Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A friend proposed we circumnavigate Seneca Lake a couple of weeks ago. Ooooh, so tempting, but a pretty long ride in the cold. Presto! The weather improved substantially and it turned into a decent 50 degree day.
A 15-20 mph headwind made going south a struggle, but when we turned around, WOW. 20 mph barely pedaling back north was sweeeeet! The whole trip came in at just about 75 miles.
It's always nice to have people nudge you towards things you would normally not consider.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
Saturday, October 05, 2013
It gives me pleasure to see that the tiny speck of the world I live in is slowly changing to meet me better than half way.
Portland, Amsterdam, Copenhagen are our roll (yes, I did do that) models for what bicycling culture should look like. But even when they talk about money and cycling, things get muddied, worldwide. So I thought I would point to this article to give people at least one factual point for arguing the cause of supporting cycling infrastructure.
"A study commissioned by Copenhagen’s mayor showed that driving cars offers up a $0.20 net loss for each mile driven, due to congestion, health, accidents and environmental impacts. This is in contrast to the bicycle which offers a $0.35 net benefit to the economy per mile ridden."
I ran into an article about the cost of a paved parking space, per car, but can't find that reference, so if someone comes across that, please post a comment with the reference.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
On our last day together, we rented full suspension bikes and hired a guide/ instructor to show us some strategies for riding mountain bikes on trails. This was pretty cool, as he took us on a "Pump" track, used to teach/practice maneuver on rolling terrain. Breckenridge also has a tiny terrain park. Both of these practice areas were being used by very young children, who were out-performing me, but Jamie did super well. I think her skiing helps; she is fearless.I took my bike to Alpine Sports to ship. (Not impressed- the bike made it home without damage, but that appeared to be pure luck. The packaging had shifted and was minimal and the store called me to find out if I had paid for the shipping. On the plus side, they agreed to also ship a box of stuff for me and did not charge me enough to cover a second box they needed.) Fireside Inn found me a box to take on the plane for the stuff I would need in Portland. Have I said what a fabulous place that hostel is?
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The next day was our last day with John, Roger, Susan and Kevin. We all rode to the top of Boreas pass together and said our goodbyes. Susan and Kevin will circle around to end up in Denver, where they will fly home. John and Roger will keep going to Mexico.
Jamie and I rode back down to Breckenridge, but Jamie took the tough way through the woods, while I wimped out and took the road.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The next day we all demoed bikes from the bike Expo. Jamie and John bought tickets at the ski resort for the ski lift, and rode down the trails over and over again. I borrowed a go fast bike and rode up to the top of Hoosier pass. I got my haircut again, to even out the hack job the barber in Buffalo did. Cool antique barber chairs.