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Hi, my name is Matt and I live in Hutchinson, Ks. Currently most of my cycling is commuting but the wife and I have done some touring in the past.
We are planning a 7 day tour for the spring/summer next year.
Seems that most of the rides around here have tapered off due to the time of the year. Looking forward to more organized rides in the spring.

I've posted some photos of our, (me and My wife), trip to Japan Last year. We didn't do much cycling but the Japan is a beautiful place. I've begun planning rides for next year and taking spinning classes and working out at the Gym. Please visit the blog at

My name is Michele. I have lived in northeast Iowa now for 15 years on an acreage, but am a transplant from big city Los Angeles to the rural midwest. I am an avid off-road adventure motorcyclist, and am now interested in doing more adventure bicycling. I just got a Montague Paratrooper folding bicycle, and am looking forward to using it on day trips through the country areas here in the upper Midwest, as well as longer bike trips. I live close to many Amish farmers, so my first "adventure bicycling" trip will probably be through Amish country once it warms up a bit and some of the snow melts here. Does anybody ride their offroad or mountain bikes in the snow? Are there certain techniques to follow? Thanks!

Global Girl

Hi     I'm from St. Paul, Mn.and I do a lot of biking.My biking styles are commuting, bike touring and triathlons. I've been doing the Northern Tier as my vacations will allow and have made it from the Washington/Idaho border to Niagra Falls in upstate New York. I've also done the Lewis and Clark Trail as well as many loops in MN,WI and IA. I find that commuting and touring have a lot of similarities in both the equipment you use and the mindset required to enjoy them.

I thought I would respond to Global Girl in her quest for information on winter cycling. It is a different world from other cycling with a unique set of challenges. First, you need the right gear and remember layering is the best strategy because the ride in the morning is a lot colder than the ride home so you need to shed some clothes for the ride home.(My assumption is that you work day shift)
head       I use my rain cover on my helmut. It cuts the wind
             Dog Earz is the brand name of a triangular piece of polar fleece with velcro to attach to your chin straps
             Baklava with wind stop
torso      base layer - many many choices. WCP is a mail order company and they have the top of the line products.
             light wool sweater (emphasis on light)
             your choice of biking jacket. Let price be your guide.
             gore tex outer shell
lower body
             biking shorts
             heavy weight tights
             gore tex pants
feet        I wear shoes that are a little big so I can wear heavy heavy socks
             gore tex lined light hiking shoes
On the bike I have what some people call Bullwinkles. I've seen a comercial brand named BarMitts. I've not found any better than a set made by a bike mechanic in St. Paul. On the coldest days of the winter I ride with light winter gloves inside my Bullwinkles and my hands stay nice and warm. If you want to connect with this guy you can email me  You will find the toughest part to keep warm is your feet

Happy Biking       Steve



My name is Scott and I live in the Twin Cities. I first got into long riding in 2000 when I did my first Heartland AIDS Ride... 6 days and 575 miles. After that I was bitten by the touring bug and have done several multi-day organized rides around the US, but was still hesitant to go unsupported. I finally went out solo last fall, CC touring from SF to Bryce Canyon on the Western Express, 830 miles over 12 days. It was a little scary, in a good way and ended up being very rewarding. Still riding and loving my 2000 Lemonde Tourmalet steel frame.


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