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Hot Fun Biking in the Summertime!

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

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 ...


The Slow Food Cyclist

9 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
The Slow Food Cyclist

I recently overhead an American cyclist lament, "The only bad thing about cycling the Tour Divide is spending $3,000 on food." I imagined a three-week diet of dolphin steaks and unicorn burgers. But he was using the word food more loosely than I could have guessed. What really broke the bank was his daily ingestion of 55 energy gels. Sadly, food often gets a bad rap on bicycle trips. Something stuffed in to keep the fire going and pedals turning. And yet, whilst gloop-food is perhaps acceptable on a day ride I'd argue that on an odyssey through the Rocky Mountains, this Divide rider was somewhat missing the point... Live Like a King Today I realize there is no limit to the meals you ...


Learn to ride a bike: The Strider Balance Bike Review!

No Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by Matt Duffin
Learn to ride a bike: The Strider Balance Bike Review!

When you have kids, you want to pass down to them the things you love and the love of outdoors and bicycles is an easy one. Sometimes learning and teaching your kids to ride a bike can be stressful but balance bikes take away the guess work and tears. Strider makes riding a bike easy, kids build confidence and a overall positive experience with the Strider bikes! Build a lifetime of love and start your kids on a strider! I did and it's be awesome. Hi I'm Matt with BikeShopHub and this is the Strider Balance Bike Review. The one thing that I love about Strider bikes is the super lightweight design, it makes it so easy for kids to actually get ...


A Dutch woman’s take on biking in the U.S.

No Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
van der Molen. Photo courtesy Edward Carlson.

Most anyone reading these words is well aware of The Netherlands' reputation as a haven for biking. An estimated 30 percent of people in the country count the bicycle as their primary mode of transportation to work, a staggering figure compared to American standards, even amid recent bicycling gains. In this country, fewer than 1 percent of Americans commute on two wheels. The first and only time I traveled to The Netherlands was a couple years ago, when my husband and I spent an idyllic and mind-blowing week biking the streets of Amsterdam. The experience left me inspired by the possibilities for other cities to follow suit and my husband threatening to pack up and move. Because many of us in ...


Thanks for biking when biking wasn’t cool DAD!!! Happy Father’s Day!

1 Comment Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
Another 'family' outing: building a fence

With father's day here, I wanted to write a quick thank you to my Dad and all those dad's out there sharing their love of biking and the outdoors with their children. We rode to tennis, swimming, gyms, parks, stores and he rode still to work. I had no idea this was commuting on the bike but I did know it was time with my Dad and he was fast. 1, 3, 7, 10+ miles there and back. We stopped for bagels. We stopped to save turtles in the road and king snakes still waking up and warming up. He beat me easily up hills. I started riding after school to try to keep up with him on the weekends. I ...


Bike Medics Do It Faster

2 Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
Paramedics of the Norfolk Fire Department stand next to their EMS bikes at Harbor Fest 2016.

If you've been to an outdoor festival or a marathon, you've seen the guys standing on the sidelines with overloaded mountain bikes. At first glance you might have thought they were just part of the crowd, but their matching uniforms and EMS embroidery tells a different story: they're Bike Medics. The British National Health Service, while slower to adopt bicycles than their American counterparts, has done so with a cost-cutting vigor that only a single-payer system can implement. The London Ambulance Service's "Cycle Responders" were at the forefront of the 2012 Olympics, and a permanent, full-time bike team is stationed in the heart of the city, the Square Mile. The NHS estimates that in one year alone London's cycle responders saved ...