Mid-June update – Destination Cycling

Finally the nice weather is upon us!  And I’ve been able to enjoy the sunshine by riding more.  This includes some city riding to local destinations, and a nice weekend gravel grinder with my riding buddy Ron (founder of Contrabean – a local coffee roasting company).  Ron and I used to ride a lot together and we entered many mountain bike events (24- and 8- hour relays, and Crank the Shield).  Times have changed but we still enjoy getting out.

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Rides 47 and 48: KW City Trails and 2017 Ride for Heart

With the month of June upon us, cycling season is in full swing and despite the rainy May that we had, the weather has been good to get out on the bike.  On this first weekend in June, I was able to add two new rides to my nearly-complete “50 memorable rides in my 50th year” quest:  Ride 47: 70 km of city trails in Kitchener-Waterloo, and Ride 48: 2017 Ride for Heart in Toronto.

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End of May Cycling Thoughts

As the end of May approaches, I thought I’d blog about my week in cycling, my continued recovery and some other thoughts.  After a nice long weekend camping at Killbear (and riding to Norse Brewery), I decided to take a few days off cycling to let my head rest.  As such, I didn’t commute to work last week.

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Ride 46: Social destination ride on fat bike

I’m getting closer to completing my “50 memorable rides in my 50th year”. If you’ve been following, you’ll recall that my original goal was to complete all 50 rides in the calendar year when I turned 50. After my crash on Labour Day weekend, however, it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to complete all 50 rides in 2016.

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How many bikes is too many?

It doesn’t seem like too long ago when I only needed one bike. My rides were to and from school, or friends’ homes. My bike riding season was spring until fall, when I’d put the bike away over the winter. I’d ride only on roads, sidewalks (gasp!) and paved trails. This was on a road bike I bought in Toronto for $300. A stainless steel, charcoal black Bianchi, it was the first bike I bought myself (I was 17), and I still have it in my basement.

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Water, water everywhere

One thing I haven’t written about in this blog since I started it a little over a year ago is my “day job”.  I may have mentioned that I’m in engineer (so I like numbers), but I apply those engineering skills to water.  When I’m not riding my bike, cleaning/tuning my bikes or thinking about cycling, I’m often thinking about water.

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Paris to Ancaster 2017 – days away…

2017 marks the 17th consecutive year that I’ll be entering the Ontario Spring Classic – Paris to Ancaster.  It’s become a regular part of my schedule, and this year, for the first time, I’ll be riding my fat bike!  I signed up for the shorter 40 km version of the race – St. George to Ancaster, which I’ve done a few times. Continue reading

It’s more than just sharing the road.

When faced with something new, we tend to react in one of two ways: we can embrace the change in a curious manner and learn about it, or we can turn our back on it and rationalize our fear of something we don’t understand.

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More on Bike Lanes in K-W

Last fall, I blogged about the lack of continuity of bike lanes in Kitchener-Waterloo.  Specifically, the lack of safe crossings of the Conestoga Parkway.  I realize these things take time and money to implement, and I hope that the cities and region are moving towards better connectivity for cyclists.

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Ride for Heart 2017

Each year, I try to enter a cycling event or two that supports a cause.  In 2016, I raised money for two events: Share the Road Greg’s Ride in September and the Ride for Heart in Toronto for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  My wife, my daughter and I have completed three of the Ride for Heart events, and we have signed up to ride it again this June.

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