bike rides

Cycling Through Placer County

  Many bike paths are in this area, some running less than a mile around a neighborhood to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (American River Bike Trail), which is 32-miles lo ...

Cycling through Placer County

  One of my favorite roads to cycle is Millertown, 2.3 miles connecting Wise and Mt. Vernon Roads, just west of Auburn. It roughly follows the North Canal (it doesn’t l ...

Life in the Bike Lane

Do you know what the temperature is at 8:30 a.m.?  Sub-freezing, that’s what it is.  Plus, add a 15-mph wind chill factor because we’re on bikes.  But ...

Life in the Bike Lane

Placer County has many creeks, canals and a couple of rivers running through it.  It seems even during the drought years that there was always water flowing.  For some ...

Life in the Bike Lane

On alternate weeks, this column features photographs from Placer County (and maybe some neighbors) taken while riding my bike.   My hope is that the reader will be ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

In my experience, the novice road bike rider fears traffic – cars – more than any other aspect of bike riding in the real world.   A reasonable amount of tre ...

Your dog, my bike and the leash law

Dogs.  I love ‘em. Recently, one of our club members had a run-in (literally) with a friendly (aren’t they all?) black lab. Briefly, here’s what happened.& ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

  Some people I know (and hate) can get on virtually any bike and ride it comfortably for miles, without making any adjustments.  I can trace nearly any pain I have whe ...

Life In the Bike Lane column

Part of the joy of being a recreational road bike rider is finding routes that include isolated roads, routes that make you feel like you are the only ones who know about them (nev ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

While the rainy weather has been good for the drought, it is tough on avid cyclists.  Finding time to get out between rainstorms can be a challenge, especially when family, b ...

Life In the Bike Lane column

On alternate weeks, this column features photographs from Placer County (and maybe some neighbors) taken while riding my bike.   My hope is that the reader will be inspi ...

Wheel-sucking etiquette

Definition:  Wheel Sucker. One who rides closely behind another rider for an extended period of time, to gain a psychological and/or aerodynamic advantage by reducing the amou ...

Cycling though Placer County

On alternate weeks, this column features photographs from Placer County (and maybe some neighbors) taken while riding my bike. My hope is that the reader will be inspired to get on ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

  There are some wonderful destinations around Placer County worth the bike ride.  Herewith follows some places you might not have been on your bike (or in your car, for ...

Life In the Bike Lane column

Here are some more photos of cycling in our area during the fall.  Most of the recent mornings have been cool but one can shed a layer after climbing the first hill, as it tur ...