It was one of those “Well duh!” sort of moments. The times when you suddenly realize something that, in retrospect, should have been obvious all along. And once I did I knew that riding my mountain bike on the streets was going to make me ride better on every bike. Keep reading →
The “green” benefits of riding a bike are often touted by the bicycle advocacy crowd – this author included. Despite the obvious environmental goodness of transporting yourself with leg power compared to other methods, folks still strive to “improve” on the bike’s green image. And these improvements often involve electrification in some way. One of the more recent variations on this theme is the Yike Bike.
Daylight savings time is an odd beast. I’ve heard several explanations on its origins – ranging from bankers and stock brokers, to farmers wanting their children to be able to get chores in during daylight hours before school, to railroad interests. Clearly they didn’t consult with bicycle commuters on their opinions, though, as the time shift puts the normal commute home into complete darkness.
It is a very subjective opinion, but city traffic in the mornings seems to be less hectic than traffic on the evening commute. Perhaps it is because folks are anxious to get home – or to the pub – quickly after work, but not quite so rushed to get to the office in the morning. Whatever the cause, I much prefer to ride in morning darkness compared to evening darkness.
It has been a while since my job switch, and things are starting to settle into a routine (which also means I’m getting back up to speed with regular posts here!) Of course, being JustAnotherCyclist would require me to post the obligatory commute to work video. Well, here it is folks. This was taken with my GoPro camera mounted on the handlebars of my Cannondale R300 commuter. I set the camera to take one shot every 3 seconds, and stitched them together into this short video.
Now all of you footballers (aka soccer players) can have a role model to inspire you to join the 15mpd movement! According to ghanasoccernet.com, Chelsea FC midfielder Michael Essian has decided to make his 10 mile round trip to the training grounds via bike – instead of sporting the Lamborghini.
Shocked Premier League buddies have even nicknamed the £120,000-a-week Ghana midfielder “Lance”, after Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong.
While the rest park up their Bentleys and Porsches, Michael, 27, cuts a cool figure in helmet and wraparound shades as he gets off his £1,300 two-wheeled racer.
— From “Michael Essian goes into cycling“
But watch out Essian! I just happen to know of another footballer that may just be nipping on your heels – both on the pitch and the bike!
Part of my Sacramento to Palo Alto commute has me transferring to a bus that drives me across the bay into San Francisco. Unfortunately, the company that Amtrak has contracted for the bus service has removed the bike racks from the front of their busses. This is a little frustrating given the fact that they finally just got them on 6 months to a year ago. It is further frustrating because they took them off so that they could install the FastPass transponders that tick when the go through the toll booths. I’m not exactly sure why the entire front of the bus doesn’t allow for both the 8-10 inch transponder and a bike rack, but whatever. Keep reading →
I’ve yammered on a bunch about my 125+ mile, 3 day a week Sacramento to Palo Alto commute. In a couple of Follow Ross to Work Day posts, I’ve detailed my use of my bike, trains and busses to make the commute – keeping me out of the car and out of I80 / I680 traffic.
But now I’m going to mix it up a bit. August 22 I’ll be doing my Sacramento to Palo Alto commute entirely by bike! Some of the more observant among you will notice that Aug 22 is actually a Sunday. Well, I’m not quite ready to do a 134 mile bike ride prior to a full work day, so I’ll stay Sunday night in Palo Alto or somewhere near there.
This will also be a rather big test of the bike functionality of Google Maps, which has laid out a supposedly safe bike route for me. Of course you can expect tweets and posts here about the conditions, cursing the delta breeze, and probably some video from the Benicia-Martinez bridge.
There are numerous races both large and small that make up the pro cycling season. However, none get quite the attention of the three grand tours: the Tour de France, the Giro de Italia (Tour of Italy) and the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain). However, this year I’ll also be doing three of my own grand tours:
- Group Health Seattle to Portland Classic (July 17/18) *
- Tour de Ross’s Commute (Aug 22)
- Tour de Tahoe (September 12) *
* My wife Melissa will be with me on these two rides
Wait. The Tour de Ross’s Commute? What the heck is that??
For over three years now, I’ve been commuting an average of 3 days a week between my home in Sacramento, CA and my work in Palo Alto. It is about 125 miles or so by car. Of course, I don’t do it by car. However, after a couple of the “Oh – did you ride here from Sacramento” jokes from coworkers as I rolled my bike into the office, I decided to make it so that I could actually answer “Yes!”
That’s right, I’ll be throwing my faith (and bike, and life) into the hands of Google maps and their new bike route mapping to plot my safe path the 139 miles I’ll be riding.
There are some interesting challenges and points of interest in my route:
- Davis, CA. Arguably one of the best bicycling cities in the country.
- Vacaville. Famous for being Vacaville.
- Jelly Belly factory. Convenient should I need to restock my Sport Beans supply, or maybe a pro rider to pull for me.
- The Sacramento river delta area. Home of a thousand head winds.
- The Benicia-Martinez. 2.5 miles over Suisuin Bay, with views of the Naval Reserve Fleet.
- Alamo. No, not that one.
- Castro Valley
- Dumbarton Bridge (second bridge of the day. Third if you count the Yolo causeway as a bridge)
I don’t fully know what to expect of this ride yet. That is part of why I am so excited about it!