The long road back – Solo gravel grinding

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

Fat biking in the Region of Waterloo

There are some good options for fat biking in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.  This winter is only the my second winter with a fat bike, so I’m only beginning to explore.  Because my speed and distance are lower right now, my fat bike rides have been closer to home.  This has given me the opportunity to check out local multi-use paths and trails. Continue reading

Steaming Nostril 2017 – Early Bird Deadline

2017 marks the 5th annual Steaming Nostril race in Waterloo Region. This event, organized by Cycle Waterloo, has become a Spring Classic in Ontario. Each of the previous four years has brought a different challenge.

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2017 Cycling Goals

January is month when a lot of people will set their goals for the rest of the year (Note: I’m avoiding the term “resolutions” on purpose).  My goals tend to be modest.  A year ago, my goal was to ride 50 memorable rides in the year I turned 50.  That didn’t quite work out after my crash in September, but I still completed 41 rides (I complete this quest this year, before I turn 51 in August).  I also wanted to ride 5000 km, which also didn’t happen due to a low-mileage autumn.

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Why Share the Road matters

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.

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RideCycleSpin – New Logo

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a local K-W graphic designer who designed this logo for me.  Brian at Deuce Design in Waterloo has been doing design work for two decades and more recently, he designed the logo that we’re using for The Hydrocut.

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More on bike lanes and how to get more people on bikes

I’ve recently blogged about the lack of safe ways to cross the Conestoga Parkway by bicycle. This topic has got me thinking about how to get more people on bicycles. I’m ai fairly experience and confident cyclist and I’m going to ride my bike across the city regardless of bike lanes. I’m not afraid of riding on streets with traffic in the absence of bike lanes (as long as it’s not during rush hour). However, this barrier will prevent other people from riding bikes. People need to feel safe at all times during their ride, whether it’s a commute during rush hour or a Sunday afternoon ride. Continue reading

Ride 40 – Solo Ride on New Fatbike and More on Bike Lanes

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve added to my quest for “50 memorable rides in my 50th year”.  With my crash and recovery from a concussion, I’ve decided to extend my 50-in-50 into 2017, but I was able to have memorable ride #40 this past weekend.  It was memorable for the sole reason that it was my first ride on a NEW BIKE!  And I used the opportunity to ride urban paths and trails and scout out a couple of the Highway 85 crossings that I blogged about previously. Continue reading

Ride 36 of 50 – Hot, humid and hilly

Let me start this post by stating that I am not a climber.  Going uphill on my bike is hard work and my goal is simply to make it to the top.  That said, I wanted to do a tour of a few of the bigger hills in my area by mapping out a route that would take about three hours.  So this weekend, I rounded up a few friends (Ana-Maria, Doug and Andy) to join me on a ride that included some local hills on both paved and gravel roads.

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Ride 23/50 – Urban exploring with WCC

This past Saturday, I joined a new club ride with the Waterloo Cycling Club.  This spring, Bill F. started an “Adventure Ride” each weekend. Usually, once the snow melts, most club cyclists are either out on road rides or on the mountain bike trails each weekend.  Gravel grinders are postponed until the fall.  In past years, I’ve done this – I typically put away my gravel grinder bike in April in favour of my road and mountain bikes.

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