Life in the Bike Lane

New riders, don’t despair

  In the years I have been scribbling this column, you five loyal readers will have noted I often encourage non- or infrequent riders to get out on a bike. Any bike.   ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  The weather this time of year can present some extra challenges for cyclists in Placer County.   Starting early in the morning means two or three layers to keep warm. ...

Cycling Through Placer County

  Many bike paths are in this area, some running less than a mile around a neighborhood to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (American River Bike Trail), which is 32-miles lo ...

Riding in transitional weather

If you are a little bit of a crazy cyclist and start your rides early in the morning (hello, me), you will have noticed it’s a bit cooler. Like 40 degrees cool. Like “I ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  “There’s always one more hill” is a truism for many rides in Placer County.  Riders heading due west from Lincoln can find flat (and sometimes windy ...

Speak up

  I feel like I can trust you, so if I go off on a rant, can we keep it just among the six of us? Bike riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.  Eve ...

CYCLING THROUGH PLACER COUNTY

  Cool early mornings, followed by summer temperatures after just a couple of hours.  That’s what we cyclists have been experiencing in the last month.  Sta ...

I’m OK. Thanks for asking

  For the first time in many years, I had a bit of a crash while riding. I’m OK.  Thanks for asking.  Here’s what happened. My friend (I’ll call ...

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 ...

Cycling through Placer County

After a blistering summer that found my group leaving for rides at 7:30 a.m. and sometimes cutting the route short five to 10 miles to beat the heat, the weather has cooled off a b ...

Cycling through/near Placer County

Here are some more photographs from rides outside Placer County that can be started by loading your bike in your SUV and driving for about an hour. One of my favorite rides ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...