XC accidental

My most recent ride found me in peak “search and get destroyed” mode.  After several weeks of sniffing around for reasonable routes, I’ve begun to feather out into new territory like a slime mold searching for a new food source. I headed for my new ol’ faithful, Lake Youngs, east of South Seattle’s suburbia.  This …

Hotdog country

For me riding a bike is as much the smells as it is the sights.  The things you get a whiff of while out on a ride set a subtle tone to the whole affair.  Smells are seasonal, regional, and enable nostalgia. From the sweet petrichor fumes of my native New Mexico to the earthen …

Joke’s on us

I read a seemingly bright piece of news the other day.  Norway has reported that sales of electric vehicles has overtaken those of its petrol-fuel sibling.  At least, it seems a good step in the right direction of sustainability, right? I was thinking about this while riding and figured I’d do a little digging. I …

Driven

News broke last week of the suicide of a US olympic cyclist.  At only 23, Kelly Catlin was juggling the day-to-day of being both a professional athlete and a grad student.  In an article she wrote for VeloNews published weeks before her death, Kelly discusses the challenges and certain failings of doing so much, “Things …

Quick climbs

As much as I enjoy decrying car americana, I feel it’s important to remark on some of the things that have brought me joy while riding around.  For starters, I always enjoyed a good climb.  Chengdu had a fair share of accessible climbing that made for a decent day of the old up and down.  …

No easy way through

I thought it might be a matter of culture shock.  To return to riding around the US and feel I was in an unwelcoming environment.  More time on the bike gave me affirmation:  America’s transportation infrastructure is the pits. I mentioned before when hosting outsiders to China, I was often met with a degree of …

Big changes

With the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 well under way, seems I should mention I’ve been busy managing some other big changes and haven’t had a chance to ride/write. That said, I plan to get cracking soon, with a few changes to the format. For starters, my mind’s a bit melted from …

Under construction

Riding into a construction site here isn’t uncommon.  In fact, if you got any measurable explorer’s bone in your body and regularly scout out new roads, then riding here means consistent jaunts through something being built.  It comes as no surprise, considering a huge portion of the economy is propped up by construction and government …

Kaput

It’s that time of year. Generally, by this point I’ve thrown in the towel. The weather’s less than ideal. The days are shorter. Early mornings or evening rides are off the table as a result. This means throwing away a good portion of daylight just to crunch any miles. You move slower, make more stops, …

Racing alleycats

For time immortal (or, roughly 2006, when fixed gear and brakeless riding became a hot trend in cities across the globe), you find the sporadic article highlighting endemic parts of “city cycling culture”. This includes topics such as, what is a fixed gear, why do these cyclists ride dangerously, from where does the culture draw …

CDCX Recap

Having scouted the route out the day before, I discovered that a policed road block had been put up, re-routing traffic away from a key stretch of the original route. Damn. I spent that afternoon deliberating over way to do. Originally, I was unable to imagine how the route could be shortened dramatically, keeping entirely …