Tushar Mountains Challenge

Tushar Mountains Challenge

The Tushar Mountains Challenge is a 42.3 mile out-and-back ride that starts in the southwestern Utah city of Beaver. The ride climbs into the high mountains east of the city, to the end of the paved highway, and then turns around for the return descent. The elevation ranges from 5,940 feet at the start of the ride to 10,010 feet near the turnaround point. The 20-plus miles of sustained climbing make this a challenging outing.

Why Bike Tour? – A One Way Tour Through Northern New Mexico to Four Corners Folk Festival

Why Bike Tour? – A One Way Tour Through Northern New Mexico to Four Corners Folk Festival

Just before leaving for our journey, someone asks why we are doing this ride. I begin to describe New Mexico’s brightly colored rocks, cultural mix, and geology but quickly realize that they are asking more broadly. Why bike tour and perhaps then, why this route? I do not have an easy answer. I think about it again days later, after flying to Albuquerque, reconstructing my Surly at Geoff’s, and getting a couple days into the ride.

Group Visits Minnesota to Improve Cycling in Utah

Group Visits Minnesota to Improve Cycling in Utah

On October 4th and 5th Bike Utah, thanks to generous support from QBP, lead a group of 15 Utahns on a site visit to Minneapolis, MN to learn how to improve Utah’s active transportation infrastructure. Minneapolis currently ranks as the #1 biking city in the US by Bicycle Magazine and Minnesota is ranked #2 on the League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly States ranking, Utah is ranked 13th.

It’s Light Season: It’s Time for You to Get Illuminated

It’s Light Season: It’s Time for You to Get Illuminated

I am seeing more cyclists using headlamps (the proper name for a front light), but I am still seeing a lot of riders without lights or inadequate lights. You wouldn’t drive a car without lights so why do so with a bike? The most common “explanation” I hear is that lights are “too expensive”. Have you checked out hospital rates lately? With new lights from long-time providers of bike lights, NiteRider and Light & Motion, expense shouldn’t be an excuse. Prices have dropped for high-lumen lights by more than 60%.

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