Garbage Bags Might or Might Not Save You From Open Water

Riding on Big Lake Alaska

This originally appeared in 1994, after riding the Iditasport in February, 1993.  I’m posting it now to honor the event, set to take place this weekend, but was cancelled due to the pandemic.  It’s expected […]

Sloppy Season

Looking out the window and seeing roads covered or edged with snow and ice is an increasingly rare phenomenon. The snow we just had was a bigger dump than anything in nearly two years. As […]

The Winter Bike is Ready to Roll.

When I first started working at a bike shop, the more serious racers I toiled alongside had winter bikes.  That is, they had a bicycle they just used in winter months.  It wasn’t as nice […]

Reviewed: Burley Travoy

A trailer for city cyclists.   When the pandemic hit, the goal was to avoid people; and that meant avoiding buses, subways, and private cars. They all appeared, at first blush, to be spreading vehicles. […]

Westchester Riding. Mapped. Ready to share.

I ride. Whether I need to or not. This acute case of ridingitis manifested itself into a book some time ago. Called Where To Bike New York City (the Australian publisher felt that Americans were […]

Bicycle Chain Waxing in the Kitchen (Video)

A great project to do if you want a clean chain, fast, and smooth chain. No grease marks, no mess, and longer chain life. And an old-school hack to boot.   tools needed: Chain tool–either […]

Drivers Know What You Think.

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They don’t. WNYC, New York City’s leading public radio station, recently started a series called “We The Commuters.” It looks at how people get around town. Cycling, not surprisingly, is a topic. On the one […]

Too Much Damn Parking

The headline on the Commercial Appeal was a great way to start my trip to Memphis. “Parking study finds too many spaces Downtown, still thousands more to be added.” To make it more poignant, I […]

Reviewed: Pearl Izumi Versa Pants

Casual technical cycling pants seem like an oxymoron. But there are times when you want to ride long, you know your pants aren’t up to the ride, and you don’t want to bring a change […]

The Sublime Pleasure of Racing Floyd Bennett Field

The first time was jarring. Gritty seems to be the nicest way to characterize my first impression. Floyd Bennett Field felt old, grimy, and broken down. Decrepit. Abandoned. I don’t think I had ever raced on […]