DIY Bike Clock

Calling all cyclists–keep up the RAGBRAI spirit year round with this do-it-yourself bike clock! Full instructions below.

Supplies:

  • Bike rim
  • Metal house numbers (we used 1, 2, 3, 6, and 9)
  • Spray paint in color of your choice
  • Super glue
  • Clock kit
    • Minute hand
    • Hour hand
    • Square battery piece
    • Rubber gasket
    • Brass washer
    • Mounting nut
    • Open nut
    • Appropriate battery
  • Metal sprocket or other decoration (optional)

Steps:

  1. Gather your materials. If you’re having trouble finding an old bike rim, check out your town’s local bike collective. They might have an extra you could buy or have.
  2. Clean the bike rim of any cobwebs, dust or dirt.
  3. Lay out the house numbers in a well-ventilated area. Cover your work space with newspaper. Apply an even coat of spray paint to the front of the numbers. PRO TIP: Immediately after painting, carefully transfer the numbers to wax paper. This will allow them to dry properly without sticking to the newspaper.
  4. Once the painted numbers are dry, attach them to the rim in their designated positions with super glue. Glue the 1 and 2 next to each other to create a 12. Let dry.
  5. Next, put a battery in the square piece of the clock kit, and glue the kit in the center of the rim. Make sure to leave enough room to change the battery.
  6. Glue your sprocket or decoration, in our case an acorn, on top of the square clock piece. Let dry. PRO TIP: Make sure that your decoration has a hole in it that allows the nub of the clock kit to peek through. This is where we will attach the clock hands.
  7. Follow the instructions in your kit to attach the clock hands. We screwed on the rubber gasket, then the brass washer, mounting nut, hour hand, minute hand and open nut.
  8. Set clock to appropriate time.

Take a bite of summer

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(Photo by Evan Feekes)

Are you ready to pie-cycle your way across Iowa? For a tasty treat during RAGBRAI, consider making this fun pie! While pie is always in season, summer brings a multitude of fruit for fillings. One of the new staff favorites here at INHF is this raspberry pie with chocolate crust. Continue reading

RAGBRAI route on Iowa By Trail

The IBT crew gets excited at RAGBRAI.

The IBT crew had a blast at last year’s RAGBRAI.

RAGBRAI is almost here, and Iowa By Trail is ready! We’ve added the route to the app, featuring points of interest along the entire stretch, including restaurants, museums and INHF public projects. Plus, we’ve added all the locations from Team Brewhaha’s unauthorized and unofficial bar guide XLIII.

And make sure to come say hi—we’ll be at RAGBRAI all week! We’ll have a booth at the expo and the overnight towns. Preview some of the merch we’ll be selling here. Continue reading

Celebrating one year of Iowa By Trail

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It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the Iowa By Trail app launched last spring. The app has allowed users across the state to:

  • Geo locate their position and find their closest trail.
  • Find points of interest along Iowa’s trails, like local restaurants, museums and natural resource information.
  • Communicate with friends and followers about what they did along the trail.
  • Keep track of distance, weather, news and trail events.

We couldn’t be more thankful for all our members’ support of IBT, and we look forward to the future of Iowa trails. Before looking ahead, though, let’s a take a look back at our journey: Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday – RAGBRAI XLII

Our INHF staff has enjoyed talking about Iowa’s nature and trails with thousands of people while on RAGBRAI this year! Here are some pictures capturing their experience. Check out their journey by liking Iowa by Trail (IBT) on Facebook and be sure to visit their booth in Mason City, Waverly and Independence to learn more about the IBT app. Don’t forget to pick up some IBT swag while you are there! Continue reading

Visit our staff on RAGBRAI

This year during RAGBRAI, a few INHF staff members will be riding the whole RAGBRAI route, making media visits and holding events along the way to promote the Iowa by Trail app launch that will take place at the RAGBRAI Expo. In each overnight town, INHF staffers will hold app demonstrations, provide limited edition Iowa By Trail memorabilia for purchase and be available for any trail-related discussions!

Meet the staff that you will have the opportunity to meet July 20th through the 26th to learn how to use the app, help us spread the word, and learn all the great spots to explore after RAGBRAI is over! Continue reading

Simon Estes on RAGBRAI

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Photo from the Simon Estes Foundation

This year, during the 2014 RAGBRAI tour, the Simon Estes Foundation and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) are partnering to make an impact both locally and internationally by selling Simon Estes’ CD, “Save The Children, Save Their Lives.”

Simon Estes is an internationally-acclaimed bass-baritone born in Centerville, Iowa. He has performed at the world’s major opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Vienna State Opera. Continue reading

Iowa by Trail on RAGBRAI

IBT_4COLORMark your calendars for July 19th, and join INHF at the statewide launch of Iowa by Trail at the RAGBRAI Expo!

After 30 years of helping to establish Iowa as the World Capital of Trails, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce “Iowa by Trail,” the all-Iowa multiuse trail app. INHF partnered with Shift Interactive, an Iowa-based company, to create the app for all iOS devices.

The app was first released on May 1, 2014 for Central Iowa trails. This was a beta test for the statewide app. From this test, we already have 3,500 downloads. Continue reading

The Secret to Training for RAGBRAI

photo by Channone Arif

photo by Channone Arif

It’s one of Iowa’s favorite weeks of the year—RAGBRAI. For one week in late July, thousands of people from all over the world flock to Iowa to bike across the state.

Sounds pretty simple, but don’t be fooled. RAGBRAI riders go through months of training and preparation to ensure success on the week-long ride. David Ertl, Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team coach, shared his expertise on training for RAGBRAI on their blog yesterday:

“I am going to reveal to you a well kept secret for bicycle training for RAGBRAI.  I will share it with you if you promise not to tell anyone else.  OK?  Here goes.  The secret to training for riding RAGBRAI is to ride your bike – a lot.   That’s it.  Aren’t you glad you didn’t pay for this bit of advice?   But it’s very truthful.  Continue reading