Bike Style Life

Bike Tour Planning: (Relationship) Lessons Learned So Far

These are not lessons from a bike-touring expert by any stretch of the imagination. As a couple we’ve gone on three multi-day “sheets and showers” bike tours so far: Seattle to Lake Stevens and surrounding area: I planned this four-day outing as a test of touring a few years ago. Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Towpath: […]

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 […]

Prepping, Packing, Shopping: Time for a Big Bike Tour

Recovering from last year’s broken elbow and frozen shoulder has been a bit of a haul. About when I thought I could start building some mileage to earn back my strength I took an exciting new job, the one that meant driving to Olympia once or twice a week and traveling across the state. I […]

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 […]

(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 […]

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 […]

Just Ride: A Betsy Book Review

As a frequent bike commuter and leader of a woman’s cycling group, I was delighted to read Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Peterson. The author has cycled daily for over forty years, raced, sold, and built bikes for decades. Peterson’s thesis is a simple one: bike racing has added […]

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 […]

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