Retirement and Cycling

Retirement and Cycling

For a number of years I have been making a bucket list of bike tours and some backpacking trips for the time after my retirement. Juggling when I retire for financial security for my family, yet being young and healthy enough for my planned excursions that will last upwards of 6 months has not been easy.…

An Ode to Coasting

An Ode to Coasting

I learned to ride a bike on one that was a bit too big for me. My dad picked it up at a yard sale somewhere and put some training wheels on it so I could ride. I couldn’t touch the ground and pedaling was a bit of a stretch.…

How Racing Bikes Taught Me About Everyday Life

How Racing Bikes Taught Me About Everyday Life

Before I began racing bicycles, I would think to myself: “Oh that (fill in the blank) appears to be impossible. While racing, I have pushed myself both mentally and physically to places I didn’t think were possible, yet I did it anyway!…

Sometimes a Bike is Much More Than a Bike

Sometimes a Bike is Much More Than a Bike

Last February, looking to get out of the winter muck in Salt Lake, I took a trip down to the St. George/ Zion area to do some mountain biking with my wife. We met someone mountain biking that changed us forever.…

Why I don’t Wear a Helmet

Why I don’t Wear a Helmet

As a cycling advocate, I should promote helmet wearing: I'm all about cyclist's safety, right? If you take one of the League of American Bicyclists courses, you will be required to wear a helmet throughout.…

Why We Ride

Why We Ride

This year I’ve lined up at the start line of several mountain bike races, and every time I have felt the same brooding dread deep in my gut. “Why am I doing this?” Bike racing hurts. It exposes us for who we really are. There is no place to hide. The naked truth is revealed for all to see, and to mock. Our weaknesses are isolated and uncovered, and our most private pain is made unflatteringly public. “Why am I doing this?”…