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2023 Hungry Bear Gravel News

It feels odd to be emailing about spring gravel the morning after I spent the evening on Old Stinky, the ’96 Ski-Doo Skandic I use to groom our neighborhood Penman trails. We got about 7 inches of great snow yesterday, so anyone looking to get their fat bike or ski mojo going should consider a…

2022 Tour de Chequamegon Review

This year the Wheel & Sprocket Tour de Chequamegon started a week earlier than usual. With that timing and a warm dry summer and early fall, the colors were not as popping as in years past. And because the event was the same weekend as Cable Fall Fest, we started at Telehenge rather than from…

Spring Rain and DIY Boot Dressing

Most of us in Wisconsin’s Northwoods are happy to have a wet spring. The extended winter and regular rain means we are no longer are under drought conditions and the risk of forest fires is minimized. We don’t want a little rain to keep us off the bike all spring, so I took some time…

Hungry Bear 2022 Redux

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Hungry Bear this year. With great weather and a good turnout, every rider we saw at the finish said they had a great time. Most everyone said they liked the course. Some found it more challenging than they expected, but so far nobody had a complaint. Special…


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