Remembering ArKAYAKansas

12 years ago Lance Jones released a 45-minute long tribute and guide to whitewater in Arkansas. Sure the music is a bit dated but it still rocks. This is further proof that Arkansas is a true adventure state, yes we have serious whitewater. With rain in the forecast this weekend, I'm sure that local boaters are ready to hit the creeks. If you're coming from out of state, bring your bike, your … [Read more...]

The #OptOutside Thing

Back in the early 1980's, I was traveling the world having adventures, I was a member of the United States Navy. A friend started me hiking and backpacking and to get my outdoor gear while overseas, I signed up with REI Coop, (Recreational Equipment Inc). It was the only way to find the equipment I needed for my adventures at the time. I bought boots, backpacks, tents, etc. and I remained an … [Read more...]

Time for Cyclocross!

Here in Central Arkansas, the weather is getting cooler and the cycling community is gearing up for cyclocross season.  For those of you unfamiliar with this discipline, cyclocross, or “Cross” for short, is a form of bicycle racing consisting of many laps on a short (1.5-2 mile) course featuring wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the … [Read more...]

Makin’ the Bikes

Some classy bikes being made right here in Little Rock. Check out HIA Velo: INTRO TO HIA VELO from HIA Velo on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

The Bookend Rides – IMBA World Summit 2016

Want to get in an early ride before the IMBA World Summit? Maybe one last one before you head for home. Can’t make it to the rest of the summit but would like to be involved? Arkansas State Parks and the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC, a 20-year-old trail advocacy group and the first IMBA chapter in the region) have you covered. These rides are free to enjoy (shuttles and bike rental are … [Read more...]

Razorback Rumble – Arkansas embraces it’s first National Interscholastic Cycling Association Race

On the chilly Sunday morning of September 11th, Arkansas experienced its first National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) race at Lake Fayetteville. The Razorback Rumble, as the race was aptly named, brought almost 140 riders to participate in this event and history was made. The excitement was palpable as the riders entered the staging area and prepared to compete in their first race. … [Read more...]

Biking with Bill Nye

Yes, Bill Nye, The Science Guy, is ready to get you rolling. Cycling is growing across the country and in particular, Arkansas. All kinds of cycling. Do you want to commute by bike, road race, mountain bike, get a little exercise, do a long tour? What kind of bike do you need? Where should you ride? How do I buy a bike? How much should I spend? Are there rules? What the heck is a … [Read more...]

The Impossible Dream – The Big Dam Bridge is 10 Years Old

Imagine thinking that 5 years after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, a public space would open up on top of a federally managed dam. It was a time when most federal facilities were made off limits to the public. Fences had been put up. tours ended, the country was hunkering down, protecting itself from another attack. It is easy to think of this project being cancelled, no one would … [Read more...]

Spokes on the Move

Just over 6 years ago, we wrote an article on a new bike shop opening in Little Rock. In the article we asked, what happened to Giant Bikes in our market. Soon afterwards we learned that Arkansas Cycling & Fitness had picked up the iconic brand. Two and a half years later we wrote about the new shop opening on Main Street, a collaboration between Spokes and Orbea Bikes. Recently, we learned … [Read more...]

The MS150- It’s More Than a Ride

Our dear friend Sarah, who was my first mountain biking partner other than my husband, our frequent cycling companion, and singer of bad TV theme songs is also the Development Director for Special Events  for the Arkansas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year she asked us to be involved in the MS150 ride. We owe her a debt of gratitude for introducing us to this incredible … [Read more...]