Well, if it's winter where you are, you may be tempted to simply put away your bike for the season. Other riders find ways to stay on the bike through the season. As long as you don the right amount of clothes through smart layering, and keep your feet warm using a variety of tricks experienced cyclists have developed over the years, there is no reason you can't be out riding.
- Tricks To Keep Your Feet Warm in Cold Weather Riding
- Readers Respond: Keeping my feet warm - what works for me.
- Smart Layering to Stay Warm in Cold Weather
- How to Store Your Bike for the Winter
So are you challenged with a gift list that includes a cyclist and you just don't know what to get? Here is a list of some great cycling-related gift ideas that will put a smile on the face of any bike rider.
- 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Bikers
- Best Gifts for Bikers under $25
- Best Gifts for Bikers 2012
- Bike Commuter Essentials
- Get a Great Deal on a Kids Bike
- Best Gifts for Bikers 2011
If the coming holidays have you thinking about all the great foods associated with this time of year, Clif Bar has your cravings taken care of, at least when it comes to fueling yourself on bike rides.
While it might not be the same as pulling up a chair to the table at Granny's Thanksgiving dinner, the new seasonal flavors just introduced -- including Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread, and Pecan Pie -- will have you thinking you're at least getting into the festive holiday mood. Even if it's 30 degrees and your feet are cold.
I've tried all three and they are great -- if nothing else, a welcome change-up from usual taste. Plus nutrition content is good. 240 cal on the Spiced Pumpkin Pie for instance. 45 g carbs; 8 g protein and only 4.5 g fat.
- Best Ways to Refuel after a Ride
- Nutrition for Cyclists
- What Mountain Bikers (Should) Eat
- Clif Bar Nutrition Information
- Staying Warm in Cool Weather Riding
- Smart Tricks for Keeping Your Feet Warm
- Ways to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging
Women athletes -- both those who compete and those just enjoy vigorous exercise for its own sake-- often wonder what pregnancy will do to their ability to continue training. In this great Q&A session with Dr. Kristina Pinto, we discuss the truth about exercise both during and after your pregnancy and what you can expect.
- Fitness for Pregnancy
- Exercise And Pregnancy, Postnatal Exercise
- Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby
- Pregnancy FAQs
Adventure Cycling invites you to enter your most stunning photos that highlight the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel in its 5th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.
The winner's image will be printed in the March 2014 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine and be featured on Adventure Cycling's website. The first place winner will also receive a two-year membership with Adventure Cycling and a $100 gift certificate to the Cyclosource store. Plus, each year winning photos are featured in the annual Adventure Cycling calendar.
Follow this link to learn more and submit your photos. Submissions accepted through November 30, 2013.
What is Cranksgiving? It's a combination bike ride/food drive that commonly occurs this time of year in Canada and the U.S.
Follow this link to learn more about what Cranksgiving is and how it got started. Or check out this list of Cranksgiving events on the calendar for this month and see if there is one scheduled near you.
- What Cranksgiving and how did it get started?
- List of Cranksgiving events in the U.S. and Canada
- Great bike events you don't want to miss
In 1890, shortly after graduating from Washington University in St Louis, two young Americans, Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben, set off to circle the globe on new-fangled "safeties", the prototype of the present-day bicycle. They were also equipped with another remarkable novelty: the compact Kodak film camera.
On Wednesday, November 13, historian David Herlihy will present a selection of the images these men captured on their trip, which were recently scanned from fragile nitrate negatives. The presentation will take place at the Rapha Cycle Club at 64 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY.
Herlihy is an award winning author of books on cycling and its history. His first book, Bicycle: The History, was selected by Outside magazine as "The Best Book Ever" about bicycles and it won the Sally Hacker Prize of the Society for the History of Technology. It also won the Award for Excellence in the History of Science from the Association of American Publishers. Herlihy's most recent book, The Lost Cyclist, tells the story of another young American, Frank Lenz, who disappeared trying to cycle around the world in 1892. The Lost Cyclist includes the story of Allen and Sachtleben as well, because it was Sachtleben who returned to Turkey in 1895 to try to discover what happened to Lenz.
A book signing will follow the talk, and both books will be available for purchase.
Follow this link for more details and registration information. Please note that advanced registration is required.
- Bikes: an illustrated history
- Best Bike Jokes of All Time
- Essential Bike Commuter Gear
- Choose the Right Bike for You
The Rat Patrol is a group of cyclists who make tall bikes and other Frankenbikes. There are chapters in Chicago, Nashville and Milwaukee, and even some international Rats.
I saw this photo of a "retro-direct" bike on a recent message from the Chicago group email list. I had to read a little more to understand what and how it works. But now that I know a bit more, it's way cool.
Basically, a retrodirect bike uses two different freewheels that rotate in opposite directions and two different sized sprockets, so that when you pedal forward the normal way the bike is in one gear, and when you pedal backward the bike is still propelled but in another gear. There is only one chain.
Of course I want one now. Weird bike stuff is cool.
Thanks to Kristin Tieche/Vélo Vogue for use of the photo.
I'm not a crazy Hollywood guy, but I love anytime that photos pop-up of movie stars and other famous people riding around on bikes.
Most recent among these are a recent collection of shots of Rachel McAdams cruising around on two wheels compiled by our friends at theurbandcountry.com. And though she's had success with movies such as The Notebook, Wedding Crashers and The Time Traveler's Wife, McAdams choses to live in her hometown of Toronto rather than with all the glitter in La-La Land. And riding her bike is part of her whole normal person life.
From an interview with The Scotsman.com:
"I like living where we have socialised health care. I don't have to own a car. I can ride my bike around the city and I can potter about in my garden. The longer I'm there, the fewer reasons I have to leave," she shrugs.
There are lots of reasons to like Rachel McAdams. Riding a bike and living like a normal person are just two of the main ones.
- Rachel Adams rides a bike in Toronto
- Stars on Bicycles -- Famous People Riding Bikes
- Best Bike Jokes of All Time
- Best Bike Quotes
- Funny Bike Photos
There is no better way to see the country than from the seat of a bike. And the preeminent bike touring organization in the United States is the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), both for the outstanding series of bike route maps it produces as well as with the bike tours it organizes each year.
The ACA has just announced its 2014 tour schedule, featuring more than 80 tours from which to choose, so whether you're looking to push yourself on an epic adventure, enjoy a fully supported tour, or simply get started as a bicycle traveler, there is something that will be a fit for you.
- Adventure Cycling Association's 2014 tours
- Is a Bike Tour right for me?
- Bike Tour Packing List
- Katy Trail bike tour journal
- Off-Road Bike Touring 101 - "bike packing"