One of our very own bloggers has broken big and gone international! The Adventure Cycling Association digs on one of Jasper's epic adventures, and we do, too:
Check it out here:
Big props to Monsieur Gates. Take a bow!
Monday, November 28, 2011
The snow and ice are here, putting an end to the long road rides of cycling season. I know making a graceful transition to xc-ski or snowshoe season is the normal thing to do here, but I'm mostly a bike guy. No, the arrival of ice and snow signals the start of another season altogether for me: wrenching season. Not wrenching as in its-all-too-terrible-to-be-kept-off-the-roads wrenching, but a season devoted to the turning of actual wrenches. And every other tool I own.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Winter is the perfect time to read about cycling. And although I heartily condone reading cycling blogs, the best of which can be diverting and enlightening, at this time of year I also like to read cycling books. Perhaps there’s something about this longer form of writing that enables it to sort of stand in for the longer bike rides I miss at this time of year. My winter spin class is short, concentrated, intense; it provides a somewhat satisfying workout, sure, but it’s not as enjoyable or rewarding or immersive an experience as going for an actual long bike ride. Similarly, blogs tend to offer tasty morsels, the salty snacks of the literary world, while books offer a more substantial and filling literary feast.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
So here we are: snow covers the streets, the temperature chills the body, and day light fades early. So, the road bikes sit on trainers in Val’s garage, sheltered from the cold, dark, winter. To ride but to go nowhere, to train indoors takes a particularly stubborn dedication. We ride in consort to videos and we listen to music to motivate. Spin classes at health clubs (they will remain nameless here) play vapid music. I want to start a play list for indoor training that does not deal with mainstream music and that provides the incentive to get on the bike and ride hard.
Could you please make suggestions?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The daunting months of winter have arrived to suck the cycling marrow out of me and to asphyxiate the air in my pneumatic aspirations. I can well imagine cold, blizzardly nights, city roads virtually impenetrable, nary a car in sight. Certainly I can still ride a bike outside in the winter. I did buy snow tires recently and plan to try them out soon. But I do not plan to ride the summer distances. Still, I feel the need to ride my bike. Of course, this is not a new problem for snow bound cyclists. (Val will no doubt be talking about his Pugsley (I am envious). What options do I have except to pull the trainer out of storage, set up the bike and go nowhere as fast as possible?
Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
“My ideal cycling day is in November or December, when a keen frost has held the earth in its icy thrall for some time and the roads are beaten flat and smooth. When not a breath of wind is stirring and the sun shines brightly and with a warmth which is genial, but tempered by the sharp clean air. Then to the well-trained muscles mere exertion is a joy… the wild scamper down-hill affords an intoxicating pleasure, and one can gaze forth on the glories of an ideal winter scene until one is possessed with the soul-sufficing enthusiasm which animated the bard.”R. J. Mercredy “Winter Cycling” (1891)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Here's a surprising thing about starting up a blog about cycling: every time you get on a bike, you can't help but think about what you might write in the blog. This might seem self-evident, too obvious even to comment on, but I'm not really talking about the existance of the link here. I'm talking about the power of that link, about how much space it takes up. The entire Dusty Musette crew managed to get out for a ride together this weekend, and, not four kilometers into the route, someone asked "what are you writing about this week?" and the whole conversation turned to our potential musings. Having to say something every week results in a lot of time spent thinking about what you might want to say.
Friday, November 4, 2011
The Semi-Serious Cyclist takes breaks during a ride.
To eat, to drink, to pee, to take photos, to check blood sugar, to investigate road treasure, to watch nerds fly model airplanes, to check out local finery, to look around. Or, simply, to rest for a few minutes. Taking a break mid-ride is not necessarily a sign of middle-age fatigue or general out-of-shapeness (though who cares if it is?); rather, it is evidence of the SSC’s commitment to civility, natural curiosity, and the long leisure tradition of cycling.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
That's today's bill. Or rather, that's the thing from today that will result in me forking over another hundred bucks sometime in the very near future. Put that on top of the chain I busted on the fixed gear the week before last. Put that on top of the frame I busted at the start of the season. It's getting to be an expensive year.