Browsing articles from "September, 2018"
Sep
26
2018

Bike Commuting: Putting My Assumptions to the Test

Photo of Ashley's dark red commuter bike and green backpack.

By Ashley Why do alarms provide the option of snooze? Has the spare five minutes ever allowed one to wake fully rested? Probably not, but I fell into the trap not once but twice on the morning in question. By the time I built enough motivation to begin the morning routine, I was running quite late. The thought occurred to me that I could jump in my car and make up the lost time. All […]

Sep
24
2018

Trail Ramblings: The Best And The Worst Of September.

This September has had some of the best riding and one of the worst anniversaries. Many of you have taken advantage of the great weather and enjoyed group rides on the Homestead trail, ridden gravel to the Kansas border, gone bike packing on the Wabash Trace, gone mountain biking and ridden in remembrance of Randy Gibson. I remember how I often crossed paths with him riding through the Haymarket or next to the First Street […]

Sep
17
2018

Trail Ramblings: Shorter Days, But Great Night Riding Are In Store. .

  I found myself riding gravel and limestone back home after dark a couple of times this past week and was reminded yet again how great night riding is. I’m not talking about riding in traffic and facing headlights and sketchy road surface. I mean having the road and trail to yourself accompanied by a sliver of moon, intensely bright stars, and strangely glowing clouds. Outside the cone of your headlight is inky darkness. The […]

Sep
11
2018

Trail Ramblings: This Is The Weather We Dream Of.

After so much rain, we are being rewarded with cyclist dream conditions, so I hope you’re all taking advantage. I’ve never understood this “cycling season” talk, when some people hang up their bikes after Labor day, just when the temperatures get good. Many trails are dried out now, and even the mmr’s (dirt roads) only have a few muddy sections left, at least where I was on Sunday. There are still cycling events on the […]

Sep
4
2018

Trail Ramblings: Riding Around The Rain.

It’s difficult to know just when it’s going to rain, so either you have to be prepared for it or not worry about getting wet. Where to ride is a consideration, however. If you’re commuting in it, you probably already know where to avoid or have your alternate rain route, if necessary. I decided to do a sort of trail survey of some segments I hadn’t ridden in a while, partly so that if it […]