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Riding Through History! The State Historical Museum of Iowa opens a brand new exhibit about cycling on July 19. Will you stop by on Day #3 of RAGBRAI XLI? Also, don't forget to follow the History Biker on Twitter @HistoryBiker!

It's always great to have RAGBRAI co-founder John Karras at the State Historical Museum of Iowa!  Today, he stopped by f...
05/08/2014

It's always great to have RAGBRAI co-founder John Karras at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! Today, he stopped by for "Cruisin' the Heartland - Bicycling in Iowa" presented by Drake University RaySociety.

Love this RAGBRAI image!  This is a photo that you will definitely see in "Riding Through History" at the State Historic...
04/22/2014

Love this RAGBRAI image! This is a photo that you will definitely see in "Riding Through History" at the State Historical Museum of Iowa!

"“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”
-Ernest Hemingway

Happy Earth Day!

04/09/2014

What a morning! Half asleep, I was in a panic - "It's too late, I won't get out of town until ten. It's almost 70 miles from here to Okoboji. By the time I leave, I won't get there until at least 6PM - which isn't unusual for me, but I won't have time to dawdle. I'm still not loving my saddle, and I'm not sure I can ride again today." And then I remembered it's April 9th, RAGBRAI doesn't start for 101 days, and I was at my own house, not sleeping on the floor of the RV in a Ragbrai Rock Valley campground. Holy kamoly! Any one else having these nightmares?

03/17/2014

It's a very fun Monday at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! We're have three more guided tours yet today, and lots of people are chatting with the Iowa Department of Transportation and Forrest from Bike World! Plus, exhibit partner Jim from Woody's Bicycle Shop stopped by! Be sure to stop by the Museum this week!

03/14/2014

Mark your calendars for Spring Pedalpalooza from March 17-21 at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! We have guided tours of Riding Through History each day at 10AM and 3PM, plus the Iowa Department of Transportation will be here all week talking about biking in Iowa, plus on Monday and Tuesday we've got Bike World! See you there!

We got a surprise in the mail today at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! Shirley Ezarski, of Emmetsburg, sent us an a...
02/26/2014

We got a surprise in the mail today at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! Shirley Ezarski, of Emmetsburg, sent us an additional vintage Chris Cakes t-shirt! (Shirley is the niece of Chris Cakes founder Lorin Christiansen). It makes me want to sing John Denver music every morning on RAGBRAI! See you in July, Shirley!

Have you ever seen the awesome PedalArt Poster Art Show during Bike Month?  It's coming up in May - and the entry deadli...
02/14/2014
PedalArt | Bike Month Iowa

Have you ever seen the awesome PedalArt Poster Art Show during Bike Month? It's coming up in May - and the entry deadline for artists is February 28. Check out the link for more information about this great event from Des Moines Bicycle Collective! http://bikemonthiowa.com/pedalart/

PedalArtPlease join us for the opening reception of the 2014 PedalArt Des Moines Poster Art Show on Friday, May 16th from 7-10pm.We are pleased to holding this year’s event at the Viaduct Gallery within the Des Moines Social Club at 900 Mulberry Street. Come see original, bicycle-themed poster art f...

History Biker's cover photo
02/05/2014

History Biker's cover photo

02/05/2014

What are your plans for Des Moines Public Schools Spring Break (March 17-21)? We are going to have all kinds of fun, bike-themed activities at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! Stay tuned for more details!

It was a great time at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition's Iowa Bike Expo last weekend! The History Bikers (Uno and Dos) talked...
01/31/2014

It was a great time at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition's Iowa Bike Expo last weekend! The History Bikers (Uno and Dos) talked to over 600 people about the State Historical Museum of Iowa! And I was pleased to meet Kyle from Kyle's Bikes and Bareback (Winner of the 2013 RAGBRAI Special Recognition Award) from the QCBC - Quad Cities Bicycle Club!

01/13/2014

It's time to get those RAGBRAI route predictions all sent in! I must spend some time with my Iowa Department of Transportation road map and see if I can determine the route. Last year I was correct on four of the eight towns!

It was a great day at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! Don Gonyea from NPR stopped by to see "Riding Through History...
12/18/2013

It was a great day at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! Don Gonyea from NPR stopped by to see "Riding Through History!" He also donated his "No Pie Refused" t-shirt he wore on RAGBRAI XLI!

How about a little RAGBRAI #FridayFrivolity?  The large penny farthing in Keosauqua, in the Villages of Van Buren, was t...
10/18/2013

How about a little RAGBRAI #FridayFrivolity? The large penny farthing in Keosauqua, in the Villages of Van Buren, was too good to pass up! It may have been Day #7, but I had just enough energy (and a good enough friend) to hoist myself on to the bike for a great photo op!

What good news!  The City of Ankeny has voted to partner with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Polk County to ex...
10/16/2013
High Trestle Trail will stretch further to the south | The Des Moines Register |...

What good news! The City of Ankeny has voted to partner with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Polk County to extend the High Trestle Trail south through Ankeny! And, the photo gallery contained so many friends from RAGBRAI and Kyle's Bikes! http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131015/NEWS/310150111/High-Trestle-Trail-will-stretch-further-to-the-south?Frontpage

| desmoinesregister.com | The Des Moines Register

It's hard to believe, but "Riding Through History" has been open for three months already!  One item on exhibit is a scr...
10/14/2013

It's hard to believe, but "Riding Through History" has been open for three months already! One item on exhibit is a scrapbook from John S. Entler, proprietor of a stove shop at the Villages of Van Buren. The scrapbook has been open to a page that displays his "League of American Wheelmen" membership card. Today, State Historical Museum of Iowa Intern Rebecca rotated a facsimile in to the exhibit. The artifact scrapbook will go back on exhibit in about January and we'll have the facsimile in our booth at the Iowa Bicycle Coalition's Bicycle Expo!

Jim Wood at Woody's Bicycle Shop was a terrific help with "Riding Through History" - lending us a dozen bicycles!  Pleas...
10/07/2013
Woody's Bicycle Recycling and Mfg Co. A business based on common use of the bicycle.

Jim Wood at Woody's Bicycle Shop was a terrific help with "Riding Through History" - lending us a dozen bicycles! Please vote for him every day this week in the Dream Big Grow Here contest! And tell your bicycle-loving friends! Thanks!
http://www.dreambiggrowhere.com/entrydetails.aspx?entry=798

Currently, Woody's Bicycle Shop rescues and recycles used bicycles to be used again. Most bicycles in this country are not valued as they should be and hence not cared for. The cost of proper maintenance is prohibitive to the average bicyclist that has no knowledge or desire to do it themselves. I t...

We have some great new signage to guide guests in to the galleries at the State Historical Museum of Iowa - and it inclu...
10/04/2013

We have some great new signage to guide guests in to the galleries at the State Historical Museum of Iowa - and it includes "Riding Through History." Recognize any RAGBRAI teams in the photo?

Check out Woody's Bicycle Shop bicycles in "Riding Through History" at the State Historical Museum of Iowa!
09/30/2013

Check out Woody's Bicycle Shop bicycles in "Riding Through History" at the State Historical Museum of Iowa!

Pictures posted of opening night of the Bicycling across Iowa Exhibit at the State History Museum Des Moines. The Bicycles hanging above are from my collection. Long interesting story...... See it if you can, its free. Mainly about RAGBRAI but some really neat photos of the state/people.

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition was a terrific partner as we developed "Riding Through History."  Check out their page for al...
09/26/2013
Iowa Bicycle Coalition

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition was a terrific partner as we developed "Riding Through History." Check out their page for all the cool stuff they are up to!

The Iowa Bicycle Coalition builds safe and enjoyable networks for bicycle recreation and transportation.

09/25/2013

Half the bicycles hung from the ceiling in "Riding Through History" are from Woody's Bicycle Shop in Eldora, Iowa! Please "like" that page for news about how to help proprietor Jim Wood win the Dream Big Grow Here Contest.

09/24/2013

It was great to see Greg Harper from Harper's Cycling & Fitness today at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! He & his wife were checking out "Riding Through History" as part of their wedding anniversary celebration!

Thanks to our friends over at Bike Iowa for the great review of "Riding Through History" at the State Historical Museum ...
09/24/2013
BIKEIOWA - Your #1 source for Iowa bicycle rides, events and news.

Thanks to our friends over at Bike Iowa for the great review of "Riding Through History" at the State Historical Museum of Iowa! http://www.bikeiowa.com/Feature/1478/riding-through-history

Iowa is the Trails Capital of the World, and BIKEIOWA is making Iowa a better place to ride your bicycle with the most comprehensive Event calendar, News, Features, Reviews, Classifieds, Comments, Ratings, Forums, RAGBRAI and Team and Club information on the planet.

We had very special guests at the State Historical Museum of Iowa during RAGBRAI! Most of the Whiners stopped by to see ...
09/19/2013

We had very special guests at the State Historical Museum of Iowa during RAGBRAI! Most of the Whiners stopped by to see "Riding Through History" before riding on to Knoxville Ragbrai 2013! From the looks of it, they had a great time with Museum Curator Leo Landis!

Great to see my buddy Roger featured on the RAGBRAI page today!
09/13/2013

Great to see my buddy Roger featured on the RAGBRAI page today!

If Friday the 13th happened on RAGBRAI....

A huge thank you to my Cornell College pals Gabrielle and Matt for visiting the State Historical Museum of Iowa to see "...
09/10/2013

A huge thank you to my Cornell College pals Gabrielle and Matt for visiting the State Historical Museum of Iowa to see "Riding Through History." It was so much fun showing them around, especially when they started talking about training for RAGBRAI XLII!

If you need a change of pace from biking, or you just like to run, please check out the Flaughless 5K, on Saturday, Sept...
09/06/2013
2013 Flaughless 5K

If you need a change of pace from biking, or you just like to run, please check out the Flaughless 5K, on Saturday, September 21. It's a terrific event, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Dan Flaugh, one of the most fun people I have ever known. http://www.flaughless.com/

Dan Flaugh was a SPC E4, Calvary Scout in the United States Army and served his country on the front line as a Re-Con Scout of Bush's Surge on Baghdad, Iraq. Dan was honorably discharged from the Army in 2008. In December 2011, after struggling with PTSD and depression, Dan took his own life.

09/04/2013
Hy-Vee Triathlon: Local host gives an assist to third-place female

Sunday morning was quite exciting, as I watched Svenja Bazlen at the Hy-Vee Triathlon. She finished in third place - and I'm sure she could at least get third place on RAGBRAI! :) http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130901/SPORTS/130901008

On Sunday, 29-year-old Svenja Bazlen rode a repaired bike into the lead of the Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup women’s race. She settled for third place and her first individual podium at the top triathlon level while earning a career-best $15,000.

We were honored to welcome Olympian Svenja Bazlen to the State Historical Museum of Iowa yesterday!  I truly enjoyed sho...
08/30/2013

We were honored to welcome Olympian Svenja Bazlen to the State Historical Museum of Iowa yesterday! I truly enjoyed showing her "Riding Through History" and explaining how much fun RAGBRAI is! Now I can't wait to cheer her on Sunday morning at the Hy-Vee Triathlon! Go Svenja, go! (And of course, there was an invitation extended for her to join me and my 10,000 closest friends, tasting pie and riding across Iowa, next summer!)

It's great to see a memory from community residents! I loved it when RAGBRAI stopped overnight for Knoxville Ragbrai 201...
08/28/2013

It's great to see a memory from community residents! I loved it when RAGBRAI stopped overnight for Knoxville Ragbrai 2013 - even getting the fastest dirt in the nation all over my bike!

You just never know who you will meet on RAGBRAI!  This is another great post on the "Share Your RAGBRAI Memories" wall ...
08/27/2013

You just never know who you will meet on RAGBRAI! This is another great post on the "Share Your RAGBRAI Memories" wall at the State Historical Museum of Iowa!

Love this one, from kids who love their Dad!  I think the feeling is mutual among RAGBRAI riders!  Go, TJ, go!
08/26/2013

Love this one, from kids who love their Dad! I think the feeling is mutual among RAGBRAI riders! Go, TJ, go!

Share Your RAGBRAI Memories - Wall Posts
08/23/2013

Share Your RAGBRAI Memories - Wall Posts

This treasure of a map, from RAGBRAI VII, was shared with the State Historical Museum of Iowa by Greg from Harper's Cycl...
08/22/2013

This treasure of a map, from RAGBRAI VII, was shared with the State Historical Museum of Iowa by Greg from Harper's Cycling & Fitness! Be aware, the first "honest hill" of the ride is a "whopper" on Day #3!

Please vote for my buddies over at Dang Brother Pizza! They could be featured on a Super Bowl Commercial - and their piz...
08/20/2013
Intuit Small Business Big Game. The Opportunity of a Lifetime.

Please vote for my buddies over at Dang Brother Pizza! They could be featured on a Super Bowl Commercial - and their pizza is dang good - one of my RAGBRAI favorites! https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/ca/Dang-Brother-Pizza/375312

This year, I’m going to watch the Big Game for the commercials. More specifically, for mine! Intuit is giving one small business a TV commercial on the 2014 Big Game. I just entered, so please help me out and vote for my entry!

08/14/2013

It's been 24 days and I'm a little behind schedule in my gratitude, but a big THANK YOU to Steve Stilwell from Team Lanning for adjusting my bicycle and making sure it was all in working order after the Great 2013 Day 1 Spill in Council Bluffs! That's the RAGBRAI Spirit. Without his help, the History Biker would have been grinding her gears even worse, all the way to the Mississippi River.

May Carter LeBeau rest in peace.
08/14/2013

May Carter LeBeau rest in peace.

Carl Voss took this classic photo of Carter LeBeau on the Great Six-Day Bike Trip Across Iowa in 1973. The ride would eventually be named RAGBRAI in 1975 and was ridden by Carter every year.

We will miss you Carter!

08/07/2013

RAGBRAI 2014 starts in 346 days, but the Iowa State Fair starts in one day! It's officially the second event in my favorite four weeks of the year! :)

08/05/2013

reminds everyone that the Iowa Bicycle Festival is this Saturday! Check out what our friends over in Greene County are up to!

Some RAGBRAI memories are very recent, such as midget wrestling in Dallas Center in 2013!
08/02/2013

Some RAGBRAI memories are very recent, such as midget wrestling in Dallas Center in 2013!

A great feature of the "Riding Through History" exhibit is a "Share Your RAGBRAI Memories" wall.  Many people have alrea...
08/01/2013

A great feature of the "Riding Through History" exhibit is a "Share Your RAGBRAI Memories" wall. Many people have already shared, and I will share some of the memories on this page. Be sure to stop at the State Historical Museum of Iowa to add your story to the wall!

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