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Posts made in September, 2013

Fall Weather LOL Cycle Chic

Fall Weather LOL Cycle Chic

Want to maintain your LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic when the temperatures start dropping?  Add a close fitting jacket and fashionable scarf.  You’ll look delightfully European as you tool down the avenue with your lovely scarf fluttering in the breeze behind you.  Just take care, as a lovely reader on Facebook warned me, to tie your scarf tightly around your neck and don’t leave...

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A Tale of Two Trails: The Centennial & St. Vincent Greenway Trails

A Tale of Two Trails: The Centennial & St. Vincent Greenway Trails

Saturday was a glorious day made for bicycle riding.  And Craig and I made the most of it with a 30 mile day ride along two Great Rivers Greenway (GRG) Trails: the Centennial Trail and the St. Vincent Greenway Trail.  Click here to see our route.  What a wonderful day it was!! We started off in Ferguson at 9:30am with a quick 2 mile downhill ride to the Ferguson Bicycle Shop.  Shop owner, Gerry,...

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On The Streets: Successfully Cycling With Cars

On The Streets: Successfully Cycling With Cars

It’s the main reason why more people don’t bicycle commute.  Fear of cars.  I completely understand.  I really don’t like cars at all.  I lived without one for four years.  I recently did get a little used Mini Cooper.  It’s so cute.  But there it sits in my driveway.  I only drive it a couple of times a month when I absolutely have to.  I much prefer to ride my bike....

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Google’s Bicycle Trail Maps

Google’s Bicycle Trail Maps

Whoah!  I just discovered the neatest thing!  Google has recently begun to show bicycle trails on their Google Maps.  This is a wonderful new feature that I’ll be using constantly in the future. I use Google Maps all the time while I’m planning my bicycle trips.  I hate cycling on roads with heavy traffic so I use Google to find alternate routes on quieter streets through...

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Nutcase Helmets

Nutcase Helmets

  I run into lots of folks who don’t like to wear helmets.  Let me begin this article by saying that I think helmets are NECESSARY, just as important as a seatbelt in a car.  I’ve got too many friends with cracked helmets rather than cracked noggins.  I’ve seen the helmets.  It’s true.   I had my own thank-god-I-had-my-helmet-on experience a few years ago.  I...

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Detours Bicycle Purse

Detours Bicycle Purse

Since I often bicycle to the store or to meet with my website customers, I need some way to carry my stuff that is convenient and stylish, something that I can detach from my bike and carry with me when I arrive at my destination.  I used to just use my Ortlieb handlebar bag but it wasn’t working very well for me.  It’s too big, too boxy, too ugly, and too bright yellow.  It’s...

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Weekend Bike Trip to Elsah IL – Day 2

Weekend Bike Trip to Elsah IL – Day 2

We had a fun time visiting with my brother, Mike, and wife, Cherie, on Saturday evening.  Delicious dinner at the Mississippi Half Step Restaurant in Grafton and then beers and conversation back at the B&B.  Even after dark it was too hot to sit out on the screened in porch so we just stayed in our room.  We all turned in early.  Craig and I were pretty tired after our 43 mile ride in the...

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Weekend Bike Trip to Elsah IL – Day 1

Weekend Bike Trip to Elsah IL – Day 1

  Time for another Weekend Bike Trip!  This past weekend we cycled out to Elsah Illinois and stayed in the Maple Leaf Cottage Inn B&B and then cycled back the next day. Craig made this awesome little video of highlights from our most recent weekend bike trip.  Enjoy! Our plan was to cycle a big 90 mile loop (as we like to do; we prefer loops to out-and-back routes) to Elsah and back....

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LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

Let’s face it everybody… spandex doesn’t look good on most people.  It most certainly doesn’t look good on ME.  And cycling jerseys aren’t very comfortable.  They are unfashionable at best and garishly annoying at their worst.  I’m just not going to play dress up like Bradley Wiggins (2012 Tour de France winner) and parade down the street on my big fat…...

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