Tom Frady

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 ...

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 ...

Avid cyclists understand

I almost never get sick.  In about 15 years of cycling I had never missed a planned ride due to illness.  But last month I got hit with whatever it was that has been goi ...

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.  ...

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 ...