Why We Ride

Why We Ride

This year I’ve lined up at the start line of several mountain bike races, and every time I have felt the same brooding dread deep in my gut. “Why am I doing this?” Bike racing hurts. It exposes us for who we really are. There is no place to hide. The naked truth is revealed for all to see, and to mock. Our weaknesses are isolated and uncovered, and our most private pain is made unflatteringly public. “Why am I doing this?”…

Utah’s Saturday Cycles Wins 2012 Silver Bicycle Friendly Business Award; Boise’s Ada County Highway District and Idaho Mountain Touring Also Take Silver

The folks in the Boise area sure know how to get credit for improving bicycling conditions in their community. They are winning incredible recognition from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Bicycle Friendly America programs. Not only was Boise State University not satisfied with its bronze medal won last year (the fourth highest ranking) that it reapplied and moved a notch above and won silver ranking this year (see May 2012 issue) but two other employers in the area won Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) awards in the spring announcement.…

Recap of the 2012 Utah Bike Summit

The 2012 Utah Bike Summit: Bike Elevated presented by Bike Utah kicked off Thursday night with a small fundraising event Light Up the Night at Uinta Brewery which gave guests an opportunity to chat one on one with Friday’s keynote speaker, Randy Neufeld of Chicago, Director of the SRAM Fund and Gary Sjoquist from QBP in Minneapolis, two national bike advocates.…

Cycling for Pleasure

My personal trainer calls me an unrepentant recreationalist. I love to play tennis, golf, fly fish and cycle but I truly do not care whether I win or lose. I enjoy whatever I am doing without expectation. I usually do not win; when I do I laugh.…

You Can’t Ride a Bike to Alaska – It’s an Island

Some passages from the book are as relevant today as 30 years ago: “The mosquitoes at Mighty Moe’s Campground were magnificent as far as mosquitoes go.” We woke up to a brilliantly sunny 31F morning, on July 9.” “After a few miles, the road turned to gravel. We would essentially be on gravel roads for the next 1300 miles.”…

My Green Campaign

My Green Campaign

To me, the primary purpose of the bicycle is transportation, in its purest, cleanest, and most efficient form. Through the sport of cycling, we get to pedal great distances through cities, and over mountains, winning the battle against gravity and resistance. However, my profession as a professional cyclist is ironically one of the most difficult to commute to by bike.…

WFRC Forms Active Transportation Committee

The Wasatch Front Regional Council through its Regional Growth Committee (RGC) is creating an Active Transportation Committee comprised of elected officials and other interested parties.…

Kamas: Could this be a Great Place to Bike Commute? Kerry Lambert Thinks it is

Kamas: Could this be a Great Place to Bike Commute? Kerry Lambert Thinks it is

Kamas is a small town in Summit County, 16 miles from Park City, and is the gateway to the Western Uinta Mountains. It has several main roads and many back roads that are sometimes frequented by cyclists looking to get out of the Salt Lake smog in winter and the heat of summer. Fifty-Eight year-old Kerry Lambert lives and bike commutes in Kamas.…

The Art Of Getting Back Up

As a college sophomore and member of Drexel's Cycling Team, Doug was training on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia when a pickup truck pulling an ATV plowed into him. The driver fled the scene and left Doug alone and seriously injured. He doesn't know how long he was in the street before help came.…

Silence Those Disc Brakes

Silence Those Disc Brakes

One of my companions did find one thing to complain about though, his disc brakes. Apparently they are always making some sort of noise. When the brakes are disengaged they go “ching, ching, ching,” and when they are engaged, they often make a high pitched squealing sound. These would be the two most common complaints that riders have about disc brakes.…