Checking the weather radar just before departing on a ride is a very good practice. But, sometimes storms can appear faster than modern technology can predict. I'd checked the weather radar repeatedly recently prior to embarking on a 30-mile ride, an out-and-back to the outskirts of Charlevoix along the Little Traverse Wheelway. There was rain … Continue reading Scene from the Wheelway – Part 2
By Eric Cox Gun metal gray rain clouds loomed over the bay. Trees swayed in a chilly, late summer breeze. A cool mist speckled car windshields all over town - less than ideal riding conditions for sure. While I could've employed the inclement weather as a suitable excuse for avoiding a ride … I didn't. … Continue reading The Regret of Rides Not Taken
If you can't tell what's wrong in the picture above, you need some help. Does your helmet look like this? Or have you had the same helmet since 1983 (or even more than 5 years old)? Or are you one of those tough guys who doesn't wear a helmet? If you answered yes to any … Continue reading Bicycle Helmets: A How-To
For many riders snow doesn't mean an end to the riding season. Whether you ride in the white stuff for recreation or commute on sloppy roads and sidewalks; your bike is going to need some extra care to survive the winter. The combination of cold, moisture (or ice), and worst of all salt can wreak havoc … Continue reading Caring For Your Bike During Winter Riding
Why settle for less?
Should you try cyclocross? Absolutely. The races are business in the front, party in the back, just like the mullet sported by US National CX Champ Stephen Hyde.
With the Emmet County Smart Commute just a few weeks away we thought it would be great to share some of our thoughts and tips about commuting by bike. Our staff has several year-round bike commuters and all of us ride to work regularly in the summer. If you would like to change your commute … Continue reading Bike Commuting Tips Part I
By Karen Wright When asked to do a blog about women's bike clinics I was happy to oblige. A big part of the women's clinics are the support and camaraderie that women share with each other. There is nothing more empowering then a group of women working together to learn and support other women in the … Continue reading The Joy of Women’s Cycling Skills Clinics
What a fun winter we’ve had, right? Zwift, fatbikes, and skiing. And Snow! But that stuff doesn’t really compare to the joy of riding outside in warm weather, i.e. not in or on snow. With the first day of Spring just behind us, that warm weather will soon be here. I’m here to give you … Continue reading Getting Back Out There!
I hope you enjoyed part I of this article. For part II I'll be writing about clothing, studded tires, and companions. Clothing, the fine art of layering I have been wearing roughly the same outfit while winter cycling for about 4 years. Seriously, check the pictures. Why? Two reasons, because it works and because it lasts. Since … Continue reading Winter Fat Biking Tips Part II