Archive for the 'Just for fun' Category

More on Rainwear

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 by tony

A dry February, besides increasing my despair at the prospect of even more Spartan water rationing come summer, fooled me into thinking that my ever-expanding collection of raingear was a waste of money. Well, no worries now! Since the beginning of March we’ve gotten over 11 inches of rain here in Contra Costa. Besides making […]


Review: Earth’s Best Organic Orange Banana Baby Food Puree

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by tony

A few months ago while wandering the aisles of our local Safeway I spotted some pouches that looked like large GU gels. They weren’t sports food at all—they were baby food. In my mind baby food is inextricably linked to Gerber’s little glass jars. But now they’ve grown up and are available in easy-to-open screw […]


The Future of E-bikes: A Prediction

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 by tony

  Like most recreational cyclists I studiously ignored the nascent appearance of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, on our shores. I preferred to propel myself down the road, thank you very much. Using an electric bicycle seemed like another incarnation of laziness and of not knowing what to do with too much money. E-bikes also were […]


The Case for Electric Bikes

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by tony

  If you were on the Mt. Hamilton ride, Turkey Burn 2, or a recent Social ride, you may have noticed that Roger was riding an electric bike. It’s a ‘pedelec’—he must pedal in order to get any electric assist. If he doesn’t pedal, then the bike doesn’t move. The bike isn’t light: it’s about […]



Monday, January 4th, 2016 by tony

  January 1 allows us all to wipe the slate clean and start anew, to do a reset. What of 2016? Undoubtedly some of you are already dreaming of new cycling exploits for the coming year. It could be as simple as planning how to ride more often or as aspirational as completing (another?) AIDS […]


The End of the Triple Crank

Sunday, December 20th, 2015 by tony

Perhaps you haven’t noticed but bicycle manufacturers now have model years in emulation of cars, computers, and clothing. So the upgrade and ‘new features’ propaganda is in full swing for the 2016 model year. If you’ve been cycling for a while, you may have noticed a subtle change in road bikes on the showroom floor. […]


2015 Cycle Greater Yellowstone – trip report

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 by Nancy

2015 Cycle Greater Yellowstone – trip report (David, Gordon, Nancy) A fabulous, well-run strenuous ride, with spectacular mountain passes, super helpful staff and volunteers, good plentiful food, weather extremes, and a lot of serious riders.  Best rides: Chief Joseph highway, Beartooth Pass (despite smoke, rain and snow!) .       Temps were fine (except […]


Gear Review: Camelbak Podium Ice Bottle

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by tony

Water bottles are a cheap accessory usually running between $4 and $10, and unless you’re using a pack hydration system such as Camelbak’s, a necessary one for longer rides. The Camelbak Podium Ice bottle sells for $25. What in the world would justify a premium price for an item that we use without a thought, […]


Riding With Lower Tire Pressure: HED Ardennes+ SL Wheels

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by tony

After years of drinking the Kool-Aid that tires should be as thin as possible and pumped to the maximum, we’re finally getting some sane discussion on suitable tires for recreational cyclists. When it came to road tires, thin was in and we liked them hard, rock hard. But we’re now learning that wider tires at […]


Riddle Me This: When Is a Bag Like a Bike?

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 by tony

   $13,000 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Black When was the last time someone asked you how much does your bike cost and then gasped when you told them. “That much?! Why, I can buy a used car for the same money!” implying that you must be bonkers to spend a seemingly princely sum for “just” a […]