Late winter has arrived in the Twin Cities. For bike commuting, this means a mix of all conditions. The morning ride was a pleasant 24 degrees, and the evening return felt spring-like at 35 degrees. The freeze and thaw cycles create the full spectrum of challenging winter road conditions: glare ice, inches of powder, re-frozen … More Late Winter Commuting: More with Schwalbe Marathon Winters
Disclaimer, the picture above is from a previous night-ride, not this morning’s ride. I just like the picture. This morning’s ride was cold. Probably stupid cold. It was 5 degrees Fahrenheit when I left the house. It’s the kind of cold where your nose hair immediately freeze when you step outside the house. But that’s part of … More Winter Biking: Schwalbe Marathon Winter Tires, etc…
As I mentioned in my previous post, I picked up a Knog “The Boxer” rackless pannier system, but mostly with the intent to use it with a traditional rack. By removing the internal frame and threading a bungee through it, it worked well with a traditional rear rack. But recently I tried the rackless system, … More Knog The Boxer: Don’t Walk, Run Away!
Just a quick post here: I purchased a Knog “The Boxer” rackless pannier earlier this year from Cambria Bicycle Outfitter; they had a heck of a deal on them. I wasn’t so thrilled about the whole rackless thing, but I really wanted a “Dutch Dog”. The Boxer is pretty much a Dutch Dog with a built-in frame so … More Bike Commuting: Knog The Boxer Rackless Pannier
I saw this on my ride home last night, and I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s a very large fan blowing over a green at a Mission Hills golf course. Now was the purpose of this to keep the golfers comfy as they make their birdie putts, or does it serve some … More Umm… what?
More bikers. That’s right folks, rising gas prices are bringing more people into the light. RideFridays.org has been doing a great job of encouraging and informing for a while now. A recent post covers the increasing use of alternative means of commuting in the KC area.
I’m lucky that my wife is not only the better looking but smarter member of our pair. As usual, I rolled out in semi-awake fashion, not realizing until I was 9 miles out that I left my cell phone and pager (90’s pimp style) at home. Being without a cell phone, I was unable to … More …better than one
Holy crap. April is gone, and our wedding tour of the Midwest is taking its toll on my energy, time, and wallet. I wasn’t able to get a camping trip in during the month of April. I don’t know if I’m allowed to make it up or not. I guess that kind of forfeits my … More Reality sucks
I was late this morning again. I swear that I set my alarm for 5:50, but me lady woke me up at 6:17 to ask if I was biking in. Crap. I somehow managed to gather some clothes, make lunch, and pack everything (along with a few other morning dooties) and be out the door … More Another late start
May is National Bike Month, and May 12 – 16 is National Bike to Work Week. So get out and ride! I can understand how biking to work is difficult to get started, but with a little additional planning, it’s easily attainable. Commuting by bike for a week can push a person’s comfort level, and … More Bike to Work Week