Coldest Ride of the Year – Feb 7th 2015

Kitchener-Waterloo’s third annual ‘Coldest Ride of the Year‘ falls on Saturday, February 7th. We’re proposing a route from Waterloo City Hall to the Kitchener’s Farmers Market meeting at noon at Waterloo’s Uptown Bell (Uptown Square). The family friendly ride departs at 12.15pm from Uptown Waterloo’s Square. We will leisurely and safely, cycle to the Kitchener Farmer’s Market. February 7th was determined by Frank from the UW Weather Station as being the coldest day of the year in Waterloo Region. Let us know in the comments if you’re coming (it’ll help us arrange some hot drinks). What: Coldest Ride of the Year When: … Continue reading Coldest Ride of the Year – Feb 7th 2015

New Fixit Bike Stand at Queen and Iron Horse Trail

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

My Goals For Cycling this Season

My Fall/Winter biking season didn’t go over so well. Shortly after my last excited blog post, I got sick, and ran into a few complications. While I could have biked sometimes, I just wasn’t feeling so well the rest of the time. Luckily, I’ve made it through surgery and am ready to get back on my bicycle! I will say that I am afraid of biking during the winter. Not just during the winter, but at night in the winter. A lot of my normal commuting bike trails seem un-rideable and I’m faced with using busier roads, which means the … Continue reading My Goals For Cycling this Season

Introducing. . . Helga III

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

Special Constable ________, I Shake My Head at Your Ignorance

(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

My Ride with the Police! (Take 2)

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)