Calgary Airport More Bicycle Unfriendly

Not only has the airport closed the pathway at Airport Road, they are also putting up fences to prevent cyclists/pedestrians from having access to the airport, no doubt due to the new construction and expansion of the airport terminal. On the...

First impressions: Trek Navigator 2.0

Just bought a Trek for commuting to work during the winter and had the following requirements for a new bicycle. 1) capable of touring (carrying heavy loads) with lower gear range ie. mountain bike gearing 2) be able to find studded winter tires...

Out cycling in the Cold?

Like many people, I tend to avoid cycling in the cold. But just how cold is cold before you become COLD? How cold you get depends on how hard you cycle. Fact One: The more you perspire, the sooner you become very cold. Fact Two: You can...

How does cycling impact your lifestyle?

Today I changed the oil in my car... (a lifetime of free oil changes from buying a car at Country Hills Toyota.) Every 8,000 km my car goes in for an oil change. Other than today, the last time the oil was changed was in October 2010. Wait a...

Very Hard Workout

OK, I'll admit it. For the last week or two I haven't been cycling. The reason for this is that I was falling way behind on sleep/recovery from a hard job where I spend my shift mostly lifting heavy stuff. Plus, with working about an extra 9 or 10...

A nifty Autumn Bicycle Project

Not being able to pack my Dahon Speed Pro V into the Dahon backpack while the rear rack was on the bicycle created the following autumn bicycle project which I'm sure you will find useful! My ultra light Dahon rear rack did not come with any...

You know you're a cyclist when...

You know you're a cyclist when you get the itch to get back on the bicycle and put more miles in when you are ill! For the last week or so, I've been battling the flue or something. Tonight I feel the tide changing and health returning. As much as...

The Off Season of Cycling

Been down with the flue for the last week. Tired all the time. Slept lots the last couple of days so I'm feeling better. Back to work tomorrow if I can recover some more. I'm out cycling on a short ride on my Tango. The gears were looking like they...

Not Impressed with Dahon's bike bag

Since it was sunny and fairly warm, I decided to check out the Beddington Pathways and discovered that paving had been completed along Beddington Trail to the Country Hills pathway underpass. Yippeee! Eventually I reached the Starbucks Coffee Shop...

The Concensus is in... I AM A STRONG CYCLIST!

Sometimes good compliments are a little tough to accept, especially when several members of the EVCC has recently told me that I am a strong cyclist who has come from falling off the back of the pack to keeping pace with the front half dozen riders on...

A Secret to Besting Your Best Average Speed

Here is a short and easy to remember technique on besting your best average speed which you are sure to enjoy! Going fast is not always about going as fast as possible. Here's why... At over 20 mph, the air resistance increases exponentially....

Heart Rate Monitor Glitches

I have had extremely high heart rate peaks three or four times according to my heart rate monitor. Usually these peaks come after moderate to hard sustained efforts after several hours. This worried me because of all the hype about heart rate failures...

Calgary Trails North

    At 9 a.m. I cycled to Macewan Ridgevia Beddington Trail/Birkshire Blvd, through a pathway and took a detour along roads to Macewan Ridge since I was running short on time. I used the BikeYYC iPhone app to keep track of the new route since...

Pre-Ride Heart Rate

Occasionally I turn on the heart rate monitor the night before exercising to see where my minimum heart rate was... 52 bpm this morning. Usually my minimum heart rate is down around 45 although sometimes it reads 31. The minimum level the heart rate...

Dahon Speed Pro Test Ride

With the steering stem welded, I will be going on a ride tomorrow to test out the bike. I took it for a short spin tonight and it seemed to be OK for a short and intense into wind ride... had to ride to the post office and pick up a parcel at the Post...

The Even Longer Road to Recovery

It is now September 14th and I am still recovering from accident caused by the faulty steering stem which Dahon installs in Speed Pro bicycles. Today is also the day I received the repaired part back from the welding shop at the cost of $100 which was...

The Long Road to Recovery

It is now August 24th and I am still recovering from the Dahon Pro Steering failure posted on August 9th. As a result of the accident, I have suffered further complications from those injuries and have not been able to maintain my regular club ride...