Cycling and Air Pollution

Cycling and Air Pollution

By Lou Melini I would like to respond to the Health article by Mr. Charles Pekow published in the April issue of Cycling Utah entitled Where Should You Ride to Avoid the Effects of Air Pollution. As a general statement, Mr. Pekow presented the readers a nice review of a study from Portland State University. […]

Mirrors: What You Need to Know

Mirrors: What You Need to Know

The first mirror that I ever had was metal and it curved to fit the back of my hand. Extending from this was a round mirror also encased in metal. Across the palm of my hand was an elastic strap. With a simple flick of my hand and a quick glance, I had a very good view of what was behind me.

Biking Through the ‘Hoods — Exploring Fifty American Cities by Bicycle

The first chapter discussed a bike tour through Philadelphia, up to Trenton and then returning via Camden. Having lived, worked, visited or attended school in all three of these locales, I was immediately interested in the book. Mr. Pinsky delved into the history, culture and politics of the cities he passed through along with a description of his ride.

Road to Valor is Perhaps the Greatest Cycling Story Ever

Road to Valor is Perhaps the Greatest Cycling Story Ever

If you want history, bike racing, suspense, and an almost too-good-to-be-true hero, read Road to Valor. I could have read the 240 pages in a day if I didn’t have so many responsibilities that interfered with my reading time! But don’t just read the book, read the author’s note, the prologue, and especially the epilogue. The McConnon siblings did an excellent job researching the book with 50 pages of footnotes at the end of the book. Essentially the book is about the life of Gino Bartali, the winner of 2 editions of Tour de France and 3 of the Giro de Italia.

Scott Sterzer: Family Man and Central Valley Commuter

Scott Sterzer: Family Man and Central Valley Commuter

Scott Sterzer: I started cycling in 2003 and have been a somewhat avid cyclist ever since. I’ve always set a goal to train throughout the winter, but have never been able to achieve that goal. And then last year I bought a sports car that doesn’t do too well in the snow. I have utilized mass transit for about 5 years, but had always driven my car to the bus stop. I really didn’t want to leave my new car parked on the street all winter, so I started riding my bike to the bus stop.

Overnight Bike Tours from Salt Lake City

Overnight Bike Tours from Salt Lake City

When you think of a self-supported bike tour, you probably envision riding across the state or country for a period of time. Most people have trouble getting long blocks of time off and many feel that the logistics of a big tour is daunting. Just as a hike starts with the first step, a bike tour starts with the first night. So why not just do an overnight bike tour?

The Road to Recovery from Trauma and Cancer: Dean Lang’s Journey Back to His Bike

The Road to Recovery from Trauma and Cancer: Dean Lang’s Journey Back to His Bike

In 2009, Dean Lang was one of 3 cyclists that I featured in the August 2009 issue of Cycling Utah (http://www.cyclingutah.com/august/August2009counter.html) who completed a solo ride across the United States via the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier route. Dean did the ride in early 2007 at the age of 60. On June 28th of 2010 Dean had an accidental shooting that shattered his distal femur. Shortly after the start of his rehabilitation, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The following conversation discusses Dean’s life before and after that tragic night.