Category Archives: Triathlons

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!

 

 

Bike Trail Etiquette for Bikers, Walkers and Drivers

By | Beginners, Mountain Bikes, Racing, Recreational Cycling, Road Riding, Tandems, Triathlons, Women's Cycling | 5 Comments
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.

Me at Heatwave booth (1)

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

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

Support Your Local Bike Shops

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I will be the first to admit I have purchased cycling-related items from internet companies.  Sometimes, the internet is the only place to get an item such as discontinued items no longer available to order or specialty items only sold online.  It is very tempting to purchase most items from the internet – heck, you can find just about anything much cheaper on the internet. However, in most cases, the cyclist can and should buy from a local bike shop.

Why should a cyclist support a local bike shop? Read More