bike routes

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 ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  “There’s always one more hill” is a truism for many rides in Placer County.  Riders heading due west from Lincoln can find flat (and sometimes windy ...

CYCLING THROUGH PLACER COUNTY

  Cool early mornings, followed by summer temperatures after just a couple of hours.  That’s what we cyclists have been experiencing in the last month.  Sta ...

Cycling through Placer County

After a blistering summer that found my group leaving for rides at 7:30 a.m. and sometimes cutting the route short five to 10 miles to beat the heat, the weather has cooled off a b ...

Seeing the world from a bike

  We cyclists see things differently. I’m not talking philosophically, albeit there may be something to that, too. But the real world looks a little different from a b ...

Cycling through or near Placer County

  You five loyal readers know I find riding my bike in Placer County just great.  But I have to admit there are other places to pedal too.  Here are some pictures ...

Cycling through Placer County

  My five loyal readers will know I often talk about how great road cycling is here in Placer County.  Need a flat ride?  We got it.  Want a climb fest with ...

Cycling through Placer County

  The sharp observer will note it is getting hot. When one is on a bike, the reflection of the heat off the pavement can add at least five degrees to the “feels like&rd ...

Cycling through Placer County

  I have to get younger friends.  We have a loose tradition in my group of riding “Birthday Rides” to honor those with birthdays during the month. We ride a ...

Cycling through Placer County

Two weeks ago, I presented photographs taken along McCourtney Road, heading to Camp Far West Lake.  This week, we have some pictures of the lake itself. The dam was built in ...

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 ...

Life in the Bike Lane

For the avid Placer County cyclist, the rainy season presents a quandary.  We need the rain but we need to ride.  Somehow, it all worked out this past week. These photo ...

Life in the Bike Lane

Cooler (OK, colder) weather is no excuse for not getting out on your bike.  There are health studies indicating the brisk (OK, cold) air is actually good for you.  It i ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

Placer County has good cycling weather all year. If you’re not afraid to ride in weather below 40 degrees, the only days you might miss on the road are when it rains.  ...

Life in the Bike Lane

If you are a cyclist who rides often, you are always looking for new places to ride, either as a destination to find a donut, a road that has just been repaved or a completely ...