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Top Car-Free Bike Routes In The Midwest

by Tracy McGill •

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There’s a growing trend happening in the Midwest and across the country. With the support of local and regional governments, long distance bike routes are being converted from abandoned rail corridors in an attempt to connect a nationwide network of trails most commonly referred to as rails-to-trails. These trails are generally flat or follow a gentle grade, perfect for beginning …

Family Cycling: A Review Of Trailer Bikes For Kids

by Tracy McGill •

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Family cycling can be a fun and rewarding experience, especially for cyclists who want to share the joy of bicycling with their children. However, there are a few years, typically between the ages of 4 and 9 when family cycling becomes challenging for both parent and child. Even though they’ve outgrown the child bike seat and are riding on their …

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Best Electric Bikes For 2012

by Tracy McGill •

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The past year has seen an abundance of bike manufacturers entering into the electric bike arena with slick, lightweight and powerful bikes. Despite misconceptions, electric bikes allow commuters to increase their range safely and arrive to the office smelling fresh, while still getting exercise (yes, you still have to pedal an electric bike) and reducing their carbon footprint. They also …

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Personal Energy Generator Recharges Your Electronic Device While You Move

by Tracy McGill •

The nPower PEG (personal energy generator) by Tremont Electric wowed reviewers at the 2011 CES convention. This back-up hybrid charger allows you to keep your cell phone, iPod, or other hand-held device working while you’re on the go. By harnessing the kinetic energy that you produce through movement, then converting it into accessible power, the nPower PEG allows you to …

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Men’s Road Bikes Under $1000

by Tracy McGill •

As a follow up to the Women’s Road Bikes Under $1000, here’s one for the fellas. With road bike sales climbing daily, men everywhere are giving up their mid-life crisis sports car purchases in favor of the greener and more fitness-conscious choice of a sleek road bike. We all want to be Lance Armstrong ripping up those hills, developing some …

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Women’s Road Bikes Under $1000

by Tracy McGill •

With the popularity of triathlons and charity bike rides reaching a fevered pitch, road bike sales have sky rocketed. The thrill of flying down a hill on your bike, the wind in your…. uh, helmet of course, is not just for kids anymore. Adults are embracing the love of the bicycle once again and recognizing the benefits bikes can have …

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Wool Clothing for Biking Commuters

by Tracy McGill •

Does the idea of making that chilly morning commute dressed in wool leave you scratching like a sheep in need of a haircut?  Think again. Gone are the days of itchy wool clothing. Merino wool is not only durable, but soft and comfortable. It’s the best natural material for wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping your body temperature …

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The Best Women’s Commuter Bikes

by Kristy Harvey •

If you’re looking for a ride to work that shrinks your carbon footprint and your rear end, picking up a commuter bike is a perfect choice. With space to hold your pocket book, briefcase or even your groceries, commuter bikes work as hard as you do. Here is a rundown of the best women’s commuter bikes. For more great commuter …

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The Best Kid’s Trailer Bikes

by Justin Thomas •

Want to bring your child along on an extended bike ride? One easy way is to use a trailer bike — it’s a one-wheeled bike extension that attaches to the back of your bike. Your smaller companion can then assist you with pedaling, while you control the steering and speed. If  your child gets tired, they can just stop pedaling …

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Women’s Comfort Bikes Under $500

by Kristy Harvey •

Nothing takes you back to childhood more than hopping on a bike. Now that you’re more interested in a comfortable ride than beating your little brother to the end of the driveway, though, your old 10-speed might not cut it. Fortunately, there are a number of bikes on the market — for less than $500 — that make getting where …