Early Saturday morning, I stepped out of my house and began my run starting with a 5 minute warm up walk. We made it down Queen street, crossed the street, and was surprised to be greeted by this new fixture! I thought back to Thursday morning and was pretty sure we would have seen this up as we did push ups and step ups on the bench right beside it (and trust me, I don’t think we could have missed this vibrant green thing had we tried!) Here are all the tools available, all tied up so hopefully no one … Continue reading New Fixit Bike Stand at Queen and Iron Horse Trail
I am planning on doing a couple of posts on winter riding. Over the last few years, a lot more information about winter riding has been shared. A few short years ago, it was difficult to find advice on riding through the winter. These posts are based mostly on learning through experience and reflect what I do to get ready to ride through the chilly season. This first post is on the all important steed! All my winter bikes have been named Helga. She was tougher than Hagar, and a bike has to be pretty tough to make it through … Continue reading Introducing. . . Helga III
(Not All My Posts Will Be about the Police) This past Saturday I was involved in a charity ride called Ride for Refuge. Ride for Refuge raises money for the displaced, vulnerable and exploited. There were 864 people doing the ride in Waterloo. Catherine Fife was one of them. Route distances varied from 10 km to 100 km. There were a few different routes, so the riders were spread out over north Waterloo and Wilmot Township. I rode the 100 km route with 3 friends. As we were riding east along Hessen Strasse and approaching Moser Young Road, a middle-aged … Continue reading Special Constable ________, I Shake My Head at Your Ignorance
About three weeks ago, I was riding my bike and was joined by a bicycle cop. We had a nice chat as we biked along side-by-side. I wrote a blog post about it that focussed on pace-lines and riding two-abreast. Last week I had a different sort of ride with the police! I ride along Queen Street in Kitchener to and from work each day. Last Thursday, I was riding past St. Mary’s Hospital on the way home from work. I was riding in the middle of the right lane. A motorcycle and a couple of cars pulled up behind … Continue reading My Ride with the Police! (Take 2)
In Toronto, I have a Rocky Mountaineer hybrid bicycle. It’s light and fast, yet practical enough to use for most day to day trips. But it is too valuable to leave sitting around a university campus. I therefore decided to get myself a new bicycle when I moved to Waterloo, with three main criteria: Theft-proof: It should be unattractive to thieves, given the high theft rate around the university. Practical: As my only vehicle, it needs to be able to ride in any weather and have a large cargo capacity. It should also be reliable. Efficient: I don’t want to … Continue reading Building a University-proof Bike
In the Waterloo Region, we have police officers that ride bicycles around town. I have seen them frequently in the downtown core, but never in out-lying areas. This morning, as I turned right onto Bridgeport Road from Lancaster Street, another cyclist turned left onto Bridgeport, from the other direction on Lancaster Street. The other cyclist rode behind me for a bit, and I didn’t think much about it, until I heard his radio squawk. I turned my head to see a police officer and started chatting with him. I normally ride out in the lane, on multi-lane roads, to increase … Continue reading My Ride with the Police!