Tag: bicycling

Bicycling in Rain and Mud

May 21st, 2010, No Comments

I recently posted here about bicycling in the mud and rain, and got some good suggestions (and also on the icebike mailing list). I eventually decided to replace my current bike (Trek 7.3FX) with a Specialized Tricross Sport Triple. As I mentioned in the bike store, “it seems odd to spend this kind of money […]

Begin questioning my sanity… NOW

April 5th, 2010, 7 Comments

It’s been a long and wet winter here. We live down a dirt/sand/gravel road, and when it rains, it’s difficult to get a car down the road due to mud. And impossible to get a bicycle down it. As a result, I’ve only been able to ride my bicycle to work once since November, and […]


January 17th, 2009, 4 Comments

It’s been quite the day. This evening, Jacob had a new first. He requested I read him an owner’s manual for his bedtime story. Yes, I’m sure years from now, he will still remember how to operate a Motorola W376g cell phone. He had found the manual in its box and had been carrying it […]

Frozen Bicycling

November 18th, 2008, 8 Comments

Some of you might recall that I’ve been bicycling to work, about 10 miles each way. Over the last two weeks, I haven’t been able to ride much because it’s been too muddy. Today I rode to work. It was about 25F-30F out there, so this was my first below-freezing bicycle ride. It went OK, […]

Biking in the dark, 45 degrees F

October 31st, 2008, 6 Comments

I’ve been telling people that I plan to keep bicycling into the winter. I think about half the people I’ve told to don’t really believe it. And the last two weeks, I haven’t been able to ride to work due to muddy roads and scheduling conflicts. But today I did. I left while it was […]

Hurricane Bicycling

September 4th, 2008, 1 Comment

Wednesday I rode my bike to work. So, logically, Wednesday saw me riding my bike home from work. That was not the most pleasant task. I rode directly into some really strong winds — I figure about 40MPH — for 2.5 miles, and for the other 8, they were crosswinds. I checked the weather about […]

Bicycling to Work Update

July 16th, 2008, 10 Comments

Back in May, I wrote about starting to bicycle to work. My plan was to do that 3 days a week. My ride is 10 miles each way, with the first 2.3 miles on dirt, gravel, and sand roads. It’s been going well. Yesterday was the first day that the ride really felt easy. It’s […]

How to Start Bicycling to Work

May 24th, 2008, 6 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote about bicycling to work, pointing out that it’s a safe, inexpensive, way for many people (including office workers without access to showers) to get to work. There were a lot of thoughtful comments there too. Today I’d like to provide some tips for getting started commuting on a bicycle. As I’m just […]

Bicycling to Work

May 23rd, 2008, 13 Comments

We hear a lot these days about the price of gas, energy efficiency, and the like. But, in the United States, outside of a few progressive cities, there aren’t a lot of people that are using the ultimate zero-emissions transportation technology: bicycles. That’s really too bad, because bicycles are a lot cheaper to operate than […]


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