EVCC Calgary to Cochrane via back roads

It has been a long time since I've done any short and hard rides. So today was the day to cut loose on 12 Mile Coulee Rd and see if I could best 20 kph average speed over the hills. On July 12th I managed an average of 16 kph over the route and back...

Oh my achy Quads, Bassano Century Primer

I never I'll ever put myself through that again... comes to mind.   Can I do a Century was quickly followed by... Sufferfest! How much do I really want to suffer?   Apparently, not that much. I had more than enough suffering to last for...

Challenge Yourself is to Motivate Yourself!

I've never done a Century ride, ever. Then again, until two years ago I never did a Metric Century... ever! The one thing we can always count on in life is change. Either we are moving forward or we're sliding backwards... I'm sliding backwards. ...

Bizarre changes to blog...

Why has my blog address changed? I didn't change it! Then there has been a running processing of errors on the website. At first I could only enter a title and no text. Now I can enter text but after pressing enter the whole page vanished! ...

Banff to Lake Louise Photos

Fireside Parking Lot Entrance on Bow Valley Parkway   Limited Parking available due to flooding in the parking lot. Some cyclists went on to the next parking area and started there. Beautiful Castle Mountain Hungry and brave...

The Farmer and the Mule

I tend to write about daily issues cyclists have in real life situations. If I were to push a load of drug induce euphorias about living in a big city, a real cyclist would spot that load of bull in a micro second as a fraud perpetrated for the...

Ignorant Calgary Drivers

Too many people are of the opinion that when drivers use their cars to threaten other people that we should all hug and make up. Try telling that to the people they kill or send to hospitals. Letting stupid drivers off so easy when they put other...

Banff to Lake Louise

EVCC hosted a Banff to Lake Louise Ride 100 kilometer ride. Since there was a long waiting list of people, I coordinated a second ride for those on the waiting list who still wanted to do the ride. The night before the ride, the ride coordinator...

Glenmore Landing Bicycle Trip with Vicky

The Mrs and I decided to go for a nice and easy bicycle trip around the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary. The weather was one of those possible thunderstorm days but it began with warm sunny weather and became cool as the clouds moved in. We started...

Broke my first spoke yesterday.

It was bound to happen. Although the Trek Navigator is a sturdy built bike, the wheels need constant truing, probably because they were built by machine. I already have several spokes on the rear wheel which are extremely tight and won't adjust...

Short Ride today

Its been a while since I ventured out for a ride on my Dahon Speed Pro because of the known steering failure issues which Dahon products are known to have. Even though the hinge plate has been beefed up, I still don't trust it. Its one of those...

Spitting Rain

My morning commute consisted of blowing wind and light rain. Actually, the rain was so light that rain gear wasn't needed for my short ride but I brought along the rain gear any who. Its too bad that cycling clothing is so expensive because more...

Weather Forecasts Wrong Again

Here I sit, broken hearted... Went for a ride but no one started Today was supposed to be my first 120 km attempt. The weather in Calgary was forecast to be 20-30 mm of rain. All week I've been saying to myself... yeah, right! We live in a...

A week off.

I'm taking a week of of cycling which is good every now and then. Sometimes I am asked why and the usual answer is because cycling is hard work and in order to become a stronger cyclist it pays to taper off or take a break from cycling. The...

Photos of Ride to 22X

View of New Science Center Bow Tower from New Science Center Self Portrait Picnic Area Near Bow River Fisherman Looking north from picnic area Overlooking Deerfoot and Anderson on Pathway ...

North East to 22X

    My ride today is going to be a long one in order to get into shape for my Century Ride which I hope to complete this year sometime.     I had stopped at Deerfoot Meadows Starbucks and started to enter a blog but my computer suddenly crashed...

My laptop was nuked at Starbucks

Was just about to blog about my long ride today when someone nuked my computer. Not to worry. I have a restore stick to fix the problem. I'm at Deerfoot Meadows Starbucks and will head south along the Bow River Pathway. Already saw 3 cyclists out for...

Tonight's Commute

Although very tired from work, the commute home was one of those experiences that helps me gauge my fitness. Normally I hit the hills at 23-25 kph on a good day. Tonight I actually made it up the hills in top gear at around 27-30 kph with a slight...

High Cadence Saves Your Legs!

The last long ride certainly proved one thing to me, that high cadence is a good way to put in miles without the after ride pain. Even at the end of the ride, my legs felt like they could continue climbing more hills. Its amazing what good techniques...

A Miracle of Miles

Sometimes all a miracle takes is believing in yourself, and in your abilities. It has been said that perhaps the most normal thing there is in life, is pushing our limits and doing more than we've ever been able to do before. Perhaps that is why...