Tom Frady

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 ...

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

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 ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

If you regular readers (five) will check your archives, you will find I traveled down this bike path almost exactly four years ago. But since then, I have gained a reader (and one ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

Placer County has good cycling weather all year. If you’re not afraid to ride in weather below 40 degrees, the only days you might miss on the road are when it rains.  ...

Just back away

A 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found about 80 percent of drivers expressed “significant anger, aggression or road rage” at least once in the past ...

Life in the Bike Lane

If you are a cyclist who rides often, you are always looking for new places to ride, either as a destination to find a donut, a road that has just been repaved or a completely ...

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

The astute reader will recognize it has been raining around here.  While I don’t recommend that anyone start a casual ride in the rain, I have certainly set out when th ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

  We usually start in Lincoln, but every so often, we load up the bikes and travel out of town for a special ride.  Such was the case Nov. 1, when 10 riders started in ...

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

Placer County has many creeks, canals and a couple of rivers running through it.  It seems even during the drought years that there was always water flowing.  For some ...