Confidence is sharing the road with an 18 wheeler

Confidence is a Bicycle Safety Tool, Many Forget

Riding with a helmet, lights, reflectors and mirror are all good. However, after tens of thousands of miles without even having a close call with a motor vehicle, I’m no longer buying the assumption that getting hit by a car is an eventual certainty. There are many tools in my safety tool kit and today I’ll write about the single most important one: confidence.

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Tips on buying a touring, or any other bike

There are a few aspects of buying a touring or any other bike of your choice, so utterly basic that they’re often lost in the quagmire of internet-based research. This is particularly the case when browsing websites for advice on features and technical specifications, rather than stopping into your local bike shop – were you will find it is lot easier to talk about the all-important intangibles of your future riding styles, than what you would ever find on the w

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MN Bike Summit on Capitol Hill, Thursday

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, bicycle advocates and enthusiasts from throughout the state of Minnesota will once again gather in Saint Paul for the fifth annual Bike Summit on Capitol Hill to help residents of the State set the pace for the rest of the nation. If you live in Minnesota your presence is requested to educate the elected leaders of the State

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Ben Doom starts a training ride in St. Cloud, Minn., on Feb. 11, 2015, in preparation for the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational race in Alaska. (AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times, Dave Schwarz)

Bike Racing, Where Staying Warm Is Most Important

As far as fatbike racing goes, Ben Doom, from Revolution Cycle & Ski, in St Cloud, Minn. is preparing as a first-timer to the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational race in Alaska. A race so tough staying warm is the most important goal to finishing this wilderness course.

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World’s lightest (non-weird) folding bike

Given that the design incorporates hinges and locking mechanisms, folding bikes aren’t necessarily synonymous with light weight. The new Allen Sports’ Ultra X, however, tips the scales at just 18.75 lb (8.5 kg). The carbon fiber commuter may just be the world’s lightest folding bike … or at least, the lightest one that looks relatively normal.

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Tips For Bicycling After A Heart Attack

Many people realize once they’ve experienced a major health incident that they are eating the wrong things or leading a lifestyle that doesn’t include enough exercise. Getting into the saddle and taking up cycling is a wonderful form of exercise and can be particularly beneficial to those who have recently experienced major surgery. Here are a few hints and tips to help you, if considering cycling after a heart attack or other cardiac incident.

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An umbrella for your bike

After a wet spring and early summer, in many areas, last year this might be a worthwhile item to look at when getting caught out in the rain. Even the most dedicated bicycle commuter or touring cyclist could be forgiven for taking a look at this umbrella with the possibilities of staying dry. Especially with LeafxPro’s claim to cater to riders for such occasions.

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Reasons A Bicycle Can Make You Happy

From Matthew Ryan’s blog, BikeandBrain.com, we thought we would share his “5 Reasons Cycling Makes Him Happy.” In his checklist he describes our busy lives and how they frequently feel it’s getting out of control. Maybe it’s deadlines at work, issues at home or financial burdens where you feel like your a puppet on a string. His release, like many of us, is time in the saddle. An activity that can allow all of us to be in command while reestablishing a sense of control on every aspect of our lives.

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Places you maybe shouldn’t ride a bike

Last year I did a three-day tour around southern Illinois and southeast Missouri. It was beautiful fall weather and a great ride with six friends. Our path included 45 miles on the Tunnel Hill State Trail in Illinois, one of the many terrific rail-trail conversions in the United States. Then I listened to some locals suggesting a fun shortcut.

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Changing a flat bike tire in the cold

Wow, 16 degrees last night on my ride home from work and I got a flat tire. Fortunately I had just passed a community college. I was able to go inside, remove my hat and gloves and comfortably change the tube with plenty of light. In the past, I have also used a bank ATM booth to change a flat and I am looking for suggestions on places I may not have considered.

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