Suicide Hill

The weather was so warm yesterday that it called for a 33 km ride over 14th ST. After a quick look at Suicide Hill beside Beddington Trail, instead of risking life and limb climbing suicide hill a left onto the ramp up Beddington proved easier and...

Pizza, Good Times, and Loads of Miles Cycling

My Trek Navigator 2.0 is going in to Ridley's Cycle for a transmission change. For starters, the bike has two gears in the 20 inch gear range. If I'm serious about doing some touring next year, I might as well bite the bullet and get a new triple...

Suicidal Pathways Ignored by City of Calgary

Treacherous and Deadly Icy Pathway ignored by the City of Calgary This photo was taken a few weeks ago and is located beside Beddington Trail and Harvest Hills Blvd. As you can see, there is ice beneath the snow which has been ignored by the City...

The More I Drive A Car...

... the more I realize cars make people lazy. Cars make people lazy... physically, emotionally, and mentally. Forget to make your turn off? How about a U-turn? Or backing up on a freeway to turn onto the ramp you just missed? People in cars do this...

Car/bike Conflicts

I received several comments about the 2nd to current article. Not every cyclist has the same experiences as I have had so not everyone will come to the same conclusions either. In my experience, I've had rude drivers pass me right before an...

Life is What We Made It!

One idea came to mind tonight about the forces in society like careless drivers who try to destroy healthy pre-occupations like cycling. Rumour had it that a speed trap had been set on one Calgary pathway this summer and cyclists were being targeted...

Mountain Biking in the Winter!

I went cycling with the dogs. Here's the photo from twitter... So much easier just to copy the twitter link than to try copying the photo into the blog because thoughts.com doesn't allow uploading photos with linux. So here's the link. ...

Winter Ride to Ridley's Cycle

After a recovery day yesterday, it was time to head out and do a significant ride up and over the hills on 14St which runs around the east side of Nose Hill Park, a favorite walking and mountain biking hill. I decided to ride over 96th Ave, through...

A Pleasant Surprise

Work can be a real drag at times like when my days off come and I'm so exhausted that I can't even think about cycling at all. On the other hand, work that helps to build strength comes in very handy for cycling vacations especially when it helps...

NOT A GOOD PLAN!

Some might argue that one is crazy to drive on slippery roads. For others, its a way of life going as fast as possible on terrible roads while gambling that when faced with loss of traction, one will make all the right moves and arrive safely...

Airport Road Pathway is Open! Yeah!

The once closed pathway at Airport Road is now opened after a very long time. However, due to airport expansion a new fence has gone up around the Green Parking lot on Airport Road and one is forced to take the long route (pathway) into the airport....

When will the insanity end?

I tend to think that as a cyclist, cyclists tend to think in terms of doing with less and taking time to enjoy life more. Unfortunately, as the human race winds down and the earth settles into a new ice age (somewhat debatable as there is so much cash...

Full Steam Ahead!

Thawing out the bike after a cold ride. It was an easy work shift and that left more energy for the commute home. I found myself maintaining 30 kph for much of the return commute while working up a sweat. Going down Country Hills Blvd I hit...

Trip54-Where am I?

With an inch or two of new snow on the ground, it was time to test out the studded winter tires on Calgary's infamous unplowed pathways. Here's where the ride started, at Harvest Hills Lake. The goal for this ride was to scout out unmapped pathways in...

When work conflicts with cycling

As one ages (hopefully, gracefully), there comes a time when one has to realize that the best of one's working years are already behind us. In my experience, people who can navigate successfully from a job oriented lifestyle in their middle aged years...

Beginners vs Seasoned Cyclists

A question that often comes up is, Should I cycle more or less when building fitness? Beginners improve simply by increasing the frequency and duration cycling exercises. However, a seasoned cyclist gains very little from increasing volume and...

Thoughts about Hills

1) The difference in speed between a fast cyclist and an average cyclist going up a steep hill can be measured in a few miles per hour. Trying to go fast here will not get you going as fast as you can go on level ground or down a hill. However,...