October Long Weekend Cycling – Summer Weather

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, but it seemed like we didn’t have the heatwave that we normally get, and it seemed to rain every few days.

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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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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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Ride 50! Bikepacking to Turkey Point

When I started my quest to have 50 memorable bike rides in my 50th year, I purposely avoided any specific goals.  I also avoided the use of the word “epic”, since it’s relative.  I simply wanted to have 50 rides that were memorable to me.  And “memorable” could mean any of the following:

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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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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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Global Bike to Work Day 2017

According to Strava, May 11 (last Thursday) was Global Bike to Work Day(since it’s on Strava, it must be true).  So I thought this would be a good day to ride to work (and back).

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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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2017 Steaming Nostril – More Hints

A few people have been asking me for more details about the 2017 Steaming Nostril course. My previous blog gave some teasers, but they wanted more details!

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