Gauging One's Fitness

There are several ways to gauge one's fitness improvements in cycling. You can record heart rate in a specific gear at a specific speed on an indoor trainer. This will provide a standard to judge future improvements. Trainers are great in that one can...

Life Cycles... a quote from the Movie

  I once read that life is an act of suicide, and its true.   Probably the only creatures on the planet who know this. Maybe that's why we're so good at killing? It's going to die anyway. Might as well have it for ourselves.   So we...

Bicycle Laws

Some interesting tidbits of information about bicycle laws... Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders also share the roadways with all vehicle operators on a daily basis. These road users have less protection than drivers of other types...

Bassano Double Century

  My First Double Century Bassano Tour   By the Trek Navigator       Isn't it harder to pedal a heavily loaded bicycle?   Not if you know how.   Touring on a heavily loaded bicycle has significant advantages when...

Edworthy Park to Bowness

What a day for a slow, relaxing ride with Queen Victoria! Went across the Bow River at Angel's only to discover that going west on the southside pathway isn't going to happen. Pathway closed due to flood damage. Oh well, its the same section that...

Derailleurs aren't such a good idea

After reading about a fellow who bought a touring bike with a single speed chain and 14 gear hub, I learned that single gear chains last about five times longer than the skinny ones used on derailleurs. A recent trip to Ridley's taught me how badly...

Beacon Hill Climb

Great day for cycling today in Calgary. Very warm. Stoney Trail to Beacon Hill is one of those rides where you test your hill climbing ability because of the long grades. There are some 7-13% grades and being able to complete the climb in an hour...