Fat biking in the Region of Waterloo

There are some good options for fat biking in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.  This winter is only the my second winter with a fat bike, so I’m only beginning to explore.  Because my speed and distance are lower right now, my fat bike rides have been closer to home.  This has given me the opportunity to check out local multi-use paths and trails. Continue reading

Steaming Nostril 2017 – Early Bird Deadline

2017 marks the 5th annual Steaming Nostril race in Waterloo Region. This event, organized by Cycle Waterloo, has become a Spring Classic in Ontario. Each of the previous four years has brought a different challenge.

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2017 Cycling Goals

January is month when a lot of people will set their goals for the rest of the year (Note: I’m avoiding the term “resolutions” on purpose).  My goals tend to be modest.  A year ago, my goal was to ride 50 memorable rides in the year I turned 50.  That didn’t quite work out after my crash in September, but I still completed 41 rides (I complete this quest this year, before I turn 51 in August).  I also wanted to ride 5000 km, which also didn’t happen due to a low-mileage autumn.

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2016 Ride Summary

In the final days of 2016, I’ve pulled together a summary of my year in cycling.  There are countless resources available online, particularly for those of us who use Strava for our ride summaries.

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RideCycleSpin – New Logo

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a local K-W graphic designer who designed this logo for me.  Brian at Deuce Design in Waterloo has been doing design work for two decades and more recently, he designed the logo that we’re using for The Hydrocut.

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Gift ideas for cyclists?

If you’re like me, the last place you want to be is in a mall at this time of year. Parking lots are jam packed. Lines ups are huge. It’s not worth my time. Still, we need to buy gifts, even for those who say they don’t need or want anything. Since cycling is the theme of this blog, I thought I’d share some gift ideas for the cyclist on your list.

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Ride 41 – Fat bikes in the snow

Slowly I’m adding to my “50 in 50” rides for my 50th year.  I’ve accepted that I won’t get to 50 by the end of 2016, but today, I had a fantastic ride that will count as ride #41.  With the snow that’s been falling in the past few days, I thought I’d organize a slow fat bike ride in the snow around K-W.

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Reflecting on 2016

There are still a few days left in 2016, but it’s the time of year when I
reflect on the past 12 months (and I’ve had a lot of time to reflect, given my slow recovery from a concussion).
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Ride 40 – Solo Ride on New Fatbike and More on Bike Lanes

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve added to my quest for “50 memorable rides in my 50th year”.  With my crash and recovery from a concussion, I’ve decided to extend my 50-in-50 into 2017, but I was able to have memorable ride #40 this past weekend.  It was memorable for the sole reason that it was my first ride on a NEW BIKE!  And I used the opportunity to ride urban paths and trails and scout out a couple of the Highway 85 crossings that I blogged about previously. Continue reading