As daylight hours drop and temperatures get colder, it becomes more difficult for me to get motivated to ride my bike. A lot of my cycling friends have set up their trainers and moved indoors; their bikes won't see the outdoors until the spring. For others, the cycling season never stops; they may have put … Continue reading Late Fall/Early Winter Cycling – Motivation
The day after we got back from our vacation in Newfoundland, I found myself in Toronto for an afternoon. It made perfect sense for me to take a bike with me and explore the city a bit more. I didn't have a lot of time to plan because we got in late Monday evening and … Continue reading Cycling in Toronto – Humber River and Waterfront Trails
Another month has come and gone and we're right in the heart of summer. As I blogged about earlier in July, I don't do well in the heat. I sweat a lot (fellow cyclists have marvelled at the amount of sweat that drips from my helmet). However, I still managed a pretty good month of … Continue reading Cycling Update – July 2018
On many of my bike rides in warmer weather, I've observed that I sweat a lot more than the average person. In extreme heat (>30 degrees Celsius plus humidity), I can't keep enough fluids in me to keep up with the sweat. This has prompted me to do a little research into the physiology of exercising … Continue reading Cycling in Summer Heat
I don't usually like to ride in the rain. Having said that, there are times when I've cycled in pretty nasty conditions (winter, mud, rain, wind). Often, these rides have occurred during races (downpours during 24-hour mountain bike relays) or charity events (2017 Ride for Heart). But typically, when it's raining out, I'll avoid getting on … Continue reading Ride Don’t Hide – 2018 (in the rain!)
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, … Continue reading What kind of bicycle(s) do you need?
We're now well into fall and winter is starting to arrive. For many, this means setting up the trainer or signing up for a spin class and riding indoors. For others (like me), it means getting out the warm clothing layers and getting out on the gravel roads! I've recently blogged about the pleasures of … Continue reading Gravel Grinders – How to get started
It's been a while since I've posted, but I have a good excuse: I was on vacation. Prior to that, however, I have no excuse for not blogging. I've been riding a bit. I commuted to work once. I had a memorable ride to Hamilton and got caught in the pouring rain. But I wanted … Continue reading Ride 49 of 50 and Travel Log: B.C.
This past Saturday, I joined a new club ride with the Waterloo Cycling Club. This spring, Bill F. started an "Adventure Ride" each weekend. Usually, once the snow melts, most club cyclists are either out on road rides or on the mountain bike trails each weekend. Gravel grinders are postponed until the fall. In past … Continue reading Ride 23/50 – Urban exploring with WCC