Leaving town? Go to Russia! Taking care of yourself, your gear and
the environment is the theme of this
Russian Cycle Touring Club pg.14 edition of the Bike Tour News. Enjoy.
Volume 1, Issue 2
Your guide to North America’s Cycling Clubs and Tours March, 2010
Friendly Biking and
By Lee Butler Save Lives
As environmental concerns sweep the States with the lowest levels of biking
nation and fuel prices rocket into orbit, and walking have higher traffic fatali-
a much-loved 130-year old invention is ties and chronic disease
making a big comeback on the trans-
portation scene. A new report released today by
the Alliance for Biking & Walking
The bicycle, with its user-friend- shows that lack of investment in bik-
ly, budget-friendly, and eco-friendly ing and walking could be contributing
appeal, is quickly becoming a signifi- to higher traffic fatalities and chronic
cant part of American urban transpor- disease rates in the U.S. Bicycling
tation planning. Across the country, and Walking in the United States: The
the number of bicyclists has explod- 2010 Benchmarking Report reveals
ed: Between 2003 and 2007, the num- that in almost every state and major
ber of American bike commuters in- U.S. city, bicyclists and pedestrians
creased 38%. Though our cities may are at a disproportionate risk of being
not yet rival European cycling Mec- killed, and receive less than their fair
cas like Amsterdam (the perpetual share of transportation dollars.
gold medalist in “Bike friendly cit- While 10% of trips in the U.S.
ies”), some cities in particular are em- are by bike or foot, 13% of traffic fa-
bracing the cycling culture with open talities are bicyclists and pedestrians.
arms. Biking and walking receive less than
Portland, Oregon just recently 2% of federal transportation dollars.
replaced Copenhagen as the world’s Seniors are at an even greater risk.
second most bike-friendly city; New While adults over 65 make up 9% of
York City and Boulder, Colorado walking trips and 4% of biking trips,
have stepped up their own appeals for they account for 19% of pedestrian fa-
cyclists; Davis, California touts more talities and 9% of bicyclist fatalities.
people cycling to work than hopping “State investment choices can be
in the family car. Grab a helmet and www.resourcerevival.com
a life or death issue for people who
read on to check out some pedal ha- walk and bike,” says Jeff Miller, Pres-
vens in America, where drivers have What do you see when you look at a bicycle? For most of us, it’s ident of the Alliance. “Creating safe
actually been known to use all five a simple, economical and environmentally conscious means of streets for everyone will save lives and
fingers when they wave at you. transportation, but for others, a bicycle - especially one that is improve health and quality of life in
Portland, Oregon, a city of past its prime – is an inspiration for art. communities.”
500,000, is the first large American The report also highlights the fact
city to plan for a committed bike- By Kristin Hackler about Angela’s artwork, visit www. that states with the lowest levels of
focused infrastructure. Blessed with mainebikeart.com. biking and walking have, on average,
its transportation network system as From stained glass windows to tea A little further south in Philadel- the highest rates of obesity, diabetes,
a streetcar city, Portland still has the light holders, used bicycle parts have phia, Pennsylvania, a non-profit group and high blood pressure. In contrast
footprint of a dense, walk-able and been repurposed as almost everything known as Neighborhood Bike Works states with the highest levels of bik-
thus bike-able city. The city utilizes under the sun and creations are lim- has hosted a Bike Part Art Show every ing and walking have, on average,
a grid within nine intersections creat- ited only by the artist’s imagination. year since 2003. Originally conceived the lowest rates of obesity, diabetes,
ing a road map that directs cars away Artist Angela Armstrong, owner of by Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) and high blood pressure. In addition,
from bike lanes and traditional areas MaineBikeArt.com, offers creations founder Sue Ellen Klein and artist where rates of biking and walking are
of bike congestion. Thanks to the ranging from clocks to belt buckles to Molly Mullahy, the very first art show greater, more of the adult population
city’s concerted effort to connect it- unique pendants made of chain rollers consisted of NBW throwing open the is likely to achieve the 150 minutes of
self entirely with bike lanes, it is now and old bicycle magazines. Her focus, doors to their used bike warehouse and weekly moderate-intensity aerobic ac-
a mere 38 miles away from this goal. according to her website, is on creat- giving free reign to the participating tivity recommended by the Centers
ing unique art while sustaining a clean artists. The results were astonishing.
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Your guide to North America’s
Cycling Clubs and Tours
Thanks to our contributors:
Volume 1, Number 2
Tours Contributing Articles
www.biketournews.com Colorado Peace ride Jill Lancaster
AIDS/Lifecycle Kristin Hackler
Contact info: Green Trails Cycling Classis Lee Butler
Bike Tour News Bike Virginia Tara Dunn
P.O. Box 13237
Charleston, SC 29422 RAGBRAI E. Richard Walton
tel: 843.795.9606 Redbud Ride Hana Rexroth
fax: 843.795.9611 Bicycling Around Minnesota
www.biketournews.com The Golden Ring of Russia Photography
Multi-Media Account Executive From the Publisher…
Tarad@biketournews.com All I can say is WOW! Bike Tour News began on a whim and has not only been accepted in our
Bike Tour Community, but it has been EMBRACED, and we’ve surpassed where we thought we
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would be in such a short time. I presented this on a piece of white paper at the National Bike Tour
Directors conference in Portland in November and launched the first issue in February. Some folks
would say that I’m a little crazy for taking on such a project…but I may resemble that remark just
The Bike Guy a little, but it has been fun…
We’ve met some wonderful people and we will tell you about one…an extraordinary man, he is
blind, he is an attorney, boat builder, he rides a recumbent, owns a bike shop in Florida with his
wife and is very a very accomplished business man…We’ll be hearing about him in our next issue.
And, we want to hear from you. The stories are from all over the world and they are exciting, infor-
mative and gives our readers an interesting read. The information consists of a one day fun ride to
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Get Outside and Bike to Work! Environmental Tidbits:
For most of the year, the topic at you’ll spend in stop-and-go traffic, Are you curious how people
the forefront of most people’s minds benefiting your car in the long run. affect the environment? Here
has been money and how we all need are some environmental statis-
to find ways to save more and spend Biking is good for your heart. The tics, courtesy of the National Bi-
less. One way to do just that while get- cardiovascular benefits of biking are cycle Greenway and EcoCycle.
ting healthier and enjoying the great well documented. Studies have shown
outdoors is to bike to work. that cycling reduces cholesterol levels • The United States has 5 per
For some people, biking to work in the blood while also reducing high cent of the world’s population
might not be a viable option. But for blood pressure. Also, cycling reduces and 30 percent of the waste.
tons of carbon dioxide. A bicycle is
many others who live within pedaling the risk of obesity, which makes cy- • The average person con-
carbon-free and requires zero gallons
sumes twice as much as 50
of gasoline to operate. In addition to
the financial savings you’ll incur, that years ago.
positive impact on the environment is • The average American cre-
a guaranteed way to lessen your carbon ates 4.5 pounds of garbage ev-
footprint. ery day.
Bicycles aren’t nearly as expen-
• Recycling 1 ton of paper
sive. For those who live in locales
saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of
where a car isn’t entirely necessary,
a bicycle can save you thousands and oil (enough to run the average
thousands of dollars. Instead of financ- car for 1,260 miles), 4,100 kilo-
ing, leasing or buying a new automo- watts of energy (enough pow-
bile, simply purchase a reliable bicy- er for the average home for 6
cle. Bikes don’t need expensive and months), 3.2 cubic yards of
routine maintenance, and you’ll save landfill space, and 60 pounds
significant amounts of money on insur- of air pollution.
ance premiums as well.
Recycle used bike tires and inner tubes
Combine fun, exercise, and environmental responsiblilty by riding your bike to work and to do small errands Millions of bicycle tires and inner Step 3. Hold a bicycle tire recycling
tubes are disposed of every year. Some drive to make up for the mailing costs
companies recycle used bike tires and to out-of-area recyclers. Ask your local
distance of their office, biking to work clists less susceptible to diseases such inner tubes to make other items such bike shops to sponsor your drive and
can pay numerous dividends, not the as diabetes in the process. as new tires, rubber mats and play- in exchange for sponsoring your drive,
least of which is saving money. Biking to work is great for the grounds. If you do not live near a bike they get an increased number of cus-
Biking is good for your car. The environment. Even smaller cars can tire collection station, finding a place tomers.
morning and evening commute can leave a negative impact on the environ- to bring your old bike tires may take
be highly detrimental to your vehicle. ment. Cars use fuel and require toxic Step 4. Advertise your old tires as free
some work and even a little creativity. craft supplies in your local classifieds.
The stop-and-go driving that’s com- car batteries and motor oil to operate.
mon during rush hour is very taxing on Bicycles use none of the above. For a Step 1. Contact your local waste-dis- Most online and print classifieds will
a vehicle’s engine, which could result 10-mile round trip commute, five days posal company. list free items at no charge to you.
in bigger problems as your car gets a week over the course of a year, a Step 2. Ask the local bicycle shops in Some creative crafters make handbags,
older. However, biking to and from smaller car will use an average of 68 your area if they have a bicycle tire re- sculptures and other unique items out
work each day greatly reduces the time gallons of gasoline while emitting 0.7 cycling program. of old bike tires and tubes.
Recycle that Bicycle Oregon. The broken bike inspired teresting places. From using an old
from page 1 several works of art and his personal beach cruiser as the base for a mailbox
hobby soon evolved into a multi-artist to folding old chains into funky-punk
bookends made from metal gears to company. Some of the more unique bracelets, old bikes are finding new
tasteful chandeliers created from bike recycled items found at Resource Re- purpose in a world with a growing en-
chains and wheel rims, vival include bowls made vironmental conscience.
the artwork received of bike chains, candle Kristin Hackler is a freelance
so much applause holders made of bicy- writer, OCD recycler and avid cyclist.
that the pieces were cle freewheels and cogs, Send your questions, comments and
auctioned off; the funds and business card hold- What would you do with a story ideas to her at Kristin.hackler@
raised going to support ers made from bicycle broken down bike? Send your gmail.com.
NBW’s goal of pro- wheel rims and decora- ideas and pictures to Bike Tour
moting educational and tively folded chain ends. News at info@biketournews.
career-building youth When the artists are not com and your artwork might be
development through at work in their stu-
bicycling. For more
featured in our next edition!
dio in Mosier, Oregon,
information about the Resource Revival is
Bike Part Art Show and working with Oppor-
Philadelphia’s Neighbor- tunity Connection,
hood Bike Works, visit an organization in Images courtesy of:
www. neighborhood- Hood River, Oregon, Hybrid Clock
bikeworks.org t h a t provides jobs for devel-
In the verdant Pacific Bike Chain Picture Frame
opmentally disabled adults. For more www.resourcerevival.com
northwest, the company Resource Re- information about Resource Revival, Bike Chain Key Chain
vival was started by artist Graham visit www.resourcerevival.com. www.resourcerevival.com
Bergh in 1991 following a flat tire in- More likely than not, you’ve seen the Bike Chain Engraved Medals
cident on his way to work in Portland, recycled bits of bikes in the most in-
march.2010 tales from the trails
Greene Trails Cycling Classic – Not just a ride, an experience
Greene Trails Cycling Classic stitches. Then, it was off to their tents
July 15 – 18, 2010 to get much needed rest for the Cen-
People come from all across the Dawn barely broke, before cyclists
United States, even the world, to ride climbed out of their tents, grabbed a
the Greene Trails Cycling Classic. Last quick breakfast and began pedaling the
year, the ride welcomed cyclists from first mile of their Century Ride. The
France and Germany and in the past flat, shaded Little Miami Scenic Trail
have had participants from Canada and to Loveland is the perfect route for a
Japan. This family-oriented ride offers Century Ride. Especially, for those try-
the safety and comfort of trail riding, ing to ride 100 miles in one day for the
while alternate off-trail routes offer a first time. When cyclists were ready
choice for the more adventurous. With for a break, they traveled back in time
biking being the focus of this four-day by visiting the many antique shops in
ride in mid-July, there is so much more Waynesville, the Antique Capital of
Mother and daughter riding tandem stop for a quick break along the Little Miami Scenic Trail during the Century
Ride of the Greene Trails Cycling Classic.
and is up for a 100 mile ride. That’s not rounded by the sweet sound of mi-
a problem. These riders were just sure gratory song birds. RiverScape Metro
to be back from their ride to catch the Park located in downtown Dayton
bus for a canoe trip. They paddled their along the Great Miami River offered
way down the Little Miami National beautiful floral plantings, hanging
and State Scenic River where they saw baskets, pedal boat rentals, or an In-
turtles basking in the sun, dragon flies ventor Walk to learn about all of the
landing on their canoe and water strid- inventors from Dayton, including the
ers dancing on the river. Wright Brothers. Also, cyclists young
Cyclist thrilled to complete all 100 miles of the Century Ride from Xenia, Ohio to Loveland, Ohio during the After a long day of riding, there and old cooled off and played in the
Greene Trails Cycling Classic.
fountains at RiverScape. For those
who continued riding, enjoyed We-
to see and do along the way. gerzyn Gardens Metro Park along the
Greene Trails Cycling Classic is Stillwater River and walked the paths
centered in Xenia, Ohio, the Bicycle of the beautiful gardens and Children’s
Capital of the Midwest. The broad Discovery Garden.
network of nationally recognized and On Saturday night, riders entered
award-winning trails all branch out the Assembly Hall for the Awards
from Xenia. Each day, cyclists ride a Ceremony. They began filling their
different trail that takes them through plates with heavy hors d’oeuvres and
varied communities along the way. sharing stories of the places they vis-
Riders begin and end at the “camp- ited, what they got to see and learned
ground” at Greene County Parks’ Fair- on this tour. Then it was time to award
grounds Recreation Center. Cyclists the hard work of all of those who com-
may ride at their own pace and turn pleted the Century Ride. Certificates
around at anytime to ride their desired with their photo were given to each
number of miles. Century Rider as they were cheered
On the first morning of the ride on by their friends and family. Finally,
last year, cyclists gathered together Bob Ford and the Ragamuffins took
and met up with old friends at the the stage. This family-friendly musical
Welcome Ceremony and Blessing of Greene Trails Cycling Classic riders enjoying their ride through prairies and farmland along the Ohio to Erie act always gets the crowd singing and
the Bikes. Eager to ride, cyclists then Trail from Xenia to London, Ohio.
headed out along the Ohio to Erie On the last day, cyclists head-
Trail. The beautiful prairies and farm- ed north on the Little Miami Scenic
For most cyclists, it’s about lunch time is nothing like a peaceful night at the
lands welcomed riders into quaint vil- Trail to the unique Village of Yellow
when they reach the turnaround point campfire telling stories of the day’s
lages and towns of Cedarville, South Springs. This unique town offers an
in Loveland. This bicycle-friendly ride. When you get tired of hearing
Charleston and London, Ohio. Some eclectic assortment of shops and res-
community offers restaurants right biking stories we always have a few
riders rode all 77 miles, while other cy- taurants.
next to the trail where you are bound campfire stories to share over roast-
clists turned around early to be back in Greene Trails Cycling Classic is
to find a few century riders enjoying ed marshmallows and smores. What
time for the evening entertainment. not just a ride, it’s an experience. It’s
a burger on the patio of Paxton’s Grill could be better?
After a quick shower at the camp- amazing all of the places you can go
or a fresh pizza out of the oven at The Saturday, cyclists pedaled their
ground, riders couldn’t wait to enjoy and things you can see all by bicycle.
Works. Finally, Greene Trails Cycling way along the Creekside Trail. This
a delicious Italian dinner, perfect to Register now to join us for this expe-
Classic staff and volunteers are there trail is a little more urban but has beau-
“carbo-load” for the Century Ride the rience July 15 – 18, 2010 in Xenia,
to cheer you on as you cross the check- tiful parks along the way to stop and
following day. With full bellies, they Ohio. Visit www.greenetrailsclassic.
ered finish line. But before you can re- enjoy. Some cyclists hiked Creekside
watched in delight while The Crooner com or contact Greene County Parks
lax, you must have your picture taken Reserve to see the wetland prairie in
and the Comic – A Tribute to Dean at 937-562-7446.
for your Century Ride Award. bloom, ducks on the water and dragon
Martin and Jerry Lewis had them in
Not everyone has “buns of steel” flies over head all while being sur-
bike friendly march.2010
Bike Friendly Cities
Continued from Page 1
work, according to the U.S. Census.
Boulder recognizes and supports its
bicyclists by investing $4.5 million
In addition, a new program has
been introduced, the “Create-a-Com-
muter” program that serves to equip
of its transportation budget on bicycle
mode operations/maintenance and en-
low-income individuals with bikes,
locks, lights, and other essentials, in
order to increase their ability to enter
From a proportion standpoint, Da-
vis, California stands triumphant as a
bike-friendly city and proudly touts its
bike population as being larger than its
The city has also become the hub people population. Perhaps it the de- What is “Touring?”
of American bike manufacturing, gen- sidered a worthy nominee for the ex- liciously balmy weather or the green Sent in by Sean - Tucson, AZ
erating $68 million in revenue last posed cyclist? The answer lies in cur- mentality of California, but around There are three types of cycling: sport;
year. Portlanders are cycle-proud, and rent civic efforts and in the staggering 17% of residents of this small city recreation; or utility. Sports cycling
the sense of community in the cycling number of people –100,000 of them commute by bicycle. A few years ago, is oriented to competition. Although
world there helps maintain a definite riding bikes every day, one of the larg- the residents even eliminated school ‘tour” may be used to describe such an
focus on bicycle advocacy, whether est numbers of bike commuters in any buses because so much of the student event (ie: Tour de France), touring is
for locals or visitors, and many hotels city on the continent! population was walking or biking to not a sporting activity. Utilitarian cy-
even offer free bikes for guests. Expe- From hard-core mountain bik- school! Their commitment to the cy- cling is generally for everyday activi-
riencing a city by bicycle has quickly ing to cruising on the gorgeous Boul- cling world is even spurring the city to ties, like going to work or completing
become a favorite tourist activity, and der Creek path, Boulder, Colorado spend close to $2 million on a special errands. Recreational cycling is just for
Portland is replete with opportunities has gone so far into the bike-friendly tunnel, just for bikes, under a surface enjoyment. Even though touring is rec-
to enjoy this pursuit with great tours realm as to ensure that 90% of arterial street. Since 1992, the city has spent reational, not all recreational activities
like the 18- to 40-mile Sauvy Island roads have bike lanes. And, celebrat- almost $60 million to enhance its cy- are touring.
tour or the Waterfront Tour, boasting ing the cyclist, they annually host cling infrastructure. The number of Then What Is Touring?
one of the great urban greenways. You “Bike to Work Day,” which last year riders flowing across the bridges of Simply, touring is cycling from one
can even ride along trails all the way boasted 4,000 participants. The large Davis has since more than quadrupled; place to another with the implied pur-
from the airport to downtown Port- population of students in the area gets on one bridge last year, more than 20% pose of exploration. Touring cyclist use
land, 12 miles away. in on the act, too. Schools encourage of all trips were made by bicycle. a bicycle to see, investigate, discover
Other cities such as New York are their students to walk or ride bikes, So the next time you start plan- and enjoy the world around them. A
saddling up with bike-friendly trans- another blissful partnership of budget ning a much needed vacation, look ride does not have to be in remote ar-
formations of their own. Big Apple and environmental awareness, with into some of these destination that al- eas or last for many hours to qualify as
planners recently traveled to Copenha- 75% participation recorded. low you to take in the sights while giv- touring. Touring is considered riding to
gen and Amsterdam to learn how best In Boulder, an extraordinary ten ing your body and mind the exercise enjoy the outdoors and the sights along
to move forward with New York’s percent of all resident trips are made they crave. By visiting these inspiring the way.
cycling infrastructure. And how, you by bicycle, as are 16 percent of all cities, perhaps you will return with Next month’s question:
may wonder, with kamikaze taxis and commuting trips. Nearly seven per- ideas on how to improve riding condi- What is the best chain lubricant?
seemingly “survival of the fittest” road cent of residents view bike commut- tions in your own town. See you on the
E-mail your questions and/or answers to:
rules, can New York City ever be con- ing as their primary mode of travel to bike path!
march.2010 tales from the trails
RAGBRAI…the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world
The Register’s Annual Great lived in Washington, D.C., and wrote
Bicycle Ride Across Iowa his column from The Register’s Wash-
RAGBRAI XXXVIII RAGBRAI XXXVIII will roll
July 25 - July 31, 2010 across Iowa July 25-31, and for the first
time RAGBRAI held an announce-
Urban and rural landscapes. As- ment party in Des Moines this past
sorted homemade pies. Thousand of January to reveal the eight overnight
community volunteers hours. 10,000 towns. Riders from Oregon, Florida,
riders from across the United States Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin made
and many foreign countries. This is the trip to Iowa. TJ Juskiewicz, Direc-
RAGBRAI. The Register’s Annual tor of RAGBRAI said, “The release of As far as the eye can see, a rolling wave of cyclists spins past farms and fields; through Iowa’s small and big
Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa is the the RAGBRAI route in the middle of cities, a veritable community on wheels.
oldest, largest and longest bicycle tour-
ing event in the world. The ride is held
annually the last week of July starting
at the Missouri River and ending at the
Mississippi River. This year, RAGB-
RAI riders will experience one of the
shortest and flattest routes ever through
Sioux City, Storm Lake, Algona, Clear
Lake, Charles City, Waterloo, Man-
chester and Dubuque.
In 1973, The Register’s bicycling
tradition began with an idea (a kind of
a challenge) between Des Moines Reg- Getting on the road early means pretty sunrises, cool temperatures and a slower pace to enjoy it with.
ister feature writer/copy editor John
Karras, an avid bicyclist, and Don auction. Proceeds from the event ben-
winter gets people thinking about sum- efitted the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and
Kaul, author of The Des Moines Regis- mer and biking. It bring a bit of warmth
ter’s “Over The Coffee” column. Kar- the RAGBRAI Dream Team.
during the heart of winter.” The night You can register for RAGBRAI by
ras suggested to Kaul that he ride his included The Nadas’ Jason Walsmith
bicycle across Iowa and write columns visiting RAGBRAI.com until April 1,
and Mike Butterworth, who are no 2010. See you in July.
about what he saw from that perspec- strangers to the ride, RAGBRAI-style
tive. Kaul, also an accomplished rider, hors d’oeuvres and pie, silent and live
Thousands of cyclists gather at RAGBRAI each year,
making new friends and renewing old.
What stared out as a 2 man ride in 1973.., now hosts 8,500 riders from all over the country and world. It is estimated that over 250,000 people have ridden RAGBRAI since it’s inception.
tales from the trails march.2010
Redbud Ride - It’s bloomin’ fun!
The Redbud Ride
April 17, 2010
By Tara Kaprowy
Time hits little London, KY.,
slowly, with the ties of family, com-
munity and country still knotted tight-
ly. When one of the basketball teams
wins a competition, the athletes are in-
vited to write of their victories in store-
front windows. When Christmas rolls
around, carols play throughout the day
downtown. When summer kicks in, the
farmers market bustles on Saturdays
Spring is such a great time for a ride, bringing
with vendors selling everything from smiles to these Redbud riders.
honey to sourdough bread. And in the
spring, the town opens itself up to cy- 400,000 trees and seedlings have been
clists who come to see the pink and planted in 29 counties, a move meant
purple blooms of the Redbud Ride. to “jump-start the tourism season,”
“They grow wild around here,” said Maggie Bill, community aware-
organizer Rodney Hendrickson said. ness coordinator of Tour Southern and Redbud cyclists ride Kentucky’s meandering roads on a sunny early spring day.
“And right about the time of the Red- Eastern Kentucky.
bud Ride, they’re really outstanding.” “Typically, our tourism season
The ride is the undertaking of Lon- doesn’t start until later in the year,” she The Redbud Ride is April 17 in Lon-
don’s downtown revitalization group said. While the tree itself, which is na- don, KY. For more information, call
known as London Downtown. The tive to southern and eastern Kentucky, 606-862-8841 or visit www.redbu-
Redbud itself starts in the heart of is somewhat spindly and unremark- dride.com
downtown at the farmers market, able otherwise, when April hits, the vi-
where vendors will be there as early as brant pink and purple blooms line the
the cyclists to sell their fresh produce. branches, gifting the area with its first
From there, it breaks off into four sure sign of spring.
routes consisting of 24, 40, 73 and 105- “That’s how you know summer’s
mile rides. The shortest ride, known as coming,” Master Gardener Jane Rice Spring brings brightly colored blooms to the Redbud
the yellow route, attracts families and Williams said. “The blooms of the red- tree, the inspiration behind the Redbud Ride.
beginners for its flat or gently rolling bud are truly exceptional.”
terrain. The longer the route, the more The Redbud Ride in its third year,
difficult the ride, with the Century with an all-out effort put forth this year “They’re even planning on handing out The Redbud is a relatively
known affectionately as Big Red. to grow the event. A flurry of e-mails beads,” Hendrickson said. small tree with a short trunk and
Another stop is boasting a Hawai- spreading branches. The smooth
ian theme. “Cyclists will be greeted bark is dark brown to gray or black.
with leis and home-baked treats, re- On older trees it is marked with
freshing beverages and indoor bath-
rooms before heading back on the
shallow furrows and scaly ridges.
road,” Rhonda Bowling said. “There This tree grows well on moist
will even be a child’s ride set up at this soils in valleys and on slopes. It
rest stop to give small children a chance typically can be found as an un-
to safely participate in the event, with der story tree in hardwood forests.
lots of fun and prizes.” Also, since landscapers frequently
When the riders do return from the use the Redbud as an ornamental,
countryside, they will be greeted by it is common in gardens and along
the rich scent of meat slow-cooking
streets. It grows especially well on
on a dozen barbecues. With a primary
election just around the corner, Lon- limestone soils.
don Downtown has invited candidates The Redbud grows throughout
and cooks alike to showcase their most much of the eastern United States
famous barbecue recipe at the farm- and westward to Kansas, Oklaho-
ers market. When the cyclists roll in, ma, Texas, and parts of northeast-
smoky tastes of barbecue will be avail- ern Mexico. While present in most
able to sample. of Ohio the tree is more common in
Already, anticipation for the day
the southern 2/3 of the state.
is running high, with past participants
An old wooden bridge with gorgeous views gives a cyclist an excuse to walk instead of ride. busy training on spinners in their ga- People have used the red roots
rages, at the gym and out on the road. of this tree to make a dye. Redbud
and letters have been sent to bike shops They do it for the love of the redbud. flowers are edible, with a slightly
“Big Red will challenge the advanced
cyclist,” Hendrickson said. “It and riding groups around the area, re- “The hospitality of southeastern nutty flavor. They can be added to
winds through everything from gentle sulting in more than 130 cyclists al- Kentucky is as outstanding as the pancakes or fritters or used as an
rollers to steep half-mile climbs. ready signed up to participate. scenery,” rider Paul Rose said. “On attractive garnish on salads. When
This route is not for the faint of Part of the draw this year are the the Redbud Ride we encountered smil- green and tender, the seed pods
heart.” All of the routes hug against SAG stops, each of which is sponsored ing faces all day long. It’s hard to beat are also edible and can be cooked
areas heavily populated with redbud by an area business. Many of the SAGs rolling through the countryside in the
springtime. I really like the section
and served with butter or season-
trees, more of which have sprouted will be themed, with the first stop on
the longest ride route celebrating Mar- along the Rockcastle River. I think it is ings just like peas.
since a multi-county effort kicked off
to plant more of the trees. Since 2004, di Gras. one of the prettiest routes in the state.”
march.2010 tales from the trails
BAM - Bicycling Around Minnesota
Bicycling Around Minnesota
BAM 2010 – August 18-21
BAM is a nonprofit organization with
a focus on highlighting Minnesota
communities to an ever growing
Currently BAM offers a 4 day
ride covering 65 – 70 miles a day with
overnight stays in four host cities and
is aimed at moderate to experienced
riders. Although camping is encour- August 18-21, 2010
aged, a few motel/hotel rooms are of-
fered as an option.
The goals of the ride are to pro-
mote Share the Road (a bicycle safety
education program), fitness, tourism The day starts out with a prayer and fellowship before riders gear up for the long day ahead of them.
and bicycling as a transportation mode
as well as to promote the Scenic Bike- from these host cities as well as several
ways System of Minnesota. other communities along the route.
Rides in 2006 and 2007 were held In its fifth year, Bicycling Around
in North Central Minnesota and the Minnesota (BAM) has selected North-
host cities were Park Rapids, Bemidji, eastern Minnesota. Starting and ending
Walker and Wadena. In 2008 West in Cloquet, the bike route meanders
Central Minnesota and Prairies Edge through the port city of Duluth before
Casino, Benson, Ortonville and Mon- heading up to Two Harbors. After a
tevideo hosted the ride. restful night along Lake Superior,
A lone cyclist rides his recumbent past a sign pointing towards BAM’s midday lunch stop.
of Virginia and Eveleth. On the fourth
day the route travels in a southern di-
rection, through small rail towns back
to BAM’s starting point.
The goal this year is to increase the
number of riders to 275. BAM tour di-
rectors and coordinators work closely
with the City, Convention & Visitor
Bureaus as well as the Chambers of
Commerce in our host cities to coordi- Minnesota towns along the way welcome riders
Those that choose to camp find comfort stations and tents set up when they arrive at their overnight stop. nate camping locations, meals and oth- with signs, friendly conversation and of course,
er logistics for each day. Participants lots of questions.
In 2009, we met our target of 200 BAM riders will peddle away from of BAM come from many area’s of our
bicyclists enjoying the southeast cor- the shoreline. Enjoying the quiet coun- country but local residents are also in- to register visit our website at www.
ty roads that periodically intersect with vited and encouraged to participate. bambiketour.org or contact@bambike-
ner of the state. The ride started and
ended in Rochester, with overnight the rail lines that feed the big boats Bicycling Around Minnesota ap- tour.org for more information. Become
stays in Lanesboro, Winona and Wa- on Superior with iron ore. During the preciates the help of our sponsors Hi- a FAN of BAM by visiting the BAM
basha. Each night on the BAM tour next two days BAM riders will explore way Federal Credit Union and Penn facebook! We look forward to seeing
our riders experienced great hospitality the Mesabi Iron Range and the cities Cycle. For more details of the ride and you at BAM on August 18th – 21nd!
1. Ride with a goal in mind and keep Find out what your average speed for down to the just the bare necessities.
yourself focused. Know your route and a day is and what is a comfortable dis- 5. Listen to your body. Nothing spoils
plan accordingly. tance for you with your bike and gear, a tour faster than an injury, dehydration
2. Don’t scrimp when it comes to then adjust your plan for 80% of that. or exhaustion. Plan some walking time
choosing a bike and gear for your cy- Cycle at the rhythm that’s right for you. at the end of the day to relax your body
cling tour. Equipment failure or forgot- Start slow to finish fast. and switch your mind to focus on rest
ten equipment can spoil the adventure. 4. Anticipate the effect of loading the time. Above all, have fun!
3. Ride with a goal in mind and keep bike down on bike speed, stability, and
Have you learned something the hard way
yourself focused. Don’t choose a too riding effort. Practice ride with a fully while on tour? Tell us how you revised your
ambitious route for your capabilities. loaded bike and then pare your load ride. Email: Jill@biketournews.com
tales from the trails march.2010
I Was the Ride.
The Colorado Peace Ride - I Experienced the Peace.
2010 Colorado Peace Ride
August 18-11, 2010
2009 marked the inaugural year of an
epic new bicycle tour – the Colorado
Peace Ride. For years cyclists have
wanted to do the entire San Juan Sky-
way on a multi-day tour, and finally
it was here: four days, 238 miles, and
four mountain passes over 10,000
feet, all along an historic road that is
regularly included in the
nation’s 10 most scenic routes.
After a successful first year, the
Peace Ride is back for 2010: August
8 – 11, starting and ending in Durango.
And the cause couldn’t be more univer-
sal – all fundraising dollars go directly
Hand Cyclists on the Colorado Peace Ride View of the Colorado Peace Ride
to help a great variety of non-profits
that contribute to peace and positive the many aid stations along the route,
change in our communities. Here we way, and with a 500-rider limit, you’ll
to setting up the camps at the end of be part of a growing family of people
give you a report from one of the riders the day, to arranging music and a
– Joseph Namzoff of New Haven Con- who really care.
movie and dinner and transportation Fully supported with no-hassle
necticut, who will be back for another into town, to providing medical care,
year. Enjoy his report! meals and lodging or camping avail-
providing mechanical support for the able, your only job is to ride! You’ll
The Inaugural Colorado Peace bicycles, to driving every inch of the
Ride is in the history books, and in one ride to support 100’s of causes that
route with cars full of water and Gato- help create peace and positive change
word, it was amazing. Some events rade and pretzels and finding riders in
offer amazing scenery, some events in our world.
need, to transporting riders to the aid
offer physical and emotional chal- stations when they couldn’t go any fur-
lenges, some events offer the chance ther - every last need was provided for.
for great camaraderie, some events It’s not clear when the volunteers slept,
offer the chance for personal growth,
Julie Wallace of Boulder rode the Colorado Peace
Ride with her dad Bill.
from around the country and Canada
could come together and form a family
in 4 days. Riders helped and encour-
aged each other over 240 miles of in-
tense cold then intense heat then up
steep mountain passes then down the
other side, volunteers supported one
another as they put in 18-hour days in
the same cold and heat (it was 30 de-
Telluride Adaptive Adventures riders on the Colorado Peace Ride grees on the morning of the 3rd day in Riding together on the Colorado Peace ride.
Telluride!), riders opened their hearts
some events offer the chance to feel so but rumor has it that they did. to the mission of the Peace Ride and
supported that you can’t find enough shared their dreams for peace and set World peace isn’t going to happen
On top of being cared for like a without each person feeling peaceful
words to express your gratitude. The rock star, the riders were treated to intentions each day for how they were
Colorado Peace Ride offered them all. going to turn those dreams into reality. within themselves, so we’re challeng-
the most amazing scenery ever. There ing our riders to challenge themselves
From the moment riders began is nothing quite like screaming down The leaders from the Peace Ride held
streaming into Fort Lewis College, us all in their loving embrace and guid- to be the things they want to see in
Red Mountain Pass into Ouray through the world, whether it’s peace, cour-
they were surrounded by volunteers enormous canyons at highly inadvis- ed us each step of the way.
whose mission was to help them cycle Not one person left the Peace Ride age, love, dedication or traits that will
able speeds after climbing 3 incredible change the world. Be the Ride, Experi-
over some of the most challenging ter- mountain passes to a height of 11,000 without feeling a sense of hope for
rain in the universe and raise money humanity. If we could come together ence the Peace.
feet. If you haven’t seen the photos and
for the Sophia Peace Center. The vol- videos online at www.thepeaceride. like that and create more peace on the
unteers did everything from check rid- earth in just 4 days, what could possi- Contact: Christa Rathe
com, check them out because words The Colorado Peace Ride
ers in to help them get settled, to sweep truly can’t explain the grandeur of bly stand in the way of truly living in
debris off the roads we were riding on, peace? 720-381-8458
those mountains. DeaconChrista@CentersOfLight.org
to standing for hours in the Colorado The most spectacular thing to see If you’re looking for something
sun waving bright orange flags so rid- at the Peace Ride was watching how a new in 2010, take on the Colorado
ers would know where to turn, to serv- group of 140 riders and 30+ volunteers Peace Ride, August 8-11. It’s a 238-
ing every kind of food imaginable at mile loop around the San Juan Sky-
RIdes & eVenTs
March - July 2010
Carl Miller coastalcyclists.org
March EvEnts Location: Louisiana
March 4-April 30, 2010 Presented by: Lafayette Convention &
Cross Country: The Southern Tier Visitors Commission
Location: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, www.cyclezydeco.com
Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas
Presented by: WomanTour April 9-11, 2010
http://www.womantours.com/wt.southerntier.html Cycle North Carolina Spring Ride
Location: Edenton, North Carolina
March 6 www.cyclenorthcarolina.org
2010 Azalea Century Bike Ride
Location: Lake Park, GA April 10-14, 2010
Presented by:Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks Texas Hill Country
& Recreation Authority Location: Texas
www.vlpra.com Presented by: Adventure Cycling Association
March 12-16, 2010
Moab Skinny Tire Festival April 16-18, 2010
Location: Moab, UT Spring Tune up Ride
www.skinnytireevents.com Location: Georgia
Presented by: Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG)
March 13-19, 2010 http://www.brag.org
Southern Arizona Road Adventure
Location: Arizona April 17, 2010
Presented by: Adventure Cycling Association Redbud Ride
http://www.adventurecycling.org/tours Location: London, Kentucky
March 14-May 2, 2010
Coast 2 Coast April 17, 2010
Location: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Mr. Frog’s Wild Ride
Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas Date: Saturday April 17, 2010
Presented by: Bubbas Pampered Pedalers Location: Murphys, CA
March 27-29, 2010 April 17, 2010
Wheels O’Fire Cycle Tour Moritz Ride for Heroes
Location: Hamilton, GA Location: Aledo, TX
email@example.com Web site: http://www.rideforheroes.org/
april EvEnts April 18 - 25, 2010
Pedal Llama 3
April 3-9, 2010 Location: Peach County, Georgia
Texas Hill Country Cycling Logistics
Location: Texas www.cyclinglogistics.com
Presented by: Adventure Cycling Association
www.adventurecycling.org/tours April 17-May 14, 2010
Fast America South Ride
April 5-11, 2010 Location: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California,
Vacation Bicycling’s Natchez Trace in Mississippi Georgia, Mississippi , New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Location: Mississippi Presented by: America By Bicycle, Inc.
Presented by: Vacation Bicycling LLC http://www.abbike.com
April 17-24, 2010
April 6-11, 2010 Hawaii – Island Dreams
Ride 2 Recovery - Location: Hawaii
Don’t Mess With Texas Challenge Presented by: Pedalers Pub & Grille
Location: San Antonio, TX http://www.pedalerspubandgrille.com/bikerides
April 24, 2010
April 7-11, 2010 The Alpine Challenge
Cycle Zydeco Alpine, CA
April 25, 2010 Location: San Francisco, CA
Ride for the Children - 13th Annual http://www.aidslifecycle.org
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
June 7 - July 1, 2010
MaY EvEnts The Great Alaska Highway Ride
May 1, 2010 Location: Alaska and Yukon
Ghost Town Century http://www.pedalerspubandgrille.com/bike_
Location: Tooele, UT tours/alaska/Great_Alaska_Highway_Ride.htm
June 12, 2010
May 6-9, 2010 The Black & Blue: Double Century Relay
“Historic Triangle” Tandem Rally Location: Asheville, NC
Location: Colonial Williamsburg, VA http://www.blackandbluerelay.com
June 13-18, 2010
May 8, 2010 Cycle South Carolina
Salt Lake Challenge Location: Southeast South Carolina
Location: Salt Lake City, UT http://www.cyclesouthcarolina.org
June 18-June 27
May 15, 2010 State Games of North Carolina
25th Annual Seacoast Bike Tour Location:Charlotte
Location: Portsmouth, NH http://www.ncsports.org
June 22-27, 2010
May 16, 2010 Swiss Cheese & Spotted Cows Bicycle Tour
Tour de Cure Location: Mineral Point, WI
Location: Atlanta, GA http://www.scscbiketour.com
May 19, 2010 July 3rd to 10th, 2010
The Ride of Silence The 3rd Annual Great Waterfront
Location: Hundreds of locations world wide Trail Adventure
http://www.rideofsilence.org Location: Niagara-Quebec
May 22 - June 6
2010 Bike Ride Across Southern Utah BRASU July 4 - 16, 2010
May 22, 2010 BEARS - Bicycling Extraordinary Alaskan RoadS
Location: St George, UT Location: Anchorage
May 28-31, 2010
Great Western Bicycle Rally July 4-15, August 8-19, 2010
Location: Paso Robles, CA Golden Ring of Russia Bike Tour
http://www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com Location: Moscow
May 29-30, 2010
Mountains of Misery & Wilderness Road Ride July 15 – July 18, 2010
Location: Blacksburg & Radford, VA Greene Trails Cycling Classic
http://www.cyclingdoubleheader.com Location: Greene County, Ohio
JUnE EvEnts July 12-17, 2010
June 5, 2010
Pioneer Century July 18, 2010
Date: Saturday June 5, 2010 RAINSTORM: Ride Across INdiana-
Location: Portland, OR Same Thing, Only Ride More.
http://www.pwtc.com Location: Terre Haute to Richmond
June 5-12, 2010
Bicycle Ride Across Georgia July 25 - 31, 2010
Location: Fayetteville, GA RAGBRAI XXXVIII
www.brag.org. Location: Brown County, Spring Mill,
and Clifty Falls State Parks
June 5-12, 2010 http://ragbrai.com/
Bicycle Tour California,
Location: San Francisco, Napa Valley & More! July 27 - Aug 6, 2010
http://www.bikeandthelike.com Klondike Gold Rush Ride
Location: Dawson City to Juneau
June 6-12, 2010 http://www.pedalerspubandgrille.com/bike_
Tour de Kota™ 2010 tours/alaska/Klondike_Gold_Rush.htm
Location: Iowa and North Dakota
http://tourdekota.com/ Send your rides and events to:
June 6-12, 2010
Spring is nearly here, and for many of us that step in these tips for tuning up your green-machine. • Tighten lose bolts and screws
means hauling out our bicycles. Whether you’re • Pump it up! • Clean the bike
riding for fun, or commuting to work, a bike in • Check for wear and damage Once you’ve completed the tune up, you’re ready to
good repair is essential to your safety and comfort. • Check break lever and cali hit the road. Hopefully everything runs smoothly,
Experts recommend a bike tune-up every year. per action and we found that this cut and keep guide to tuning
Done professionally, this will cost you about $40, • Check break-pads up your ride bike is a great resource for diagnosing
but you can easily do it yourself. • Check cables and fixing common issues.
Here are important things to do before heading • Lube the chain Courtesy SeattleTimes.com
out on your first ride. You’ll find details about each
health & wellness march.2010
Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Cyclists
After a ride on your bike, have you experienced numbness, tingling, or pain in your
arm, hand, wrist, or little finger? If you have, you could be suffering from an overuse
injury. Approximately one-third of all bicycling overuse injuries involves the hands. The
2 most common are handlebar palsy and carpal tunnel syndrome. By making some
adjustments to your bike and by wearing some protective equipment, you can prevent
these injuries from occurring.
Ulnar neuropathy, known to cyclists as handlebar palsy, is caused by compression
of the ulnar nerve at the hand and wrist (Fig. 1). The ulnar nerve controls sensation
in your ring and little finger and controls most of the muscular function of your hand.
Compression of the ulnar nerve is a common problem for competitive and recreational
cycle enthusiasts, alike. Compression is the result of direct pressure on the ulnar nerve
from the grip on the handlebars. Often, the nerve may be stretched or hyperextended
(extension beyond its normal limit) when a drop-down handlebar is held in the lower
position. The pressure placed on the ulnar nerve results in numbness and tingling in
the ring and little fingers or hand weakness, or a combination of both. Symptoms can
take from several days to months to resolve, but surgical treatment is rarely neces-
sary. Rest, stretching exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin,
usually help relieve the symptoms. Applying less pressure or weight to the handlebars
and avoiding hyperextension can help to prevent a recurrence.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Although it is less common than handlebar palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome (compres-
sion of the median nerve at the wrist) is another overuse injury that cyclists often
experience (Fig. 2). Injury often occurs when a cyclist holds the handlebars on top
and applies pressure directly on the median nerve. Symptoms include numbness and
tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers and weakness of the hand. Symp-
toms usually resolve quickly once you stop cycling for a short period of time. Although
handlebar pressure contributes to these symptoms, there can be other causes for
hand pain and numbness; therefore, an evaluation for other possible causes of carpal
tunnel syndrome should be performed by your health-care professional. Images courtesy: www.hughston.com
1. Ensure that you have a proper bike fit. Positions resulting in 7. Bend your elbows. Keep at least a 10 degree bend in your
your weight not being distributed correctly throughout the bike elbows. This dramatically reduces road shock. Keep arms and
can put you at high risk. If your saddle is tilted downward, this shoulders relaxed.
can put additional weight on to your hands. 8. Do hand and wrist exercises. Perform these quick, simple ex-
2. Vary your position on the handlebars at least once every 15 ercises two to three times per day:
minutes. By changing your position, you reduce the risk of com-
pression. Avoid putting too much pressure from the bars on the Isometrics: Make a loose fist and use the opposite hand to
carpal tunnel. press against the clenched hand. Hold for 10 seconds with palm
up, palm down, and thumb up.
3. Wear cycling gloves. Invest in a good pair that has a lot of
padding or gel in the palm. Wrist circles: Hold the second and third fingers up and close
the others. Draw five clockwise circles in the air with the two fin-
4. Use good handlebar tape. You may even want to install gel
gertips. Draw five more counterclockwise circles.
bar pads under the tape.
Stretching: Keeping hand open and wrist relaxed, press on fin-
5. Switch to a carbon bar. Carbon fiber reduces road vibration. A
gers for 10 seconds up, down, and to both sides.
carbon fiber handle bar may be just the trick.
6. Stay light on the bars. Keep a loose grip. Beginners suffer Most often, overuse injuries experienced by cyclists stem from a
from CTS more frequently because they are less confident and lack of specific preparation. With the proper training and equip-
grip the bars too tightly. ment, you can minimize the risk of these hand injuries.
Yoga and Cycling
There is no question that frequent and long-distance cycling can tighten key muscle apart, heels turned slightly out. Press the wall away from you and feel as if you are
groups in the legs, the back, the neck and the arms. Yoga stretches can really help this. lengthening your spine.
Here are some basic yoga poses that will help with stretching affected muscle groups. Alignment
Quads It is essential that the cyclist maintain physical alignment on the bike. This means
Quadracepts are prone to over-working and tightness in cycling. Keeping them lim- that the hips, the thighs, the knees and the ankles all need to be on track. Alignment
ber is key. One easy and gentle way to work this is to lie on the belly. Rest the fore- is equally important in yoga. Yoga really helps the individual to get an inner sense
head on the right forearm, spine lengthened. Grad the left ankle with the left hand of alignment in the body. It also trains the muscles and bones to move toward align-
and draw the ankle toward the left buttocks. Draw the knees together and gently ment which then makes it easier for the body to emulate this in other more active
draw the tailbone down. If the knees hurt, back off a little, allow the leg to move away movements, such as cycling.
from the buttocks. Hold and repeat on the other side. Breathing
Lower Back Breathing exercises can be an invaluable complement to any sport. Practicing any
Gentle side body stretching and forward bending can help to relieve the low back. number of breathing exercises will help to train the breath, strengthen the diaphram,
It is helpful to lie on the back and draw the knees into the chest. Another good back calm the mind, expand the lungs and send oxygen to needed parts of the body.
and side body stretch is to come to standing, place your hands against a wall, shoul- Breathe deeply, hold and release slowly, feeling the breath enter and leave the
der-height and shoulder-width apart. Acitvely spread the fingers. Step the feet back lungs.
enough so that the legs are perpendicular to the ground. Step the feet hip distance Courtesy wikihealth.com
march.2010 across the pond
Golden Ring of Russia Bike Tour - Picturesque Russia
Golden Ring of Russia (some of them are little known). You monasteries. The bicycling part starts in Russian history. The towns have
Bike Tour will meet friendly village dwellers and in Rostov (north of Moscow) and ends been called “open air museums” and
our dinners are cooked from home in Vladimir 10 days later. feature unique monuments of Russian
July 4-15 and products grown by local Russians. The The Golden Ring is a ring of cit- architecture of the 12th–18th centu-
August 8-19, 2010 menu promises to give you the oppor- ies northeast of Moscow, the capital of ries, including kremlins, monasteries,
Russia. They formerly comprised the cathedrals, and churches. These towns
For those avid cyclists anong you region known as Zalesye. are among the most picturesque in
who take the phrase “Gett outta town” These ancient towns, which Russia and prominently feature Rus-
as meaning, “Get outta the country”, also played a significant role in the sia’s famous onion domes.
this is the bike tour for you. formation of the Russian Orthodox
The bike tour is designed for for- Church, preserve the memory of the Courtesy www.rctc.ru/
eign cyclists, and it will introduce you most important and significant events
to the real Russia! Bicycling is an ideal
way to explore this fascinating coun-
A school provided lunch to the hungry cyclists. Onion
and dill covered the table in a colorful and tasty
tunity to taste authentic Russian food
that is unlike anything you’ve tasted
before! We also visit a Russian bath
house (“banya”) and see how Russians
Route. The Golden Ring of Rus-
The Russian Cycle Touring Club starts their tour
near a gazebo, an interesting glimpse into Russian sia (the region northeast of Moscow)
architecture and a taste of what’s to come. is the most famous tourist route in the
heart of Russia. It goes through numer-
try. Our informal tour is very comfort- ous picturesque and ancient Russian
ably paced and you will enjoy biking in towns: Vladimir, Suzdal, Yaroslavl,
the quiet Russian countryside. You are Kostroma, Uglich, and others known
not our customers – you are the guests for their ancient history and inspiring
of our club. In addition to cycling, we architecture. We will see the beautiful
offer a special culture program. We Russian countryside and Volga River,
visit a lot of museums and exhibitions magnificent Orthodox churches and
Explore that palmetto state of mind...
Cycle South Carolina
June 13-18, 2010
gadgets & gears march.2010
Protect your investment!
• Best at resisting attacks
Experts agree that all bike locks can be broken eventually, so the
• Suitable for high-crime areas
test of a good lock is whether it is time-consuming and difficult to
hack. The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-lock is one of • One-year, $4,500 anti-theft
the best at repelling attacks - it holds up longer than other U-locks
in tests with hand and power tools. It comes with a $4,500 anti- • Heavy (5 pounds)
theft warranty and three flat keys, one of which is lighted. Although • Expensive
it weighs close to 5 pounds and is pricier than some other locks,
the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-lock is worth it if you
live in a high-crime area. You will also like its compact size (3.25
inches by 6 inches on the inside), which means less room for le-
verage by thieves, but it might be a little small for some bikes with
a beefy frame and thick wheels. BikeRadar.com (from the publish-
er of Cycling Plus magazine) also rates the Kryptonite New York
Fahgettaboudit U-lock after testing, giving it a near-perfect score.
VholdR Contour HD Wearable Camera
Tape your adventure!
VholdR ContourHD wearable camcorder
The ContourHD records high-definition video at 720p. Laser sights and a
rotating lens help to aim the camera while mounted without the need for
a viewfinder. Simple, one-handed operation and included 2GB MicroSD
card and rechargeable battery make this one of the most user friendly
helmet cams. The ContourHD is a sleek mountable action camcorder
that is the smallest and lightest HD wearable camcorder around. It has a
water-resistant aluminum body and is shock and impact proof. It records
to a MicroSD card (2GB supplied, maximum 16GB) and has a removable
3 hour lithium battery. It also records audio via an internal microphone.
The camcorder has dual laser lights that emits from the front lens barrel
www.vholdr.com. to show if the lens is aligned properly. The ContourHD has the ability to
rotate the lens 180 degrees so as to mount anywhere with its supplied
flat surface mount or goggle mount. Other mounts are available such
as windshield mounts, handlebar mounts, roll bar mounts and more at
Knog Bullfrog Lights
Light up your life and your ride!
This cute yet highly functional Bullfrog light from our friends at
Knog comes in tons of colors and has a flashing or constant
light function. Lightweight enough to have as many as you
want to light your way and it snaps off easily to take with you
when your bike is parked. The impressive thing about the Bull-
frog is its visibility. The whole silicone body more or less lights
up in the dark, making it highly visible from all angles. The
Bullfrog has a water resistant silicon casing, built-in mounting
latch and runs for 30 hrs. constant and 220 hours if flashing.
Check out knog.com/au for other cool lights.
If you would like a product featured on our Gadgets and Gears page, send high res images and product descriptions to: Jill@biketournews.com
march.2010 bike back
AIDS/LifeCycle - Ride to end AIDS
By Hannah Rexroth every 15-20 miles,
and cyclists are in-
AIDS/LifeCycle structed to reach cer-
June 6-12 tain checkpoints by
set hours. “Moving
AIDS/LifeCycle has it all. Ev- that many cyclists
ery June, approximately 2,500 cyclists can be hectic,” says
gather in San Francisco for a seven-day, Sarah Sypniewski,
545-mile ride up the coast of California. Associate Director
The ride, which ends in Los Angeles, at AIDS/LifeCycle. “We have to keep
raises millions every year to support the them going.” The route closes for the
cause of ending AIDS. “It’s an amaz- day around seven p.m.
ingly transformative ride,” says cyclist Participants come from a wide
Chris Eisenberg, who has participated range of backgrounds, from wealthy
in the event for the past five years. She businessmen to broke college students.
is eagerly awaiting the 2010 tour, which The minimum age requirement is 18,
will take place June 6-12. and nearly every age group is repre-
The event was birthed into exis- sented. “We usually even have people
tence in the 90’s, when the San Francis- in their mid-eighties along with us as
co AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay well,” Sypniewski says. “It’s truly in-
& Lesbian Center decided to join forces
and do something that would have a
positive impact on the virus that was
having such a destructive effect in their
communities and around the world.
The practical requirements of such
a large-scale ride are huge. The cyclists
are accompanied by “roadies”, volun-
tary crewmembers who travel with the
equipment and supplies. A full medi-
cal team of doctors, nurses, EMTs, and A string of cyclists are all smiles as they near the end
of the 545 miles they rode over 7 days.
chiropractors also accompanies the cy-
spiring.” Cyclists come from all over
the country and world.
Fundraising is one of the core as-
pects of the event. Every cyclist is re-
sponsible for raising $3000. “It can be
intimidating to people at first,” says
Sypniewski. “But when people register,
they are assigned a staff member who is
called their ‘participant representative.’
That person is basically their mentor,
and assists them in any way they need.”
Workshops are hosted throughout the
year to help participants with fundrais-
ing ideas, and each person is provided
with a page on the AIDS/LifeCycle
website where people can track their
fundraising progress and donate elec-
tronically. In 2009, 11.6 million dollars
was raised. Combined proceeds from
the past eight years reach over sixty
A cyclist celebrates completing all 7 days of AIDS/ million.
LifeCycle 8 in 2009 while wearing the incentive
jersey he earned for raising more than $5,000. Funds raised from the ride are used
to support the work of the San Fran-
clists, as well as two ambulances. Al- cisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A.
though there are typically some minor Gay & Lesbian Center, as well as to
accidents, serious accidents are rare. help communities that the cyclists trav-
The group camps along the way in el through, such as a tiny town of 200
large fair grounds or state parks. Dur- people that is a yearly lunch spot along
ing the day, the roadies travel ahead and the ride. It’s not just about HIV/AIDS
set up camp-- a sleeping tent area, a full awareness and fundraising, it’s literally
kitchen, and semi trucks that are con- about some towns’ survival.”
verted into showers and bathrooms. Eisenberg says that the AIDS/Life-
The same route is followed from Cycle ride is set apart from other bike
year to year, with slight variations de- tours that she’s done because of the
pending on construction and traffic is- cause—a cause that brings together
sues. Participants ride an average of people from every walk of life. “You’re
80 miles a day. The route is opened not just riding for yourself, you’re rid-
as soon as it gets light every morning, ing for other people,” she says. “It
and people can begin the day’s ride at builds a spirit of being in it together that
their own pace. Rest areas are set up makes it just a little extra magical.”
sag pride march.2010
Who has the most FUNctional SAG bus?
These workhorses of the bike tour don’t need to be
boring. Here are some fun ones spotted at RAGBRAI.
What is a SAG Bus?
“SAG” (most commonly written
in all uppercase) may derive
from a rider “sagging” off the
back of the group, or it may
be an acronym (or a backro-
nym) for “Support And Gear”
or “Support Aid Group.”
Most sponsored tours will have
a SAG bus carrying medical
supplies and personnel, bike
repair mechanic and his/ tools,
extra water and snacks, and
perhaps a radio operator and
Many tour groups will gave
their own SAG busses, like
the ones pictured here and
paint them to reflect the spirit
and personality of their group
of cyclists. These busses or
vans provide a mini home
away from home and carry the
groups gear, riders and per-
Send us your SAG bus pics!
A prize will be rewarded of $100 from Bike Tour News to
the favorite charity of the sponsor of the winning bus.The
winner will be announced in the next’s month’s issue.
Email hi res images to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to
name your group, location and contact info.
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march.2010 ride away
So You Wanna Ride a Bike.
By Tara Dunn one of the most bicycle friend- them all. After maybe half an
The last time I rode a bike ly communities in the US. hour of warm-up and practice
I was nine. It was a sweet pink Just after my move, be- I suggested a slightly longer
and purple Huffy with white fore I could even totally un- ride; it was time to take it on
training wheels flanking the pack my underwear, my the road. The cool air washed
rear tire, announcing my in- friends were begging me to over me while I slowly lost the
ability to balance and lack ride with them. Of my core feeling in my toes and cheek-
of coordination to the whole group here, I would estimate bones, but I didn’t even care. I
neighborhood. My brother, that about 50% ride bikes, and was riding a bike again!
three years younger than my- they are passionate. Most of I will have to say that my
self, had long lost his trainers them own vehicles, but I never first turn onto a street with traf-
and was cruising our cul de see them drive. We all live and fic was frightening. The heat
sac with ease while I stuck to work downtown, so cycling is and noise of vehicles right be-
the driveway and front walk, convenient, clean, efficient, side me rattled my nerves and
mortified of vehicles and other and fun, not to mention a good made me second-guess myself My bike ride lasted until nightfall and the Carolina skies rewarded me with a bril-
workout. It seemed like a rea- more than once. Luckily, my liant sunset over the creek and salt marsh
When we moved into sonable argument and soon friends are seasoned cyclists
our new house across town I an open Sunday rolled around and knew what to watch out aren’t there, but it helps for day, even if for just a little
decided to kick off the train- bearing favorable weather and for: car doors opening, passing me to think of them as benign while and I’m in the market
ing wheels and take on the quiet streets; a perfect day vehicles, large trucks (there entities, mostly staying out of for a bike more fitted to my
driveway with just two tires to ride. Ah cycling, we meet is a suction that is created by the way as long as you do the height and purpose, which
beneath me. I always felt a bit again. passing multi-wheel trucks same. will be mostly commuting to
forlorn watching the other kids My instructor and friend, that can be very intimidat- We ended up at a park on my downtown job for a while,
drift by on the road in front Dirt (no, her Mama didn’t ing), pot holes/cracks, and, of the Ashley River right at sun- with hopes of adding distance
of my house, myself still too name her that, but it fits, trust course, pedestrians and other set and it was breathtaking. If and touring soon. My friends
afraid to cross from the white me) was kind enough to lend cyclists. I faltered, I wobbled, not on a bike, I never would and I often travel in packs,
concrete lip of my parents’ me her spare bike for practice I sweated, I stopped; again pa- have known about this place trolling the downtown streets
property onto the blacktop of and riding until I could pur- tience. After a few false starts and I learned about discov- for sustenance (nachos), ad-
the open road. So, defeated, I chase one of my own. It is a we were going solid and I was ery: one of the many benefits venture (Spring St. at 5:30)
put the Huffy away forever, vintage road bike, circa 1980, invigorated. I did my best to of riding a bike. The ride back and beautiful views (bridg-
never again to grip its black and far too small for my lanky listen to Dirt’s verbal instruc- was infinitely easier and felt es!).
rubber handlebars or kickback frame, but manageable. Pa- tion and pay attention to the almost natural. I was amazed As my confidence grows,
brakes. There was no way for tience, I’ve learned, is key for lights, trying not to stress the at how quickly I had grown so does my strength and
me to know that in a mere fif- the new as well as seasoned cars too much, instead focus- to trust this two-wheeled ma- knowledge of cycling and I
teen years (it doesn’t seem that cyclist, and it was needed. ing on keeping right and brak- chine propelling me ever for- can’t wait to get a bike of my
long ago) I would be moving Driveway to sidewalk to Dirt’s ing slow. It’s not safe to sim- ward into a new passion. own.
to a city pushing to become empty street, I conquered ply pretend the other vehicles Now I try to cycle every
Continued from page 1
You can change world,” says the book’s editor Eug-
enie Harvey. “Each of us, through the
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). According to CDC, physical
About the Alliance: Alliance for the world. hundreds of tiny actions we take every
day, shapes the world we live in.” In
Biking & Walking is the North Ameri- other words, small actions x lots of
activity can reduce your risk of dying That’s what the people behind the people = big change. “This project car-
can coalition of over 160 grassroots
early from the leading causes of death, movement “We Are What We Do” be- ries a much-needed message of hope
biking and walking advocacy organiza-
like heart disease and some cancers. lieve. People like you taking small ac- for people everywhere,” says Harvey.
tions. The Alliance works to strengthen
The report also ranks states and tions that add up to big change. “Love yourself, cherish life, protect
state and local organizations through
the 51 largest U.S. cities in biking and It started with the question, “What our future.”
research, sharing best practices, train-
walking levels, safety, funding, advo- would you ask one million people to
ing, resources, and grants. For more
cacy, and policies. It further compares do to change the world?” Thousands
information or to find a local organiza-
U.S. cities to their international peers of ideas from around the world came
tion visit www.PeoplePoweredMove-
finding that overall, U.S. investment in in. The ideas weren’t sweeping policy
biking and walking lags far behind that changes — they were small and unex-
of other developed nations. This may pected everyday actions that anyone
explain why the U.S. has fewer people can do:
who bike and walk than its internation- —Keep a promise.
al peers. —Read a story to a child.
Miller says, “our data show that —Learn something new.
increasing investment in biking and —Run an errand for an elderly
walking could lead to more people neighbor or single parent.
biking and walking. The more people
Fifty of the best suggestions were
bike and walk, the safer it is and the
published in the book “Change the
healthier the community. It’s a virtu-
World for Ten Bucks” (Chronicle
Books 2009). This little book has had
Bicycling and Walking in the
a big impact, selling over 1,000,000
United States was funded by the Cen-
copies in the U.K., Canada, Germany,
ters for Disease Control and Prevention
Spain, New Zealand and Australia, and
and made possible through additional
now this will be the first time it’s avail-
support from Bikes Belong Coalition
able in the U.S.
and Planet Bike. For more information
“Because it’s not just politicians
and to download the report visit http://
and business leaders who change the
The MUTCD is the bible for state Departments of Trans-
portation for all traffic control devices. This manual defines
One man’s mission
To create a sticker that delivers one consistent message using one
a standard placement, size, colors, and guidance pavement million cars so that millions of drivers will get the message.....
markings, signs, and signals on the road. By law, the MUTCD “Bicycles Allowed Use of Full Lane, Change To Pass
is the national standard for traffic control devices any street,
In December, 2009, the US Fed- of millions of drivers.Why a bumper
highway, or bicycle trail open to public travel. State DOTs are eral Highway Administration pub- sticker? Simple.. Bumper stickers are
required to adopt the new MUTCD within two years. lished a new edition of the Manual universally known to be effective ways
on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to communicate and advertise. What
States are not required to use every traffic control device men- (MUTCD). The December 2009 Edi- better way to be heard by millions?
tioned in the MUTCD tion of the MUTCD contains a number
of new standards that apply to bicycle THE MILLION CAR CHAL-
-- for example, states facilities. One of the more important LENGE is to get 1 million cars to dis-
are not required to in- additions to the manual is the “Bicy- play his bumper sticker. The stickers
stall “Bikes May Use cles May Use Of Full Lane” sign. The are available at www.baufl.org.
2009 MUTCD says the “Bicycles May
Full Lane” or shar- Use Full Lane” sign may be used on
row markings on roadways where no bicycle lanes or
substandard width adjacent shoulders usable by bicyclists
lanes. They do now are present and where travel lanes are
too narrow for bicyclists and motor ve-
have the option to hicles to operate side by side.
use these signs, For support, the MUTCD refers
however, without having to the Uniform Vehicle Code, which
“defines a ‘substandard width lane’ as
to file a request for experimentation or running a ‘lane that is too narrow for a bicycle
afoul of Federal transportation law. and a vehicle to travel safely side by
side within the same lane.’”
The new edition of the MUTCD is a powerful tool for cycling and With the new regulations in mind,
cyclist advocates. Cycling facilities and markings are no longer one cyclist decided to take matters
into his own hands and start his own
an afterthought but an integral part of the National MUTCD. campaign to let drivers and cyclist
know the new regulation exists. His
Go to: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/ for more information and challenge, called the THE MILLION
http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/kno_2009.htm for a download- CAR CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN can
able pdfs of the manual and noted revisions. be found on http://www.baufl.org/ in-
Bike sign art poster volves putting a bumper sticker repre-
courtesy: www.popartmachine.com senting the new regulation sign in front
Cycling is a means by which we discover our true inner selves. Each bicycle
journey, no matter how short, is also a journey within.
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est... a love of bike touring, cycling and its impact.
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