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Physical Literacy and Children: Making your kids smarter and happier!

No Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
Tired kiddos after running sprints at the park!

As school begins and we all are thinking about the skills our kids need as the approach adulthood I wanted to take time out of the 'biking only' blog. For this blog, I wanted to focus on one aspect of helping your children's brain development and future that we don't always focus on. This skill can help long-term brain health and overall well-being. We all know the term literacy. It is the ability to read for knowledge, apply critical thinking to written word and write coherently. This is a skill adults deem as very helpful to surviving in the world. We expect children to learn these skills in school and believe teaching the essential building blocks for literacy at home as ...


5 ways to attract a sexual partner on a bike tour

6 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
5 ways to attract a sexual partner on a bike tour

Bike touring is inherently sexy. It also involves lots of skills and dedication which have been proven by the Lampoon Spoof Scientific Research Group to attract the opposite sex. Minor inconveniences like body odor and food stains on your jersey can be turned to your advantage with a little bit of thought. And the heroism of your journey is a real catch. With these sure-fire no gimmick tips, learn how to really attract the opposite sex and ensure you hit it off on your bike tour! Quick freshen-up in South American border toilet 1. Grooming and appearance Ah, the good life! Being outdoors all day gives you that fresh-faced adventurous look. Most people will find this enchanting. Chin strap sun lines are not ...


Bikes at War Part Two: The Great War

1 Comment Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
A Few Smart Men Wanted for The London Cyclists Battalion.

Adolf Hitler was a bike messenger? Yes, indeed. And a decorated one, at that. But more on that later. Unfortunately, Hitler's enamor of the automobile did not fit with Germany's resources. Without the oilfields of Armenia and Azerbaijan, let alone Texas and Oklahoma, the Third Reich had to depend upon synthesizing coal for almost 80% of its liquid fuel. It was the bicycle therefore that made the Blitzkrieg advance possible, and bicycles that allowed the Wehrmacht to retreat. But more on that next month in Part Three of this continuing series.   Wesley Cheney bikes for family, fun, profit and necessity in Norfolk, Virginia. He writes about bikes and kilts at Foto by Wes and (re)builds bamboo bikes and bamboo kayaks at 757 ...


Thoughts on the passing of an icon

5 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
Karen McKeachie, photo: Tom Demerly

A couple Fridays ago, I got a call from a friend in the middle of the day. I thought the timing odd given his busy work schedule, but because I was participating in a webinar, I let the call go to voice mail and sent him a text message asking what was up. The words that popped up on my cell phone screen sent a chill down my spine. "My aunt was biking this morning and a motorist hit her and killed her," he wrote. It was a sad introduction to a phenomenal woman I will never have the opportunity to meet. It turns out my friend's aunt wasn't just anyone out for a leisurely ride when the worst possible thing happened. Her ...


An Ode to Laborers on Two Wheels

No Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Wesley Cheney
Author Wesley Cheney sweats on a sultry summer day to deliver piping' hot Jamaican patties (in a kilt).

Let us now praise Sweaty Men and Women;

All hail the Bicycle Courier,

Who is fast on feet and two wheels,

Bringing us coffee and sandwiches and beer.

  Three cheers for the bike messengers of the world, the "cyclo-laborers." While we cower in climate-controlled cubicles, they brave the sun and rain, the light and dark, the heat and the cold. They sweat, so we don't have to. Our recreation is their vocation. We ride for pleasure. They ride for profit. We ride when we want to. They ride because they have to. We get to sit out rainy days. They get to ride twice as far in the rain, and make twice as ...


Ortlieb Micro Saddle Bag… Not your Grandpa’s Saddle Bag!

No Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Brian Mueller
Ortlieb Micro Saddle Bag… Not your Grandpa’s Saddle Bag!

The Micro Saddle Bag from Ortlieb is the perfect small saddle bag for the daily commuter. Enough from for a Tube, couple of Co2's, tire lever, small multi tool and a Co2 chuck this is all you need for your daily ride. This is a minimalist bag, so if you need to carry more than 36 cubic inches you will need to find something more robust. The Micro saddle bag is perfect for people who need a small easy to access bag that will only store the flat tire repair items. If youre in the market for a small quick release waterproof saddle bag the Micro is a perfect choice. You riding that bike with 4.7" on it? No, 4.8" ...