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,...

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...