From the Iowa Bicycle Coalition The Iowa Goes By Bicycle Challenge starts May 2nd with Bike to Work Month and rolls through October 14th, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition challenges you to go by bicycle. Take part in the biggest bicycle challenge ever, right here in Iowa. Many Iowans are familiar with experiencing our great state by bike on RAGBRAI ,however, you can easily make this joy ride part of your everyday routine. R
If you’ve ever thought of riding your bike to the store, work, or school, for recreation or exercise, or with your friends and family, the Iowa Goes By Bicycle Challenge encourages you to do just this, and is the perfect program to get you rolling. For extra motivation, we have top of the line bicycle gear to award to dedicated participants of the Challenge. It does not matter how far you ride; as long as you log the minutes of at least five trips by bicycle a week, you are automatically entered into the monthly drawing for prizes. Ride for five minutes? It counts! For experienced riders, this is your chance to show your commitment to bicycling by telling a friend or family member about the Iowa Goes By Bicycle Challenge and helping them get equipped to ride. Show your love for biking by introducing your coworkers to a new approach to their day by forming an Iowa Goes By Bicycle team to help them get started cycling as well.
Sign-up: Its easy and free
1. Create a team or enter solo. Everyone is welcome to join the Challenge up until the last week of the contest. 2. Individuals log their minutes at www.IowaGoesByBicycle.com. 3. Before getting started make sure you’re equipped to ride safely by taking your bicycle to your local bike shop for a tune-up.
So challenge yourself, your family, friends, and coworkers, and encourage other local businesses and competitors to be a part of the solution to a healthier Iowa. Together we’ll work together to promote wellness across our state. Ride on!
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Quality Of Life. The Perfect Bicycle Types of Bikes Bicycle Basics Clearing for Takeoff Rules of the Road Selecting The Best Route Commuting & Utility Bicycling Equipment, Gear, & Apparel Lights & Reflectors Bicycle Etiquette Bicycle Fuel: Nutrition Basic Maintance & Repair Fix a Flat in 8 Easy Steps Iowa Bicycle Stores Directory Iowa Bicycle Clubs Directory Iowa Trails Two-Wheeled Lifestyle Resources
QUALITY OF LIFE What are the benefits of of going by bicycle?
Simply put, bicycling is good for your health and it’s just plain fun! It can and most likely will open you up to a new source of happiness you may not have known existed and will markedly increase your sense of achievement in life. You’ll arrive to your destination, where ever that may be, feeling invigorated and satisfied knowing that you are contributing to a healthier self, community, and environment while saving money and having fun in the process. Biking has a way of deeply enriching your life that can’t be fully described in words. We’ll try our best to convey the benefits of biking to you, but there’s nothing better than going out and trying it for yourself. You’ll discover things about yourself, your community, and the world that you would have never realized in a car.
Use your bicycle to easily build exercise into your daily routine.
Many Iowans are looking for ways to improve their wellness. You can help fight the trend of obesity and disease simply by riding a bike for short trips. Whether it’s biking to the store, to work, or for fun on the weekends, these small trips add up and together can greatly impact health and wellness all around you.
Look and feel your best while having fun.
That’s what you can expect from bicycling. Instead of setting aside time to work out, buying a gym membership, and spending time and fuel driving there, biking can work physical activity directly into your daily travel routine. Not only is biking good for the body; it is also good for the mind. Bicycling itself can decrease anxiety levels. Additionally, avoiding traffic jams and not worrying about parking will reduce your stress levels too. Take pride in your ride!
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Trips by car are less than 1 mile Trips by care are less than 2 miles
Workers commute less than 5 miles Trips less than 5 miles by car
Iowans are overweight Trips less than 1 mile are by car
Is it a coincidence that these percentages are the same? Perhaps, but it also suggests the possibility that if these short trips by car were made by bicycle instead, both of these numbers could decrease substantially.
Looking at these statistics, think about all of the money that goes into gas for these trips and also the environmental consequences: anytime we drive two miles in an automobile, eight pounds of pollutants are released into the air. On the other hand, bicycles have no carbon emissions and are an easy transportation method for short trips (a two-mile bike ride only takes 10 min). Also, between 70 and 100 bicycles can be built with the resources it takes to build one car. Bicycles really are the most efficient mode of transportation.
Paying for a bicycle and some gear does not have to cost much and likely will cost close to what you pay to fill up your tank a few times. The cost is not nearly as much as fueling and maintaining an automobile, however. Forget about paying for parking too. The average American spends almost 20 percent of their income on transportation. Every time you go by bicycle you are saving money. See how much you save riding a bicycle using the cost calculator at: www.commuterpage.com.
Community and Local Businesses
Bicycling contributes to economic growth by encouraging more people to shop locally. It can also increase tourism, revitalize businesses, create jobs, and increase public revenue. By encouraging more people to enjoy and share time with others outside, biking can help create a more lively and vibrant community. With all of these benefits, every city and town in Iowa could use a few more bikes on their streets.
Bicycling helps you get to know your community on a much more intimate level. It’s a lot easier to talk to your neighbors when you’re not zooming past, trapped in the car all the time. Cars and MP3 players are great, don’t get us wrong, but some time away from these distractions can open your eyes to the life around you. You may be surprised by the new people you meet while going by bicycle. When asked what biking taught him, this cyclist shared that not only did it make him more outgoing, but it also showed him that “you can almost always find something in common with another person”. 5 Iowa Goes By Bicycle Guide
HAVEN’T RIDDEN IN YEARS? Have no fear! It’s easy to start biking again. Inside the pages of this guide, you will find the tips and techniques to help overcome any concerns about safety, traffic, money, etc. And if it’s just lack of support that’s got you down, let us motivate you and help you along during the process. The Iowa Goes By Bicycle Challenge is a perfect way to join hundreds of other Iowans as we band together to ride our bikes more often and promote healthier lifestyles. You could even put a team together to make riding more supportive and social! Don’t shy away from bicycling just because it’s been awhile since you’ve strapped on that helmet and started peddling. It’s never too late to start biking for the first time or to pick it up again, and you will be glad you did.
THE PERFECT BICYCLE Find Your Fit Step 1 When choosing a bicycle, consider your skill level, where you want to ride, your riding style, and also your budget. Step 2 Find the bike that fits your body. Above all the bicycle must fit your proportions. Most bike shops will help you adjust your bike so that it is set up for maximum comfort and safety, but it is still important to find the right frame size. Start with “stand over height”. For on-road riding there should be 1 to 2 inches between the top bar and your inseam; for off-road riding, there should be 3 to 4 inches. Adjust the seat height so that your knee has a slight bend when you are sitting on the saddle with your foot at the bottom of your pedal stroke. If your bike fits properly, you should be able to touch your foot to the ground while sitting on the saddle and holding the handlebars. There is a perfect bike out there for every type of rider. Step 3
Ask yourself: what type of riding do I do, or would I like to do? A few examples may include: running errands, commuting to work, riding for recreation or around town, riding with a group of cyclists or with the family, etc. Different bikes accommodate different needs such as these. Exploring multiple options and testing out different styles is a good idea if you are going to invest in buying a bicycle. If you haven’t ridden a bike since you were young and are just getting back into it, the best thing to do is simply get on a bike, any bike. If you don’t currently have your own bicycle, ask a friend if you can borrow theirs briefly. A good test ride on any bike prior to going to a bike store will give you an initial place to start when identifying your desires and concerns for your bicycle. Then you can give the appropriate bikes at your local bike shop a quick spin to see how they feel. Multipurpose bicycling is very common, from beginners to expert riders. If you plan on running errands around town and riding on the weekends for recreation, then we suggest you consider a practical and comfortable bike. Consider refurbishing an older, slightly dinged-up bike to use for your multipurpose riding. This not only deters theft, but you also don’t have to worry as much about inevitable scratches.
Any bike can be used as a commuter bike. Road bikes, touring bikes, hybrids, or mountain bikes. A commuter bike might be any of the listed styles of bikes outfitted with a bell, fenders, durable wheels and tires, a front white and rear red light, a cargo rack, panniers, and good brakes. So what about the old bike sitting in the basement? Sure! As much as your friends may tell you otherwise, having an old-looking commuter bike is not so bad, and the ability to mix and match parts and accessories to make a single bike practical for any of your potential uses is admirable. Theft can be a problem with very new bikes, so avoiding that situation is another plus. For added protection creative paint jobs, stickers, duct tape, and other artistic applications can help make your bike less tempting to thieves.
TYPES OF BIKES Multi-use, Comfort or Hybrid Bikes
These are the all-purpose bikes and can be used for urban transportation, trail riding, and leisurely recreation. Comfort bikes feature highpressure, medium width tires that make for an efficient, comfortable ride. Their upright position makes them easy to mount and dismount, and can easily accommodate racks, baskets, and bags. Comfort and hybrid bikes have a wide range of gears for a variety of terrains. These bike are very popular, even among expert bikers and racers, as they are great for commuting and quick jaunts to the store.
These bikes have wide, low-pressure tires and are designed for off-road riding. They offer the rider a bit more shock absorption and greater traction on dirt, but less on pavement. They have a wide range of gears making them a good multipurpose bike, especially if you are looking to travel around town during the week and then ride trails on the weekend.
These bikes are built for speed and designed to be ridden on smooth surfaces. They have narrow, high-pressure tires making them highly efficient. Most road bikes have drop handlebars that allow you to adjust your position to achieve maximum efficiency. These bikes are not ideal for carrying large loads or riding rough terrain, therefore are not always practical for multipurpose use. They are usually less comfortable for trips around town and their high-pressure tires are less forgiving on urban pavement. If you know a road bike is more your style consider buying an old one for city use, as new road bikes can be expensive and are often targeted by thieves.
Touring bikes can be the perfect multipurpose or commuter bike. Their stability and durability allow them to hold lots of gear and cargo. Touring bikes are road bikes that have special features for long-distance travel and heavy loads.
Arguably the most pleasurable ride, these bikes are also known as beach cruisers. They have fat tires and upright seated positioning. Youâ€™ll have to try really hard to keep the smile off your face when riding a cruiser. Their durability and heavy weight make them perfect for running errands and picking up groceries. Cruiser bikes are also great for for leisurely recreational rides.
Buying a New Bike If you’ve decided that it’s time to purchase a new bike, you’ll need to consider cost, quality, special features, and materials. Your local bike shop will help answer all of your questions. Bikes can range anywhere from under $100 up to thousands. Consider purchasing the highest quality bike that your budget will allow. Make sure the bike is assembled by trained bicycle mechanics and the parts are serviceable. The sales staff should make sure you properly fit your bike. Chances are good you will keep your bike for several years. Think of your bike as a long-term investment that will maintain its value. Mid or Entry-level bicycles can be found at any bike shop and are designed for long-term use. Be sure that the bicycle’s parts are serviceable and the frame is of lasting quality. Prices will vary depending on quality of components, including shifters, drive train, derailleurs, cassettes, cranks, wheels, and pedals. High-end bicycles are popular among racers and serious cyclists. Their high-quality equipment can shoot prices into the thousands, but depending on your future riding aspirations, these bikes just may fit your usage and competitive spirit.
Reviving Old Bikes Remember that bike hanging in your garage or buried in the basement? Well it’s quite possible that a small tune-up will bring that bike back to life. Just make sure the bike properly fits you, and then take it to your local bike shop for a little maintenance. If a full tune-up, new tires, and other large adjustments are in order, the cost that you would pay to fix up the old bike might be better spent on purchasing a new one.
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If you can’t afford a brand new bike, don’t let that stop you. Some local bike shops occasionally have good deals on used bikes. Places to look for a used bicycle: Craigslist Local Landfill (some have recycling for bikes) Pawn Shops Iowa City Bike Library or Des Moines Bicycle Collective A friend with an extra bike
BICYCLE BASICS Don’t Leave Home Without Your Helmet
It’s basic: wear one on every ride. In the event of a wreck, a helmet could end up saving your life. Like a seat belt in a car, a helmet is the most essential equipment of safety for bicycle riding.
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Helmet Lights & refectors Lock Reflective ankle band Water bottle Sunglasses Gloves
We can’t stress enough the importance of wearing a helmet even on short rides through your neighborhood. But what good is a helmet unless it fits properly? In order to secure the most protection from your helmet, there are three key things that you must remember:
SNUG, LEVEL, STABLE. Your helmet should fit comfortably all the way around your head, be worn low on the forehead, and stay in place when shaking your head vigorously. Take the time to adjust padding and straps as necessary, including when hats are worn underneath. A well fitting helmet can make all the difference for not only safety but also a comfortable ride.
Tips For Riding When Dress Code is an Issue If your trip is short, you can probably wear business attire. Just leave a little earlier and take it slow to reduce sweating.
If your commute is long consider riding in comfortable clothes and freshening up and changing when you arrive. Generally you will keep sweating 10 minutes after getting off the bike. Leave yourself 15 minutes to cool down and freshen-up before starting your day. Take advantage of shower facilities if they are available.
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If you take your work clothes on the bike, roll them instead of folding them to reduce wrinkles. Put together a small toiletry bag of things you’ll need to freshen-up after your energizing commute! The thought of a bicycle ride after work, whether it’s a steady cruise or a good workout you seek, is a great way to get through the workday and additionally, whisk away stress.
CLEARING FOR TAKE OFF A safe bike is essential. If your bike doesn’t pass one of the checks below, adjust it or take it in to your local bike shop for further inspection and repair. Double-checking your attitude and feeling confident on the road are also important aspects of riding. If you enjoy the ride and feel safe, you will be able to go further distances. The distance that you then choose to go is limitless! Start riding under conditions with which you are comfortable, and then work your way up to riding in city traffic or on a long day’s tour.
ABC Quick Check
Air – Is tire inflation correct? Brakes – Are both working well? Chain & Crank – Pedaling smoothly? No squeaks? Quick releases – Are they closed & tight? Check – Is there anything loose or rattling on the bike?
Air: Tire Pressure
Keep tires properly inflated to avoid flats and make your ride easier. The easiest way to check the pressure is to use a pump with a gauge. The recommended tire pressure is listed on the side of your tire. Look closely; it’s sometimes hard to find. No gauge? Pump up your tires so that it is difficult to push your fingers into the tire. There are two kind of valves: schrader and presta. Some pumps are adaptable to either, but make sure to check.
When squeezing the brake levers, they should stop before they touch the handlebars. If they don’t, tighten the brake cables. Your brakes may have a cable adjusting barrel that allows you to do this easily. Also, keep your wheel rims free of dirt and grease by using an old rag; this will improve brake performance considerably. Eventually, brake pads (the hard rubber pad that rubs the wheel rim) wear down and need to be replaced. Many have a “wear line” showing you when they are worn out. Brake pad replacement is relatively inexpensive; just go to your local bike shop and they’ll be sure to help.
Lean your bike against a wall or better yet, have someone hold it for you. Crouch beside the bike and slowly rotate the pedals backward, checking to make sure the chain turns smoothly. Wipe the grit off your chain with a rag then sparingly apply a light oil to the chain and wipe off excess.
Many bikes have quick release levers on the wheels. Make sure that the levers are solidly locked. Inspect the quick releases every time you ride. Ask if you have questions about how to lock and unlock a quick release lever.
Tire Wear And Tear
It’s common for tires to become worn after about 1,000 miles of riding. They can also get hard and brittle with age. Check the sidewalls for significant cracks, which may mean that you need new tires. Frequent flats might mean the tread is thin, and the tires need replacing.
A wheel that wobbles signifies an “untrue” wheel. A “true” wheel will not rub against your brake pads or cause the brakes to perform poorly. To check if your wheel is “true” or not, turn your bike upside down and spin the wheel. Stand in front or behind and look closely at the break pads. The gap between the rim and the brake pad should stay relatively constant. Your local bike shop can true wheels for you. 11 www.iowagoesbybicycle.com
RULES OF THE ROAD Travel on the Right-Hand Side
If you are riding a bike on a road at less than the normal speed of traffic, you are required by law to ride “as close as practicable to the curb or edge of the roadway” except when: overtaking or passing another bicycle or vehicle, preparing to execute a left turn, avoiding hazardous conditions, or the lane is not wide enough to allow safe passing by a motor vehicle. In all of the above cases, a bicyclist may need to “take the lane” to avoid being squeezed up against the curb or parked cars.
Knowing your responsibilities and rights as a cyclist is important to staying safe and feeling confident on your bike. In general, the same traffic rules and regulations for vehicle drivers apply to bicyclists. Here is a brief summary of the most important laws and traffic consideration that pertain to bicyclists.
Be Visible, Be Predictable! As a bicyclist your best bet is to ride on the road, as local communities may prohibit riding bicycles on sidewalks and roads are more efficient anyway. When bicyclists use public roads and right-of-ways, by law they must follow the vehicle code. Bicyclists are given the same rights as vehicles and the same responsibilities. Like any motorist who is using the right-of-way, you need to know and apply traffic rules and regulations to operate safely. The key concept of the vehicle code is predictability; traffic law helps ensure that all vehicle users can predict what other operators will do.
As a driver using the road, bicyclists are entitled to the space he or she is using, with reasonable clearance on all sides and reasonable stopping distance in front. When riding, maintain a straight line of travel and avoid weaving in and out of parking lanes. This makes you more predictable to other road users.
Changing Lanes & Turning at Intersections
A person who wishes to change lanes must yield to traffic in the new lane. For bicyclists this requires a technique called scanning. Scanning refers to looking over your shoulder to check for traffic, making eye contact, communicating with motorists, and looking for other hazards. As far as intersections are concerned, approach them in the proper position. Vehicles turning right are closest to the curb, those turning left are near the center line, and straight-through drivers are between these positions.
Take the Lane
There’s no shame in taking the lane for yourself. “Taking the lane” is when a bicyclist riding on the right side of the road moves to the center of the road. This is usually done when the road is too narrow for a motorist and bicyclist to share with 3-4 feet of clearance between them. “Taking the lane” is an effective way of communicating to drivers that it is not safe to pass without them crossing the center line. This technique increases safety and visibility, and you’ll feel more comfortable knowing that other vehicles can’t pass you too closely.
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When riding next to parked cars, particularly in heavily used parking areas, be alert to car doors opening suddenly in front of you. Scan ahead to see if the driver or passengers are in the car on the street side. Give yourself a buffer a little farther away from the “door zone”.
Come To A Full Stop At Stop Signs
This will go a long way in helping bicyclists gain respect from motorists as well as teach fellow cyclists the correct way to safely behave in traffic. Also, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Always. You are, after all, a vehicle.
Sidewalk And Multi-Path Use
Cyclist must yield to all pedestrians on sidewalks and in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Give a friendly warning using a bell or your voice before overtaking pedestrians from behind. Riding on sidewalks in some communities is prohibited, usually in the central business district or areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, so check before you ride.
Hand signals indicating a turn are required of cyclist for at least 100 feet before a turn or stop except when both hands are necessary to control or operate the bicycle. When approaching a turn you will often need both hands for braking and you own general safety. However, if you have an available hand then communicating your intentions with others - drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists - by using signals is a great way to foster harmony on the road.
Using Bike Lanes
Buses and cars can load and unload in bike lanes but are not allowed to use bike lanes for parking. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted on bike lanes and paths. Bicyclists should be prepared to merge out of the bike lane when: overtaking and passing another bicycle, vehicle, or pedestrian that is in the bike line; preparing for a left or right hand turn; or avoiding debris or other hazardous conditions. As with any new skill, your first rides in traffic may be challenging, and thatâ€™s okay! Start with streets that have less traffic and work your way up. You can also make these initial journeys with friend, navigating traffic as a team, and making you more comfortable on the road in the process.
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RULES OF THE ROAD Braking
Rear brakes (usually the right hand lever) are very different from front brakes. Front brakes have more stopping power, but also require more skill to avoid stopping too abruptly. Get a feel for your brakes in a vacant parking lot or quiet street. For emergency braking: shift your weight to the rear and get your torso as low as possible while applying even pressure to both brakes.
One day it may astonish you just how natural skills simply fall into place.
Being able to look over your shoulder without swerving is an extremely important skill. Practice the “shoulder check” until you can do it without swerving. Try pivoting at the waist if it bothers your neck. Mirrors (mounted on the helmet or handlebars) can be helpful, though they are not a complete substitute for shoulder checking but an added safety feature.
Use your gears to keep your cadence – your pedaling rate – fairly constant and easy. Shift every time you feel the cadence slow down or speed up. Slightly ease off the pedal pressure when you shift. Downshift to an easier gear when coming to a stop so that when you start up again you’ll be in an appropriate gear. For hills, shift into an easier gear before the pedaling becomes difficult. Not shifting enough can lead to sore knees and cause you to become fatigued faster. In general, shift when your body tells you it’s time for a change.
You might think that your hands on the handlebars steer the bike, but it is possible to steer your bike when riding without hands. Leaning to change weight distribution is what truly turns your bicycle. Yes, steer your bicycle with your handlebars, but realize that weight distribution and body position are key factors in turning your bike. It may sound crazy, but never look where you don’t want to go when taking a corner. Keep your eyes out ahead of you and you’ll be a lot less likely to end up on the ground. This is especially true if you find yourself going down a hill faster than you had anticipated but need to make a slight turn. Don’t just turn your eyes, turn your whole head in the direction you are aiming – you body and bike will automatically follow. Drop your torso to lower your center of gravity and remember: never brake in a turn. Get your braking done before you turn. Keep your inside pedal up and outside pedal down. Straighten your outside leg and push down, putting weight on the outside pedal. Practicing these techniques at a slow speed is a good idea to help prevent a horrible case of road rash.
Gripping the Handlebars
Hands and wrists are prone to fatigue and damage as they do a lot of work while riding. These problems can be prevented by frequently changing hand positions by gripping various portions of the handlebar. Also, try not put to much weight on your handlebars when riding. Investing in a pair of bicycling gloves will help.
Railroad tracks, wet leaves, cracks, utility covers, and gravel are a few of the things that can pose problems for bicyclist. When riding over any of these surfaces, especially when wet, avoid braking and turning. For any rough surface, shift some of the weight off of your seat and onto your hands (handlebars) and feet (pedals). Cross tracks as close to a right angle as possible. This pages is sponsored by
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The more experience and skills you develop, the more confident you will feel.
SELECTING THE BEST ROUTE While some trips by bicycle are as simple as getting on and pedaling, a little planning is a good idea for longer and/or unfamiliar trips. Choosing a good bicycling route can make your rides safer, more enjoyable, and sometimes less sweaty. The route you normally drive may not be the best route by bicycle.
Things To Consider When Choosing Your Route: How much traffic is on a street? Quieter streets make for a more pleasant ride. How wide is the street? Wider streets leave plenty of room for cyclists to ride comfortably next to passing cars. How many hills are along this route? Climbing hills makes for a great work out, but if you’re trying to minimalize perspiration on your way to work, we advise riding a route with less hills. Though going down hills is fun, maintaining control on very steep hills can be a little trickier, especially in bad weather. How many miles is the ride and how long will it take? There may be several options so choose the best route for you and if possible, you may want to test it out on a day when you are not in a hurry first. Looking at a map or trail guide for your area can provide you with helpful information about bike routes you may not have known existed. Check your local bike shop or the internet for maps.
Many cities are decorated with bike racks and many businesses provide bicycle parking, however, some do not. If you are commuting, scout out in advance the best place to park your bike. If your business doesn’t already offer accessible parking or you feel like your community is lacking bike parking, consider promoting wellness by installing a bike rack or taking it up with your local transportation/parking department. The bicycle is a great transportation choice for fun, healthy and vibrant communities and workplaces. Good bike parking can be a major factor in whether or not individuals choose to use a bike for commuting or running errands.
Lock Your Bike up Right
At a minimum you should put your lock through your frame and the front wheel. This is especially important if you have a quick release wheel. If you only lock the wheel, the rest of your bicycle can be detached and stolen.
Don’t give up hope! Stolen bikes are sometimes reclaimed, but in order to increase the chances of your cherished steed returning, here are a few tips: Report the theft to the police. Give them the bicycle’s description and serial number usually located underneath the bottom bracket (where the pedals and crank connect to the frame). If you register your bike at your local police department before it gets stolen, in the event of a theft, you’ll have a much better chance of seeing it returned than had you not registered.
COMMUTING & UTILITY BICYCLING Have a busy schedule, but still want to keep fit? Want to save time and money instead of being stuck in traffic? If you live within seven miles of your work or places you frequent such as the grocery store, you are the perfect candidate for becoming a bicycle commuter. (Biking to work may be out of the question for you. However, you may have other destinations that no more than a few miles away). With the right set-up it’s easy to carry laptops, groceries, laundry, and books. You can haul a lot on a bicycle if you’re properly equipped. Trying to carry too much without good equipment is frustrating and dangerous. Don’t try to see how many heavy grocery bags you can get on your handlebars; it’s not worth it.
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If you’re not carrying too much, a basic backpack or messenger bag will do the trick. Many companies make small packs or handbags that easily attach to your rack, handlebars or seat post.
Panniers are great for carrying substantial amounts of cargo while keeping the weight off your back. Panniers are bags that attach to racks. They allow you to avoid excess sweating and wrinkled clothes from a backpack. Also, they are usually waterproof and removable, keeping your cargo safe and easily accessible. Commuting? Transport your laptop, an extra pair of clothing, and other odds and ends safely in your pannier. You can also use buckets or baskets as well, and they are generally less expensive. Keep in mind that panniers, buckets, and some baskets also require back racks to secure them to your bike.
The best way to carry your largest loads is by using a trailer. Trailers attach to the rear of your bike and are great for transporting children, pets, groceries, or whatever else. If you are looking to save money, watch the classified ads for used trailers.
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Child bike seats can be mounted on the front or back of the bicycle, and children can be safely secured into the seat by safety straps. Keep in mind that because of its height, this type of carrier alters your center of gravity while riding and increases the risk of losing your balance. Make sure you are a confident rider before attempting to haul along other passengers. Another way to transport your kids is with the previously mentioned trailers. Most bike trailers are designed to carry children safely. Also, a bike tag-along or trail-a-bike is a great way to bring your kids with you and directly involve them with the biking action. These products are designed for older children, allowing them to pedal and work along with you. With any of the devices for carrying children, check the manufacture’s specifications for how to safely use the product, as well as any age and/or weight limitations.
BIKE & TRANSIT: The Perfect Match Iowa’s large transit services are now equipped with bike racks on the front. Most bus bike racks have instructions to pull the handle and lower the rack. Most drivers are very willing to help. When you exit simply remind the driver that you have a bike to remove from the rack.
Steps to load your bike on a bus.
Lower the rack into the horitzontal position.
Place your bike wheels in the slots.
Use the locking arm to secure the wheel.
Take loose accessories, like lights or waterbottles, off your bike. Tell the driver that you have a bike you will unload when you disembark. Don’t forget your bike.
EQUIPMENT, GEAR, & APPAREL Essential Equipment List:
Front Light & Rear Red Light
Backpack, Rack or Panniers
Reflective Ankle Band
One could easily shell out thousands of dollars for the latest and greatest biking gear and equipment, but it’s not necessary! That’s the great thing about bicycling— a safe bike that fits you and a few pieces of gear is all you need. Though splurging on new tools for your bike can be fun, it’s not always feasible. Rest assured that you can begin your biking lifestyle without breaking the bank. There are a few things though that are absolutely crucial to bike riding, so we’ve gathered a bare essentials list that covers all the basic things you need to keep you safe and comfortable on your bike. Many of these things you probably already have at home.
Optional Gear: Sunglasses.
Small tool kit with the basic wrenches for your bike’s type of bolts, patch kit, tire levers, and pump. Wet/cold weather gear raincoat and fenders. Comfortable biking attire or a base layer that will wick away sweat and keep you dry. Biking gloves to protect you hands in case of fall and to wipe the sweat from your brow from all that great exercise! Extra tube - changing a tire is faster than patching a flat. Bell. Sun screen. A few plastic bags.
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EQUIPMENT, GEAR, & APPAREL Below is some further explanation on essential gear and also helpful information about other equipment that you might consider investing in.
If you don’t roll up your pant leg, use a leg band to keep from tearing or getting chain grease on your favorite slacks.
It’s a small investment for your trusty best friend that’s definitely worth it. U-locks provide the best security for your bike, but your local bike shop can help you choose from a wide variety of different locks. Cable locks, lock with keys, and combination locks are other great options.
Depending on your purpose for riding, almost any shoes will do. We recommend choosing something casual and comfortable with good traction and a stiff sole, but if you are commuting to work and need to wear your nice shoes, feel free. You can even wear heels while riding (though we suggest that you make sure you are confident in your ability before attempting to do so). Outdoor shoe companies even make functional heels if you feel so inclined. Also, toe clips can be added for better pedaling efficiency - a great investment for longer commutes. A more technical alternative is a pair of clip-less pedals that require cleated shoes. Cycling shoes help you ride longer and stronger, while preventing soreness and fatigue.
Battling the elements on a bicycle may seem daunting at first, but with the right gear, it can be exhilarating! For riding in the rain or cold, the key to success is layering. For your first layer, the one directly touching your skin, wear synthetic material or something wool based. Cotton retains too much moisture and will end up making you feel colder and wetter. On top of your inital layer, consider a few layers of different weights of material to lock in body heat. Finally, your outer layer should be something that protects you from the wind and/or rain, like a windbreakers or rain jacket. Water-resistant and water-proof bicycling clothing makes year-round, all-weather riding a breeze, and you can find waterproof anything, from hats to gloves to socks, etc. A good rain jacket that’s well-vented with a longer flap in the back will keep your rear dry and allow air circulation. Keep in mind that your body will warm up with all the physical activity, so if you are hot before even getting on your bike, you most likely have too many layers. In warm weather, a basic, non-cotton top may be all you need. For further protection from the rain, another great option is a rain cape. You can also purchase rain pants ranging in price from $20 on up. If desired, waterproof gloves, helmet covers, shoe covers, and fenders can keep you nice and dry, and often that’s a good investment to make. There are other low-cost options as well, which include creative use of plastic bags. Cover your feet with them and secure with rubber bands. If your shoe allows, try a thin wool sock for your first layer, a plastic bag, and then another sock. When parking outside put one over your seat so that it’s dry when you want to get back on it.
You don’t have to wear spandex. The rest of the world wears everyday clothes. You can too! There are however, some articles of clothing that make a longer commute more comfortable. If you feel that an investment would be worth it, base layers that wick away sweat are great to wear while riding and then change out of once you arrive at your destination. Choosing the right clothing may take a bit of experimentation on your part, but it’s well worth it.
EQUIPMENT, GEAR & APPAREL Gloves
Stress injuries can be lessened or avoided by wearing cycling gloves as they reduce the impact on your hands. They are especially helpful if you have a long commute to work. Most cycling gloves are made with soft material on the back that can be used to wipe away sweat, and they also help protect your hands in the event of a fall.
It’s important to remember to replace lost fluids when riding. Stay hydrated! Install a water bottle cage or two if your bike doesn’t have one. For longer rides you may want to consider a hydration pack that carries more water, allows you to drink hands-free, and has room for tools, supplies, and most importantly, snacks!
Mounted on your helmet or handlebars, a rear-view mirror makes maneuvering through traffic easier. This might take a few weeks to get used to, but it is well worth the added safety. Mounting the mirror on your helmet keeps it isolated from road shock.
Customize your ride, safely announce your presence to other riders or pedestrians, and most importantly, give the cutie passing by a friendly hello. It’s always useful to give a polite jingle before passing. Use it when coming up from behind fellow bicyclists and pedestrians and announce, “On your left!”
Sunglasses aren’t just for protection against sun rays; they are recommended for any ride, even in overcast skies. Sunglasses or shop glasses will protect your eyes from bugs, dirt, & debris, or keep them from watering on cold days. They increase safety and your ability to see and respond to hazards, changing weather conditions, traffic or surface conditions. More sporty wrap-around glasses are the most practical, offer the best protection, and are usually the most comfortable while wearing your helmet. Sunglasses that feature interchangeable lenses are great because you can change them out depending on weather and terrain. Clear or lightly tinted are nice for riding at night as bugs only get worse when the sun goes down. Pick up a pair of cheap, clear sunglasses or shop glasses so you won’t have to worry about losing or scratching them.
Even if you don’t normally ride in the rain, fenders make riding on wet streets a much better experience and keep you free from that skid-mark look.
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Bicycle Etiquette On Your Left!
Warning Calls For Group Riding “Car up” & “car back”. There is a vehicle approaching ahead or behind the group. “Single out” or “Single file.” A call ride single file when a vehicle is unable to pass the 2 abreast column safely. “Pothole.” If possible indicate where it is so that following riders can steer away. Do this by either pointing or adding to the call “on the left (or right).” “Stopping”, “Slowing”, “Easy” “Right Hand moving in an up and down action”. If you brake without letting those behind know your intention they can easily run into you. “Flat.” Let the others know and maybe they will wait while you repair it.
Other Really Good Tips: Always make sure you have lights and are visible. Make eye contact with others, especially motorists. Treat others on the road the way you want to be treated. Be polite to all vehicles and everyone using the trail. You’re another vehicle out there...Act like one.
How to Deal With Cynics Of Cycling
Fortunately this kind of deliberate behavior isn’t very common, but there are people who don’t believe bicyclist and pedestrians belong on the road. There are appropriate ways for handling a sometimes intimidating situation like car horns or unkind words. First off, just let it go. This is something you’ll have to learn eventually if going by bicycle. It’s also a great practice for staying cool and maintaining a peaceful and patient state of mind in stressful situations. Oh, and you’re up against a car. Secondly, get their license plate number and report the incident to the police department. Traffic is full of human error and your job is to keep yourself safe and follow the rules. Be predictable, be visible, and enjoy the extra energy you’ll have going by bicycle.
Did You Know?
Car tires have tread to avoid hydroplaning in wet conditions, but bicycle tires are thin enough that hydroplaning isn’t a problem. In fact, bicycle tires for road use have no need for any sort of tread features. Many people assume that a smooth tire will be slippery. “But don’t slick tires get slippery on wet roads, or metal features like utility covers and railroad tracks?” Not any more than car tires with tread do.
Love Your Local Bike Shop (LBS)
A local, small business bike shop is the best place to go for all your biking needs. Specializing in bicycle and equipment sale, quality maintenance, and expert knowledge, they are a key component of the bicycle industry. The quality of service at your local bike shop distinguishes the small bike shops from large chains and mail-order or online vendors. Many local bike shops also offer clothing and other accessories, spare and replacement parts, and tools. Other services that your local bike shop may provide include expert fittings, custom bike building or ordering, organized rides, and biking classes. Once you find your go-to bike shop that you respect, recommend it to all your friends. One more thought to consider: if your bicycle mechanic helps you out with an on-the-spot fix or discounted work, they most appreciate beer or pizza as a tip.
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BICYCLE FUEL: NUTRITION Start bicycling more and your body will automatically crave nutritious food. Don’t negate the hard work and dedication you’ve put into making positive changes with processed or fast food. Avoid extra pounds and protect your family from the overwhelmingly available poor food choices by cooking most of your food at home. If you make time to cook your meals rather than eating take-out or prepackaged foods, you can monitor exactly what you’re putting into your body. Preparing meals at home protects you from chemicals and additives found in overly processed, prepackaged, and fast food, allowing the body to break it down and utilize it better.
Superfoods for Bicyclists
Anyone can ride a bicycle just as anyone can choose to eat healthy food, but learning and understanding the relationship between exercise and nutrition is what makes a truly healthy individual. There’s not enough room to describe why each of these foods are a bicyclist best friend, but take our word for it. These grocery list foods are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, cartenoids, glucose, vitamins & minerals.
Ideas: • Cook food for the whole week one night a week. Make a big batch of wild rice, pasta, quinoa, or cous cous to put into to-go containers. Add dried fruit, veggies, nuts or dressing to keep things interesting. • Veggie and beef stir-fry is low-fat & rich in iron. • Add a can of clams to your pasta dish for extra iron & zinc. • Saute cubed sweet potatoes in olive oil until tender w/ sliced onions & cinnamon. • Trail Mix. Toss a combination of these together to have on hand so you never go hungry: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips. • Smooties. Simple and filling. Frozen berries, protein powder, ice, water, and a banana for a rich and creamy texture.
Microbrews or Craft Beer
Consumed in moderation, beer can be good for your health. A beer a day gives bicyclists the extra calories they need and may improve mental health, bone density, and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s a good source of foliate, niacin, magnesium, & potassium. By purchasing beer made locally, you can also improve the health of your local economy. Hydrate responsibly and remember that drinking too much alcohol will reduce your body’s ability to metabolize fat. Instead of sheeding excess fat cells, your body will be counteracting your cycling efforts and become more efficient at fat storage.
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Tips for Getting Leaner & Stronger Rule of thumb: Eat before you are hungry; drink before you are thirsty. Always refuel within 20 minutes of exercise. Stay hydrated. Drink a 20-ounce bottle of water every hour you ride. Remember to drink throughout the day. Stretch. This prevents muscle pulls and strains and aids in recovery. Eat small; eat often.
Grocery List Produce Berries - Fresh or Frozen Broccoli Kale Red Pepper Sweet Potato Carrots Tomato Citrus Fruit Cucumber Meat Counter Salmon Tuna Lean Turkey Chicken Lean Beef Dairy Milk Yogurt Eggs Other Whole Grain Pasta & Bread Fortified Cereals Nuts
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BICYCLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR Tips For Bicycle Cleaning. Your bicycle will last longer and your ride will be smoother if you give it some cleaning on a regular basis. • Use a stiff nylon-bristled brush to remove chunks of mud. • If you have rust on your chain, a wire bristled brush works great before applying lubricant. • Use a bucket of water, dish soap, a sponge, some clean rags for a basic wash down. • Use a degreaser such as Simple Green for the derailleur and chainrings, but not the chain.
If you are riding on a regular basis, like a car, your bike will need to be serviced from time to time. Dropping your bike off at your local bike shop means you are almost guaranteed safety and proper function. Not to mention it’s stress free and the knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions you might have about going by bicycle. Learning a few basic repairs to do on your own however will keep you from having to walk home with a malfunctioning bike or taking the bike in for something small like a flat tire. Our basic roadside repair kit is a list of take-along tools that keep you prepared in case of a flat. A well-maintained bike will generally run trouble free for a long time. A basic repair kit can easily be kept in a small seat bag or in your backpack. We suggest assembling a small kit of basic tools to have on hand at home for minor repairs and adjustments.
Basic Roadside Repair Kit
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Small Pump Patch Kit and/or Spare Tube Tire Levers Multi-Tool
• Do not use high-pressured water for cleaning as it will blast the grease and lubricants out of the components. Simply wet the frame from the top with a trickle from the hose or with bucket of soap and water. • Never turn the bicycle upside down to clean it as water will run into the headset and thin the grease. • When all is clean and dry apply a thin coat of lubricant to the chain, and into the break and derailleur cable housing. • A boom box.
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3 2 Tools For Home
• Screwdrivers • Adjustable wrench or small “channel lock” pliers • Hex keys to fit your bicycles allen head bolts • Pump • Chain lube • Rags Weekly maintenance includes checking your tire pressure, and wiping down and lubing the chain. The recommended tire pressure is always printed on the sidewall of the tire. Chains should be cleaned regularly by wiping the chain with a dry rag while turning the crank. Drip a few drops of lubricant sparingly on the cassette and chain while turning the crank. Less is more when it comes to chain lubricant as excess lube attracts dirt. You can easily do this by turning your bicycle upside-down, making it easier to turn the crank while your wipe away dirt and lube from the chain.
Fix a Flat in 8 Easy Steps Flat tires don't happen often. Be prepared to fix a flat tire if you need to. Here are eight easy steps that you can follow to change the flat tire yourself. You can always visit your local bike store for assistance. Awlays refill with air to the proper pressure listed on the sidewall of the tire.
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Insert a tire lever between rim and tire. Pry tire to the outside of the rim. Repeat with a second tire lever. Use the second tire lever to remove one side of the tire away from the rim. You don't have to remove the other side of the tire. Extract the inner tube. Put a little air in the tube. Attempt to locate the hole. Patch if able. Replace tube if not able to patch. Inspect tire at location of leak. Find and remove offending debris. Replace the tube.
Seat the tube over the center of the wheel rim. Be sure the tube is not poking outside the tire.
Work the tire back onto the rim. Be very careful not to pinch or damage the tube.
IOWA BICYCLE RETAIL STORES AND SERVICE SHOPS DIRECTORY Nam e
Skunk River Cycles
308 Main Street
Bike World Ames
126 S 3rd St 411 Kellogg Ave
Ames Am es
(515) 232-3669 (515) 233-0271
Kyle's Bikes Bike Country
1840 SW White Birch Cir 825 E 1st St
(515) 965-0333 (515) 964-5623
Lubenow Bike Shop
Jct Hwy 19 & Hwy 15 SW
Arm s trong
Breakaway Bike Shop Healthy Habits Bicycles
1079 Hwy 4 3441 Devils Glen Rd
Bickel's Cycling And Fitness
305 E Agency Rd
122 Main St
Europa Cycle & Ski
4302 University Av
Hall Bicycle Company
419 2 Av SE
Northtowne Cycling and Fitness
1150 Blairs Ferry Rd Ne
Connecticut Yankee Pedaller
906 Court Ave
Charles City Bikes
221 N Main St
Letsche's Bike Shop
215 W Main St
Oakwood Park 218 Main Avenue
Clear Lake Clinton
(515) 357-4660 (563) 242-1712
River City Bike Shop
131 5th Avenue South 1207 240 Av
(563) 243-8000 (515) 583-2243
D.D.'s Bike Shop
1715 3rd Ave
True Wheel Bicycle Endless Trail Bike Shop True Wheel Bicycle Company
120 W Broadway
15 South 23rd Street 120 W Broadway St
Council Bluffs Council Bluffs
(712) 322-9760 (712) 328-0767
http://endles s trail.tripod.com
Xtreme Wheels Bike And Sports Cresco Bicycles Jerry & Sparky's Bicycle
19277 Conifer Lane 225 N Elm St 1819 E Locust St 3616 Eas tern Av
Council Bluffs Cresco Davenport Davenport
(712) (563) (563) (563)
388-0800 547-2877 324-0270 386-5533
101 College Dr.
220 Eas t Water Street
1604 3rd Ave S
1710 NW 86th St
3615 1/2 Beaver Ave.
4211 Cham berlain 2606 Beaver
Des Moines Des m oines
(515) 255-8433 (515) 274-0397
1515 E Euclid 101 Jordan Creek Pkwy 1616 37th Street
Des Moines Des Moines Des Moines
(515) 263-2000 (515) 727-4065 (515) 274-2416 (515) 284-0518
The Bicycle Station
Trek Store Davenport Decorah Bicycles Oneota River Cycles
Steve's Bike Shop Barr Bicycle & Fitness Beaverdale Bicycles Boulevard Sports ICHI Bike Modern Bike Scheels All Sports
Two Guys Bike Shop Williamson's Bike Shop
www.m odernbike.com www.scheelssports.com
1217 Fores t Av
1072 Central Ave
Free Flight Bikes
5010 Wolff Rd 3250 Dodge Street
www.freeflightbikes.com www.thebikes hack.com
The Bike Shack AJ's Bicycle Shop
103 S 2nd Street
The Bike Shop
808 1s t Avenue N.
Bikes to You
Laughing Lizard Cycles
921 Broad Street 207 W. Salem Ave
(641) 236-8600 (515) 961-1930
www.bikestoyou.com www.laughinglizardcycles .com
Geoff's Bike and Ski
816 S Gilbert St
30th Century Bicycle
310 Prentiss Street
The Broken Spoke
602 S. Dubuque St.
World Of Bikes
723 S. Gilbert St.
Spoken Wheel Cyclery
420 Washington Ave 834 3rd Pl 1246 Illinois Dr 721 E Fayette St
Iowa Falls Kalona Knoxville Manches ter
(641) (319) (641) (563)
105 N. Dearborn 117 W Main St
Maquoketa Mars halltown
(563) 652-6343 (641) 753-3320
www.m agellanbikeands kirepair.com
Wayne's Ski & Cycle
4700 4th St SW
Bennetts Bike & Fitness A J H McNeill Hardware
3649 4th St SW
Mas on City
Harper's Cycling & Fitness
1106 Grandview Ave
Karl's Bicycle Shop
502 E McKinley St
Sugar Bottom Bikes
325 N. Front Street
The Bike Barn The Expedition Company
414 NW 6 St
Al's Bike Shop Red Rock Cycle and Fitness JJAMS Bicycle and Repair Magellan Bike & Ski Mike's Bikes & Fitness
648-2924 656-2638 842-5720 927-5826
(319) 465-4286 (563) 263-4043
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1021 Hwy 71 S
The Bike Store
PO Box 203
629 Main St
Bobzilla's Bicycle Werks
1718 Pella Ave.
The Bike Shop
331 Church Street
(641) 682 2024
207 Eas t Main Street
Iowa Bike & Fitness
814 Main St
Archie's Bike Shop Kirby's Bike and Cart
410 Angie St 104 Rye St
Brothers Bike Shop Country Bikes & Produce Albrecht Cycle Shop Bikes Boards & Blades Lakeshore Cyclery
110 4th Ave NE 651 9 St SW
Sioux Center Sioux Center
200 5 St 324 Grand Av
Sioux City Spencer
(712) 258-6050 (712) 264-1068
1523 E Lakes hore Dr 405 W 2nd St
Dick's Bike Repair
102 E 3rd St
The Bike Shop
1331 E 2nd St
Webs ter City
Bike World West
West Des Moines
Rasmussen Bicycle Shop Precision Cyclery
301 Grand Ave 324 29th Street
West Des Moines West Des Moines
(515) 277-2636 (515) 226-0172
*Bold Entries are Iowa Bicycle Coalition members
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Iowa Bicycle Clubs and Teams Website
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P. O. Box 304
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P.O. Box 223 201 Foote St. SW 934 520th Street P. O. Box 1571
P.O. Box 3575
www.dmcycleclub.com www.teambadmonkey.com www.centraliowatrails.org www.teamchecker.com www.teamcowiowa.com www.punkrockcycling.com
P.O. Box 13258
2470 Crissy Dr www.dbqbike.org P.O. Box 1857 1447 N 16th Street 1215 Durant
www.bicyclistsofiowacity.org www.iowacitycyclingclub.com/womens-initiative/ www.iowacycling.org
P.O. Box 846
600 Park Court
2308 Knollway Drive 309 N 8th Street P.O. Box 1281
Cyclists of Greene Plymouth County Cyclists Marion Road Hogs Iowa Valley Bicycle Club Team Iguana North Iowa Touring Club Henry County Highwheelers Cornell College Melon City Bicycle Club Spoke Folk Bicycle Club Pella Cycling Club SC Velo Siouxland Cyclists Paired Iowans Going Someplace (PIGS) VeloRosa Cycling Team Spokebusters Velo Syndikat Racing Club Cedar Valley Cyclists Rasmussen Bike Shop Madison County Bicycle Club
www.northiowatouringclub.com www.geocities.com/henrycountyhighwheelers/ www.meloncitybike.org www.spokefolkbike.com www.pellacycling.com/
P.O. Box 431 P.O. Box 768
P.O. Box 3142
2124 Touchae St
216 W Jefferson
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IOWA IS THE WORLD CAPITOL OF TRAILS. Try one of these great rides today.
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Dubuque Cedar Rapids Carroll Davenport
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The Sauk Trail runs from 33 miles from Carroll to Lake View on crushed limestone.
This is home to the Mississippi River Trail and the Heritage Trail to Dyersville. 26 miles of crushed limestone.
Cedar Rapids has en extensive trail system that connects the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Also, check out Beverly Park mountain bike trails. Start in Council Bluffs and cross the Missiouri River on the Bob Kerry Bridge before you explore the 64-mile Wabash Trace.
33 miles of trails run all over Jefferson County. See historic buildings and rolling countryside.
The River City Greenbelt runs all over Mason City. Be sure to take a trip to Clear Lake too.
One of the best Riverfront bike trails on the Mississippi River Trail. Visit Duck Creek Parkway for a 13 mile paved trail ride.
A trip to ride the Dickinson County Trails might be the best part of your summer vacation. 25 miles of paved trails tour around Iowaâ€™s Great Lakes.
The Trout Run Trail is 8 miles within Decorah. Nearby, the Prairie Farmer Trail runs 20 miles from Calmar to Cresco.
Pick up a Siouxland Trails map at a local bike shop and enjoy the ride through the gateway. Be sure to visit this great riverfront.
Visit some of Iowaâ€™s best trails including the High Trestle Trail, the Raccoon River Valley Trail, Heart of Iowa, Chichaqua Trail, Summerset Trail, and Great Western Trail. Also, explore the large mountain bike trail system.
Over 100 miles of trails cross the Cedar Valley. This is home to the American Discovery Trail and connects to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.
TWO-WHEELED LIFESTYLE We at Iowa Goes By Bicycle are excited about your participation in the Iowa Goes By Bicycle Challenge and are thankful for your support in making Iowa a physically and environmentally healthy place to live. We hope that the fun that you experience while riding bicycles extends beyond thef ive-month challenge to a lifestyle of cycling. Maybe with some of the money that you save on gas, car maintenance, and a gym membership, you can justify spending a little extra on a reliable bike. Any dollar that goes into your biking expenses is an investment into your future health, our environment, and your family. Biking is a great way to bond with the important people in your life while also keeping in great shape. Here are just a few ways to get active with friends, family, & co-workers: • Plan a family picnic! Pack a lunch, hit up a biking trail, and spend some quality time together. • Organize an after-work bike ride. Meet up at a park after work for a ride and afterward share some appetizers and refreshments at a local establishment. • Plan a commuter breakfast or lunch at your workplace once a month. You could possibly even get your business to sponsor it, or ride your bicycles to a nearby restaurant. • Host a bicycle rodeo, a clinic to teach children bicycling safety, for employees and their families. • Ask your employer to host a bicycle maintenance clinic. • Join or start a bike club with friends. As a culture, we move through life way too quickly. Shake things up a bit and ride your bike! As another cycling friend pointed out, “it is not how fast you get there, it is what you experience on the journey that matters” (Dave Glandon, Iowa). Be safe and have fun, Audrey Wiedemeier Iowa Goes By Bicycle Coordinator Mark Wyatt Executive Director Valerie Allen Iowa Bicycle Coalition Intern Hannah Krehbiel Iowa Bicycle Coalition Intern
RESOURCES IOWA BICYCLE COALITION
Iowa Bicycle Coalition
The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is a non profit bicycle advocacy organization with 1325 members throughout Iowa. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition builds partnerships, educates Iowans, and helps to establish safe and enjoyable bicycle transportation and recreation networks throughout Iowa. The Coalition holds an annual conference each year to educate on bicycle safety. They also have a Safe Routes to School Program to encourage more children to walk or ride bicycles safely to school. More information at www.IowaBicycleCoalition.org
BikeIowa is a portal to bicycling in Iowa. Want to know where the latest ride, race, or event is? Check BikeIowa.com for the latest information links and news.
It is the oldest, largest, longest bicycle touring event in the world. 10,000 participants travel across Iowa by bicycle during the last week of July.
Maps can be a crucial tool to getting around by bicycle. This is a small list of resources and not inclusive of all the resources available. Be sure to order one of the Iowa Bicycle Maps for free from the Iowa DOT. But also take a look at the community based maps that are available to make your ride better.
State of Iowa Bicycle Transportation Map
Cedar Falls and Waterloo
Cedar Falls Tourism www.cedarfallstourism.org
Davenport and the Quad Cities
QC TAG and the Quad Cities Bicycle Club www.bikelib.org/maps-and-rides/maps/quad-citi es/
Johnson County Council of Governments www.jccog.org
Siouxland Trails Foundation www.siouxlandtrails.org
Des Moines Bicycle Collective www.dsmbikecollective.org
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Iowa's World Capitol of Trails Maps www.inhf.org
Tri-State Trail Vision www.envision2010.org/tri-statetrailvision
Low Cost Bicycles
The Iowa City Bicycle Library and the Des Moines Bicycle Collective offer great opportunities to get bicycles, learn repair techniques, and get involved with your community. Check out all of the programming that they have to offer. Des Moines Bicycle Collective www.dsmbikecollective.org Iowa City Bicycle Library www.bikelibrary.org
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This publication would not be possible without the tremendous support of the Wellmark Foundation. Their contribution has helped created this guide as well as the Iowa Goes By Bicycle Challenge. More information can be found at www.wellmarkfoundation.org. This guide is also possible thanks to our many sponsors including: Iowans Fit For Life New Belguim Brewery Shakespeare’s Pub and Grill HyVee and the HyVee Triathlon Lee and Andrea Venticher New Pioneer Coop World of Bikes, Iowa City Letche’s Bicycles, Cherokee Scheels, Coralville, Des Moines, Sioux City, Cedar Falls Peace Tree Brewing Des Moines Register Media It is important to thank our sponsors who have donated goods and prizes for the Iowa Goes by Bicycle Challenge. Please visit your local bike shop and see their great gear. Terry NBB Sherpani Chrome Po Campo Michelob Ultra & Doll Distributing Cat Eye Special Thanks To: Lee Venteicher Donald Baxter Jelena Stojakovic Ricardo Mantilla Jason Boten Andrew Green Kristen Gilchirst Meredith Norton
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