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Which Tribe is Yours?

June 17, 2012


Do you belong to “Riders of the Century” or “Those Who Chase Each Other in the Woods?” Are you a “Charity Rider” or one of those “The Mass is Critical” types? Possibly, like me, you belong to more than one tribe. Mike Magnuson, a writer¬†and a blogger for Bicycling magazine has just published a new […]

I’m a Failure at Truing a Wheel

May 18, 2012


I’m a wannabe bike mechanic and I should forewarn you that my advice and/or work can’t be trusted so please don’t ask me to help. That puts me in a very awkward situation. I’m still in the trial and error phase of my training after what . . . 10 years?? I know, I know; […]

May is National Bike Month!

April 29, 2012


National Bike Month is just around the corner. Embedded in the 31 days of May is Bike To Work Week and Bike to School Day. I’ve participated in a couple of Bike to Work Weeks in the past decade, but was surprised to learn today that Bike Month has been around since 1956! Bike to […]

Free Bikes 4 Kidz

November 25, 2011


In a recent StarTribune article I read about a fantastic program in the Twin Cities to provide free bikes to kids. Folks donate bikes they no longer use and volunteers recondition them back to a working state. Their activities get particularly intense during the holiday season for understandable reasons. So is there a problem? Well, […]

St. Olaf Bike Facilities

August 14, 2011


In a town with two colleges, folks spend a lot of time doing comparisons. It’s doubly tough for some of us with ties to both St. Olaf and Carleton like me. I work at Carleton, but I matriculated at St. Olaf. I often do MTB training at St. Olaf because it has lots of every […]

Taking Care of Business

July 25, 2011


I spend my work days on a college campus and today these are places with large numbers of bicycles. They are also home to many sick and dying bikes and I’d love to find a way to turn that reality around. Any machine with moving parts needs cleaning and lubrication to maintain efficient performance and […]