Bike Style Life

Day Thirteen and Done: Anacortes to Southwest Seattle

Well, if the number 13 is unlucky for us, it’s only because it marked the last day of our fantastic multi-day bike tour through Washington state. Alas, the big loop is done. The final morning dawned bright and breezy, with enough clouds moving around that we donned leggings and sleeves for the ride to downtown […]

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 […]

Errandonnee 2018: The Initial Plan

Challenges do motivate me, although my results in past attempts at errandonnee have been mixed. The 2018 errandonnee (errand + randonnee) dates, March 20-31, present some difficulties; among other factors I’ll be in Olympia several days for all-day workshops during this time frame. I also don’t usually try to make errands longer. Thus I need to plan […]

Bike Touring Lessons Learned So Far: Two Days and 84 Miles

  None of this will be news to people who have bike toured for years, and I’m sure blog posts and videos and lists abound that could have spared me some of the lessons. But hey, I’ll remember all this firsthand learning. 1) I overpacked. Some of this was due to not fully factoring in […]

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 […]

Every Bike Picture Tells a Story

On any given day your bike and accessories tell some kind of story about you, your riding, and your community. Here’s one snapshot. This fun bike rack is in the street (taking up–gasp!–a car parking spot!) in front of Kaffee Klatsch, the German bakery/coffee shop on Lake City Way near our neighborhood. Since I ride […]

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 […]

On a Roll with Michelle S, Olympia

The occasional “On a Roll with” series started with women in Spokane since the blog originally focused on biking in Spokane. Now that I have a statewide role at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington I’ve expanded the geography to feature women from all over the state. If you have a woman to nominate (and please do nominate yourself!) drop an […]

Informal Impressions of the Breezer Uptown Infinity LS

Thanks to my friend Wilma Gyswyt Flanagan I got to test-pedal a Breezer Uptown Infinity LS for a few miles. These are my initial impressions and in no way constitute the kind of exhaustive review I would write if I put it through a lot more mileage. And then there’s the fact that I’m no […]

Getting Started Bike Commuting: A Blogspedition inside Bike Style

The blog now stands at over 170 posts after a year of writing. Lots of advice is sprinkled throughout every post, along with my ponderings and miscellany on bike policy, infrastructure creation, and other aspects of becoming a bike-friendlier world. This post serves as a categorized round-up of many of the posts you may find helpful […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort