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 Ugly Gnome Kicks off the Cross Country Season

The beginning of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series, Cross Country season, was a little extra special this year. A new race with a new venue added some excitement and a personal connection made the event even more special. The Ugly Gnome Mountain Bike Race took place on the Enders Fault Trail at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas on Sunday. The weather was perfect, … [Read more...]

You Want to Live Here…or at Least Visit

A couple of videos came into focus for me during the past couple of days. One promoting the mountain bike lifestyle that can be had in Northwest Arkansas (thanks to the OZ Trails website). The second came from the city of Little Rock based on a the Travels with Darly television show. This one shows a lot of the reasons I enjoy living in the capital city. Arkansas has really changed the last … [Read more...]

Why Camp Robinson?

Why do I post photos and stories about the Camp Robinson Trails so often? Why does the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance dedicate so many workdays to maintaining those trails? Why should you be using these trails for mountain biking, trail running and hiking? Below are listed some of the reasons that so many people consider Camp Robinson their "go-to" trail system. There are not many places … [Read more...]

The Economic Benefits of the Buffalo National River

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,463,304 visitors to Buffalo National River in 2015 spent $62,243,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 969 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $72,009,000. “Buffalo National River welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Kevin Cheri. … [Read more...]

Cycling Greats, Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill coming to Arkansas

Two legendary riders—Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill—will be on hand for the 2016 IMBA Word Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. Rey, a member of IMBA’s honorary advisory board, has attended previous IMBA summits, including delivering a memorable keynote address at the 2012 event when he reviewed highlights from his career as one of the sport’s most acclaimed adventure and trials riders. MacAskill, … [Read more...]

Local Cycling Businessman, Tony Karklins buys Guru Cycles Assets

From Bicycle Retailer Story: Tony Karklins, along with a few other investment partners, has acquired the tooling, machinery and intellectual property from Montreal-based Guru Cycles and plans to set up a composite/carbon factory in the U.S. Guru Cycles filed for bankruptcy in December and its owners auctioned off assets in February. Karklins did not buy the Guru trademark name, which is … [Read more...]

2017/18 National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships

That's right, NATIONALS. Here are the latest details. (Well done Fred, well done) The 2017 and 2018 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships will be held in Arkadelphia, Ark., USA Cycling announced on Monday. Todd Wells won the 2015 USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships pro title. Tentatively scheduled for late spring 2017 and 2018, the Marathon … [Read more...]