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Biking in Baja

It's May 1!  That's exciting since it's the first day of National Bike Month.  And since it's cold and rainy in Ohio, and not a great day for a ride, this is the perfect time to share with you some beautiful prose and photographs by Susanne Wright, a friend and fellow bicyclist I met through the Slow Bicycle Movement group on Facebook.  Susanne is a freelance writer and tutor living in Mosier, Oregon. She loves…
Plan to ride your bike 1,000 miles

YOU can bike 1,000 miles in 2016

I'm going to ride my bike 1,000 miles this year.  Want to ride along? It sounds like a lot of mileage, but like anything else in life, if you break it into manageable chunks, it's very doable.  It's so doable, in fact, that a newbie can do it.  YOU can do it.  I know this because I have done it before, and I started out as a total noob. Before we do the math and…

Cleaning and degreasing a bike chain

I’ve put at least 900 miles on my Trek Verve 2 since buying it in spring 2014. When I bought that bike, I knew literally zero about bike maintenance - and I only know a little more than that now.  But a friend has been gradually teaching me what needs to be done, and from his advice I knew I was eventually going to need to learn how to clean, degrease, and lube my chain.…

Why women don’t bike

A woman at work told me recently she hadn't been on a bike since she was four years old.  She has no memory whatsoever of biking as a child.  Another woman said she could never ride like I do because she just isn't "good at it."  I couldn't understand what that meant - not being good at riding a bike.  To me, it's as natural as walking - I suppose I just assumed it was…

Biking Bucket List update

Early in the season I made a list of various trails and bike events I wanted to do in 2015.  I missed one event already: the Mid Ohio Century on April 26.  I didn't have anyone to ride with that day, so that was a bummer, but it turned out to be okay since it was cold and rainy anyway.  But, I've done two of the rides on the list so far - the Tour…

The beauty of two miles

When I started riding, I considered a 2-3 mile ride to be long distance.  I was riding a men's mountain bike at the time, and it had big knobby tires and a heavy frame. It didn't exactly glide.  Plus, I was super out of shape (not that I'm a picture of fitness nowadays, mind you), and 2-3 miles felt like an effort.  The first time I rode 5 miles, I felt like a rock star.…
MapMyFitness records bike ride map

Fitness tracking: watching the changes add up

As mentioned a few weeks ago, last year during my divorce I started biking, and I ended up riding 1,000 miles between April and December 2014.  During that journey I did lose some weight, but most of the really BIG changes I noticed weren't external - they were internal. They were things like improved cardiovascular fitness, better muscle tone in my legs, overall confidence about life in general as well as my bike handling skills,…

My 2015 “Wanna Do” list

I think I have my own little biking bucket list. My boyfriend Mike and I have fun checking out new places and new things to do together.  Often I’ll say to him, “Wanna go with me to XYZ?” and he’ll reply, “Wanna!”  Like everyone else in Ohio, we’ve been waiting (not so patiently!) for spring to get sprung so we can go run around and have some fun. Here’s my “wanna do” bucket list for…

My journey of 1,000 miles

Biking Back in the Day I grew up biking in a tiny town in the country, back in the days when kids were allowed to explore the outdoors without supervision, helmets, or GPS trackers.  During summer vacation, I spent many hours either swimming or riding my bike. My bike was not exercise back then - it was a combination of joy and transportation. It got me out of town onto the curvy, hilly roads with…