Welcome to our 3rd post of 2017! Yeah, I went on a small rant last week but it makes my blood boil every time I read anti-cycling comments on social media. The sad truth is that some of these “keyboard warriors” do manifest their aggressive behavior on the road, they forget that some of us do have families and that killing a cyclist is killing a human being.
But I digress. You know how I always keep bragging that it never rains in Southern California? Well, it has been raining for the last 3 weeks ruining any chance of a bike commute or along ride. However, I did squeeze in my first ride of the year; a total 1.8 miles that kicked my ass.
These were no ordinary miles, this was also no ordinary ride; it was my first Cyclocross race. Before I go into the dreadful details of my performance (or lack thereof) I want to mention what an awesome job the Inland Empire Biking Alliance is doing. This is my second organized event that I attend that is organized by the Inland Empire Biking Alliance and I am very impressed by their organization and ride amenities. If you are a cyclist that lives in the I.E., I highly recommend you joining their organization.
So back to my Cyclocross experience, it was a shit load of fun! We were taught the basics of cyclocross and then we raced one lap around the track. Unfortunately for me, I had been sick the week before so my lungs gave up 3/4 of the way and ended second to last. It’s OK, the experience was worth my 6 dollar entrance.
What is next now that cyclocross is over? There is another ride that the Inland Empire Biking Alliance is organizing called the “Redlands Rossa Strada IV” which is a combination of pavement, gravel and singletrack, perfect for a cyclocross bike!
We will get back to posting commuting articles once I start riding again, sorry but I just hate riding in the rain.
Hello and welcome back! You probably thought I was going to pepper you with videos and pictures of last weekend’s Cyclocross race but I though I would post this instead.
As I was reading my Facebook feed, my local news posted a video of the difference of riding a bike in Denmark versus the United States. I thought that was cool, but it looks like most commenters thought otherwise:
Yes I do own a car, most bike commuters own cars, we do pay registrations and we surely pay taxes unlike our President-Elect. The effects of riding a bike on a road are so minimal and if drivers would accept that we are part of traffic, there would not be a need to build separate bike lanes.
And then there are the assholes who are “inconvenienced” by us. How long does it take to pass a cyclist? Four? Ten seconds Max? Oh but noooo, you are way more important and riding my bike to work will constitute an act of socialism. Get over yourself.
But let’s use common sense and use the sidewalk instead!!!
Oh wait maybe not because we may “come out of nowhere”
And of course you have the troll, but poor dumbass, no one took the bait.
So listen up motorists and cyclists, I pay taxes and insurance, I drive a car, I ride a bike, I use public transportation, I follow the rules when I drive, I follow the rules when I ride my bike, I respect drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. It is not too fucking hard.
Welcome back bike commuters! So last year I used my commuter bicycle to ride the Rosarito-Ensenada 50 mile fun ride. If you recall, my commuter bicycle at that time was the Devinci Caribou cyclocross/touring bike that I used to do the train-bike commute thing until I found my Spicer Cycles CX bike.
Turning my Devici Caribou into a road bike was rather easy; I simply removed the rear rack and added road tires and bam! road bike.
One of my bucket list items is to do a Cyclocross race, guess what? I am doing one this weekend! The great city of Moreno Valley is hosting a Cyclocross event so I decided to join the fun by signing up on the “CX First Timer Race”.
I will be racing my Spicer Cycles CX commuter bike, this bike was originally built to be a racing bike but I added the rear rack and some lights to make it more commuter friendly.
The only thing that I am changing is the crankset; it is currently setup as a 52/39 which is great for bike commuting on relatively flat surfaces and not-so-steep hills. I am going with a 50/34 setup which should allow me to tackle the steeper and longer hills at the race course. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for action shots and we’ll be streaming live from the race on Facebook Live at around 8:30 AM Pacific.
2016 is finally gone and it was quite the memorable year. We lost a lot of famous people but in a personal note; I also lost my father to Diabetes. Diabetes is one of those diseases that kill you very slowly and yet, it can be reversible with proper diet and exercise. Being that I am in high risk of Diabetes, cycling has kept my sugar levels below the dreaded “pre-diabetic” line. In fact, my mileage tally for 2016 was 1,407 miles, that was 407 more miles than my original goal of riding 1,000 miles for the year. I also mixed it up with some hiking and walking miles, my knees won’t handle running so I don’t run.
Where am I going with this? This is my number one New Year’s resolution: Eat healthy and do more exercise. I guess the exercise part is the bonus part for us bike commuters, in fact, it doesn’t even feel like exercise! I am going to raise my mileage goal for 2017 to 2,000 miles. I think it is an attainable goal but I will have to commit to longer rides this year.
Image courtesy of bicycletouringpro.com
Resolution number two: Go bike-camping. That was one of my goals that I was not able to do in 2016, but I feel 2017 will be the year that I finally stop making excuses and do it. Who knows, a special touring bike build may be in the near future.
Resolution number three: Become more involved with bicycle advocacy. I am sick and tired of reading how we are a nuisance to drivers and how we don’t belong on the road.
2017 is also BikeCommuters.com’s 10th year anniversary. It is hard to believe that we have been doing this for this long and although our audience has diminished quite a bit (I blame cheap gas prices), we are committed to doing at least one weekly post.
We are also going to be celebrating throughout the year with some giveaways, follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more details.