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!
This is my new commuting bike. It is a Canadian made Sekine from the mid to late 1970s. I have been looking for a vintage road bike to use as a commuter. I thought I had one back in the spring. I found a great Peugeot at Recycle Cycle in June. I rushed home and talked my wife into getting it for me, for Father’s Day. Unfortunately, when she got down to Recycle Cycle, it had been sold. I kept checking Recycle Cycle and Kijiji over the summer, but didn’t find anything that interested me. I have many reasons for … Continue reading My New Sekine!
I got this light at the Adventure Guide members’ sale last week. It was regularly priced at $150 and marked down by 40%. I checked the price on MEC’s website. It was also listed at $150. The 40% discount means I paid about $89 for it. However, I had a gift card that my son gave me for Christmas and also had some Adventure Guide bucks saved up. The out of pocket cost to me was about $25. I’m not a fan of spending a lot of money on gear! The light straps to the handlebars and the battery easily … Continue reading The “Stella” by Light & Motion – Gear Review
I won’t often use this forum to rant about rude drivers, but today is an exception! I was riding along Lancaster Street, on my way to work yesterday morning. I was just past Union Street and going south. There is a single lane going in each direction. A bus had pulled over to pick up some passengers. Before I pulled out to go around him, I checked my mirror. The closest vehicle was over 100 metres back. When I was abut halfway passed the bus, a driver in a beat-up muscle car roared passed me, driving south in the north-bound … Continue reading Road Rage Rant!
We all get very excited when our city or region builds something with bikes in mind. It might be something as elaborate as the “complete street” Waterloo turned Davenport Road into, or it might be something simple like Kitchener painting bike lanes on Margaret Avenue. Heck, some days, I even get excited if I can find a nice place to lock my bike! What about us, though? Have you ever done any building with bikes in mind? A few years ago, my wife and I built a sizeable addition on our house. Outside of the foundation and the gas work, … Continue reading Building with Bikes in Mind
I punched him because he’s so impatient and couldn’t wait for me to write this post about biking to go cross country skiing. He was in such a rush, he even made a spelling mistake! Over the last three years, I have become pretty focused on using my bike as my primarily means of getting around Kitchener-Waterloo. My wife and I have three teenage sons, and until recently, two vehicles. I have been advocating getting rid of the car and just having one vehicle, for a couple of years now. My wife takes the mini-van to work, and my oldest … Continue reading I Punched Graham This Morning!