UI grad student builds bamboo bike, rides across Iowa

For the past seven months, University of Iowa graduate student and Fulbright Scholar Vanessa Fixmer-Oraiz has been working on building a bamboo-frame bicycle to ride in RAGBRAI to raise awareness about the effects of global climate change on rural bamboo-craft communities in the Philippines. She hopes her trip, which she calls the “Bamboo on New […]

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National Bicycle Tourism Conference heads to Coralville


Each year, the Bicycle Tour Network encourages bicyclists of all kinds to come together for its National Bicycle Tourism Conference (NBTC), a nationwide event for fellow enthusiasts — both professional and amateur — to engage with industry experts in a series of lectures, group discussions and networking opportunities. This year’s conference takes place in Coralville […]

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The Hops: Gears and beers

Gears and Beers

For Ray Bennett, an avid bicyclist and 27-year RAGBRAI veteran, it is always nice to have a destination at the end of a long, hot bike ride with friends—especially a destination with cold beer. Bennett, who lives in North Liberty, notes that “if you ride 15 or 20 miles, you might want to stop and […]

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Sporting Life: Local bike pros offer RAGBRAI training tips

On Saturday, Jan. 26th, the route for the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) was announced in Des Moines. The ride is the 41st of its kind, beginning July 21 in Council Bluffs and concluding on July 27 in Fort Madison. Overnight stops along the way will include Harlan, Perry, Des Moines, Knoxville, […]

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A – List: Culinary Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16

Culinary Ride – Sunday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. If RAGBRAI is the established mid-summer bicycle event of Iowa–the mature elder–the Culinary Ride is the baby brother trailing along at summer’s end. The Culinary Ride pairs long-distance cycling with locavore ethics for a pleasant way to enjoy a Sunday. For those who register, Sunday, Sept. 16 […]

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Your Town Now: Beyond Bike Friendly

From the outskirts of Rochester Avenue to heavily-trafficked downtown streets like Burlington or tree-sheltered lanes like Summit Street, “Share the Road” signs suggest that Iowa City is a bike-friendly town. But Mark Pooley, Audrey Wiedemeier and Brad Parsons beg to differ. For these members of Think Bicycles Coalition of Johnson County, an advocacy group for […]

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Iowa City Weekender: July 24-29

The big story is RAGBRAI. It’s an awesome experience, but if you don’t already have bicycling plans, you may want to steer clear of North Liberty and Tipton as things will be awfully crowded. There’s still a lot of other stuff going on this weekend, and one show on Tuesday. Thursday, July 24 Johnson County […]

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