist spot in Chicago, with 12 million annual visitors to the 365 acres of gardens on nine islands.  
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