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 … Continue reading Strava Tools and Apps
I've always thought that weather is perfect when we're not talking about it. It's easy to say it's too cold or too hot or too humid or too windy or too wet to go for a bike ride. 2017 has been an interesting year, weather-wise. Summer was probably "average, in terms of temperature and rainfall, … Continue reading October Long Weekend Cycling – Summer Weather
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 … Continue reading Bikepacking the Central Ontario Loop Trail
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. After the fantastic Steaming Nostril cycling event a couple of weeks … Continue reading It’s more than just sharing the road.
Avid cyclists (at least most of the cyclist I know) tend to be weather junkies. Rides are often planned around weather. Particularly in winter, when the wind can make it feel a lot colder when you ride into it. When I started riding out on the roads (before I went on group rides), I would … Continue reading K-W is in a weather “dead zone”
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. I subscribe to veloviewer.com, which provides a nice summary graphic of year shown below. I rode over 3700 km (less than … Continue reading 2016 Ride Summary
Now that September is upon us, I thought I'd summarize my ride year so far. There are some good utilities available for Strava users (I've been using Strava since the end of 2011). I use Jonathan O'Keeffe's utilities (which are free), veloviewer.com (limited free usage or a small annual fee for full access)and Strava Labs. I … Continue reading Year-to-date Ride Summary