SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012

New gear stands out at Outdoor Retailer

More than 1,000 brands and 20,000 attendees: The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held last week in Salt Lake City, offered a peek at the future of gear. The Gear Junkie roamed the trade show for three days. Here are a few items that caught my eye. • Smart Light – Look at a cliff face above a hiking trail. Your headlamp illuminates the rock with a 300-lumen beam. Now, glance at your map; notice as the headlamp beam instantly tones down to adjust for a close view.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2011

The Gear Junkie offers tips for winter bicycling 

Be it for fun or utility on a daily commute to work or school, bicycling does not need to end when the snow flies. I have ridden year ’round in Minnesota, my home state, for several seasons, including in snowstorms and on days when the mercury has plunged to zero degrees and below.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011

Ken Mondal of the WTA shows a section of eroded trail that was decommissioned by volunteers after they built a new section this autumn. (Rich Landers)

Washington Trails volunteers clear way for hikers, bikers 

A group of volunteers has blazed the way for hikers and bikers to enjoy the burst of autumn colors in the Iller Creek Conservation Area. The Washington Trails Association has worked for three years with other local groups to maintain, rebuild and reroute trails in the popular Valley natural area secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program.

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

The dash begins Saturday under an eclectic sculpture of bike parts that marks the start and finish line for this weekend’s “Round the Clock” 24-hour mountain bike race at the old Seven Mile airstrip in Riverside State Park. (Christopher Anderson)

‘Round the Clock’ bike race attracts all levels

Armed with tents, headlights, sleeping bags, bicycles and maybe even some beer, hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts and their families kicked off a weekend of camping and bicycle riding Saturday at Riverside State Park. The 24-hour “Round the Clock” bike competition, in which participants compete for prizes and bragging rights, began at noon Saturday.

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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

“There’s nothing like it,” said Tom Aylward, 62, as he rode his bike through the Rathdrum Prairie on Wednesday.

Bike gives Aylward a leg up as Ironman nears 

Tom Aylward speeds off on his bike into the Rathdrum Prairie wind, accelerating quickly, determined not to let his training partners catch him. In the past month, the 62-year-old’s biking has improved so much it could become his saving grace when the Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene hits June 26.

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SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011

All hikers can find trails to their liking along more than 22 miles of routes up, down and along the South Hill bluff above U.S. Highway 195. (Rich Landers)

Volunteers have created wildly popular trail system on bluff 

For more than two decades, a don’t-ask, don’t-tell volunteer trail-building effort has been wildly successful on the South Hill bluff below High Drive. Spokane has a premier neighborhood recreation area with more than 22 miles of routes heavily used by walkers, runners and mountain bikers. And the trails were developed at virtually no cost to the city.

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 16, 2010

Like Portland, Seattle is known for a population conscious about its sustainable impact, including a lot of places to park a bike. But it also has its own challenges with the impact from auto drivers.  (Paul K. Haeder / Down to Earth NW Correspondent)

You Can’t Take the Muscle Car Out of the Boy…

It seems indignant parsing through a City Councilman’s emails with community members who are bike proponents, working citizens who probably drop money into City coffers from sales tax; probably have cool automobiles with bike-kayak racks and more than likely patronize downtown eateries.

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

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