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Wednesday, December 11, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Oregon woman tells of adventures in 5,350-mile bike ride

In June, Emily Loberg readied her 1985 rebuilt touring bike and set out on a 5,350-mile solo journey.


Ammi Midstokke: The tortoise, the hare, and the old man

I have spent my entire life trying to catch up to my dad. For most of my youthful years, I assumed that age would get the better of him and …


Outpeople: Passion for bike fitting launched path of constant learning and adapting

Walking into Jim Kozak’s shop in Dalton Gardens, Idaho is a little more like walking into a laboratory as compared to an everyday bike shop. Sure there’s bikes for sale, …


Ammi Midstokke: Weekend adventures as a grown up

There was a time, when packing for a girls’ weekend away, I struggled to make room for pumps, little black dresses, industrial strength makeup, and the latest hangover remedy recommended …


Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner recovering from ‘terrible’ bicycle accident that landed her in ICU

Former Mayor Mary Verner spent 11 days in the ICU following a bicycle accident three weeks ago.


Froome tames his rivals in mountain stage at Tour de France

When his rivals tried to unsettle the Tour de France leader in the punishing Lacets du Grand Colombier, Chris Froome just kept calm and carried on.


Ammi Midstokke: A little planning helps make the most of summer

Every year when summer arrives, we have these grand plans of the epic adventures we will embark upon. There are mountains to be scaled, regions to be toured on bike, …


Bike events throughout the summer provide something for everyone

Organized bicycling events in the Inland Northwest in June provide something for everyone, from easy rambles for kids to thigh-busting hill climbs and charity rides with noble goals.


Ammi Midstokke: How suffering equates to glory, and other sports lies

I don’t know how we ever got it into our heads that voluntary suffering signifies dozens of qualities we look up to in society. In fact, we market suffering heavily …


SpokeFest holds drawing for 120 kids bikes

CYCLING – SpokeFest, Spokane’s annual September cycling celebration, is teaming up with Mountain Gear to give away 120 Strider bikes to get area tots balanced and riding. Strider balance bikes …


It’s called the Montana Hell Ride for a reason

The race is hard enough as it is. It’s called the Montana Hell Ride for a reason. But this year’s race in the hills outside Missoula recently was even more …


Seattle launches campaign to get more users for bike share

The city of Seattle has launched a campaign to encourage people to sign up for the now city-owned Pronto bike-share system, but city employees might not have seen the fliers.


Upcoming area bicycling events appeal to the masses

May is a massive month for organized bicycling events in the Inland Northwest. Highlights include Family Adventure mountain biking events at Farragut State Park, Bike to Work Week activities and …


Cyclists celebrate 133 years of touring in Yellowstone Park

Wheelman Frank Lenz, who toured Yellowstone National Park on a “safety bicycle” in 1892, never could have imagined a cycling trip like this: women in pink tutus, men wearing bright …


Beacon for beginners: An oasis of trails, nice people, and blossoms

I hadn’t seen my car in two hours. This is no surprise on a typical ride day except that I was in a park. I also left all my food …


Spokane Bike Swap kicks off April cycling events

The bicycling season shifts into another gear this month. After just a couple organized cycling events on the list in March, April sees about 10 and the number climbs to …


Seattle officials consider abandoning bike-share program

Seattle officials are looking at ways to handle the city’s bike sharing program and some say the best option may be to abandon it.


Ammi Midstokke: When to embrace misery, when to not

I admit, sometimes I don’t want to go outside. This is a difficult confession for a person who finds most of their entertainment in outdoor misadventures leading to an array …


Sue Lani Madsen: Bicyclists, get smart and drop the urban camouflage

One of the reasons for a relatively high casualty rate among bicyclists involved in traffic accidents became apparent to me on a trip through downtown Spokane this fall – bicycle …


Out & About: Radical Reels coming to Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene

OUTRAGEOUS – Eight high-adrenaline films featuring skiing, biking, riding, paddling and other white-knuckle pursuits from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to North Idaho. The Radical Reels film tour …


Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration sign-up still underway

When Bill Gothmann left the Spokane Valley City Council in 2011, he looked down and he didn’t like what he was seeing. “I decided it was time for me to …


Blazing a trail: U.S. Bicycle Route 10 burnishes Washington’s standing as most bike-friendly state in the union

In a forest of blackened spires, the recent victims of the largest wildfire in Washington’s history, I climbed toward Loup Loup Pass on two wheels, breathing heavy and dripping sweat. …


Volunteers clean up, widen area trails

About 100 volunteers turned out last Sunday to brave the heat and dust as they put their muscle into upgrading Trail 100 in Riverside State Park. The National Trails Day …


Tour Deshais: Water, water everywhere, and only 8 liters to drink

IONE, Washington – When my day begins, I load my bike with eight liters of water in four different vessels. That’s almost 18 pounds.


Tour Deshais: Descending through history

COLVILLE – After I crested one of the highest strips of pavement in Washington, I descended into history. My speed reached 25 mph, 30, 35 mph, and I went back …


Tour Deshais: Closure a downer on dry stretch

REPUBLIC, Wash. – The Highlander Cafe and Store in Wauconda is the sole way-stop between Tonasket and Republic on U.S. Bicycle Route 10. And it’s closed.


Tour Deshais: Charred Methow Valley landscape tempers joy

The scorched lands around the road leading to Loup Loup Pass are a grim reminder that not even a year ago the Methow Valley was under siege by Mother Nature. …


Tour Deshais: Climb more bearable as fifth wheel

As we climbed toward Rainy Pass, and then up to Washington Pass, Emma Koenig led the pack. The 21-year-old college student from Portland, Oregon, is riding her bike to Maine …


Tour Deshais: companions ease pain of uphill climb

As we climbed toward Rainy Pass, and then up to Washington Pass, Emma Koenig led the pack.


Tour Deshais: For cyclist, mountain stretch a daunting game of peak-a-boo

NEWHALEM, Washington – Around every turn, the sentinel mountains of the North Cascades grow bigger and taunt me. Mount Despair.