Life in the Bike Lane column

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 ...

Tour de Lincoln is this Saturday

The Tour comes to Lincoln. Well, the 17th annual Tour de Lincoln, that is.  It’s this Saturday. The 100 Kilometer (63-mile) ride is a challenging route, climbing hills ...

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 ...

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 ...

If they hadn’t invented bicycles

I can remember my dad running behind me, holding on to the seat of my sister’s hand-me-down bike, as I wobbled down the sidewalk, trying to find my balance on what seemed lik ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...