Tag Archives: Tour

On tour: Taking the lane by the grassy k...

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Readers, we made the pilgrimage to Dealey Plaza. The place is an otherwise unremarkable freeway on ramp, marked with potholes that go all the way down to the underlying brick and two white “Xs” in the road marking the place where — or so we heard — a recent group of re-enactors guessed that the […]

On tour: The rental car has its revenge

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Yesterday, we returned from a pleasant lollygag by a cool river in Austin to find a terrible, terrible smell emanating from the rental car. We hurriedly unloaded everything in the parking lot until we found the culprit — faulty wiring in the trunk’s light had created sparks, igniting a smoldering fire. Imagine the relief when […]

On Tour: Fort Worth's bikeyest neighborh...

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Texas has been treating us well. We drove down to Fort Worth a day early, fleeing the tornadoes that were threatening Kansas and Oklahoma — which gave us the luxury a long, thunderstormy morning the next day for Joe and I to catch up on work email and for Joshua to get started cooking up […]

On Tour: Getting our kicks on Route 66

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The view from our venue on Route 66 Our event in Tulsa was part of the second annual “Street Cred” — a weekend-long fair that breathes new life into a decrepit former main street. This year the event was on Route 66 itself, as it passes through the Red Fork neighborhood west of town on […]

On Tour: Trouble in Tulsa, or How to Cre...

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We’re in Tulsa, where the news this past week has not been good. On Good Friday, five people on a public sidewalk were shot and three were killed; the story is that two men in a truck pulled up alongside, asked for directions, and then opened fire. Two men have been charged and there’s evidence […]

On tour: Farms and strip malls

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We’ve arrived in Leavenworth, Kansas after a week and a half of alternating between big California cities and the train. This place is fascinating — you wake up on a rural farm and drive five minutes down the road and find yourself on a highway lined with strip malls. Two minutes later you’re winding through […]

On tour: Pedaling cargo in the East Bay

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Heading to the venue with Pedal Express Just quick post from the beginning of the Dinner and Bikes tour! Our first event is tonight, a sold-out show at the Arbor Cafe in Oakland. The cafe serves coffee roasted by a company called Bicycle Coffee, and has an indoor wall rack for customers to hang their […]

How Seattle riders deal with hills

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Last weekend, Joe and I took the train up north for the giant Seattle Bike Expo. We were only there for two short days, most of which I spent either riding or talking about bikes. The highlight of the weekend by far was getting to meet and talk with dozens of people — Seattle seems […]

Bridging the bicycling gender gap

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The gender gap in cycling is alive and well, both in transportation and sports (I may have mentioned this a time or two in the past). Fortunately, there are always plenty of inspiring people ready to disregard the obstacles, tear up the stats, and bridge that gap. Two such stories broke this morning. The first […]

The year ahead in zine publishing (and s...

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Hi everyone! Thanks for checking in with this sadly neglected blog. It’ll be up and running again soon; for now, it’s high time to post a quick update about a few different professional goings-on: Zines Taking the Lane #6: Lines on the Map went off to print this week! That means it’s important to fully […]

Dinner and Bikes tour: Charming videos a...

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I’ve been continuing to book dates for the Dinner and Bikes tour this spring, and getting increasingly stoked about the places we’ll be visiting. A couple of weeks ago I posted about a few expected highlights. Since then, I’ve kept finding more reasons to be excited about the various cities we’re stopping in. Kevin Buchanan […]

Heading down South on the Dinner and Bik...

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Last fall’s Dinner & Bikes tour went so well that the three of us decided to do it again this year. This spring we’ll be headed South — from Kansas to Texas to Georgia and back again, with many stops in between. We have an emerging schedule and plan on our new tour site. Our […]

Home.

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Made it home. Tour went overwhelmingly well. The hospitality, interest, and excitement we encountered at every stop were inspiring. We met many inspiring and kind people along the way. I have loads of material to sift through. I wrote about some of the bikey highlights in an interview with myself (classy, huh?) over at Grist. […]

The fertile plains

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My latest column over at Grist is about bicycling in Las Vegas. The literal translation of Las Vegas is “fertile plains.” Looking back in light of the city’s current landscape of asphalt and gravel, the name seems tragically optimistic. But this city, like any other, has been incredibly fertile for those who were lucky, savvy, […]