Without getting into too much detail, in June of 2019, I joined a work colleague Kelly and headed to Barrie to meet a larger group of cyclists from the GTA to ride the Simcoe County Loop Trail (SCLT). This 160 km loop includes rail trail, city trails and some paved roads and has been growing … Continue reading Bikepacking the Simcoe County Loop Trail and More!
First: a brief history of my cycling life. Like many kids back in the day, I had a banana-seat 3-speed (I wish there were some photos of that bike). In high school, I got into road cycling and bought a nice Bianchi in about 1984 (I still have that bike, but I'm looking for a … Continue reading Gravel Cycling near Kitchener-Waterloo
Only a few years ago, I scoffed at the thought of cycling indoors over the winter. I was one of those people who would ride in just about any kind of weather, particularly in winter. I've got a fat bike and tons of winter gear so there's no excuse for me not to get out. … Continue reading Indoor Cycling Training Software – A Review of Sorts
A lot of the online resources for bikepacking describe routes that take many long days to complete. Locally, July 14, 2019 marked the inaugural Grand Depart for the BT700 - a 700 km loop around south-western Ontario! Not all bikepacking trips, however, have to been multi-day epic adventures. Last weekend, I did an overnight trip … Continue reading Bikepacking in the Kitchener-Waterloo area
After considerable debate over the past winter, my family decided we'd head to Vegas for a vacation. I had two reasons I wanted to visit this area, and neither had anything to do with gambling or the Vegas strip: (1) I wanted to visit the parks outside the city and (2) I wanted to explore … Continue reading Cycling Vegas – A Tourist’s Perspective
So.... here we are. Another year over, and a new one's just begun. And you know what that means? Numbers and maps - two of my favourite things when it comes to cycling and motivation. So here's my Cycling year 2018 in numbers (sources: strava.com, veloviewer.com, http://www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/annualSummary.php) Total distance: 5450 kilometres (most km's I've cycled in … Continue reading 2018 Cycling Summary
I'll be writing a 2018 summary but I thought I'd start with some of my favourite cycling photos of the year! January - In December 2017, we had a lot of snow and cold temperatures. That made the first two weeks of January perfect for fat biking in the snow. It didn't last of course. … Continue reading 2018 Year in Cycling Photos
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
With the end of October upon us, I've taken the time to reflect on 10 months of cycling for 2018. At the beginning of this year, my goal was to ride 5000 km outdoors in 2018, and as of the end of October, I've surpassed that goal! I've also now surpassed my previous annual record … Continue reading October 2018 Ride Summary
On my bike commute from Waterloo to Guelph, I drive through a roundabout at Bridge and Lancaster streets in Kitchener, just before crossing the Grand River towards Bridgeport. I try to ride my bike to work about once a week while the weather is "decent", but on days I drive my car, I also take … Continue reading Building Cycling Infrastructure in a Car Culture. A Look at a Roundabout.