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Have Bike AND Kids- want to travel!

No Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
The kids need a vacation!

So, my husband and I want to travel for our last summer hurrah! You know, in Tucson, before school starts it is HOT! We have one last chance to experience the beach and cooler weather possibly before the kids head off and life, well, gets even crazier all over again! And you definitely know you need a vacation when the kids are climbing into the cabinets... An amazing site that basically contains an 'all-in-one' source for traveling with bike, Bikabout, enables you to have a nice single point of reference for planning your 2-wheeled vacation. From here you have access to cities that want your tourism by bike and the ability to book a hotel or airbnb. In addition to this, there is ...

 

Surlys Front Rack… The Cattle Pusher of Bike Racks!

No Comments Topics: Bike Touring, Commute By Bike, Utility Cycling Written by Brian Mueller
Surlys Front Rack… The Cattle Pusher of Bike Racks!

Surly makes a front bike rack so stout it could double as a cattle pusher on an F-450! Seriously, this is not a rack for someone wanting to save weight but rather a huge front rack that you can load up with up to 70 pounds of gear. Not only can you carry your panniers, there is plenty of room to load a 12 pack on the top platform. If you need a big, beefy front rack look no further, the Surly Front rack is your huckleberry. Hi Brian with Bike Shop Hub here today to talk about a bike rack and a front bike rack. I am not talking about one of those little dainty low rider racks. I am ...

 

Bike Tour Buddy

2 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
Zack Gorstein and I inspect the next Alpine pass after a night of rain during our journey from the UK to Slovenia.

An old friend from university sent me an email in mid 2014. He'd got wind I was planning a bike trip from Vancouver to Mexico and put out a feeler to see if he could come along. So, without wanting to cut him out, I did what any reasonable type A person would do and sent him a three page document titled "How I Like To Roll." It was a meandering, pretentious string of ideas, entirely void of the easy going lifestyle I believed bicycle touring had endowed me with. Sadly, yet not unsurprisingly, Pete never did come on that trip. Today I think that whilst I missed out on a great adventure with a friend; when Pete opened that Word doc, ...

 

La. lawmaker to cyclists: Keep off the streets

8 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
One of the many "ghost bikes" erected around New Orleans to memorialize people killed while riding their bikes.

I live in Louisiana, a place that carries the ignominious designation of being one of the most dangerous places to walk or bicycle in the country. We're in good company in the Sun Belt and in the Deep South in particular which, with certain important exceptions, is especially hostile to non-motorized transportation. Part of the problem relates to inadequate infrastructure, the legacy of 1950s-era sprawling development patterns that presumed modern lives would be eternally dependent on the eternal combustion engine. Cities and towns built upon high-speed highways, with strict segregation of residential and commercial land uses -- the pattern of most American cities constructed after World War II -- tend to require significant retrofitting in order to accommodate more recent growth ...

 

To Bike and Protect: Cops Bike for the Common Good

No Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
Scorcher Copper to the Rescue! Bicycle-mounted Policeman stops run-away horse team.

Cops on bikes? It sounds like a Monty Python skit, to be sure. But what could be more utilitarian than bike cops? If the purpose of police is to protect and serve, and if the bicycle is the vehicle that allows police more contact with the community and more opportunity to fight crime, then why aren't there more cops on bikes? Luckily, more and more police departments in the 21st Century are coming around to a 19th Century idea: cops on bikes do more to protect the common good. Bicycles and professional police came of age together in the 1800s. As the Industrial Revolution took hold in Europe and America during the first half of Queen Victorias reign, large numbers of ...

 

Hot Fun Biking in the Summertime!

2 Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
This week's forecast (source: Seventeen.com)

Oh my, oh my, oh my- it is a hot one out there! This is what we mostly have been hearing this summer from meteorologists across the country. Hotter than normal for the most part. Whether it is that 'dry heat' we have here in Tucson, AZ or the thick humidity and heat of the Southern US it is HOT!   In a small bottle we fill it with half boiled water and half with witch hazel with 10 drops of each of the pictured essential oils plus rosemary (not pictured). There are many sites for other recipes that work (here is one more: DIY Natural Repellent). A search for homemade bug spray works wonders (Natural Repellent Web Search) I recommend trying ...