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  • 'Bublr' clear winner as name of new bike share program in Milwaukee
    With the blue bikes and docking stations spreading around Milwaukee, I wondered just how Midwest BikeShare LLC came up with the name Bublr for the city's new bike share program. 
  • 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 Root River paddle-pedal
    Would you do more paddling if you needed to do less shuttling? Is biking another of your chosen silent sports? If so, you can combine your love for paddling and biking on the same excursion by biking back to the put-in on a state trail. 
  • 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.  
  • How to ride 24
    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. 
THE ACTIVE PURSUIT
with Tom Held
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