Author Archives: Michael Baker

Advocacy

Hauling Couch

I took the challenge of moving a couch by bicycle. It started with my wife’s desire for a new couch, ours was getting pretty, well, not pretty. It was about 10 years old and it was time. She picked one out this winter and we ended up making room in a corner to store the old one. My friend was…
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Advocacy

Thinking On…

I’m thinking of a on a word. Better. It is a favorite word that makes me smile. Upon reflection, there are some memories which make me wince. Hmmm. Ouch, da! You guessed it. Bike. Such a simple word. 4 letters. Easy to pronounce using the first sounds we learn as children. Bike. As stolen from the dictionary: Pronounced noun 1.…
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Bicycle Registration

  I recently read an article on bike theft. It’s a good chance you know someone who had a bicycle stolen. Maybe yourself. Losing a faithful steed is tough. Preventing it from happening can be a tougher. A determined thief is just going to win. This leaves doing your best to dissuade said thief.   A big part of securing…
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Ride report: Cheese and Beer, a ride around Southern Wisconsin

“Cheese and beer” is the dangling carrot of this multi-day ride. It didn’t take very long for me and my husband to register for this annual event which began and ended in Mineral Point, WI. The Swiss Cheese and Spotted Cows Bicycle Tour has a limited entry of 50 riders and includes happy hours, dinners, hotel stays, tour stops, and sag services. Each evening…
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Lake Pepin 3-speed Tour 2015

Before you leave thinking this is just another ride report from yet another 'bike ride', please take in the description of this event.     This is a tour on 3-speed bikes (requirement) English bikes (almost essential, at least a Sturmey/Archer hub) Pre-war dress (tweed!) and Think about that picture. A line of 30-50 white tailed Raleigh 3-speed bikes lined…
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