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Exploring Kansas Back Roads by Bike



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So Now I Guess I’m a Runner, Too

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 02:19:42 +0000

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve taken up running. Partly this is me being inspired by my ultrarunner friend Kimberly (and her husband, Jay).…

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USBR66 Tour: Gear Reviews

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 18:33:45 +0000

Here are some quick reviews of gear I used on my recent USBR66 Tour.

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USBR66 Tour Recap

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 18:31:19 +0000

Notes and photos from riding US Bicycle Route 66 from Chicago to Joplin.

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Loaded Tour On Tap: Route 66 from Chicago

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:46:00 +0000

I’m preparing to head out for a little bike tour. Four of us are planning to ride Amtrak from Kansas City to Chicago, then ride…

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Mound City Muffin Metric (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #5)

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 16:52:48 +0000

A challenging gravel ride through the challenging terrain of western Bourbon and Linn Counties, Kansas.

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Round About LeRoy (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #4)

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:06:25 +0000

Logged my fourth ride in the 2017 Cup O' Dirt Challenge, a 64-mile ride in and around the town of LeRoy Kansas.

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My 2017 Kandango Trip Report

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 01:41:05 +0000

Over on Kansas Cyclist, I posted some words and images about the 2017 Kandango Tour. This is the third year I’ve done this supported 4-day/3-night…

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Gravel Bike 1x Drivetrain Conversion

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 15:10:49 +0000

Simplify: It’s a precept that works for a lot of things in life. Simpler is not always better, but it often is. The same idea works…

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Continental Cyclocross Speed Tires Mounted

Tue, 30 May 2017 02:08:23 +0000

Mounted up some new Continental Cyclocross Speed tires on the Nashbar Gravel Bike.

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Maxxis Raze Gravel Tires

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:52:41 +0000

It's time to swap out the Maxxis Raze tires on my Nashbar Gravel Bike, after about 1900 miles.

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May Mo’ Gravel

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:44:17 +0000

A trip report from spending most of May bicycling the gravel roads in Lafayette County, Missouri.

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Odense Adventure (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #3)

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:59:57 +0000

I rode towards a place on the map called Odense. Odense doesn't really exist any more. It is not a ghost town, because there's nothing left. Except a cemetery.

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A Mundane March

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:33:43 +0000

After big miles in January and February, the month of March was rather slow. Lots of trail work and spring showers and flowers!

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PST Velo+ Meetup Metric Ride Planned for April 29

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 17:29:18 +0000

There’s a new bike shop opening in Iola in April, with a grand opening on April 29th. I put together plans for a little ride…

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Somehow Out of Sorts

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:09:46 +0000

Early February, 70 degrees, sunshine, no wind … perfect riding conditions, and yet I was somehow out of rhythm. It was my first “shorts” ride…

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Up and Down the Lazy River (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #2)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:03:19 +0000

My second ride in the 2017 Cup O’ Dirt Challenge is in the books, a 68-miler in the Neosho River bottoms. After a week of…

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Stark Falls

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 03:15:22 +0000

Small towns, remote roads, low-water crossings galore, beautiful scenery, and some challenging terrain. It's hard to beat.

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Sense of Wander (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #1)

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:15:30 +0000

I’d mapped out a 35-mile route, but with temperatures up to around 50°F and light winds, I went ahead and knocked off my first 100km+…

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I Rode 940 Miles for a Coffee Cup

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:06:55 +0000

I worked hard last year to earn my very own Cup O’ Dirt Challenge mug — logging twelve gravel rides of over 100km each (totaling about 940…

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Moran Meander

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:05:21 +0000

I headed over to the neighboring community of Moran, Kansas to do a bit of exploring by bike. I’ve ridden some of the roads around there,…

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New Wheelset: Mavic Aksium Race

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:30:27 +0000

I recently picked up a used set of Mavic Aksium Race wheels. They’re several years old, at least, but seem solid. My intention is to…

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2017 Cup O’ Dirt Challenge Accepted

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:32:22 +0000

I’m in for the 2017 Cup O’ Dirt Challenge — six unpaved imperial centuries (100 miles) or twelve unpaved metric centuries (100km) during the calendar…

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Little Ozarks Gravel Grind

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:39:23 +0000

My first gravel ride of the year was a good one. Met up with a small group in Cherryvale, Kansas for a route described as…

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2016 Year-End Recap

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:09:22 +0000

Here’s a look back at my cycling year. It was a really good year, both by the numbers and by the memories. This year-end summary…

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Finish Unpaved

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:57:07 +0000

I wrapped up the year with a 32-mile ride that ticked a lot of my favorite boxes: gravel roads, rail-trails, singletrack. The temperature was in the…

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Birthday Ride: Buffalo Rose

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 02:56:39 +0000

I headed out for a gravel ride this afternoon, planning to ride only about 40 miles. But with pleasant sunshine and mild temperatures, I just…

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New Bars for the Nashbar

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:18:39 +0000

In an attempt to both save a bit of weight and improve the ergonomics, I switched out the bars on my Nashbar 4050. The old setup had…

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Cup O’ Dirt Challenge 2016

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:52:57 +0000

This year I successfully finished the Cup O' Dirt Challenge, riding 12 dirty metrics (100km gravel rides). Great fun!

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An Unexpected Return

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:19:20 +0000

Well now. It’s been over four years since I posted on this blog, but here I am again. Despite a gross dereliction of duty, I…

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Bike Camping at Leavenworth State Fishing Lake

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 03:42:07 +0000

Another weekend bicycle camping excursion, this time with a more urban flavor, along with experiencing some of the frustrations of public campgrounds.

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