Bike Style Life

Days Nine and Ten: Friday Harbor to Lopez Island

We lucked into a really great weekend to be in Friday Harbor, sunny weather Saturday coinciding with the San Juan Islands Artists Studio Tour. Hubs went off on his bike to explore the local airstrip while my sister, her boyfriend and I visited studio after studio to see the talents of artists in a wide […]

On the Road Again: Getting Ready for a Washington State Bike + Ferry + Train Vacation

As Hubs and I got ready to set off on another multi-day bike tour because last year’s was so amazing and wonderful we first considered heading to the Route Verte in Canada, then decided we’d design an adventure that starts at our own front door. Washington state has so many beautiful and interesting places to explore […]

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 […]

More Coffeeneuring 2017–Past the Halfway Mark

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Swimming on Bikes: Day 5 on the Great Allegheny Passage

Eric: One good thing about all this rain–it will wash the muck off the bikes. Me: That’s a very Sally Sunshine comment for you. Eric: I know. ——————————————– A couple of minutes later– Me: This is like swimming on bikes! Eric: Yep. ——————————————– Rider sheltering in a tunnel: Great day, isn’t it? Me: Liquid sunshine! […]

Bike Touring the Great Allegheny Passage: Days 3 and 4 on the GAP

We’re another 43 miles down the road, just a day’s ride from the end of the Great Allegheny Passage, and damp outerwear is draped on the shower rod with a load of laundry waiting to be done. First things first though–we laid plans for drinks and dinner with Lara and Keith, friends made along the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rolling Right Along: Weeks 2-3, #30DaysOfBiking

When I started riding my bike for transportation it took a while for it to become a daily habit. Once it did, my mindset was no longer that of a person who drives without thinking about it. If I didn’t get on my bike I usually got on the bus. Psychologically I was no longer […]

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 […]

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 […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort