bike riding

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. ...

Martha Stewart is too old to ride a bike

  I was browsing (that’s what today’s kids call it) on the world-wide web the other day and saw an article about how Martha Stewart had been age-shamed in a comme ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...