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: A new … Continue reading Ride 50! Bikepacking to Turkey Point
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 … Continue reading Rides 47 and 48: KW City Trails and 2017 Ride for Heart
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 … Continue reading How many bikes is too many?
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). The company I work for recently moved from Breslau (about 10 km from my house) to Guelph (a little over … Continue reading Global Bike to Work Day 2017
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.
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. However... I was on a ride … Continue reading More on Bike Lanes in K-W
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! I still can't reveal the course itself, but I can provide a few more hints. For 2017, the start/finish has moved to the Waterloo Rod & Gun Club … Continue reading 2017 Steaming Nostril – More Hints
In one month from today, the 5th annual Steaming Nostril gravel grinder cycling race will take place. Organized by my friends at Cycle Waterloo, this event has become one of Ontario's spring classics. In a previous blog post, I've written about some of the highlights of past Nostril events, so rather than re-hash here, I'm … Continue reading 2017 Steaming Nostril Teaser
In my continued recovery from a concussion last fall, my bike rides have consisted of short, low-intensity rides of about an hour. Usually on my fat bike and usually on city paths and bike trails. As 2016 turned into 2017 I found myself yearning to get out on the fantastic gravel roads in the area. I … Continue reading Foggy Gravel Grinding
There are many good charities out there and there are many good charity cycling events. Share the Road is no exception. If you're reading this, then you're either a cyclist or a cycling supporter (or both), and you likely have an awareness of the issues that cyclists face when we're out on the road. Founded … Continue reading Why Share the Road matters