bike riding

Cycling through Placer County

One of the favorite routes for cyclists from the Lincoln area is to Camp Far West Lake via McCourtney Road but I have met riders from all over the area there.  McCourtney Roa ...

We’re all quirky

Anyone who is an avid anything has a few quirks, habits or special language related to that avidocity (I may have just made up that word).  My wife is an avid quilter. She ha ...

Cycling through Placer County

It can be an interesting time of year to ride, weather-wise.  Wind breakers, long pants and wool socks can give way to shorts and short-sleeve jerseys by the time a ride is d ...

Harassed by the DMV

  I don’t know how much longer I can put up with this constant harassment by the DMV.  It was just five years ago I had to renew my driver’s license and here ...

Cycling through Placer County

While dry weather this time of year is bad for the environment, it is good for cycling.  These pictures were all taken in one week this month on three separate rides.  ...

Clips, arms and butter

Just a couple of weeks ago, I digressed in a column to define “kit” (generally, the cycling clothes worn by road bikers) for the non-cyclist.  It made me think (ac ...

Cycling Milestones

There is a difference between goals and milestones.  One sets the former; the latter just happen.  In retirement, I’m not really a goal-oriented person but here are ...

MMAMILS

The term “MAMIL” can actually be found in new dictionaries. It is defined as “a middle-aged man who is a road cyclist, typically one who rides an expensive bike a ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

If you regular readers (five) will check your archives, you will find I traveled down this bike path almost exactly four years ago. But since then, I have gained a reader (and one ...

Life in the Bike Lane

You five (by recent count) regular readers will recognize that I have often waxed poetic (OK, maybe not poetic and there has been minimal waxing) about the glory of riding one&rsqu ...

Life in the Bike Lane

As further proof of Placer County’s position as one of the great cycling regions in the state, I submit these photos, all taken on the same 50-mile ride last month.  St ...

Life in the Bike Lane

The astute reader will recognize it has been raining around here.  While I don’t recommend that anyone start a casual ride in the rain, I have certainly set out when th ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  We were on our usual Monday ride a couple of weeks ago. In the course of the morning, we were in bike lanes, on bike paths and shoulders along the roadway.  We also sp ...

Life in the Bike Lane

This time of year, between the heat of summer and the sometime sub-freezing mornings during the winter, is a wonderful time to be out on your bike.  You may need to brea ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

  Last week, heading south on Newcastle Road, I turned left on to Powerhouse.  Around the first turn, I encountered a cyclist coming the other way.  It was downhill ...