Ken Kifer

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Ken Kifer
Ken Kifer.jpg
Kifer on a tour in 2003
BornOctober 23, 1945
DiedSeptember 14, 2003 (2003-09-15) (aged 57)
OccupationEnglish instructor
Known forCycling, Walden

Ken Kifer (October 23, 1945 – September 14, 2003) was an American writer, bicyclist and webmaster. Kifer was a Walden scholar[1] and admirer of Henry David Thoreau, and wrote Analysis and Notes on Walden. His website is still a source of information on bicycling and especially bicycle touring.[2]

Kifer was killed by a drunk driver in September 2003 while riding his bicycle 6 miles (9.7 km) from his home near Scottsboro, Alabama, USA.[3]


Kifer was born in Pittsburgh to Paul and Dorothy Kifer and moved to Gadsden, Alabama in 1954. He attended Jacksonville State University and was a fan of caving.[4] A keen cyclist, Kifer went on many long and short tours many of which he chronicled on his website,[5] and several that he did not, including one to the west coast of the United States that took him through Montana.[6]

Kifer's web site was, and continues to be, an inspiration to many new and returning cyclists.[7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "This website is dedicated to the memory of Ken Kifer". Archived from the original on 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  2. ^ portrait gallery, open road galleryadventure cycling, bicycle touring, bicycle travel, bicycling, cycling, bike touring info, bike touring, bike resources, adventure travel by bike, bike maps, how to bike tour, how to travel by bike, cycling tour (2010-05-02). "Open Road Gallery Online | Resources | Adventure Cycling Association". Retrieved 2014-05-03.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Ken Kifer killed by drunk". Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  4. ^ Ken Kifer (2000). "How to Get into Any Cave". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
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  7. ^ Zombie Cyclist (2016-04-16). "Ken Kifer Revisited". Retrieved 2018-08-18.