Get your Illinois bike/train guide. And climbing with a Dahon on your back

retroshift from the frontGravel grinding is when you ride a bicycle on a, you guessed it, gravel road. But here’s a term I hadn’t heard before: agribiking, riding on paths normally used only by area farmers. Remarkably enough, Joe Cruz gets his farmer on using a 20-inch-wheeled Bike Friday. (Joe Cruz)

Small is doable. Rinko is a type of intermodal touring in Japan that combines bicycle and train travel. There are rinko bags to hold the bicycle, easily removed rinko fenders and this: a threaded 1-inch rinko headset with cartridge bearings that simplifies removal of the front fork to turn full-sized bicycles into more manageable packages. (Velo Orange)

All aboard. How do you combine Amtrak train travel and bicycling in Illinois? The League of Illinois Bicyclists has put together an “informal” yet comprehensive guide to riding the rails with your bike. (League of Illinois Bicyclists)

Put your back into it. Leon McCarron recently completed a tour that included the six tallest landforms in Britain. When the going got too steep, he carried his Dahon folding bicycle backpack-style. I’ve read a few entries of his adventure, but I completely missed the fact that his Dahon is equipped with one of the heaviest rear hubs made: the N360. (Leon McCarron)

It’s all about culture. The designer of Montreal’s Bixi bike bicycle sharing system earlier designed a rooftop rack for Bic and in 2010, a container for yogurt. (New York Magazine)

News or snooze? Columbia Park Development Superintendent Mike Snyder says a proposed 30-mile trail around the city would double the length of trails in that mid-Missouri city–a city already connected by trail to the 230-plus-mile Katy Trail that bisects the state–but it could take up to 20 years to complete. (Missouri Bicycle Federation)

No one has too many bicycles. No one. Especially not Michael Embacher, who has 230 of them, including some very rare models, and turned his collection into a book, an iPad app and an exhibition at Oregon’s Portland Art Museum. (New York Times)

Favorite bicycle I’ve never ridden? Oh, that’s easy: a Moulton. This 2012 video gives you some insight into the operation behind the iconic fully suspended small-wheeled British bicycle, including some thoughts on design from the late Dr. Moulton himself. (Elcyclista)

Language is a troublesome thing. Using a word like “accident,” for instance, may unnecessarily absolve someone of responsibility. Here’s an article praising a 1996 directive from the West Palm Beach, Florida, city administrator that reminds staff to avoid biased language in their communications. (Human Transit)

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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