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Surgeon General Warning: Bicycling Can Be Habit-Forming

When I started riding my bike to work I did so only on the days that I deemed “perfect” for bike commuting. Back then in the long-ago, this meant: No rain, no wind, no snow, no fog, no excessive heat, and no forecast predicting any of the above (essentially the opposite of what everyone believes to […]

Errands by Bike Are a Breeze (and Sometimes Breezy): Errandonnee 2018

I know I always make it sound so easy to do things on my bicycle. But here’s the thing [whispers]: It is. In saying this I want to acknowledge first that I have no physical barriers to biking and my job affords me at least some time flexibility so I can do something like take […]

Oh So Challenging: ‘Tis the Season to Track Your Riding

If you’re one of those who gets motivated when you have a reason to track something you’re doing, it’s your time to shine. We’re coming up on the season of multiple challenges related to bicycling. Some people are trackers, some are not. I’ve gone back and forth. I tried not tracking for a while but […]

Bike Touring Round-up: Bike the Gap + C&O Canal Towpath

Our first bike touring experience rocked our socks! (And made them very, very wet on a few days….). Bike travel for so many days felt unlike any vacation I’ve ever taken. We’ll be doing this again — a lot. Especially if we can find long, separated trail mileage for that get-away-from-it-all experience. (Hear that, small […]

Success: April 2017 #30DaysOfBiking Is in the Bag

Telling people about my progress in sticking to a commitment definitely helps keep me on track. I saw that in 2014 when I set myself up to post a word and picture every day of #30DaysofBiking. I managed it in April 2013 and September 2011, another year that I made extra work for myself by writing a […]

Someone’s Sweetheart

The kind of text you DO NOT want to get from your sweetheart: “Car turned left in front. Hit car. Bike effed up. Phys. OK. Going to work.” — Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain) April 8, 2017 This text set my heart racing Saturday morning at 10:14 a.m., just as I was preparing to set off on […]

Coming Back: Week 1, #30DaysOfBiking

What a long road this comeback is going to be. Before I broke my elbow last year, most days of the week involved anywhere from 13-25 miles just to commute. I could go out on a 40-mile weekend sweetheart ride without trepidation. Biking didn’t represent any kind of chore. The few times I’ve ridden during […]

Biking Is the Spice of Life

I have missed many things while driving for transportation thanks to a broken elbow (with recovery complicated by a frozen shoulder). To name just a few: Exercise (hello, +10 pounds) Sense of connection to my surroundings and the people along the way Flexibility — the ease with which I can change my mind, navigate to […]

Broken Elbow Style Is Sleeveless

On a balmy Tuesday evening in July I pedaled south along the Elliott Bay Trail en route from a meeting in Seattle’s Pioneer Square to my home in White Center. In a number of places along the heavily traveled multi-use path, the pavement has heaved up and cracked, creating hazards whether you’re riding or walking. […]

Great Gear for a Rainy Ride: The Wander Wrap

I was still living in Spokane when I crossed the tipping point between fair-weather rider and all-season rider. This meant building my collection of gear to make it a little more comfortable to ride on cold, wet, or snowy days. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear, right? Boots with wool socks […]

#30DaysofBiking 2015: I’m Rolling

So far so good for the annual 30 Days of Biking challenge. It’s April 8 and I’ve ridden my bike every day. That’s sort of a “duh”, usually, at least on weekdays since I ride every day either all the way to work or to the bus stop if I need to capture the email […]

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