Six top winter cycling tours Dec03

Six top winter cycli...

Seeing the world by bike is one of my preferred methods of travel.  Pedaling through a town allows ample opportunities to stop on a whim and take in the real flavor of a place.  Not only beneficial for your health, it’s great for the planet when you leave the gas hog parked and do your...

Five little gems to discover on the NW coast of Ireland Aug20

Five little gems to discover on the NW coast of Ir...

The Wild Atlantic Way seems to go on forever, but it obviously has to start somewhere. That some where’s northern-most point is Malin Head where the ocean has worn deep crevices into the headlands.  Hell’s Hole, shown here, accentuates the surf as it fills and recedes, providing a constant concert with the sounds of the many birds that flock here from Iceland, Greenland and beyond. Following the Wild Atlantic Way south, you’ll drive along the eastern side of Lough Swilly, a glacial fjord that separates Inishowen Peninsula from Fanad Peninsula. At its southern tip is Letterkenny, where the road turns north again and takes you past beautiful...

e-Bikes take to the ...

by Doug Bardwell They’ve been doing it in China for over 20 years. Europe followed suit shortly after. Now America is joining the party, and could be on a trajectory to once again be one of the world leaders.  We’re talking about electric bikes and their growing popularity. Background of E...

Four great new gadge...

[ Guest post by Kristen Bean] Hammerhead Navigation: Hammerhead World’s first smart and social bike navigation system uses bright LEDs to indicate turn-by-turn directions, and allows you to upload favorite bike routes Compact elegant device affixes to handlebars to conveniently guide bike...

Biking to a winery? ...

With fall approaching, there’s nothing more relaxing than taking a bike ride to a winery for an afternoon outing. From Maine to California, there’s no lack of beautiful country to bike through, and whether you head for a winery, or pack your own wine and cheese, you’ll want to plan adequately...

Top 6 bike rack type...

There are 6 types of bike racks – each with their own pros and cons.  Choose from hitch bike racks, roof bike racks, trunk/rear mount, motor home, truck bed or spare tire bike racks. Our good friends from BikeRackShops.com have come up with a handy infographic to help with your...

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from the air May30

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from th...

Sun Moon Lake has been drawing tourists since 1999, when it was reconstructed into a National Scenic Area after a major earthquake. It is now a 9,000 hectare vacation mecca for Taiwanese and international tourists alike. The largest alpine mountain lake in all of Taiwan, it’s perfectly located at almost the geographical center of the island. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, every direction you look can be a photo opportunity. Rising from 600 meters to 2,000 meters, the hills offer hiking and biking opportunities as well as wonderful overlooks. Approximately a dozen hiking trails of short to moderate distances offer something for...

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attractions May28

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attraction...

Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail Midway down the eastern shoreline of Taiwan is the city of Hualien.  It’s just a short, under-an-hour flight from Taipei and you’ll find yourself next to lush green hills that parallel the seashore. This makes a perfect setting for the Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail. The trail isn’t very long. It can be ridden one-way in about an hour. To the north is a fishing operation where people come to watch large fishing boats transfer their catch to smaller Zodiacs who then rush their loads to the beach. A waiting construction road grader catches their ropes and pulls them up onto the beach. From here, the fish are loaded on...

Biking around Taiwan May23

Biking around Taiwan

Back in Taiwan, in search of some of their most beautiful biking and sightseeing areas. Hit the subscribe button (on the right) and get all the posts for the next week with slideshows of all the sights.   Our first stop was Taipei City where a network of bike paths ply all corners of the...

Outdoor adventures i...

While many people equate South Dakota with Mount Rushmore and the Badlands, there’s a whole lot more there if you saunter over to the southeast side of the state.  Sioux Falls is the state’s largest city and just a one-day drive from Chicago, St. Louis, Winnepeg or Denver.   Central to...

The Great Allegheny Passage for bikers and hikers Sep03

The Great Allegheny ...

Bike Pittsburgh to Rockwood to Cumberland and back in a long weekend, and discover the best in small-town America. Looking for a bike trail where you can ride in natural surroundings? A path you can follow without resorting to maps or GPS? Maybe you want a path where you can find unique rest...

Across Canada with H...

I was just introduced to Hincapie cycling apparel this year, but this last journey made me a lifelong convert. My plans included biking five Canadian cities; Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Jonquiere. I had 10 days to get in as much riding as possible. Not being a real “hard core”...