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Possum on the Trail and Jesus on the Metro

Possum on the Trail and Jesus on the Metro

I volunteer one morning a month at the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis.  I’ve been maintaining their website for several years and have been amazed at what this little school in East St. Louis is accomplishing. 100% of their graduates finish high school and 95% enroll in college.  Those are amazing numbers for that area.  I wanted to help!  So one Friday morning every...

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Bern Helmets

Bern Helmets

Well I’ve been super busy at work and haven’t posted here in a while.  But don’t think for one minute that I’ve been hibernating during this arctic winter.  Nope!  I’ve been out there on my bike several times a week even when the temps have dipped down into the teens and windchill has been below zero. So it just happens that the year I decide to bike all winter long...

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Our Next Bicycle Tour: Chicago Trails Loop 2014

Our Next Bicycle Tour: Chicago Trails Loop 2014

Two months have now passed since our grand European bicycle tour in the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. And we are already itching for another!  Our next tour will need to be a bit closer to home due to cash and vacation time constraints SO we’ve elected to do a 200 mile loop in the Chicago area over six days in September 2014.  Craig and I have been throwing around the idea of a...

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Cycling Below Freezing

Cycling Below Freezing

Alright I have a confession… all my LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic fashion sense goes out the window when the temps dip below freezing.  When frostbite becomes a serious possibility I am only concerned about one thing: STAYING WARM.  So does this mean that I park my bike until it gets warmer?  NO WAY!  I simply eschew the cute little jackets and skirts in favor of more heavy duty cold weather...

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Planning Your Commute

Planning Your Commute

I’ve been a bicycle commuter for years now and it seems like a normal lifestyle to me.  I am aware, however, that to most people this way of travel is considered unusual… around these parts anyway.  But there are also lots of folks out there who really WANT to try bicycle commuting but they just don’t know where to start.  So here’s the process I go through when planning...

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Winter LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

Winter LOL (Little Old Lady) Cycle Chic

It’s getting colder out there.  Time to put away the bicycle?  I THINK NOT!!!  Don’t pile on the flab this winter.  KEEP CYCLING!!!  You’ll feel better and if you spend time outside regularly, you won’t get cabin fever during those dreary winter months. With proper layering, there’s no reason why we can’t cycle all winter long.  The first couple of...

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Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pads

Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pads

It’s camping weather out there!!  When the leaves turn bright colors and the air gets brisk, Craig and I start itching for a nice fall bicycle tour.  We’ve been bike touring for many years and after much experimentation we’ve finally fine tuned our camping gear to perfection. Camping and sleeping comfortably on our bike tours is a top priority. Long gone are the days when I...

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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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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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