Category: General

Riding, Or Not, During This Very Strange Time With Covid19

Riding, Or Not,  During This Very Strange Time With Covid19 Groups of one No Pace lines You can go at whatever pace you want No mask, when you ride alone*, as it is two hard to breath Shorter rides, especially for the women as most rest rooms are closed...

Getting your significant other on the bicycle.

I’ve seen it happen over and over. Serious cyclists think of a 15% uphill grade as a fun challenge. New cyclists think of a 4% grade as hell. If you want to introduce your significant other (s.o.) to the joys of cycling, consider the following thoughts: You ride at...

A Flurry of Questions & Thoughts

Why do most of the paid event rides, which collect thousands of dollars, provide such lousy snacks and no lunch? I realize they make donations of some of this money, but these rides are getting more expensive and the riders are not really getting much back. An unfortunate result...

Etiquette Rules – or it should

For the first seven years I rode my bicycle in a group, I did not have a single accident. Then I was in several 1.The first was mostly my fault. I wanted to pass between two riders.  I loudly and clearly shouted out my intentions. When the rider on...

Cliques & Vibes

Clubs and associations always tend to form cliques. Bicycle clubs are no different. The question then becomes: are you in “the in group” – hereafter known as TIG? (TLCs rule) Are the vibes good, bad, neutral or downright ugly? Why do we do that to people? There is nothing...

Rant # – Leading Rides Well

Leading a bicycle ride from time to time is something all regular and semi-regular club riders should do. However, leading is more than getting out in front and having people follow you. So, for all the leaders I have known and followed, both good and bad, here is the...

Where Paved Roads Invented For Bicycles?

The Good Roads Movement  (Wikipedia) occurred in the United States between the late 1870s and the 1920s. Advocates for improved roads led by bicyclists turned local agitation into a national political movement. Outside cities, roads were dirt or gravel; mud in the winter and dust in the summer. Early...

Different But Similar

Susan and I spend about half the riding season in the greater Kansas City area and the other half on Long Island, NY. There are significant differences. The KC area has less traffic (even in most parts of KC itself), more hills and country riding not to far away....

When Is A Sweep More Than A Sweep

Obviously, when there is a broom on the back of the bike.  I couldn’t resist. There is a back story to this, however.  Some of the riders were off to clean off a sectionof road that has had broken glass on it for quite a awhile....