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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. 
  • Although the weather this time of year in this part of the country makes it challenging, you should try to keep commuting by bike through the winter. It’s easier than you think. 
  • A study on how to improve bicycling in Stillwater, Minnesota, is being undertaken by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota at the behest of a city business group 
  • A bike share program will launch in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by next April after winning city council approval. 
  • As spring 2013 arrived, I lifted that decades old steel-framed Ross down from the garage hooks, brushed away the cobwebs and sat on the cracked saddle. I decided to turn the Utopian into a singlespeed commuter.  
  • 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.  
  • Can't stop ... too often
    The best week-long bike tour I've done - complete with great scenery every day, rolling hills with spectacular lake views, ideal weather, good camping locations and plenty of tasty food - was the Shoreline West Bike Tour last August.  
  • 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.  
THE ACTIVE PURSUIT
with Tom Held
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