A bicycle commuter is born - July 2008, gas at $3.97 a gallon

The Bicycle as Transportation

Ride to work. Ride to breakfast/lunch/dinner. Ride to an event. Yes, all of these are possible, but only if you’ve been awakened to the fact that the bicycle in your garage can be so much more than a fitness device. Before my own awakening, back in the early part of …

Grocery shopping by Burley Travoy (with my singlespeed Trek Soho)

Review: Burley Travoy

“Cool!  What is that?!” That’s a typical response I get when riding my bicycle with the Burley Travoy attached.  The Travoy is an attention getter both because of it’s unique look and it’s uncanny ability in a manner of seconds to add cargo carrying utility to nearly any bike. I …

Tour de Cure 2011 finish with my biggest fan!

2011 : A Year in Review

In 2011, riding my bicycle to/from work helped me avoid purchasing 100 gallons of gasoline which put just over $300 back in my pocket.  Thank you, bicycle! Thanks to Garmin Connect it’s easy to look back and analyze my 2011 bicycle mileage: Transportation:  1,190 miles (commuting, errands) Training:  607 miles (prep …

Deborah (left) is all grins as she rides her bicycle home for the first time

10 Things I Love About Bicycle Commuting

I was born a bicycle commuter in June 2008 when gas prices flirted with $4 a gallon. Nearly 6,000 miles later, I’m still trying to make the 21 mile roundtrip bicycle commute at least twice a week.  What has held my interest in bicycle commuting over the past three years? …

Rechargeable with 2-watts of power, the Hot Shot delivers!

Review : Cygolite HotShot

The “HotShot” is an appropriate name for this impressive new bicycle tail light.  It is quickly becoming my favorite light.  That speaks volumes given some of the incredible new lights on the market like the Radbot 1000 and Planet Bike’s Superflash Turbo. What makes the “HotShot” such a contender is …

Crossing the Guadalupe River on Edge Falls Road

Blanco Bicycle Tour Highlights

“Really!?!  C’mon!” That’s what I shouted as the road ahead once again climbed skyward.  I was amazed at how much time I spent spinning, spinning, spinning at a speed of between 3-5mph.  The hills were taking me to school and reminding me that my calculation of a 10mph average speed …

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Where to ride your bicycle on the road (Part 2)

Here’s the situation.  You’re riding your bicycle on a road with a narrow lane (by law in some states this is a lane less than 14ft in width).  Most city streets meet this “narrow road” criteria as well as many rural roads with no shoulders. The key to safety is …

Hundreds of cyclists prepare for the 2011 La Vernia Hammerfest

Hammered at the La Vernia Hammerfest

Being overtaken by a thunderstorm is quite an experience. The sudden tailwind of the thunderstorm’s gust front was a temporary blessing followed by the loud collision of fat water droplets bouncing off my bicycle helmet.  Seconds later, I was riding in a deluge. That was the experience for me during …

Interstate 10 access road aka "The Oven"

Comfort Bicycle Tour

Drip. Drip. Drip. That’s the sound of the sweat that rapidly dripped off my forehead as I pedaled slowly up a hill on the access road of Interstate 10 at about 12:30pm. The temperature was over 100 degrees and marching swiftly to a high of 106 marking one of the hottest …