Monthly Archives: May 2011

Memorial Day Ramble

Memorial Day weather did not disappoint.  It officially launched us into summer with sunshine and temps above 90 degrees.  It was perfect weather for me to suck wheel on the 3rd Annual Ronsta Ramble.  I have never been on Ron Stawicki’s 70 … Continue reading

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Beer, Brats, Bikes and Trains

My buddy John is a writer in Chicago who walks, bikes and takes transit everywhere he goes.  He recently wrote a bit about riding across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  The nice weather today got me dreaming about my own … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to the Velveteen Rabbit

It hardly seems that long ago, but it was just last Memorial Day that I took what I thought was going to be the last long ride on my old Trek 620 before I sold it. I tentatively dipped my toe into the … Continue reading

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Podcast of Interview with Yours Truly

Mark Metcalf from Third Coast Digest interviewed me about all things bicycle last week.  You can listen to the Podcast here.  Readers who don’t know me personally can hear my true Milwaukee accent and read future post with a bit more authenticity. … Continue reading

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Cyclology of Guilt

I am a member of an email listserv for the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.  It is an extremely helpful resource for me at work. Recently there was a thread about people who wear bright clothing at night.  It was kind of technical … Continue reading

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More Davy Wonka and the Wisconsin Ranking

As I mentioned in my previous wonky post, the League of American Bicyclists gave Wisconsin a D grade in infrastructure for their bicycle friendly state evaluation.  Most states actually received an F, and all for the same reason: states are … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Slips to #3: Explained

As Tom Held reported in his Off the Couch blog, the League of American Bicyclists released the 2011 ranking of Bicycle Friendly States and Wisconsin has dropped from #2 to #3. Washington remains at the top, but Maine edged past us into second … Continue reading

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DIY Ten Buck Pannier: Ortlieb Beware!

This guest post is from regular reader, sometimes contributer, year-round commuter, transiteer and Milwaukee all-rounder Dave Steele.  Dave showed me his DIY pannier, and I was quite impressed.  Thanks for sharing your project Dave.  It opens up a whole new world of innexpensive pannier … Continue reading

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By popular demand: Gary Poppins v. Lance Armstrong

My post last Friday was intended to make a point about the Mary (Gary) Poppins effect, not about what I was wearing.  I used a tale about the comments I got on my outfit on Friday to make a point, not to show off … Continue reading

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Mary Poppins or Pink with Red Gingham

Yesterday a woman I work with told me “Ya know, pink doesn’t go with red.” I was asking her to do a traffic study of the new S. 2nd complete street makeover when she offered this bit of fashion advice. … Continue reading

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