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Evanston to create bike plan for more safety

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If you happen to be an avid fan of bicycle touring, you know how critical it is to have the proper bike gear and maintain awareness to ensure your safety on the road. Unfortunately, some areas are less safe than others for cyclists who have to travel alongside motor vehicles, especially in heavily populated areas.

Now, Evanston, Ill., is working to improve this situation for casual and frequent cyclists alike. Recently, members of the Bike Plan Steering Committee and the Evanston D
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Bicycle tour aimed at raising money for disaster relief

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In many cases, people don't just go bicycle touring to get some exercise and see the countryside - they do so for a good cause. This is what cyclists will be doing when they go bike touring from Joplin, Missouri, to New Orleans, Louisiana, in an effort to raise money for disaster relief, according to KODE-TV and KSNF-TV.

Cyclists participate in the JOMO-NOLA 2013 Bike Tour will ride 800 miles from Joplin to New Orleans over the course of 10 days, reported JOMO-NO
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Mike Derr sees the benefit of a bike tour

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As cyclists will tell you, it's not always an easy task to embark on an extensive bike tour, especially when it requires you to be on the road for weeks at a time. However, the feeling of finishing a bicycle tour can be exhilarating, which might be why Mike Derr continues to do it.¬

Derr, who serves as a councilman in Selma, California, recently completed a [Read more...]

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Examining your food choices before and during a bike ride

Whether you're preparing for a bicycle tour or heading on a day trip on your bike, it's worth taking a few moments to think about what you're going to eat. Even though it might seem like a frivolous concern, the food you consume before and during your ride can play a big role in your energy levels.

Ideally, you should try to get your fill of carbohydrates on the morning of your trip. Don't try to stuff yourself - instead, opt for carbs that can give you the fuel you nee
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Preparing your kids for a trip into the woods

As you prepare for a camping trip in the woods, you'll need to take a certain amount of precautionary measures if you're traveling with children. Once you pack your camping equipment and bike gear for the excursion, there are a few ground rules you'll want to set to keep your kids safe while exploring the great outdoors.

First and foremost, stress to your children that it's important to look - not touch. Younger kids may especially be curious when it comes to unfamiliar
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Sleep safe and sound with the Terra Nova Voyager XL Tent

If you've grown tired of fumbling for hours to set up your old tent, only to have it spring leaks, allow gusts of wind through and topple over in the middle of your camping trip, you're probably looking for more reliable lodgings for your next expedition into the backcountry. However, the ideal shelter is more than just a place that can withstand the elements, it's also somewhere you can stretch out comfortably after a long day of fishing or hiking. Luckily, the [Read more...]

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Keep warm in sub-freezing weather with the Marmot Never Summer sleeping bag

If you're the sort who enjoys camping during the shoulder seasons - the time of year when a particular area experiences a bit of downtime - chances are you're going to have to endure some cold weather. Many sleeping bags offer ample comfort in the summer months but don't hold their own as the mercury starts to drop. With Marmot's Never Summer sleeping bag, yo
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Bicycle touring with Mickey and friends

Ever consider combining your childhood dreams with your adulthood passion? By bicycle touring on Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay, you can make that dream a reality.

Castaway Cay, located in the Bahamas, is one of the stops that the ship makes on a regular basis and includes a tantalizing mixture of tropical surroundings and classic Disney fun. Bikes are only $6 per hour to rent and there are numerous trails throughout the island that can be explored. If you're a parent lookin
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Tips for choosing the right sleeping bag

Sleeping bags are a dime a dozen these days, so how do you know that you're picking a quality product that will fit all of your camping needs?

The first thing to consider is size. Juniors are good for small children, but adults will have a harder time distinguishing between the options. Mummy cuts are for slender individuals, while rectangular sizes are for those with a larger midsection. Extra long is meant for people who are taller than six feet.

Temperature rating is also
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Two easy cooking recipes for hikers

Just because one is hiking through the woods doesn't mean that he or she will be free from cooking duties. With an effective piece of camping equipment like a portable stove, it's possible to set the granola aside for a night and try something more savory, according to LiveStrong.com.

One of the more nutritious and simple dishes is wrapped corn. Campers should buy corn before they set out for the trail and keep in mind that it will only stay fresh for two or three days. Remove
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