Cold weather is coming

Weather forecast is for very cold weather this weekend going down to -20C something for a few days. Tomorrow I may have time to tighten the steering stem on my Dahon again. It was a bit sloppy on my last ride but now the snow on the ground is...

Snow~Snow~Snow! Nice snow... fluffy snow...

The last few days have been pretty good with lots of powdery snow on the pathways. Some odd sections of the pathways are always cleared and other sections like at the Freeport Distribution Center which used to be Westfair, are still covered in about 3...

Stupid comments about cycling

On cbc.ca website someone said they couldn't see the use of bicycle insfrastructure programs for only 6 months of the year. I guess some people have no clues about cycling all year round in Calgary so their comments are of ignorance and a lack of an...

Minimalist Cycling

On the last episode of Redemption Inc., a TV show, contestants were given the task of selling artwork. During the show, one of the contestants was selling a long, narrow picture of two trees. The majority of the artwork was a blank white background,...

Yesterday's Winter Ride

Yesterday's ride started out warm enough. Just as I reached work and stopped for a coffee, the snow hit! Only one cm was supposed to fall but by the time I headed home, there were two foot drifts on the airport sidewalks (obviously not a priority...

thoughts.com crashed again?

While writing a reply to a comment, the website page couldn't be found. As a free service, the annoying crashing issue causes a lot of lost effort and time which I think is often better spent reading a book than trying to type something on here. To...

Axiom Monsoon LX panniers

A picture can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/class1dave/6799987643/in/photostream Thoughts.com crashed yet again and deleted yet again another posting so where does it go?... This better work this time. Bought a front rack for my Trek...

Dah Wind, Boss! Dah Wind!

    On the ride today which was a little bit like being in a Fantasy Island Adventure, time pressure created an even more challenging ride. Sustained Chinook winds quickly develop stronger legs. At the end of the ride it sure felt like I'd pushed my...

Mountain Biking Techniques

Mountain Bike Master is a quick read. It is not a big cycling book but it does have a lot of mountain biking techniques, which, since I have a mountain bike, might be interesting to try out. Apparently, my problem with not being able to keep the front...

Cycling in -30C temperatures!

I was driving to work and about a block later decided to turn around and cycle to work instead. The cold -25C would definitely be a challenge when the wind chill from cycling is considered as this would make the ride feel even colder.   Thoughts...

Frigid Commute Anyone?

I'm probably as surprised as you are that I'm still cycling in -18C to -21C temperatures! If you don't try, you won't know if its possible. When my supervisor called me an alcoholic for cycling in such cold temperatures, I rightly argued that a...

Chain Cleaning Tool... Hideously Messy!

This is a photo of my chain cleaning tool. You pour de-greaser into the green plastic case, put the chain in the groove and put the lid on the chain cleaner. Then spin the pedals backwards.... What a mess not to mention how many times this causes the...

Disappointment

While picking up the wife's bike it was discovered that the fenders had not been installed. There had been some kind of a slip up and due to the late time of day the fenders will have to be installed later. For now, she will be able to climb any hill...

Birthday Present

Just dropped the wife's bike off at Ridley's to get the touring triple chainring set installed and those excellent Bontrager (wide) fenders for her birthday. After one short ride on my Trek Navigator 2.0 and the touring (22-32-42) chainring, she...

Barbed Wire at the Airport

On the second day of testing the new 22-32-42 triple chainring on my Trek Navigator 2.0, I encountered barbed wire across the sidewalk at the Airport where the new terminal construction is taking place. Fortunately, quick reflexes allowed me to stop...

Time to Bite the Bullet!

    Gear change!     Actually my wife put me up to this because she loves low gears and she would get the gear change too if she liked it on my Trek. But I had to go first in order to convince her she'd be better off with lower gears since she...