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...]

Need a Lift?

We don't often report on things to do that involve just sitting there but sometimes you need to give the dogs a break, let someone else do the pedaling, be a paddle dipper, let the other guy take a pull. In central Arkansas we have a new transportation service that doesn't involve cars, buses, trolleys or Segways (although we still have all of those). You can now enjoy an quiet, easy ride through … [Read more...]

The Cycling Advocacy Hub

One of my favorite sayings is "It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness," and while I hardly believe that all is dark within the cycling community in central Arkansas, I do believe we have some areas that could use a little light. That's why I got involved with Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA). ArkansasOutside.com is not really an advocacy website but we do have a … [Read more...]

Arkansas River Trail Survey

Arkansas Outside Friend, John Barton of JBar Cycling is trying to get the word out about the Arkansas River Trail Survey. This survey is designed to collect information on how we use the Arkansas River Trail. It will be used to future polices for how the river trail is managed. This is our chance to be heard so please take a few minutes and fill out the survey. The following is from John: The … [Read more...]

A Great Community

The "in-crowd" has always eluded me. As a kid I moved around a lot and usually the best I could do was pick up a couple of friends that would last me until my next move. It wasn't until the advent of Facebook that I started having any contact with my old Navy buddies from 30 years ago. And then I landed in Little Rock. I never expected that I would stay here for more than a year. I'd never lived … [Read more...]

The History of Memory

"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory." Susan B. Anthony Textbooks are filled with their accomplishments. The internet is a treasure trove of their quotes and pictures. The library is … [Read more...]

You Might Need a Helmet Sir…

...yes, that's what she said as I prepared for my first attempt at bike polo. Late Tuesday afternoon I received a Facebook notification that at 7 p.m. folks would be meeting at MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock to enjoy some bike polo. I kind of missed the boat on this latest use of the bicycle when it hit Little Rock last year and was anxious to catch up with it. I had recently met a lot … [Read more...]

2011 Turkey Burn Cyclocross Race, Little Rock, Arkansas

Temperatures in the 50's (Fahrenheit), steady rain for the past 12 hours, a hilly, muddy course....perfect for a day of cyclocross!  I roll up to the race area at Boyle Park in Little Rock. It was raining and showed no signs of letting up. I was wondering if we would have many racers for this one. They showed. Cyclocross racers are a hardy bunch who seem to thrive on weather that others would … [Read more...]

If you can’t decide…

...do it all. I really enjoy cycling, but I also enjoy swimming (the "sport" of my youth) and hiking and orienteering and paddling and sometimes even running. I also enjoy competition so how do I choose what kind of event to focus on? Well, luckily, I don't have to. Arkansas is a wonderful place to participate in multi-sport competitions. The obvious multi-sport event is the triathlon. Varying … [Read more...]

Attila strikes again…

UPDATE: Race Results are in and 65 photos are available on Google+ and Facebook. If I was asked what my top 5 favorite mountain bike trails in the state are, Cedar Glades at Hot Springs would be on it. I've been riding those trails for something like 8 years. They are fun and flowy with some nice technical sections, a few heart stoppers, some sweet, long downhills and all in a beautiful … [Read more...]