Category: General

Rant # – Leading Rides Well

Leading a bicycle ride from time to time is something all regular and semi-regular club riders should do. However, leading is more than getting out in front and having people follow you. So, for all the leaders I have known and followed, both good and bad, here is the...

Where Paved Roads Invented For Bicycles?

The Good Roads Movement  (Wikipedia) occurred in the United States between the late 1870s and the 1920s. Advocates for improved roads led by bicyclists turned local agitation into a national political movement. Outside cities, roads were dirt or gravel; mud in the winter and dust in the summer. Early...

Different But Similar

Susan and I spend about half the riding season in the greater Kansas City area and the other half on Long Island, NY. There are significant differences. The KC area has less traffic (even in most parts of KC itself), more hills and country riding not to far away....

When Is A Sweep More Than A Sweep

Obviously, when there is a broom on the back of the bike.  I couldn’t resist. There is a back story to this, however.  Some of the riders were off to clean off a sectionof road that has had broken glass on it for quite a awhile....

Ride With GPS addendum

At the time of my post on July 3 about ridewithgps.com  I was unaware that there was no iPhone version. That has changed.  An iPhone version now exists. Ride with GPS on your iPhone: http://ridewithgps.com/iphone So, here is plug, right from Ride With GPS If any of you riders are...

Kansas City Summer 2014

  Some people head for Colorado, Oregon or Maine for the summer.Not us.  With my two grandchildren living in Kansas City, MO, our choice was to embrace the heat and enjoy family. Last spring we brought our older bicycles out here, so we would be able to ride.  The...

Ride With GPS

If you use a gps and are a power user on ridewithgps.com, there is no need to read this post. For the rest of you, I have tried several online and on pc map programs for my rides. I recently settled on ridewithgps  for serveral reasons: My PC based...

Maybe I’ll Take Photos One Day

Riding on Long Island, NY certainly different than less congested parts of the country. The real issue is not the traffic, that can be mostly avoided. The challenge is to find areas that are really pretty, with all the housing and development around. It does exist. The south shore...

It’s Been Too Long

Seems like my last post was in August of 2012!  Way too long. This has been the season of changed plans, new trips and a new bicycle. The bicycle road trip from Long Island to Kansas City got cancelled.  A lot of things going on this summer cut into...