biking

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 ...

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 through Placer County

As my five loyal readers will confirm, I think bike riding in Placer County can’t be beat.  Part of the attraction is that we can ride year-round, seldom missing a ri ...

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 ...

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.  ...

Just back away

A 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found about 80 percent of drivers expressed “significant anger, aggression or road rage” at least once in the past ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

One of the joys of cycling in this area, especially in the more rural areas, is the opportunity to see animals close up.  Whether it is the common, like a herd of goats, or m ...