Life in the Bike Lane

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 ...

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

  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

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 ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

I have never been on a bike ride without at least one driver waving me or my group through a stop sign, in effect, making the stop sign a yield sign for the riders.  I find i ...

Life in the Bike Lane

If you take a bike ride in Placer County that is much more than 15 to 20 miles long, you are going to have to ride on some narrow country roads, many with nothing more than a doubl ...