Chip Seals and Bicycles – Short-term Pain for Long-term Gain?

Chip Seals and Bicycles – Short-term Pain for Long-term Gain?

Last summer, I was very glad that Salt Lake City (in contrast to the County)has had an informal policy of not chip sealing bike lanes for the past several years – a decade or more. But as we come up on this year’s construction season, Salt Lake City is, at my own request, considering changing our chip seal policy to include bike lanes.…

Seven Steps to a Smoother Riding Bicycle

Seven Steps to a Smoother Riding Bicycle

If your bike is riding well it is not necessary to take it to the shop for a full tune up before every event. It is, however, a good idea to spend a little time checking the bike over to prevent unexpected problems during the ride.…

Raising Bike Friendly Kids Part 2

Raising Bike Friendly Kids Part 2

If you are going all-in and plan on having loads of kids, like me, purchasing an adjustable tandem might be the way to go. With our Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo (pictured), I am able to adjust it to fit my six year old daughter at 4’1” and my wife at 5’3”, due to the telescoping seatpost and stem.…

It’s Just a Quick Spin

It’s Just a Quick Spin

the sickening sound one often hears when the impact of a body hitting the ground is so great, air is forced from the lungs. Ouch. Just seconds before, I was sailing along on my newly built ride, but I was brought to a quick halt. The sauntering couple in the park, along with their small dog, had somehow managed to take up all ten feet of pathway.…

Studies Examine Bicycles and Mass Transit

June 2011 - It's not news to most people that bicycling and mass transit go hand in hand to get people around. But planners and transit officials need to innovate to improve this marriage of alternative transit forms to get people from place to place.…

Ibapah Valley Ramble

Ibapah Valley Ramble

The Ibapah Valley Ramble is a 24.2-mile, out-and-back ride on Ibapah Road in extreme southwestern Tooele County. The route is from Ibapah, at the Deep Creek Pony Express Station, to Goshute (main community on the Goshute reservation) and back.…

Bikepacking the Dixie 170

Bikepacking the Dixie 170

I had been riding since 6:00 am, and had just completed a massive push from the flow of Thunder Mountain, through the barren tablelands of the Hatch-to-Panguitch ATV trail, and over the riddle of Rock Canyon.…

Why They Ride: Bike Travelers From Other Countries

Why They Ride: Bike Travelers From Other Countries

June 2011 - October of 2009 to November of 2010 was quite the extraordinary year for bicycle travelers staying at my home. Normally Julie and I host 1 or 2 travelers every year or two. In that time period, we had 11 visitors from 7 countries including one from the U.S.…

Making Utah a Mountain Bike Mecca

Making Utah a Mountain Bike Mecca

Is Utah a Mountain Bike Mecca? “Not quite” is the conclusion reached during a presentation on the topic at the 2011 Utah Bike Summit hosted April 29th by Bike Utah (bikeutah.org).…

A Women’s Guide to Utah’s Mountain Biking

A Women’s Guide to Utah’s Mountain Biking

Utah has been known for its superlative mountain biking for some time and while our state’s beloved slickrock is famous, awesome mountain biking trails can be found within just a few miles of most of our cities and towns. From island trails surrounded by the blue waters of the Great Salt Lake, to mountain singletrack with top-of-the-world views and group-friendly doubletrack near the Pink Cliffs of Dixie National Forest, Utah has some amazing places for an adventure on two fat wheels.…

Add Some Rail to Your Commute

Add Some Rail to Your Commute

When it comes to full-time bike commuting, I’m by no means an expert. It takes a pretty solid commitment to fully abandon the comforts and freedom of using a car to get to work each day.…

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