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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Trout Run Bike Trail, Decorah, Iowa

Toward the Peaceful Coexistence of Buses and Bikes @CityLab

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It’s one of the most disconcerting interactions on urban and suburban streets: the uncomfortable, out-of-sync dance between bicycles and buses traveling in the same direction. Often, the person riding a bike will have to leave the bike lane and go out into car traffic to pass a bus that has pulled into a stop—only to be quickly passed again by the bus driver, who then has to pull in for the next stop just as the cyclist is coming up from the rear again.
These two vehicles, because of their average speeds, relative sizes, and stopping patterns, are uniquely unsuited to share the same space. It’s scary for the person on the bicycle and the bus driver alike.

[Keep reading at CityLab]

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Weird Cycling Gear You Should Bring on Every Ride @bicyclingmag


When heading out for a ride, most cyclists know to carry a few crucial items: food, water, a spare tube, and a pump to name a few. But experienced riders almost always have some surprising or unexpected pieces of cycling gear that they can whip out when they need to solve almost any crisis. We asked mechanics, racers, and our own editors what weird things they carry on every ride. Here are the seven most surprisingly helpful essentials we found.

Plastic Shower Cap and Surgical Gloves
Pro mountain biker and volunteer firefighter Rebecca Rusch swears by these weird but practical items. She keeps them in her seat bag and uses them to keep her head and hands dry whenever she gets caught in a cold mountain rainstorm. “They don't look pretty, but they totally work," she says.

[Keep reading at Bicycling]

The Ride from Drew Linne


The Ride from Drew Linne on Vimeo.

My senior thesis film at the Kansas City Art Institute:
Based on a true story, a father and son set a goal to complete a 100 mile bike ride (a century ride) together. Months of rigorous training lead up to the final ride in Lake Tahoe. As the ride progresses, the viewer is immersed in the beautiful scenery of the lake, and we see how the father and son are brought closer together by the shared experience.

How to Plan Your First Overnight Bike Trip @railstotrails


Photo courtesy Mark Stosberg

Bike touring is rising in popularity across the country, and for good reason. Many seasoned cyclists will tell you: There’s no better way to experience a place than by bike.
If your relationship with your bike stops at day trips, the idea of a multi-day excursion might seem intimidating! Rest easy! These simple tips can help get you on your way to your first overnighter. And we bet it won’t be your last!

First, Ask Yourself…

What distance is reasonable? Are you comfortable on gravel trails, or would you prefer a paved path? Remember, this is your trip, so cater to your own desires. FYI: With RTC’s trail-finder website, Traillink.com, you can search for trails in your region and even sort them by activity and length. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Couples' Ride from Darcy Turenne


A Couples' Ride from Darcy Turenne on Vimeo.

Specialized Medicine: The Impact of Cycling on ADHD | Singletracks

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects people of all ages worldwide and is one of the leading disorders diagnosed in childhood. The characteristic behaviors of ADHD include varying grades of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While these behaviors may seem normal for any school-age child, in diagnosed ADHD they usually present to a degree that somehow impairs cognitive, emotional, social, and/or physical function. The average age onset of ADHD is 7 years old, affecting about 11% of American adolescents with boys being 3-4 times more prone than girls. While it remains unclear what causes ADHD, perhaps more troubling is the inability to explain why the number of school-age children diagnosed with this disorder is climbing. The rate of ADHD diagnosis increased from about 3% per year from 1997 to 2006 to 5% per year between 2003 and 2011.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cyclists attack PedalPubs with squirt guns in Minneapolis; six arrested | Star Tribune

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A frame grab from a YouTube video shows bicyclists being taken down by off-duty police officers who were on a PedalPub in downtown Minneapolis.
They came armed and on bicycles, planning a “Mad Max”-style attack.
Their target was PedalPubs in downtown Minneapolis. Their weapons of choice were squirt guns and water balloons.
What they didn’t know was that there were off-duty cops among the passengers.
Two of the people-powered, 16-seat vehicles were hit Saturday in the late afternoon in the Warehouse District, said Lisa Stanplin, manager of Twin Cities PedalPubs.

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