bike riding

Life in the Bike Lane

  The weather this time of year can present some extra challenges for cyclists in Placer County.   Starting early in the morning means two or three layers to keep warm. ...

Martha Stewart is too old to ride a bike

  I was browsing (that’s what today’s kids call it) on the world-wide web the other day and saw an article about how Martha Stewart had been age-shamed in a comme ...

Riding in transitional weather

If you are a little bit of a crazy cyclist and start your rides early in the morning (hello, me), you will have noticed it’s a bit cooler. Like 40 degrees cool. Like “I ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  “There’s always one more hill” is a truism for many rides in Placer County.  Riders heading due west from Lincoln can find flat (and sometimes windy ...

Speak up

  I feel like I can trust you, so if I go off on a rant, can we keep it just among the six of us? Bike riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.  Eve ...

CYCLING THROUGH PLACER COUNTY

  Cool early mornings, followed by summer temperatures after just a couple of hours.  That’s what we cyclists have been experiencing in the last month.  Sta ...

I’m OK. Thanks for asking

  For the first time in many years, I had a bit of a crash while riding. I’m OK.  Thanks for asking.  Here’s what happened. My friend (I’ll call ...

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 ...