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Hello 2016! Events, Rides and Tours

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Happy New Year Cycling Friends!

The Crooked Letter Cycling Blog and I have been on an extended vacation since I took a seasonal position with VBT (Vermont Bicycle Tours). I am happy to be back at the computer and will have more blogs coming soon!

However, I wanted to share the 2016 Crooked Letter Cycling Calendar with you now! It contains rides all across the state of Mississippi as well as a few popular rides across the south.

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Go ahead and pick at least one ride that is outside of your comfort zone and start mentally and physically preparing for it.

If you are a beginner, set your sights on the 25 mile ride at the Natchez Trace Century Ride May 7 or the 20 mile route at Bikes Blues & Bayous in August. If you are already a casual cyclist, I hope to see you at JMC’s First Flora Ride March 5.

Have you ever completed a tour? Check out Louisiana’s Cycle Zydeco or find Frank Jarmin and ask him about RAGBRAI!

Looking for a new adventure out of state? Search the calendar by by state in the search field. We have events included from Arkansas, Alabama, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee.

If you have never completed a century ride, it should be on your 2016 goals. Even if you don’t own a bike right now, we have enough century rides scheduled for anyone to train for one before the year is out.

I know I am missing several rides that have not been confirmed for late summer and fall of 2016. If you are the organizer of a ride and would like to have it listed on the calendar please contact me!

2016 is going to be a great cycling year! What event are you most looking forward to? How many of the in-state rides do you think you will participate in?

September and October Cycling Events

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A new month has dawned so don’t forget to check out the Crooked Letter Cycling Event Calendar!

Toggle the “view” button on the top right of the page to view the events plotted in a calendar view.

There are cycling events all across the state of Mississippi during September and October for beginners as well as advanced cyclists.

One event coming up soon is the Jackson Metro Cyclists Trekkin’ the Trace.  The ride will be including a beginner bike clinic which will include a discussion on using you gears. So, make plans to attend!

 

 

Have You Traveled to the Tanglefoot Trail?

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I am ashamed to admit that until recently, I had yet to visit and ride the Tanglefoot Trail®, the 44-mile Rails-to-Trails in North Mississippi.

tanglefoot-trail-logoThe Tanglefoot Trail has a detailed history including being named for the #3 Engine on the railroad corridor built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.

What a stunning trail system it is! I am impressed with the Magnolia State’s newest converted train-track-turned-bike-path. Running south from New Albany through Pontotoc and ending in Houston, the trail has a lot of charm.

Don’t Speed-Date the Tanglefoot!

Many in the Jackson Metro area and around the state attempt to tackle the Tanglefoot in one day, leaving in the wee hours of dawn to make the drive to Houston, ride out and back as far as they want, and then head back home tired from a very hectic trip. Read More

Bike Trail Etiquette for Bikers, Walkers and Drivers

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This blog originally appeared in the June-August Ridgeland Life Magazine; however, it is applicable to all bike and multi-use trails.

Riding a bike has changed my life.

Fifteen years ago I could not have dreamed of all the things I would accomplish by bike. Since 2000 I have met hundreds of other cyclists, many who are now close friends. I have participated in bike rides all over the United States, including a cross-country tour in 2010. I am part of a very active cycling group – the Jackson Metro Cyclists – as well as co-leader of a monthly women’s bike ride. I am honored to say that I earlier this year I traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss cycling with our Mississippi congressmen.

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My name is Michelle Williams, and I am publisher of the Crooked Letter Cycling website. Read More

Recumbents VS Standard Upright Bikes: And the Winner is?

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I like bikes. All sizes and shapes. Tire size does not matter – they can be fat or thin, skinny or wide, knobby or slick. I prefer my bikes to be some shade of blue, but I might accept a different color if the bike had all Ultegra components.

When I started cycling in 2000, I rode a standard upright bike. After extreme issues with saddle problems over long distances, I decided to change to a recumbent bike. I rode a recumbent exclusively from November 2007 to April of 2014. During 2014, I decided to take a break from long-distance rides and began riding four different bikes throughout the year – a heavy steel standard upright bike I use for commuting, a mountain bike, the ’bent and a standard all-carbon upright bike.

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To be completely honest, I just got tired of the recumbent. I stopped riding it until last week. Read More

Crooked Letter Cycling Unveils New Jersey

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Have you ever wished for a cycling jersey that represents the state of Mississippi? Have you traveled outside the state to take part in a biking event and longed to ride in a jersey that illustrates your home? Now you can!

Crooked Letter Cycling introduces a fashionable and contemporary cycling jersey that depicts a Magnolia State cyclist’s perfect morning: beautiful countryside and whitetail deer peering from a meadow as you pedal by.

The jersey front depicts a sunrise scene; appropriately, the back depicts the same scene on the ride home, the sun higher in the sky.

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Upcoming Cycling Events in the Magnolia State

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According to the little groundhog in the North, we will be experiencing another six weeks of winter. That may make many around the nation shiver, but if we here in the Magnolia State can continue having winter only during the weekdays and spring on the weekend, winter can last a few more weeks!

Hundreds of Mississippians are riding the miles in January! So, what rides and bike events do we have to look forward to in February and early March?

Cyclists participating in Vicksburg's 2014 Bricks and Spokes bike ride.

Tuesday February 17, Vicksburg: Bike Basics Seminar: The seminar will take place at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, located at 901 Monroe Street, starting at 6 p.m. Topic presenters will be Kathie Eagles, a local recreational cyclist; Jeremy Polk, owner of Revolution Mobile Bike Service; and Michelle Williams, publisher of the Crooked Letter Cycling website and blog. Polk will be on location all day, accepting appointments for basic and full-service bike tuneups. To make an appointment with Jeremy directly, please call him by Friday, February 13, at (601) 400-4448. For additional questions, contact Kim Hopkins via email at kimh@vicksburg.org or by phone at 601-634-4527.

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6 Last Minute Christmas Presents for your Cyclist

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Okay, we are down to the last 6 days before Christmas.  Actually that is only 5 cycling shopping days because I know you are shopping local and the bike shops are closed on Sundays.  So, make your final list and check it twice because here is a list of items your cyclist would love to have under the tree or in the stocking:

1. Blinkies:
Cat-eye, Serfas, CygoLite, NiteRider, or Planet Bike – front or back it does not matter, but your cyclists can always use an extra light. If the light is not rechargeable, throw in a pack of AA or AAA batteries.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign: Give to a Good Cause

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Safer Streets Giving Tues FBBike Walk Mississippi, our bicycle and pedestrian advocacy nonprofit, has been working on a new campaign for a while now to increase awareness and safety for bicyclists in Mississippi, and the group is ready to launch their effort statewide. Bike Walk Mississippi is trying to raise $5,000 by the end of the year so they can take this campaign to the next level and start producing a series of statewide PSAs, similar to those of the People for Bikes campaign, including viral videos, posters, postcards and radio spots. Representatives for the campaign will seek out advertising space and will be printing and distributing “I Share the Road” bumper stickers, Mississippi bike law pocket guides and educational materials to people free of charge throughout the state.

What Is the “I Share the Road” Campaign?

The “I Share the Road” campaign is a two-pronged effort to target motorist to change the perception they have of bicyclists on the road and to encourage mutual respect between motorists and cyclists. The campaign is a reminder that people who ride bikes are also someone’s daughters and sons, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers. Your support of this campaign will launch a statewide education and awareness effort for sharing Mississippi’s roads. Please help Bike Walk Mississippi produce and distribute these resources. Support increased bicycle and pedestrian safety in Mississippi by donating online at IShareTheRoadMS. Read More

Welcome to Crooked Letter Cycling – Mississippi’s Cycling Resource!

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CLC_logoEveryone knows that Mississippi is the home of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a great place to ride. But do you know where and when to pedal to the blues in the Delta, to play bike polo in the state capitol, to mountain bike in the Pine Belt, to meander the Mississippi Coastal Heritage Trail, to travel the Longleaf in South Mississippi, to tour the Tanglefoot in North Mississippi?

Now you do.

You’ve found the one-stop resource for everything cycling-related in the Hospitality state! Crooked Letter Cycling is where you’ll discover where to ride in Mississippi, from the Mississippi River to the Alabama state line, from the Tennessee border to the sunny Gulf Coast. Find out about every cycling opportunity in and near the Magnolia state, right here.

I’m proud to be a part. Cycling is my passion. Read More