Are Calgary Drivers Uneducated?

Apparently it is not illegal in Alberta to post photos of license plates so here's another one for your collection. A pruning crew was working in Harvest Hills today and parked on the pathway. Are they uneducated about the law regarding parking on...

Help them. Or get out of their way!

Today's ride was the Mountain Bike Touring Lunch on Nose Hill. The plan was to practice some basic mountain bike riding techniques. After packing my WWII camp stove, water, hot chocolate, tools and extra clothing to deal with the wind, I figured...

Beddington Golf Park to Deerfoot Meadows

Today's ride was supposed to be just over 30 kms but turned out to be 70 kms from Beddington Golf Park to Deerfoot Meadows and through North West Calgary back to our starting point. Leaving the parking lot, we headed down Nose Creek Pathways and...

Pace Of Life

I'm no fool cause I've been around Spoked wheels glistening through miles of golden sun With a song in my head and a good hard breath I'm no longer slave to the greed and woes, Of the average Joe   Time to push my limits a...

Fixing up the Trek

With a few shifting problems occurring now and then in the higher gears, it was time for some maintenance. First, cleaning and lubrication of the chain and derailleur gears is important to make sure adjustments are accurate. Dirty or sticking...

Went on a ride today...

...was approaching a cross walk with the walk light lit so I started into the intersection when this guy pulled forward after he had already stopped before the crosswalk and blocked my path across the road. So I stopped in front of his vehicle and...

Is cycling a spiritual journey?

Many people all over the world enjoy cycling. What is often not considered in the activity is whether cycling is a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. If you remember, a few years ago, I mentioned how one club was eliminating new members...

The fitness test

Having not done much on the trainer this winter, I was rather happy in being able to sustain 26+kph for 90 minutes. Often I found myself unconsciously backing off only to pick up my pace for a while until attention wandered and the whole cycle...

90 minutes, give or take a few...

The nasty snow today was not welcomed. Just thought I'd mention that! Sometimes it is difficult to figure out where one's fitness is at. There are so many variables that any resemblence of a status quo is merely coincidental and imaginary. 40...

Spring Mountain Bike Week April 1-7

This year I'm taking a bicycling holiday from April 1-7th. Already I have booked Sunday April 1st for a ride at the Glenbow Ranch Park near Cochrane. On Monday April 2 I booked a ride from Beddington Golf Park to Deerfoot Meadows Starbucks and back....

Ride the Divide music album on iTunes

Just a reminder: Search iTunes for RideTheDivide and buy the album to support the Divide Ride Race. Great music. You'll love it. Don't forget to check out the divide website this June and follow the racers each day! More info at: ...

What's with our excessive lifestyle?

It is a nice sunny day, great day for a bicycle ride. By the time I picked up the new gear cluster for my Trek and installed it to fix the annoying skipping problem in 5th gear which my old chain wore out, put on summer tires for the first time, tried...

Lungs, or Legs?

There are tons of good cycling techniques out there. But the ones that usually stick are simple and to the point. If a technique is difficult to remember, how often do you think people will use them?   This technique is about determining where...

Calgary Parking Authority

I read a strange article in the Calgary Sun about the Calgary Parking Authority. They decided to use what appears to be a teddy bear as a mascot and needed a name for it. Instead of opening the name selection to everyone, they only allow employees to...

No pain... no gain! Bull Tweed!

My favorite cycling technique is the 80% rule and is one way to practice the spiritual Law of Economy, getting the most bang for the buck. The 80% rule means putting out an effort of 80% of your estimated maximum after a good long rest. This is high...

Finally, back on the trainer again!

With all the commuting, there hasn't been much time this year for indoor training. A sense of guilt for not spending more time on the trainer finally got to me. Indoor cycling on my 1UPUSA trainer is a pretty simple affair of turning on the heart rate...

Da chain, Boss! Da chain!

Worn chains are trouble. When I laid the chain out on the floor and stretched it, then compressed it while keeping the chain in a straight line, there was considerable movement in the length of the chain. Not a good sign. Normally you should get...

I wish summer were here

Last night's chain removal and cleaning revealed a stretched chain from all the winter cycling. Time to head down to Ridley's and get a new chain. I also need to reduce the chain length because there is no chain tension when on the smallest gears....

The reality of winter in Calgary...

The reality of winter cycling in Calgary has finally set in. Today was another day when the pathways were not cleared of snow for another week. With all the hype about Calgary being a “cycling mecca” the reality is that whatever version of reality...