Europe Trip – Arrival in Amsterdam – Bikes and Beer

Last week Beth and I returned from our first bike touring trip together. We packed up our bikes, flew to Amsterdam and rode through the Netherlands to Bruges Belgium and then on the Ghent and Antwerp before hopping a train to spend the last few days of our trip in Paris. By all accounts (most importantly [...]

Mid winter blues and big bike trip plans

It has been an epically cold and snowy winter here in MN and despite getting my All City Macho Man shod with studded tires I have not logged nearly enough miles to prepare for our upcoming tour of Holland, Belgium and France. As it turns out this would have been the perfect winter to get [...]

-17 Fahrenheit

That was the temp today when I had a moment of clarity regarding cycling through the winter...this winter in particular being an example of just how dedicated one would need to commute via bike in MN through the entire year. Since my mate Michael Colville Anderson was waxing poetic about the virtues of his fellow [...]

Seriously?

Having read grant Petersons excellent book Just Ride last week I have come to realize that I have in some ways I have taken my cycling far too seriously. As a former racer and something of a bike industry legend Peterson has a lot to say about cycling, it's culture, norms and place within society, [...]

An advocates dilemma

For most of my adult life I have been both a cyclist and an activist, although I've only recently put the two together thanks to the new found inspiration from my amazing partner Beth. Not only does she inspire me but her natural wisdom somehow permeates my unusually thick skull even when I do my [...]

Weekend Rides

I spent a fair bit of time biking as well as working on the bikes this weekend so I have a few things to report, including a new addition to the stable, but more on that later... First off I saw this very Rakish Ride parked in downtown Minneapolis on Friday afternoon. It appears to [...]

Inspired in Denver

Today was an inspiring day for this rakish rider. I was in Denver this morning and after a little research decided to take a walk and check out Chocolate Spokes, which turned out to be a truly inspirational experience. The founder of Chocolate spokes is Gregory Crichlow, formerly an architect he became a bike shop [...]

The Rakish Ride Hierarchy of Travel Theory

In our first week of having it the Xtracycle has been used on at least 4 journeys that would have otherwise required a car. While we may have only saved a few gallons of gas and a tiny amount of greenhouse gasses so far the benefits go well beyond this. I felt awesome yesterday when [...]

The #1 biking city in America – Minneapolis

My home town of Minneapolis is about as close to a cyclists paradise as one could find in a major US metro area. Mainly because you can get just about anywhere in the city on dedicated bike paths and boulevards and when you do have to share the road, car traffic respects the cyclists right [...]

Test ride complete, planning for the epic tour begins…

Today Beth and I rode 40 miles, which is her longest ride ever. She handled it with no problems and is almost as excited as I am about the epic European cycling trip we are planning. We'll see how she feels tomorrow morning...there is talk of signing up for Spin classes. If all goes to [...]

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