Tag Archives: bike life

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 …

Breaking your habit

This seems a counter-intuitive piece of advice, considering the importance I’ve placed on making a habit of your riding. A strong riding habit is the quickest way to discipline yourself and achieve something more from it. Truth is, riding in such a regimented way can oftentimes suck the fun out of it, so it’s important …

Shop boss

I’ve mentioned my buddy, Jordan, before. He used to run a little Cannondale shop not too far off from where I’d had my own shop. Not long ago, due to a huge rent hike, he was also forced to close the shop space down, moving his tools home and running his operations remotely. It was …

Rapid change

Riding in China is an active choice to face change. The seemingly permanent things in life, roads, buildings, and our environment, are constantly being uprooted, bulldozed, and hillocked. Nothing stays the same. The rides I took five years ago have faced constant modification and adaptation, correcting themselves to readily guide me through the ever-changing landscape. …

Quantitative

Strava, in many rights, is a wonderful tool. From your pocket, whether you use a dedicated device or run it off your phone, you can keep dizzyingly accurate stats of your physical activities. Obviously, this open-access quantification tool is a boon for cyclists. Because people that ride bikes, despite some efforts to conceal the fact …

Unbearable heat

Chengdu is a city of two seasons: Comfortable and Uncomfortable. Comfortable persists nearly year round and is divided in two. There’s Warm Comfortable and Cool Comfortable. Personally I prefer Cool Comfortable, but alas, I’m strung out in the less desirable season, Uncomfortable. Like it’s pleasant counterpart, Uncomfortable is also divided in two. There’s Cold Uncomfortable, …

The wall

I feel like I’m running into it headlong.  This past weekend did two things.  It put my fitness in perspective. Then that perspective reared its ugly head on me this week.  I rode well enough, strong even and was proud of where I got myself, considering my age and inability. I spend a lot of …