Biking for Brews

Why else would I ride a bike?

Kristin DeMarr
8 min readNov 2, 2023

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I used to bike the trails in my area a lot when I was a kid. We lived just a few blocks from the big bike trail, and took advantage of that. We would do these big family bike rides every weekend and all throughout the summer. We rode our bikes to softball games because the parks we played in were all connected to the trails. We would stop at the parks and play, or stop by the McDonald’s along the bike path for a treat.

As an adult, I haven’t done much bike riding. In the early 2000s (like 2002?), I bought a bike and did a little bit of bike riding here and there on the trails around Iowa City. The last time I had ridden a bike was in 2008.

Off and on over the past four or five years, I thought about getting my bike from storage and maybe seeing if I would want to ride it. I don’t live in an area close to any of the bike trails, and my block, in particular, is a big hill that I have a hard time even walking up after I walk down! So, whenever I thought about it, I would immediately shoot it down because the logistics just weren’t there.

In August, my friend bought an old retro bike and went on a local brewery ride. Then, during the first couple weeks of September, she bought herself a new bike for her birthday. She started biking the trails and stopping at breweries along the way. That had…

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Kristin DeMarr

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