bike riding

Rock up!

  “Rock up!” was the shout from the pace line’s front.  I was not only new to cycling but had never ridden in a pace line before.  I had absolut ...

Cycling through Placer County

After a blistering summer that found my group leaving for rides at 7:30 a.m. and sometimes cutting the route short five to 10 miles to beat the heat, the weather has cooled off a b ...

What about roundabouts?

  Roundabouts, generally speaking, are a good thing for cars, getting them through an intersection faster than a four-way stop. While a standard in much of Europe, roundabou ...

Seeing the world from a bike

  We cyclists see things differently. I’m not talking philosophically, albeit there may be something to that, too. But the real world looks a little different from a b ...

Find a better road, please

  I’ve written about this before and my riding buddies talk about it often.  Eight or nine of us were heading east on Horseshoe Bar Road a couple of Fridays ago. ...

Ode to a bicycle

  Twelve years, eight months, 24 days. I don’t know how long that is in bike years but it’s how long I have been riding my Giant OCR.  It’s 91,609 mil ...

Cycling through Placer County

  The sharp observer will note it is getting hot. When one is on a bike, the reflection of the heat off the pavement can add at least five degrees to the “feels like&rd ...

Separate, restricted, shared and buffered

As jurisdictions work toward greater public safety on streets and highways, we have begun to see more signage, special lanes and special paint designed to keep bicycle riders and a ...

Making riding safer

A few weeks ago, I again had the opportunity to ride my bike in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Marin County.  It’s different there.  While not “ ...

Say hello to your trusty bike

Vic Freeman doesn’t need to be told that May is National Bike Month to jump on his 18-year-old bike. The Lincoln resident, now 84, has been riding his preferred transportati ...

How not to get hit by a car

I was in a bike shop some time ago, one that sells used bikes.  There was a pristine, high-end road bike for sale, ridden three times.  I was told the owner was a new rid ...

A morning on the inaugural MandaRide

Up before dawn to don my Lincoln Hills Cyclists kit to represent the ’hood at the inaugural MandaRIDE on Saturday in Loomis. I have decided to stretch the 30-mile charity rid ...

May is Bike Month

It comes around every year about this time, May that is. Along with “May and May flowers” comes “May is Bike Month.” The idea of May is Bike Month is to en ...

If they hadn’t invented bicycles

I can remember my dad running behind me, holding on to the seat of my sister’s hand-me-down bike, as I wobbled down the sidewalk, trying to find my balance on what seemed lik ...

We’re all quirky

Anyone who is an avid anything has a few quirks, habits or special language related to that avidocity (I may have just made up that word).  My wife is an avid quilter. She ha ...