Life in the Bike Lane

I’m OK. Thanks for asking

  For the first time in many years, I had a bit of a crash while riding. I’m OK.  Thanks for asking.  Here’s what happened. My friend (I’ll call ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  Cooler weather has come!  By leaving at 8 in the morning, riders can still get home before it reaches 80 degrees, even after a 50-mile ride.  Many roads have tre ...

Rock up!

  “Rock up!” was the shout from the pace line’s front.  I was not only new to cycling but had never ridden in a pace line before.  I had absolut ...

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 ...

Cycling through/near Placer County

Here are some more photographs from rides outside Placer County that can be started by loading your bike in your SUV and driving for about an hour. One of my favorite rides ...

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 ...

Separate, restricted, shared and buffered

As jurisdictions work toward greater public safety on streets and highways, we have begun to see more signage, special lanes and special paint designed to keep bicycle riders and a ...

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 ...

Making riding safer

A few weeks ago, I again had the opportunity to ride my bike in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Marin County.  It’s different there.  While not “ ...

How not to get hit by a car

I was in a bike shop some time ago, one that sells used bikes.  There was a pristine, high-end road bike for sale, ridden three times.  I was told the owner was a new rid ...

A morning on the inaugural MandaRide

Up before dawn to don my Lincoln Hills Cyclists kit to represent the ’hood at the inaugural MandaRIDE on Saturday in Loomis. I have decided to stretch the 30-mile charity rid ...

May is Bike Month

It comes around every year about this time, May that is. Along with “May and May flowers” comes “May is Bike Month.” The idea of May is Bike Month is to en ...

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 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

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 ...