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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Leatherman Tread: 25 tools you wear on your wrist

Katy Trail Missouri

The Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri.  (Use this link if you're looking for the Dallas Katy Trail).  Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead.  After leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana. 

America's longest "rails-to-trail" project, formerly the MKT rail line, is flat and scenic.  It's ideal for hiking, running, or cycling on just about any kind of bike. Horseback riding is also allowed on a 35 mile section of the trail, from Sedalia to Clinton.  Also, the Katy Trail's Tebbetts-Portland section now allows equestrian use. 

Many cross-country cyclists include the Katy Trail in their tours.  It is part of Adventure Cycling's Lewis & Clark route, as well as the American Discovery Trail.  

Runners love to use the Katy Trail for Long Slow Distance runs, because it's flat, scenic, and the crushed limestone trail surface is easy on your legs.  The only drawback is that there are long distances without access to water, so runners and hikers might need to carry your their water.  Or simply plan your excursion along parts of the trail where the towns offering water, groceries, or vending machines are not too far apart.  For example, Defiance and Matson are only 1.5 miles apart, and Peers and Marthasville are 2 miles apart.  Lots of towns are about 5 miles from the next town.  

Visit the FAQ Page for more general trail information.  Or, dive right in and start planning your ride -- check out the towns and services along the trail, or build your own customized list of just the towns and services that interest you.

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Physically Separated Bike Lanes from STREETFILMS

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Provide feedback for Pedal Instead @pedalinstead @yaybikes #letsride

This year Pedal Instead will get a major upgrade. With support anticipated from the Ohio EPA, Yay Bikes! plans to maximize Pedal Instead’s vast (vast!) capacity to educate the general public about bicycling for transportation. To help us better understand how Pedal Instead is currently utilized as a source of bicycle-related information, we have created a short survey. Regardless of how much or little you encountered Pedal Instead during 2014 (heck, regardless of whether you know what Pedal Instead even is), please take a quick minute to fill it out and forward it to the people in your local networks. Thanks a thousand times!

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OUT THERE | Chas on the Pacific Coast

Cycling The Icefields Parkway #letsride

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kona Rove 2015 #letsride @konaworld

The Rove is a relative anomaly in the drop-bar world. We tap into our cyclocross heritage and touring background to come up with a frame design that lives somewhere in the middle. Not quite a CX race bike and not quite a full-on touring rig, the Rove is a bike designed for riding just about everywhere. We use slightly longer chainstays than our CX race geometry to provide more tire clearance and a little more stability. The rear dropout is drawn with racks and fenders in mind. We chose a SRAM X9 Type 2 rear derailleur to provide an even more rugged drivetrain and while eliminating drivetrain snafus. The 160mm front and rear rotors provide ample stopping power for long descents. Make sure you bring plenty of edibles because the Long Sweet Road just got way sweeter.


Ferriots of Fire West Side Adventure Ride 01192015 #letsride #gravel #coffeeoutside

11 cyclists. 31 miles. Temps in the 30's and 40's. Sunny for most of the ride. Seen today - Battelle Darby Metro Park, horse track and training facility, bison, Civil War cemetery, Sasquatch sighting. Coffee outside. Great ride!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Somerset Chupacrabra Gravel Grind 011715 #letsride #gravelgrind #coffeeoutside

27 miles. 3400 ft climbing. 17+ cyclists. A couple of icy roads. One ice rink road. Most everyone fell down at least once. Lunch and coffee outside at the lake. Brian blew up his rear derailleur at the end of the ride. Thanks to Mike for organizing.