Ken Kifer (October 23, 1945 – September 14, 2003) was a writer, bicyclist and webmaster. His website (Archive) is still a source of information on bicycling and especially bicycle touring. Ken Kifer was killed by a drunk driver in September 2003 while riding his bicycle just 6 miles (9.7 km) from his home near Scottsboro, Alabama, USA.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA to Paul and Dorothy Kifer. Moved to Gasden, AL in 1954. Was an indifferent student through high school. He was a "late-bloomer"; he remained short and looked several years younger until he was 17, when he grew rapidly (as an adult, he was just shy of six foot tall). He attended Jacksonville State but remained an indifferent student. He was active in caving, writing for the literary journal on campus, and hiking, as well as bicycling. After finishing at Jacksonville, he took his first truly long bicycle trip to British Columbia from Gasden, an event that was mentioned in the local paper.
"One day, returning to Alabama by bike, I stopped to wash my clothes in roanoke, Virginia. Two fellows were also doing laundry. They admired my courage and physical fitness, and one of them said, 'I'd like to do something like that, if I were as young as you are.' 'How old are you?' I asked. He said, 'forty-three.' I said, 'I'm almost fifty-one' ... I never lift weights, I never condition my abs, I never stretch, I never diet, I seldom see a doctor, I just walk and ride my bike ... Cycling keeps me lean, fit and healthy, and happy. I know that my own move back to the bike was the best decision I ever made." — Ken Kifer 
"Take two bicycle wheels daily" — Ken Kifer
"For commuters, the best front light is the very bright rechargeable lamp." — Ken Kifer 
“Thoreau based his philosophy on ageless truths from the past and looked into the future.” — Ken Kifer 
- Ken Kifer's website (Archive)
- A Forgotten Hero
- Article on Ken from Adventure Cycling
- Bicycling Advocacy discussion group started by Kifer
- "Divorce your car!: ending the love affair with the automobile" By Katharine T. Alvord
- Ecos Volumes 23-25
- Bicycle Lighting Systems
- Continuing “Walking” with Henry David Thoreau
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