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Unauthorized Mountain Bike Trails Damage New Park Land

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Over the last seven years numerous people in Whatcom County have worked toward the establishment of an 8700 acre forest park that would protect the Lake Whatcom reservoir and provide passive, trail-based recreation for a variety of users.  A preliminary survey of the land and its features done in 2007-8 found almost no unauthorized activity in this large expanse of ... Read More »

Ride Like the Wind: Cycling the Palouse

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The Palouse of eastern Washington and north Idaho is the region’s breadbasket and one the nation’s premier dryland farming regions, its 4,000 square miles of wind-sculpted hills unfolding under an endless sea of wheat and beans. Outside the raucous Greek Rows and stadiums of Washington State University in Pullman and The University of Idaho in Moscow, life is pretty quiet ... Read More »

A Few Decades on Galbraith Mountain: A Cultural History

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Story by Mark Peterson It has been an incredible experience to witness the immense amount of positive change a sport like mountain biking – and an asset like Galbraith Mountain – can bring to a community. North Lookout Mountain, commonly known as Galbraith Mountain, has changed drastically over the past 20 years as mountain biking has taken root and flourished ... Read More »

A Wheelman’s Passing: The Saga of Frank G. Lenz

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Story by David V. Herlihy Photos Courtesy of David Herlihy Sandpoint, Idaho. September 14, 1892. It was a scene that would become standard fare in Westerns produced a half-century later: a dusty stranger rides into a small town at dusk, descends from his mount, and saunters into the main hotel, while the murmuring locals crane their necks for a view of ... Read More »

Autumn Bike Rides: Pedaling without the Gore-Tex

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Story and photos by Mike McQuaide “But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun” - Lennon & McCartney Depending on when you read this, that rude saucy lass named Autumn is here or on her way. And with her, she bears gifts of spit-in-your-face rain, mud by the bucket load and gloom-filled skies of perpetual gray. As an avid ... Read More »

Dodging Turkeys: Mike McQuaide Interviews Himself

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Story and photos by Mike McQuaide With thousands of miles of snaking tarmac that winds, wends, climbs and descends through some of the country’s most stunning and varied terrain – alpine meadows to jewel-like islands; arid desert to lush rain forest – Washington State is truly an amazing place to ride a bike. And now Mountaineers Books of Seattle has ... Read More »

(Biking) Life begins at 60: An Unlikely Love Story

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story by CHUCK ROBINSON  | “Life begins at forty and I’m just living all over again.” That’s what the song says, but of course, sixty is the new forty and that’s when I began living my life—my biking life—all over again. Way back on my seventh birthday when I lived in a small Illinois farm town, my parents told me ... Read More »