Sardinia: Emperor’s Retreat and Cyclist’s Dream

The island of Sardinia is part of Italy and located in the Western Mediterranean, just to the south of the island of Corsica and to the west of Italy proper. Being removed from Italy physically the island has developed its own unique culture (as well as dialects) over the thousands of years that it has…


Cycling the Mississippi

The Mississippi River is probably most famous for being the setting of some of Mark Twain’s most famous books such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. Born on the banks of the river, the writer spent much of his life there and even got his pen name from a term used the…


Cycling: my earliest (and best?) memory

Some of my friends have—or since I’m a bit sceptical let me say claim to have—memories from when they were two or three years old. I suppose it’s possible, though with the way my memory work that feels like an unreal occurrence. Most of my memories start when I went to school round the age…


Environmentalism and the bicycle

When bicycles first appeared in the late 1800s the Industrial Revolution was fully underway. Bikes allowed factory workers to get quicker into cities and allowed people to work at a factory in places they didn’t live. Unlike horses bikes didn’t require food nor did they take up so much space. In quite a few ways…


The 19th century bicycle and how it changed!

Whether it’s used as transpiration or leisure the bicycle is a major part of our lives these days. The bicycle is an invention that coincided perfectly with the Industrial Revolution, as it met the growing needs of people to go farther away in a shorter amount of time, and in a way it predicted the…


Bike races: not just for the 20th and 21th centuries

People are always talking about the Tour de France or Tour de Italy when races are discussed. These challenging races are possibly the most famous and prestigious races in the world of professional (and even amateur cycling), and there are some of the only cycling races that are followed by people who really don’t care…


The unlikely story of how I started cycling

I was reluctant to start cycling years ago. There little that drew me to the sport: a sore backside, chaffing clothes in sensitive areas, burning muscles (though to which sport doesn’t that one apply?), profuse sweating, a hefty amount of equipment I would need to buy. And for what? All for a being able to…


A guide to the different types of bikes

With the cost of bicycles reaching well into the thousands (regardless of what currency you use for the purchase), it’s critical to know what the various types of bikes out there on the market. While there are numerous magazines and other publications available that deal exclusively with all the various styles of bike, this is…


Some Entertainment After Safe Ride

Hey you River City folks how about some entertainment after that safe ride? We are so blessed in this city with good free entertainment. During the past several summers I have found outdoor free concerts to be something I always looked forward to and enjoyed. Outdoors in the (sometimes) cool evening air listening to great…


Study Shows Athletic May Risk Low Bone

HEalth

Health Alert! (I and a riding buddy were both diagnosed with osteopenia early detection may prevent serious problems Ron Jackson) Also see the newly released recommendations from the Osteoporosis Foundation: http://www.nof.org/news/pressreleases/Clinician_Guide_release.htm Below posted with the permission of Missouri University Study Shows Some Athletic Men May Risk Low Bone Density Oct. 15, 2007 Story Contact: …