2017 Year in Cycling Photos

I know the year’s not over yet, but 2017 has been a good year for me.  I started slowly, since I was recovering from a concussion, but my mileage (kilmeterage?) slowly increased as the year went on.  I thought I’d post some of my favourite photos from the year:

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What kind of bicycle(s) do you need?

I was recently asked about the difference between different bicycles and what each type of bike is best suited for. When I thought about these questions, I considered my own selection of bicycles and the specific purpose of each bike that I ride.  I also thought about the question: If I only had one bicycle, what would it be?

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Strava Tools and Apps

Most cyclists I know use Strava to track their cycling activities.  Prior to joining Strava in 2012, I kept a record of all my rides in a spreadsheet (dating back as far as 2002!), so when I found out about Strava, I bought a GPS and had it do the work for me.  I’m a numbers guy so I like keeping track of my rides, distance and progress each month and year. With the popularity of Strava in recent years, third-party companies have jumped on board with additional features that make use of Strava data.

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The Simple Pleasures of Cycling on Gravel Roads

First, a bit of history:  I started cycling in the 1990s as a mountain biker (discounting rides around the neighbourhood as a kid).  I used to ride once a week in Dundas Valley before mountain biking was popular. When I joined the Waterloo Cycling Club in 2002, I bought a used road bike and joined the group rides, although my passion was still on the trails. Continue reading

Cycling Book Review – A Purpose Ridden – by Ryan Correy

When I write these blog entries, I usually assume that I’m preaching to the choir.  Most readers are likely people who actively ride bicycles.  And that’s great!  When I started this blog, my hope was to encourage more people to cycle but also to get cyclists to cycle more.  Whether or not that’s happening, I can’t say, but I’m always interested in discovering what motivates people to get on a bike.

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Share the Road – Greg’s Ride 2017

2017 marks the third year that I’ve signed up for the Share the Road ride (Greg’s Ride).  Each year in September SharetheRoad.ca organizes a charity ride to raise money to support their cause.  I have previously blogged about the history of Share the Road here.  Founder Eleanor McMahon has created an amazing program to support cycling awareness and infrastructure across Ontario.

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Bikepacking the Central Ontario Loop Trail

When I first took interested in bikepacking, a Google search took me to a review of a bikepacking adventure by a guy named Miles Arbour.  In 2016, he rode a system of trails and roads called the Central Ontario Loop Trail, or COLT.  His article got me interested, and my brother Greg and I started to gear up in late 2016 in preparation for riding all or portions of the COLT in 2017.

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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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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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