Finding Peace on a Bicycle

I am a cyclist.  I’m a mountain biker, a roadie, a gravel cyclist, a fat biker.  A commuter, a touring cyclist, and an occasional racer  I ride 12 months of the year.  In temperatures from as high as 35 C to as low as minus 25 C.  In snow, rain, wind, sun, clouds.  Up hills.  Down hills.  Fast. Slow.

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Product Review – Cat5Gear Cyclist Case

Cycling is a pretty easy activity to prepare for.  Really, all you need is your bike, a helmet and your cycling shoes.  Other extras include water bottles, snacks, tools, gloves, sunglasses, but the essentials are minimal (it’s not like when I used to play hockey, when I’ve shown up to a game without a shin pad, or a skate or … my jock strap).

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A Cycling Week in Review – Bicycalligraphy, Eager Beaver

It’s been an odd summer.  We haven’t had the normal heat wave, and it seems like we get a good rain storm every few days.  I’m not one to complain a lot about the weather, but as a cyclist, I’m always paying attention to it. I’m finally at the point in my concussion recover that I feel like I can ride a little harder and a little further, and now, the limiting factor is my lack of fitness, rather than my concussion symptoms.  I’m not entirely symptom free, but I’m feeling better with each ride.

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Mid-summer mountain biking at the Hydrocut

In my hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, we’ve been extremely lucky to have one of the best mountain bike trail systems in Ontario.  The Hydrocut has been a favourite mountain-biking destination for many years, with as many as 40,000 riders visiting each year.  I first rode these trails more than 20 years ago (around 1992) when I heard a rumour that there were some trails “behind the landfill”. After lifting my bike over a fence, I discovered a hidden gem of a forest with a confusing network of trails with elevated platforms built between the trails in some areas.

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Product Review: Arkel’s Seatpacker 15

Last fall, the wonderfull staff at Arkel sent me one of their new products for my bikepacking adventures: the Seatpacker – a 15-litre waterproof seatpack.  A couple of weeks ago, I went on my first over-night bikepacking trip with the Seatpacker, and here’s my review (Disclaimer: This product was provided to me by Arkel at no cost.  This review is based on my use of the product as well as information provided on Arkel’s website).

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Cycling at Awenda Provincial Park

In addition to cycling, one of my favourite outdoor activities is camping.  Since I was a kid, travelling to different provincial parks in Ontario has been a big part of each summer.  This past weekend, I spent a couple of days at Awenda Provincial Park, near Midland-Penetanguishene, on the shore of Georgian Bay. As usual, I took a bike with me to explore.

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