Winter is Coming

My interest in winter cycling started a number of years ago when I decided that indoor training was extremely boring for me.  While I realize the benefits of this indoor activity, I realized that I needed another winter activity to keep me busy.  Plus I felt that I wasn’t racing  so I didn’t need any specific training; I just wanted to ride my bike(s).  So…why not ride in winter?

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A look back – Riding and hiking in Arizona – 2015

It seems harder to come up with things to write about when I’m not riding, but one of my highlights from 2015 was our family trip to Arizona.  This included four nights in Sedona, (which is an amazing destination for mountain biking and hiking), three nights at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and stops in Page and Flagstaff. Continue reading

Toronto Fall Bike Show and N+1?

I went to the Fall Bike Blowout Sale this weekend in Toronto.  Amidst the thousands of people, there were deals to be had if you were willing to elbow your way through the crowds and line up to pay for your purchases.  I wasn’t looking specifically at bikes, but still managed to spend some money on a new MIPS helmet and new riding glasses (both from Smith).  50% off retail was good enough for me for these items.

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Reasons to be thankful

I’ve hardly been cycling in the 5-6 weeks since my crash on Labour Day weekend.  The scrapes have mostly healed and my concussion symptoms seem to be improving.  But I still need to be careful about returning to the bike too quickly. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I thought I’d list some things that I’m grateful for:

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Pondering time away from cycling and a first look at the Arkel Seatpacker 15

With my cycling accident back on Labour Day weekend and the concussion recovery that has followed, I’ve had plenty of time to think about riding and the rides I’ve completed this year and what’s to come in 2017.  I still hope to get back on the bike soon, but it’s looking more and more like I won’t complete my “50-in-50” rides in this calendar year.  I will, however, complete them before I turn 51!

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