Tongue-and-Cheek Ride Report

I had been telling people that although I'm not participating in the Friends for Life Bike Rally, I am "tagging along" in all their training rides. But this description would not have been entirely accurate for today's training ride, because I never rode with anyone.  If this ride had been a race, the race report might sound a bit like… Read more →

I Still Suck, But I'm Getting Better

For the first time in awhile, I biked four days in a row. And all of that thanks to the fact that I have wrapped up my contract at UTIAS, and am now unemployed. Time to enjoy the extra "free time" that comes with not having to commute to work everyday. On Wednesday morning, just before my wife left for… Read more →

"El Cheapo" Road Bikes

The road bikes that I have now (and the road bikes that I have owned before) are not cheap. But while every one of them is worth over a thousand dollars, I'd like to believe that they're worth every penny, and they would have cost a lot more if I were to buy a brand-name bike. That said, I had… Read more →

New Bike for a New Season, Finally!

Having anxiously waited for three weeks, the replacement fork arrived 10 days ago. What a beauty it was! And after using a caliper to measure the bottom diameter of the fork's steerer tube, I was satisfied that there should be no issues with installing the crown race this time. So last Tuesday, while en-route to Hart House for my orchestra… Read more →

Let the Riding Begin!

I hate cycling in the winter because the weather is cold and the roads are messy. Actually, the fact is that I hate winter cycling because I haven't learned to breathe properly through my nose—breathing cold air through my mouth is just painful. As was in previous years, the conditions for me to start riding is that (a) the temperature… Read more →