The Vagabound Life

The Vagabound Life

The hardest manmade boundaries to cross are the internal ones. The ones that we set for ourselves. How hard can you pedal? How long are you willing to suffer to see what is beyond the next corner or across the next road?…

Retirement and Cycling

Retirement and Cycling

For a number of years I have been making a bucket list of bike tours and some backpacking trips for the time after my retirement. Juggling when I retire for financial security for my family, yet being young and healthy enough for my planned excursions that will last upwards of 6 months has not been easy.…

A Cycling Culture: Utah versus The World

As I consider what I have seen and experienced in these diverse places of the world, I begin to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for where cycling is here in the Salt Lake Valley and throughout the Intermountain area.…

My Need to Ride

For nearly 35 years now I have been riding regularly. I believe my mind and body now need, indeed crave, a good ride when I go too long without one. They have become accustomed, addicted if you will, to a steady diet of riding, and all the good fitness and feelings that come from that. Without it, my world starts to unravel a little bit.…

An Ode to Coasting

An Ode to Coasting

I learned to ride a bike on one that was a bit too big for me. My dad picked it up at a yard sale somewhere and put some training wheels on it so I could ride. I couldn’t touch the ground and pedaling was a bit of a stretch.…

And . . . BAM!!

On April 19th, I rode the Salt Lake Marathon Bike Tour. I really enjoy these rides associated with marathons where you ride the marathon course in advance of the runners. This year’s ride will always be especially memorable, thanks to the bad fall I took on my bike.…

Catching Up with Utah Pro Tayler Wiles

Catching Up with Utah Pro Tayler Wiles

Tayler Wiles has come a long way in a short time. Though not picking up the sport of cycling until after she’d graduated from Murray High School in 2007, Wiles rapidly progressed through the local racing scene and quickly found herself racing in the world’s biggest races against the best cyclists on the planet.…

Sarai Snyder: Empowering Women via The Pedal

Sarai Snyder: Empowering Women via The Pedal

Utah had the pleasure this April of hosting women’s cycling advocate Sarai Snyder, founder of the website Girl Bike Love (girlbikelove.com) and the worldwide CycloFemme ride (cyclofemme.com). As one of the speakers at the 2014 Utah Bike Summit on April 25, she treated the audience with a presentation titled “The Power of the Pedal.”…

Resolving Conflict in Emigration Canyon

Resolving Conflict in Emigration Canyon

Salt Lake County Council was considering having a bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature which would require all bicyclists riding in any canyon in Utah to ride single file. The idea and impetus for this legislation came from the Emigration Canyon Community Council (ECCC), and arose from the longstanding simmering tension between motorists and bicyclists in Emigration Canyon.…

Cyclists Must No Longer Be Treated as Second Class Citizens

many of these accidents result in death, maiming and severe injuries to the defenseless while drivers seldom get charged is an indictment of the level of privilege society has awarded motor vehicles: if you have a driver’s license you have a license to kill.…

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