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Listening to Your Legs–Or Not, As the Case May Be

Disclaimer: I’m not any kind of trainer, certified or otherwise. This is my personal experience and YMMV.* As I’ve ridden more the past few months I’ve learned two things: Listen to your legs. Don’t listen to your legs. Listen to Your Legs Dear Sweet Hubs, who trains for race season with spreadsheets, a power meter, […]

Take It Easy: How NOT to Increase Your Weekly Mileage

I needed to heed a piece of advice from The Eagles. “Take it easy, take it easy. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.” I so very definitively did not take it easy in going from a one-mile flattish round-trip commute to a round trip that consists of more like 22-24 miles […]

Not Even Fully Loaded: Another Grocery Run

Just how much can you haul on a bike ride to the grocery store? Depends on how many bags you have! When we lived in Spokane the grocery store nearest our house was just over 1.5 miles away uphill, which meant I got to race downhill fully loaded when I made a grocery run via […]

5 Behavior and Culture Hacks to Get People to Ride Bikes and Walk

Serendipity gives me lots of blog fodder, in this case the coincidence of reading a piece on GOOD about how to get people to eat less meat within 24 hours of being directed to the elevators inside the Cannon Office Building on Capitol Hill during the 2013 National Bike Summit.* Let me ‘splain, Lucy. (Source attribution: […]

(Re) Learning to Ride a Road Bike

I believe I’ve proven in these pages that I’m perfectly willing to (a) give you a laugh at my expense and (b) prove that I’m not an expert on bikes. My confusion over the Trek’s shifting mechanism when I tried out Betsy’s bike comes to mind–who would have guessed that its mechanism worked just like […]

Choosing a Bike Saddle Is like Choosing a Life Partner: An Andrea Post, Part III

In Part I of this three-part series we discussed the bike saddle/bike seat debate (we say both sides win–call it what you want to call it). Part II looked at the types of relationships you might have with your bike seat, from one-night stand to life partner and even alternative options. Part III sends you on […]

Choosing a Bike Saddle Is like Choosing a Life Partner: An Andrea Post, Part II

In Part I of our series on how to choose a bike saddle so you might actually feel comfortable riding, the important parallels between life partners and bike saddles or bike seats were explored. Extending the analogy, herewith are the types of relationships you might develop. The One-Night Stand There are some seats that may […]

Choosing a Bike Saddle Is like Choosing a Life Partner: An Andrea Post, Part I

In the 1960s, car designers began including something new and rather revolutionary in vehicles:  cup holders. These devices, once considered a luxury, quickly moved from novelty to selling point. Now some car experts claim that the number of cupholders can sell a vehicle much more quickly and easily than anything else, even when the rubber […]

Bike Helmets: Pro-Cute, Anti-Ugly

The bike helmet debate seemingly engenders more pro/con comments in online postings than an increase in the debt ceiling, gun control, abortion, immigration, gay marriage, and the death penalty combined–and sometimes more vitriol, too. I’m not trying to go there, although I’ll admit to getting into a Twitter quasi-debate on this just the other day […]

How to Be a Good Guy/Gal on the Street

This post that you should share with all your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, and personal conversation in (gasp!) real life was inspired by several influences. I’m modeling very directly on the first post so a shout-out to Anna North at Jezebel for providing inspiration and an outline to follow. Herewith, my source material, which […]

Gamification Keeps Me Going (aka I’m the Self-Tracking Type): An Andrea Post

I’ve discovered there are two distinct groups of cyclists I run into on a regular basis: those who track and those who don’t. There aren’t many people who fall in between, and I definitely fall in that first group. I am a bit of an obsessive self-tracker, but I haven’t always been that way. What […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort