Tom Frady column

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 ...

What about roundabouts?

  Roundabouts, generally speaking, are a good thing for cars, getting them through an intersection faster than a four-way stop. While a standard in much of Europe, roundabou ...

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 ...

Can you prove you rode today?

  It’s 7:10 a.m., I’m in my garage, helmet on, head and taillights blinking, Garmin on “pause.” I open my phone and hit “allow” to the not ...

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 ...

Find a better road, please

  I’ve written about this before and my riding buddies talk about it often.  Eight or nine of us were heading east on Horseshoe Bar Road a couple of Fridays ago. ...

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 ...

Ode to a bicycle

  Twelve years, eight months, 24 days. I don’t know how long that is in bike years but it’s how long I have been riding my Giant OCR.  It’s 91,609 mil ...

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 ...

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 ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  Every year since 2010, the group of folks with whom I ride plan a 100-mile ride, just because we can.  It started as an opportunity for those of us who, even at our 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 “ ...