I used to enjoy cross country skiing… Now my hips and back complain when I trot up the hills, so I bike all winter in Minneapolis.
Winter biking is simply a matter of dressing in layers and not leaving much skin exposed. Wicking layers next to your body and wool on top of that. I don’t have the budget for ventented biking shell… so I…[Read more]
Like others – the speed is the issue. In Minneapolis I am seeing more and more of these. The congested bike paths around the city lakes have a speed limit of 10 mph. It is rarely enforced – but in my opinion if a rider wants to ride 15-20+ miles per hour it is time to ride on the road in the bike lanes or with cars… I would like to see a…[Read more]
I have switched from coffee to tea and am wondering where I may be able to find a reliable source for hot water on RAGBRAI. I am also considering bringing my own blend of oatmeal and dried fruit for breakfast – creating a need for hot water. Many of the breakfast options are not very heart healthy and am considering additional options.
All riders should look at http://bicyclesafe.com/ to see the most common ways to get hit on your bike- and avoid them. I ride 5000 miles per year (year round)- mostly in the Minneapolis area and have encountered nearly all scenarios listed. I review this several times a year. The only bike accidents have been in the winter (did not involve…[Read more]
All riders should look at http://bicyclesafe.com/ to see the most common ways to get hit on your bike- and avoid them. I ride 5000 miles per year (year round)- mostly in the Minneapolis area and have encountered nearly all scenarios listed. I review this several times a year. The only bike accidents have been in the winter after a light…[Read more]
Big thanks for the responses! I hope other readers have benefited from your responses as much as I have!
I purchased several quick dry long sleeve tops ($10 on Amazon) and rode on a 94 degree day with dewpoint of 65). Quite comfortable when moving- but warm when stopped in the sun (as nearly all jerseys of tops would be). No sunburn…[Read more]
Despite my best efforts I have finished the last 3 RAGBRAI tours with severe sunburn on my face & lips.
As I have found out the hard way – I am – in my Dr’s description a “salty sweater”. I need to drink 2 ozs of pickle juice, take noon tablets and consume 2 or more bananas every day to ward off cramps at night.
I concur with Kens statements regarding music at bottlenecks & towns…
I have to say that I tire of the uptempo dance music though…. May motivate train members but it gets tiring after a while to myself. How about some variety? Vivaldi – 4 seasons , Willy Nelson, BB King, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raait would be fantastic on the open road!…[Read more]
You don’t need a $2000 fat tire bike for winter riding on urban area bike paths. The salt & sand WILL trash your drive train after 2 seasons. Studded tires are nearly mandatory & are $500 for a pair for fat tire .
If you are wanting to ride on mt bike tails or deep snow – yes by all means get a fat tire bike. Most northern cities…[Read more]