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2nd annual Bikes and Brews ride set for this Saturday

This Saturday, Aug. 16, the Bikes and Brews bicycle ride between Reds Alehouse and Blackstone is back for its second year. Sam Hall, the general manager at Blackstone, said this year’s route is reversed from last year’s, when riders both started and finished at Blackstone. A layover at Joe’s Place in downtown Iowa City has also been added. At each stop, riders will be able to enjoy a selection of beers brewed by co-sponsor Boulevard Brewing Company. […]

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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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Celebrate 13 years of Little Village

Little Village is turning 13 years old, and it’s time to celebrate! This year’s party includes bikes, beers, tasty vittles and donations to the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP). The 13th Anniversary Bike Ride will include stops at a few favorite area haunts: Red’s Ale House, Backpocket Brewing Co. and George’s Buffet. A $25 entry […]

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Culinary Ride 2013: A Travel Memoir

Culinary Ride

At 8 a.m. on a Sunday, the air was chilly with the first day of fall. A crowd at Terry Trueblood park seemed to have risen bleary-eyed, helmets gleaming in the sun, ready to migrate South on their bicycles.

“Thank the good Lord for his sugar blessings,” said Nichole Schappert, 29, of Iowa City, while enjoying a glazed donut. People milled about signing liability wavers and snacking on bakery items from the Bread Garden, strawberries from Yotopia and coffee from Wake Up Iowa City. […]

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Cyclists gearing up for third annual Culinary Ride

Culinary Ride

Bicyclists and locavores in the Iowa City area are gearing up for the third annual Culinary Ride, which begins this Sunday at 8 a.m. Participants in the Culinary Ride will choose whether they want to ride the shorter, 10-25 mile “Cherry Tomato” route, or the more challenging, 60+ mile “Beat-it-Up” route. Both routes take riders […]

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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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Nightlife: Lunar Leisure

Kangaroos and ostriches. That’s what I hoped to see during the second Full Moon Bike Ride through Iowa City on Sept. 12. As a recent transplant to this fair town on the Iowa River, I was ready to enjoy a different breed of wildlife from the creatures inhabiting northern Indiana. Mountain lions? In Iowa? So I figured what the hell. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for kangaroos and ostriches. […]

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Despair vs. The Most Efficient Machine Ever Created

Do you get frustrated with traffic congestion and scarcity of parking in town? Does owning and maintaining a car rank high on your list of expenses? Do the constant news reports warning of mass-scale environmental degradation, pollution and economic recession seem depressing? Do you prefer to not even think about health problems such as heart […]

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