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We at Shuttleguy hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We certainly did and REALLY need to bike a few extra miles to deal with the aftermath!
|2010 Bicycle Tour Directors meeting a big success!
Shuttleguy recently served as the local host, in Madison, for the annual National Bicycle Tour Directors Association Annual Conference. A great agenda, great weather and good food all contributed to making the event a success. One hundred twenty staff representing seventy one touring companies attended the three day event. One highlight for the group was a private tour of the TREK plant located in Waterloo, Wisc. including a private meeting with TREK, president John Burke.
| (l-r):TJ, RAGBRAI; Gary Fisher; Tym, THE Shuttleguy|
An added bonus was mountain biking guru Gary Fisher's appearance at the reception that night.
Shuttleguy 2011 Black Friday Sale discount a big Hit!
Shuttleguy's ONLY annual sale, our traditional, Black Friday Sales event, has been a BIG hit and will continue for two more days, until midnight Dec. 3, 2010.
Order must be postmarked by Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010. Don't miss out!
Shuttleguy Tours including: WISPRIDE, BREW, Tri-State and the Mississippi River Trail Ride.
Learn more about these rides here.
|Featured Tour: Shuttleguy Tours Tri-State|
2011: the second year for popular new Tri-State route
|This ride highlights many of the most scenic areas of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. As you ride the challenging route, you will experience spectacular hilltop vistas, ride along meandering streams, and enjoy small town charm. |
And the riding is only part of the draw. Riders will enjoy visiting many local highlights.
You start in McGregor, Iowa, nestled along the Mississippi River between towering bluffs. Come early to explore the natural beauty, learn about the local history and experience a great mix of small town charm with a touch of big city flair. Get a taste of the local flavor at the winery and brewery. Visit the local casino or experience local culture at the Mar Mac Arts Center. Hike to unmatched views at Effigy Mounds National Monument and Pikes Peak State Park.
Then it's on to Potosi, Wisconsin. Visit the local museum, Passage Thru Time, and learn why Potosi is known as the "The Catfish Capital of Wisconsin". You won't want to miss the newly opened Transportation Museum and National Brewery Museum. See how beer is made and sample some of the local brew!
The next day, you are on to Galena, Illinois, where you'll spend two days giving you plenty of time to explore. Kayak and canoe, visit local museums and meander through downtown Galena's shops, galleries and restaurants. Discover why Forbes Traveler named Galena one of the "ten prettiest towns in America".
Then it's on to Dyersville. The rich history and beauty of the area can be seen in the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier. This Catholic church's gothic architecture will take your breath away and is one of only 52 in the United States. Of course, Dyersville is also proud to be the home of the Academy Award nominated film Field of Dreams. Have your photo taken as you run the bases. Leave time to visit the Farm Toy Museum, the Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum and Becker Wood-
We'll complete the loop by heading back to McGregor, biking along the Mississippi River visiting Guttenberg and Pikes Peak State Park.
Lots to do and see on this 230 mile tour. Click here for the complete itinerary!
|Christmas Gift Guide: Goodies for under $30|
|With the holiday season right around the corner, don't forget that biker on your shopping list (or yourself)!|
Here are some Shuttleguy favorites!
|Planet Bike Blinky Superflash $17.00|
the brightest tail light around will provide you great security when riding at night!
|Topeak Alien II $28.89|
if you have a breakdown out on the road this is your "Swiss Army Knife" of bike repair tools!
|Park Tool Chain Cleaner $23.99|
keep your bicycle running smooth by regularly cleaning your chain. A clean chain. . .is a happy chain!
|Delta Airzound Bike Horn $23.95|
always tough being seen and heard when riding in an urban setting. Let drivers know you are there with this horn!
|Topeak Road Morpg G Bike Pump with Gauge $24.74|
nobody ever plans to have a flat, but when you do, there is no better pump to have on the road with you than this one.
|Aardvark Reflective Vest $7.00|
be seen while riding at night.
|Recycled Bicycle Chain Bracelet $9.49|
for the fashion conscious people on your list. And it's eco-friendly!
|CycleAware Torpedo Insulated Bottle $22.93|
finally, a solution to keep hot drinks hot when you need it.
|Pearl Izumi Mens Elite Wool Socks $14.76|
keep your feet warm when riding in cold weather.
|Bike Snob $11.53|
from the man with the popular blog. Often irreverent, no one is safe from BSNY's rants.
|Featured Riders: Vickie Halvorson and Nancy Reimer|
| Vickie and Nancy |
Nancy Reimer began riding in 1998 when she needed to make a lifestyle change.
She purchased a Schwinn comfort bike so she could participate in "Bike to Work Week." While her commute was only 5-6 miles each way, it seemed like 100 to her and by the end of the work day all she could think about was having to get on "that darn bike" and riding home. Well, the biking bug bit her and she was hooked. She started doing day tours and progressed into an avid bicyclist who now does 12-14 day tours every year and at least one week-long tour. Her first week-long tour was the "Northwoods" tour in 2001. She's also ridden the MS 150 ride for five years. Oh, she also upgraded her bike to a Giant road bike. She "collected" a couple of bikes before the Giant and is looking to get another before next season. Nancy is married and has two grown daughters and two granddaughters, seven years old and four weeks old...she also has a dog.
Vicki Halverson started biking when her fiancÚ (now husband) bought her a Giant Cypress hybrid bike in 1998. Her very first ride was on the Sugar River Trail where she, her husband and two children rode 20 miles roundtrip. The first long bike ride Vicki participated in was in 1999 when she joined her husband and some friends on a 124-mile weekend ride starting in Reedsburg on the "400 State Trail" and finishing in Sparta on the "Elroy-Sparta Trail" and then back! She wanted to throw the bike off the back of the truck on the way back home but decided she should keep it since, after all, it was a gift. Little did she know at the time that with some biking shorts and other gear, she would also become an avid bicyclist. While Vicki enjoyed biking, she didn't like biking alone. Oh, Vicki upgraded her bike this past May to a Trek 2.1 comfort road bike, which makes keeping up to Nancy much easier. Vicki is also married with three grown children...no grandchildren yet, just two cats.
Nancy and Vicki's adventures-on-two-wheels together began in 2004 after meeting at the health club where Nancy was a water aerobics participant and Vicki was the instructor. They started talking about their love of biking and Vicki said she'd like to do a week-long tour but did not want to ride alone. She asked Nancy if she'd like to do the GRABAAWR (Great Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River) and Nancy enthusiastically agreed.
They never imagined that parking their butts on a bike riding almost 500 miles and sleeping in a gym with a couple hundred people for a week could be so much fun and build such a strong friendship! They now do at least one week-long bike tour each year and many, many day tours...being sure to take many pictures and having as much fun as the law will allow!
They have both introduced members of their family to biking. Nancy's granddaughter Alex enjoys biking as does Vicki's 12-year old niece McKenzie. For the last two years, Vicki and Nancy have done short day tours with them. The girls have lots of fun on the rides not only biking but also getting off the bike to catch frogs...laughing and singing all the way.
Nancy and Vicki are always looking forward to new adventures and memories in biking.
"For biking takes you places, to meet new faces;
I don't like to break a biking date, for it keeps the body in shape;
And if you are ever told you are getting too old, just smile and politely say, "Sorry, I'm already sold!"
"That's our story and we are sticking to it"