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
It's hard to believe 2018 is half over already. There's still a lot of warm weather ahead, and lots of long rides in the months to come! I thought I'd summarize my year to date with some of the online tools that I've blogged about. In June, I rode farther than I have in any … Continue reading Ride Summary – First Six Months of 2018
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?
First, a bit of history: I started cycling in the 1990s as a mountain biker (discounting rides around the neighbourhood as a kid). I used to ride once a week in Dundas Valley before mountain biking was popular. When I joined the Waterloo Cycling Club in 2002, I bought a used road bike and joined … Continue reading The Simple Pleasures of Cycling on Gravel Roads
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
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. … Continue reading Finding Peace on a Bicycle
It's been an odd summer. We haven't had the normal heat wave, and it seems like we get a good rain storm every few days. I'm not one to complain a lot about the weather, but as a cyclist, I'm always paying attention to it. I'm finally at the point in my concussion recover that … Continue reading A Cycling Week in Review – Bicycalligraphy, Eager Beaver
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?