February 21, 2013

Training for the Birkie by Bike

by Peter Herreid
Numerous Madisonians have been training all winter to race from Cable to Hayward, WI in the Birkebeiner Ski Marathon this Saturday. Many of Madison's competitive skiers also race road bikes. Spandex clothing stretches across both sports and seasons, as well. Fortunately, you don't need to race or don full-body spandex to bike or ski. 

February 20, 2013

Bike Tow

"Shelly, please!" My brother, Kevin, was pleading with his bike for most of our ride. He was having issues with the chain, which eventually snapped and fell off. Luckily, we were within a quarter mile of our destination. My bike has always been something of a workhorse, whether piled with laundry, groceries, or carrying a person perched on the rear rack. This was the first time it acted as a tow truck, though.

February 14, 2013

Madison's Bike Boulevards and You

When biking around Madison, you likely have noticed certain streets were upgraded for bicyclists with sharrows and signed as “bike boulevards,” such as on E. Mifflin St., Main St. and Kendall Ave. A bicycle boulevard is a street with low traffic speeds and low vehicular traffic volumes where the movement of bicycles is given priority. Bike boulevards work as a good alternative to bike lanes on quieter streets, which are typically too narrow for bike lanes.

February 6, 2013

Cabs with Bike Racks Got Your Back

I love biking in the snow! It's a great way to enjoy winter weather, work your core, achieve ultimate bike balance skills, and have an outdoor adventure. It's a blast on the bike path, but not fun on a busy road during a heavy snowfall, even if it is designated as a bike route. Motorists have less visibility, less control, and are not as mindful of bicyclists sharing the road. You may also encounter a vocal jerk who will announce himself by rolling down a window and yelling, “Idiot!”