Category Archives: Bike Touring

Episode 10 – Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a journalist and author of Hello, Bicycle, Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, and The Culinary Cyclist.

Theme music is by Will McKindley-Ward.

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Episode 8 – Bikes, Race, and Racing in 1928

In 1928, five African American women set off from New York City on a 250 mile adventure to Washington D.C. Their three day ride was about personal pleasure and challenge and calls into question our ideas of who bicycled in history and why.

Thank you to historian Marya McQuirter for her deep insight into the 1928 ride. Thank you to Liz Jose for sharing her experience with touring from NYC to DC.

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“Backed Vibes,” “Finding The Balance”
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Episode 7 – Lael Wilcox Is A Bikepacking Badass

Lael Wilcox may not yet be a household name in the cycling world, but with wins and records in super long distance, self-supported bikepacking races such as TransAmerica and the Tour Divide, she will be soon. In this special episode of The Bicycle Story podcast, I interviewed Lael about her victory at TransAm, what it’s like to race across the country in 18 days, her roots as a dirtbag world adventurer, breaking into the mainstream, and more.

For more on Lael’s world travels, check out The Bicycle Story’s 2014 interview with her partner Nick Carman.

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Episode 3: Ditch Your Car, Climb a Mountain

Matt Alford has been a rock climber and mountaineer for most of his life. For the better part of three decades now, he’s been exploring the mountains near his home in Seattle and far beyond. Doing so has required logging countless hours and miles in a car. When that fact started weighing on Matt’s mind 10 years ago, he decided the solution was to start putting together Front Door Adventures: climbing and skiing trips accessed completely by bike and mass transit.

Correction: In the opening of the episode I say that “Personal car use contributes relatively little to greenhouse gas emissions compared to industrial agriculture, airplanes, dirty energy and others.” This is an understatement of personal car, truck, and SUV use’s impact. According to the EPA, transportation contributed 27 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in 2013. Of that 27 percent, passenger cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans account for over half of the emissions generated. 

“Go Cart,” “Dub Feral ,” “Universal”
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The 3 Month Honeymoon By Bike

The Megamoon tour of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Photo via

When Hannah Maia and Patrick Taylor-Bird got married, they decided to go big with their honeymoon: a three-month bike tour from New Mexico to Canada along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Maia is a filmmaker and documented their trip with this fantastic short film. It does a remarkable job of capturing the joys and challenges of bike touring. Awe, exhaustion, thrill, the need to sing out loud to distract yourself on a seemingly-endless climb. The film reminded me of past trips and got me day dreaming about future adventures.

Megamoon from Maia Media on Vimeo.