48 Hours in Minneapolis

48 Hours in Minneapolis #ridebikes #makeadventure

Minneapolis – you surprised me. I suppose now in hindsight the statistics and evidence is there to show that there is a very high bike mode share – but that is only one part of the picture. Amazing bike accommodations, from bike boulevards with auto-traffic calming measures to numerous greenways that serve both recreational and utilitarian needs. The city is flush with park space, much of it…

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Tour de Cure Thank You

On Sept 27th we held the inaugural DC Tour de Cure to support the American Diabetes Association.

Tour de Cure Thank You

On Sept 27th we held the inaugural DC Tour de Cure to support the American Diabetes Association.

Oregon Adventure Part 6

#OregonAdventure Part 6 #ridebikes #makeadventure

Welcome to the final installation of our Oregon Adventure Previous entries can be found at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

The big adventures were over (well, mostly) after Bend.  The remainder of our trip consisted of a day in Hood River, and three days in Portland. But you know what, all that I am going to tell you about Portland is that we spent most of our time effortlessly…

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Oregon Adventure Part 5

#OregonAdventure Part 5 #ridebikes #makeadventure

Welcome to Part 5 of our Oregon Adventure, the final day of full bike touring. Previous entries can be found at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

After a night in Salem we embarked on our final day of full bike touring (the rest of the trip would be more sporadic riding), but not before some awesome breakfast tacos (with vegan and gluten free options) from our host at the Century House of Salem

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Oregon Adventure Part 4

#OregonAdventure Part 4 #ridebikes #makeadventure

If you need to catch up, feel free to read  Part 1, then Part 2, and Part 3.

Leaving behind McMinnville was just a little bittersweet. Sure, adventure awaited us on our journey – but we had just met this town and I felt like we could become good friends. I suppose the mediocre espresso we had in the morning made parting easier.

With lunches procured from the local grocer, we decided to amend our…

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Oregon Adventure Part 3

#OregonAdventure Part 3 #ridebikes #makeadventure

Forgive me – it has been nearly a week since we left off the story of our Oregon Adventure. If you care to refresh yourself, go read Part 1, then read Part 2.

[Scene] Daybreak over Newberg, Oregon, population 22,400. Your intrepid adventurers awake to find that nothing has gone wrong overnight. The bikes – right were they were left. No missing parts, no mysterious failures.

To top it off, the sky…

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Oregon Adventure Part 2

Oregon Adventure Part 2

6:24pm: I was holding a pedal in my hand, but only long enough to launch it at a nearby fence.

THUD.

I could feel my blood pressure rising, the heat in my face. Curse words had little calming effect. This seriously messed up our plans.

6:27pm: Three minutes had passed. My phone battery was low, and the rental shop closed at 6pm. What the hell, maybe they’ll pick up.

Ring. Ring.

[WB] Hello.

[Me]…

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Oregon Adventure Part 1

#OregonAdventure Part 1 #ridebikes #makeadventure

10 days in Oregon – the land of beautiful scenery, craft beer, pinot noir and bikes. It would be wrong to call our August vacation a once-in-a-lifetime trip – but I certainly had been looking forward to this adventure for quite some time.

Hello Mr. Hood

Hello Mr. Hood

In a nutshell, our plan was to fly into Portland and pick up rental bikes – then cruise down the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikewayfor a few days…

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[Beer Review] Flying Dog Dead Rise

[Beer Review] Flying Dog Dead Rise

Friends, this beer wins Summer 2014. Hands. Down. When Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Maryland bottled a new summer seasonal this year they struck at the hearts, minds, and stomachs of the residents in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Though I still hold on strongly to my New England roots, the Chesapeake Bay is really the second best place there is.

But wait you say – it is late August, pumpkin…

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Four More Bikey Books Worth Reading

Two years ago I offered up four books as suggested summer reads to enjoy at the end of a long day of riding relaxing sipping a beer, on a bike-camping tour after dinner has been enjoyed, in the middle of a utilitaire under a tree in a park, and even on those days when it is just too darn hot to ride.

I’ve torn through four more books this summer – and though the season is coming to and end (at…

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