The Stress-Free Way to Change a Flat Tire

Changing a flat can seem daunting, difficult and intimidating. Here is the simplest way to change a flat on your road bike if you’re stuck in the middle of a ride. Note: this may not be the cheapest way, but it is fast, helps to ensure you will not flat again, and allows you to get back on the bike and keep riding. All you have to do is 1) have the tools on hand and 2) learn the steps. What you will need: 1. A tube (top left). This goes inside your tire and fills with air. It needs to…

A Post in Pictures: Why You Must Cycle on the California Highway One

You’ve probably heard that riding on the California Highway 1 is dreamy. This post in pictures should help to convince you it is very worth your while. The views, elevation changes and wind in your hair will leave you with a bad case of wanderlust, or at very least an infatuation with the California coastline. Even on a misty day, the coastline is enchanting. These are some images from cycling the stretch of Highway just north of San Fransisco to just South of Big Sur.

Weekend Away: Rolling Through Amador County Wine Country

We all need a weekend away once in a while. So when you’re racking your brain for the best way to spend it, why not combine your two most beloved things: Cycling and Wine! When we cyclists need to relax and enjoy a weekend, nothing beats a morning spent on a pleasant ride and an afternoon spent relaxing. Picture waking up, surrounded by vineyards, and heading out for a ride in the sunny foothills of the Sierra Nevada, followed by some visits to down-to-earth, family-run wineries. This is the blissful reality of a trip to Amador County. Ok, I’ll admit I’m…

Escape: Ride the South Lake Tahoe Loop

This ride is a mixed bag of climbing, long flat stretches, mountains and valley. The variety on this ride makes it interesting and fun. You actually cross the border from California into Nevada! If you are visiting the Lake Tahoe region, and would like to see some interesting scenery, and do some climbing, here is a solid option. DISTANCE: 51 miles or 83 km ELEVATION GAIN: 1300 m CLIMBING: Two climbs, Kingsbury Grade (6% grade) and Luther Pass (4% grade) DIFFICULTY: Moderate We started this loop at the intersection of Highway 88 and 89. You will begin the ride with a…

Product Review: Specialized Power Expert Saddle

Specialized offers a wide variety of road bike saddles. Actually they have so many, you may even feel a bit lost deciding which one is right for you. Finding a great saddle is one of the most important things you can do to customize and tailor your bike fit to your body. It becomes even more important if you will be riding long distances, and increasing training efforts. Not only your behind, but your whole body will thank you. After realizing that the width of my saddle may be too small, it came time to try and find something right….

Escape: Cycling Ebbett’s Pass in the Sierra Nevada

California has a longstanding reputation as a cyclist’s haven. Its unique rolling and rocky terrain has a perennial allure, and over the years, it has slowly crystallized into one of the world’s greatest cycling hubs.  What lends such mystique to this breezy, ocean-side state? The reasons, of course, are endless. But one particular reason stands out: The mountains. Mountains come in all shapes and sizes, but Ebbett’s Pass, in the northern Sierra Nevada range, has to be one of the greatest cycling climbs. It’s truly awe-inspiring. Here are the details: Distance: The climb itself is 13 miles (20 km) Elevation…

5 Simple Rules of Cycling Attire

You have been standing in your closet for five whole minutes, rummaging through drawers, and tossing things around in frustration. You’re going on a ride and your favourite shorts AND jersey are in the wash. You only have 3 other pairs of shorts and five other jerseys… Why is this SO upsetting? Maybe you’ve been here before, or maybe not. But the reason this all-too-familiar scenario occurs, is because what we wear cycling makes a huge difference in terms of comfort on our rides. The reason we have favourites is because we have found something functional and comfortable, so we…