Tom Frady column

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 “ ...

2018 Tour de Lincoln

  On May 12, approximately 450 riders descended (and ascended) on the roads around Lincoln for the 17th annual Tour de Lincoln, sponsored by the Lincoln Rotary Club and benef ...

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 ...