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  • Pioneering cyclists float into new openings on balloon-tired bikes

    WINTHROP, Wash. – Anything this obscenely fat is bound to draw stares, especially in the Methow Valley, where it sometimes seems as though everything from the people (ultra active) to …


  • Spokane fat bikers spinning their niche

    Balloon-tired fat bikes are breaking trail into new Inland Northwest terrain this winter, including nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling routes. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which has opened its nordic trails on …


  • Only early birds bag these 2013 bike tours

    Bicyclists can relax until spring before planning most of their 2013 cycling season. But the following popular spring and summer rides sell out so quickly, you have to be planning …


  • Recreation supervisor Aho gave Spokane years of service

    The founder of the city’s outdoor recreation program is heading down the trail, leaving a warehouse full of bikes, kayaks, skis, snowshoes and camping gear he built up during 32 …


  • Ten picks worth celebrating

    Ten years ago, I penned the very first “Gear Junkie” column, covering a small camp stove from MSR. Fast forward a decade and you can guess I have tested my …


  • Armstrong stepping down as Livestrong chairman

    AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity and Nike severed ties with him as fallout from the doping scandal swirling around the famed …


  • Charities, cyclists reap benefits of sponsored biking events

    Inland Northwest cyclists are on roll with an expanding calendar of catered events that start in winter, freewheel through spring and shift to high gear heading into fall. Fourteen area …


  • Inland NW fall bike tours

    SEPTEMBER Great NW Fall Tour ( gnwft.homestead.com), Sept. 2: Ride routes of 15, 30, 50 or 85 miles beginning at the Newport City Park. Benefits Newport/Priest River Rotary Club. $25 …


  • Gear Junkie: Standouts at Utah Outdoor Retailer Show

    More than 1,000 brands and tens of thousands of attendees gathered last week for the twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City. I was on site for four …


  • Gear Junkie: Specialized jersey blocks sun

    Applying sunscreen in the outdoors can be a pain. As such, whenever possible I wear clothing that can do double duty by blocking the sun’s harmful rays. Wide-brim hats and …


  • Partners give boost to Riverside State Park

    Despite losing 40 percent of its full-time staff in the past two years because of state budget cuts, Riverside State Park has found a way to move forward and even …


  • Extreme wheel men: Bamboo bike

    Paul Fish wasn’t out to save the world or make it as a local frame builder when he built a bamboo bicycle. He just wanted to see if he could …


  • Veteran vouches for Smart Cycling class

    We learn to bicycle when we’re young. No license is required. But it’s not just kid stuff, as you can learn in one of the League of American Bicyclists’ classes …


  • Field reports: Centennial Trail gets TLC

    TRAILS – Volunteers are gathering all along the Spokane River Centennial Trail on Saturday to wail on weeds, pick up litter and sweep it clean. To join the group, and …


  • Bikers put bright ‘eyes’ on their tail

    As bike gear goes, illumination is one category where I go all out. For safety while riding on roads in the evening or at night, I’m going to be that …


  • Do Your Part: Save money; try two wheels

    Do you wince when you fill up your gas tank? Don’t expect the pain at the pump to end anytime soon. That makes it the right time to grab your …


  • Inland Northwest flush with organized bicycling events

    The number of organized regional bicycling events continues to grow into a packed schedule of rolling social events. Never has there been so much incentive to get out and enjoy …


  • 2012 Bicycling Events: Expanded list

    The Spokesman-Review’s list of top 2012 bicycling tours and races in Washington, North Idaho, western Montana, northeastern Oregon and southeastern British Columbia.


  • Initial bike event draws varied crowd with its deals

    About 1,300 bicyclists – experienced and novice, young and old – descended on the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center on Saturday to buy, sell and trade bikes at what …


  • Batteries make ebikes a hit

    They say what goes around comes around, and that certainly applies to bicycles. Back in 1895, more than a decade before Henry Ford introduced his Model T, Ogden Bolton patented …


  • 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 …


  • Fall adds perfect spice to Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

    Fall is my favorite time to ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. The crowds of cyclists tend to drop off after Labor Day, and so do the swarms of …


  • SpokeFest offers array of bike routes

    Both experienced and inexperienced bicyclists, young and old, will enjoy a ride around Spokane together today at SpokeFest. The ride isn’t competitive. It’s a way to celebrate cycling and promote …


  • Getting There: County weighs mandatory bike helmet-use law

    As deputies describe it, the 6-year-old boy hit by a truck in Newman Lake on July 28 bounced between the Dodge’s undercarriage and the asphalt like a pinball. The boy’s …


  • Bicycle-pedestrian plan draws scrutiny

    Some Spokane Valley City Council members took aim Tuesday at the proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program that received a unanimous recommendation of approval from the city’s Planning Commission. People …


  • Getting there: Spokane Valley considers designated bike routes

    A proposal to build more sidewalks and create safer bicycle routes in Spokane Valley is headed for action before the City Council this summer. Because Spokane Valley grew up under …


  • Bicycle, pedestrian plan sent to council

    A supportive group of residents turned out for last week’s public hearing on Spokane Valley’s proposed Bike and Pedestrian Master Program, several of them arriving by bicycle. Nearly everyone who …


  • Mountain bikers carve out time to slow down, improve skills

    We learn to ride bicycles as kids. But we never quite finish learning to ride mountain bikes. Fat-tire models are another breed that constantly steer their riders into terrain that …


  • Face Time: Chamberlain is big wheel among Spokane cyclists

    Barb Chamberlain has worn a lot of hats besides her bike helmet over the years. The 48-year-old director of communications and public affairs at WSU Spokane has been an Idaho …


  • Getting There: State designing upgrades for I-90

    Big freeway improvements take so long to plan and build that state engineers have already started design work on improvements to Interstate 90 from Barker to Harvard roads even though …

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