Travel Takeaways: Mental Musings from a Long Bike Tour

Riding my bike for ten straight days on a touring vacation gave me physical effects, of course, and also some policy/professional thoughts and these mental takeaways. Getting truly away from everyday routines and geography creates the most vacation-y vacation ever. I haven’t given myself that kind of complete break for that many days in years–possibly […]

Now THAT Was a Vacation: Day 10 and Done

We made it! The final day started with the hotel shuttle back to the tiny ferry to get on the trail. While the sun was shining in a clear blue sky, the air felt much cooler than we’d thought looking out the window and within minutes of starting to ride we stopped to put on […]

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 […]

Zen and the Art of Bicycle Riding

A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?” The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying the sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have […]

One Word for 2014 Bicycling

A related post of mine appeared on the Washington Bikes blog and another one on my personal random-life-and-stuff blog I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions for years because I recognize how quickly those good intentions start paving a road to somewhere. A couple of years ago I decided that as an alternative I would focus on three words […]

What Biking Gives Me

What a bike ride home gives me at the end of the day: exercise fresh air direct experience of neighborhoods I don’t live in and wouldn’t otherwise see up close the chance to smile at a little kid holding his dad’s hand an overheard snippet of another dad coaching his tween on skateboard skills enjoyment […]

30 Days of Biking April 2013: Almost Halfway Ride Report

April has not worked well for me in past attempts to complete 30 Days of Biking for various reasons–some of them good ones. I got a running start on April 2013 by riding my bike every day March 17-March 30 (I didn’t ride March 31–gave myself permission to take a day off before heading into […]

A Small Moment

At a certain point in late spring a couple of flowering trees on my usual route home fill the air with sweet perfume. They stand in a most unlikely spot on Sherman Avenue just north of the freeway overpass. Not a scenic location, not a spot where a lot of pedestrians pass by to appreciate […]

The Forced Mindfulness of Bicycling: An Andrea Post

Quick, how many times today have you looked at your cell phone while waiting in line, walking down the street, or sitting on the couch? I’m the first to admit, my number is easily over a dozen. Some days more than that. Between my DayJob, two businesses, and attempting to spend time with my husband, […]

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 […]

30 Days of Biking: Why Week 1 Doesn’t Have 7 Days of Riding in It, and Why that’s OK

The ride reports for 30 Days of Biking hold me accountable, but they can’t change what life throws at you, so I’m not going to ride 30 days in April. And you know what? I’m okay with that. When I set a goal—for the first time ever—of riding a certain number of miles and a […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort