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?
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.
My previous blog post was about the 2017 Steaming Nostril/Runny Nose event a few of days ago. I don't do a lot of racing, so when I do, these events tend to stick in my mind for a few days (maybe because my body is still reminding me of the effort). I am not a racer … Continue reading More on the Steaming Nostril 2017
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
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”
The weather forecast called for temperatures as high as 7C so I planned my day around a ride in the afternoon. I was a little unsure if the gravel roads around here would be icy or muddy, but I decided to take my gravel grinder bike (my morphed hardtail mountain bike) out for a ride. … Continue reading The long road back – Solo gravel grinding