Cranksgiving Gives Back

Last year, the inaugural Cranksgiving Little Rock gave the cycling community a unique opportunity to have a great time while helping the Arkansas Rice Depot serve those in need. Soon after the event, organizer Shana Buterbaugh gave us her 5 reasons why Cranksgiving should be an annual event. We listened. The Second Annual Cranksgiving Little Rock benefiting The Van was bigger, better and more … [Read more...]

The Beginner Bike Buyers Guide

Last year we posted an article on the pros and cons of buying a bike from a big box store. Many of the comments we received had to do with a fear of intimidation. To quote one commenter, "Women, those with lower budgets, people who are overweight, many do not feel welcome in a shop that has a $5000 road bike lit up and enshrined on the wall…." It is unfortunate that this happens, but you can't … [Read more...]

New Traditions, the end of Black Friday

After gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving meals, watching football, drinking, tip-toeing around family issues, etc., the American tradition is to get up incredibly early the next morning and go stand in line at a local big box store in preparation of participating in a stampede leading to a credit card shredding frenzy of holiday spending. In fact, many actually look forward to this celebration of … [Read more...]

Dawg Dayz – Why So Serious?

It was an early start to the day on Nov 1st as we loaded up my bike and gear and headed to Iron Mountain in Arkadelphia to race at Dawg Days. The previous two weeks had been covered up in work and rain with no opportunity to get in training rides at all. The only positive thing I could say about my body was that it was rested up for a big ride. I felt pretty good about the race. I had ridden … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving 2015

What do you get when you combine a bike ride with a Thanksgiving food drive? You get Cranksgiving, a Thanksgiving volunteer opportunity that actually pays off this holiday season. As we gather with our families and consume massive amounts of food each November, it’s also important to keep in mind those who aren’t so fortunate. And while your first thought might be to take the more traditional … [Read more...]

Dia de LOST Muertos

Addendum: Today is All Souls Day and Dia de Muertos with yesterday being All Saints Day and Dia de los Angelitos for little ones who've passed. It's a day to pray for the faithful, or for prayers and remembrance of family and loved ones. Yesterday I rode in the Dia de LOST Muertos ride with an altar for my dad, playing his beloved Johnny Cash while we rode. It wasn't a processional like I thought … [Read more...]

Making a Comeback at Springhill

As a relative newcomer to the sport of mountain biking, literally everything about it excites me. I love being in the woods surrounded by nature, wandering and exploring, not knowing what beauty lies beyond the next bend in the trail. But as my riding has  begun to evolve, I've realized that I have a competitive streak. I like riding with other mountain bikers who challenge me to get out of my … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Party

This weekend I attended a party and a bike race broke out. Okay it was actually billed as a bike race, but I've been to this annual event and it always feels more like a party to me...a crazy, muddy, inappropriate dress up party. One of those parties where you never know what to expect, like a Bruce Willis movie. This party had no thieves posing as terrorists, no coke snortin' douche bags, no … [Read more...]

Bike Mounted Park Rangers

When you were a kid, did you dream of being a park ranger—or do you just think the hat is cool. (Apparently, the flat hat protects them from the hot sun.) It's not every day you are labelled a (Volunteer) Park Ranger and taken on a tour of a vast area of American wilderness, so that within a few weeks you can lead guided walks in it. But that is one of the privileges of joining the Volunteer Park … [Read more...]

The Governor and Cycling

With less than a year in office, Governor Asa Hutchinson has suddenly rolled into the local cycling scene. I first met Governor Hutchinson during the last Governor's race. I happened to be at Mount Magazine Lodge working with some of the park staff when then candidate Hutchinson was there having lunch. He came over to our table while we were eating to introduce himself. Ever the politician, he … [Read more...]