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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End of May Cycling Thoughts

As the end of May approaches, I thought I’d blog about my week in cycling, my continued recovery and some other thoughts.  After a nice long weekend camping at Killbear (and riding to Norse Brewery), I decided to take a few days off cycling to let my head rest.  As such, I didn’t commute to work last week.

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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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Water, water everywhere

One thing I haven’t written about in this blog since I started it a little over a year ago is my “day job”.  I may have mentioned that I’m in engineer (so I like numbers), but I apply those engineering skills to water.  When I’m not riding my bike, cleaning/tuning my bikes or thinking about cycling, I’m often thinking about water.

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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 the Steaming Nostril 2017

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).

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Ride 44 – 2017 Steaming Nostril/Running Nose 

I’ve been blogging a lot lately about this Ontario Spring Classic. The 2017 version didn’t disappoint as over 300 riders entered the fifth edition of this event.  In past years, there has been a wide variety of challenges in the Steaming Nostril and the shorter Runny Nose: slow, slushy trails, minus 20C wintery conditions, epic mud, strong winds… this race has had it all!

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One Week until Steaming Nostril 2017

As I write this blog entry, It’s now 7 days, 4 hours and 21 minutes until Steaming Nostril 2017 (you can check the online countdown at cyclewaterloo.com ).  If you haven’t heard about Steaming Nostril, it’s an Ontario spring classic gravel cycling race, now in it’s 5th year.

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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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