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
The end of August has a different feel than other months. It marks the end of summer for many of us, particularly those with kids who head back to school after Labour Day. By this time of year, daylight hours are noticeably shorter and temperatures are typically starting to cool. With this decrease in daylight … Continue reading August 2018 – Cycling Update
The day after we got back from our vacation in Newfoundland, I found myself in Toronto for an afternoon. It made perfect sense for me to take a bike with me and explore the city a bit more. I didn't have a lot of time to plan because we got in late Monday evening and … Continue reading Cycling in Toronto – Humber River and Waterfront Trails
Another month has come and gone and we're right in the heart of summer. As I blogged about earlier in July, I don't do well in the heat. I sweat a lot (fellow cyclists have marvelled at the amount of sweat that drips from my helmet). However, I still managed a pretty good month of … Continue reading Cycling Update – July 2018
Last week, I found myself in downtown Toronto on a beautiful mid-week summer afternoon. Rather than packing up bikes and gear to ride, J. and I decided to try out the Bike Share program downtown. After a bit of internet research, I learned that there are several options for this program. We'd take advantage of … Continue reading Bike Share in Toronto
Each year, I try to enter a cycling event or two that supports a cause. In 2016, I raised money for two events: Share the Road Greg's Ride in September and the Ride for Heart in Toronto for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My wife, my daughter and I have completed three of the Ride for Heart … Continue reading Ride for Heart 2017
Last year, I was planning to complete 50 memorable rides in the year I turned 50. A crash in September put that on hold, so I extended my goal to 2017. I'd finished 2016 with 41 of my 50 rides completed, and this past week, I added two more rides in the GTA. With March … Continue reading Rides 42 and 43: Joyride and Touring Toronto
I went to the Fall Bike Blowout Sale this weekend in Toronto. Amidst the thousands of people, there were deals to be had if you were willing to elbow your way through the crowds and line up to pay for your purchases. I wasn't looking specifically at bikes, but still managed to spend some money … Continue reading Toronto Fall Bike Show and N+1?
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to have two memorable rides for my 50-memorable-rides-in-my-50th-year goal. For Ride #21, on Saturday morning, I met up with friends Ana-Maria, Bob A., Ken R., Kevin S., Stephen B. and others at the Hydrocut mountain bike trails. These wonderful trails of about 25 km of flowing singletrack are … Continue reading Rides 21 and 22: The Hydrocut and Ride for Heart plus contest winners!
Ride #9 of my "50 memorable rides for my 50th year" was this past Saturday in Toronto. It wasn't memorable because it was a race, or because of distance, speed, or duration. Rather, it was memorable because of the location. I grew up in Toronto but spent most of my childhood living in the north … Continue reading Ride 9/50 – Toronto Waterfront Trail