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cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

I am going to lose friends for saying this but I never ride the Laurier Bike Lane. I hate it. I want to see actual, safe cycling infrastructure in Ottawa, not just narrow channels designed to keep us from impeding the progress of car traffic.Read more . . . → Read More: cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

A Puff of Absurdity: Saving Cyclists’ Lives

It seems like every year we have cycling deaths in our community. In the past, the local paper reporting has held a subtle anti-cycling stance, but this summer, some tragic accidents have been clearly cyclist error.  People are calling for greate… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Saving Cyclists’ Lives

A Puff of Absurdity: Saving Cyclists’ Lives

It seems like every year we have cycling deaths in our community. In the past, the local paper reporting has held a subtle anti-cycling stance, but this summer, some tragic accidents have been clearly cyclist error.  People are calling for greate… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Saving Cyclists’ Lives

cmkl: Made it back home: a much tougher day

Rideau Lakes is done – Made it back home: a much tougher day . . . → Read More: cmkl: Made it back home: a much tougher day

cmkl: Long grey day and bike as drying rack

What do you do with a forecast that calls for temperatures in the mid teens and a 40 to 60 per cent chance of rain. And what if you are supposed to ride for six plus hours in it? I spent two hours agonizing over my clothing strategy before finally sett… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Long grey day and bike as drying rack

cmkl: I hope I am up for this challenge

About 12 years ago, just a few years after I had discovered how much I liked riding bikes, I decided to ride the Challenge route of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. At the time I wanted to test my limits. After limping back to Ottawa, clinging to the wheel… . . . → Read More: cmkl: I hope I am up for this challenge

cmkl: Ride of the Dammed: the organizers and support people deserve a medal

As bike rides go, my first Ride of the Dammed was pretty good. As an adventure it was spectacular. My team endured four flats, one tire-touching ditch crash and one hospitalization. And if it hadn’t been for the ride’s organizers and support team, we’… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Ride of the Dammed: the organizers and support people deserve a medal

cmkl: What’s the connection between cycling and Parkinson’s

I confess. The first time I signed up for Lap the Gats I knew nothing about the condition except that a dear friend of my cousin Sue suffered from it. Ride the A-Loop four times for Charity? You had me at ‘Ride the A-Loop’. But why Parkin… . . . → Read More: cmkl: What’s the connection between cycling and Parkinson’s

cmkl: Half way there – raising money for Parkinson’s research in Ottawa in memory of Sharon Pickle

This is Sharon Pickle. She was a cook and an educator at Glebe Parent’s Daycare since forever. She fed my daughter for several of the first few years of her life. Sharon cooked many of our pickytarian’s healthiest meals. Half way to my fund… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Half way there – raising money for Parkinson’s research in Ottawa in memory of Sharon Pickle

cmkl: Nyack donut pilgrimage

A 100km ride into the countryside west of Manhattan was the finale to a perfect week in New York City. And I couldn’t have done it without the Domestique. My family and I had the perfect convergence – a work gig was bringing Irene to New Yo… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Nyack donut pilgrimage

A Puff of Absurdity: On That Time I Fell and Hurt My Head

I fell on ice a few days ago. My feet were swept clear out from under me, and apparently I injured my brain. At the hospital, they said it’s either a migraine or a concussion, and since I don’t have a history of migraines, and since I wiped out earlie… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On That Time I Fell and Hurt My Head

cmkl: Eleven extra watts

I began my 50th year today. I had no big plans. A nice dinner with my partner and our child. Some chores. A few ‘would be goods’ on the old house to-do list. And 20 minutes of terror on the bike trainer. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Eleven extra watts

A Puff of Absurdity: On Desires and Commodities

I’ve just been reading books and watching films lately. I’ll write again soon. But check out this passage from The Obsolescence of Man by Gunther Anders, first published in 1956: *** The mere fact that I had no car and therefore could be caught… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Desires and Commodities

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week. It is basically "I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological society" So my plan is to build a initial, quick and inexpensive Tiny Home in early spring of 2016 or . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week. It is basically "I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological society" So my plan is to build a initial, quick and inexpensive Tiny Home in early spring of 2016 or . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

cmkl: Lobster gloves – the sequel aka why the Cyclery is awesome

So the Cyclery sorted me out, replacing my gloves with a better pair. This is why they are great. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Lobster gloves – the sequel aka why the Cyclery is awesome

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

In my first article about Going Green – Transportation I touched on Electropeds/Electro-Peds and the battery requirements and costs. That was on November 22nd. The thing that was burning my butt was the cost, a 48volt, 1500 Watt – 20Ah battery pa… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

In my first article about Going Green – Transportation I touched on Electropeds/Electro-Peds and the battery requirements and costs. That was on November 22nd. The thing that was burning my butt was the cost, a 48volt, 1500 Watt – 20Ah battery pa… . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Rechargable Battery Packs

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

Back in 2014 I gave up my car. It was mainly due to very limited cash flow, but also desire to be more eco-friendly. While I was still living in Toronto, getting around was not an issue. Public transit, cycling and walking worked just fine, and in … . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

Back in 2014 I gave up my car. It was mainly due to very limited cash flow, but also desire to be more eco-friendly. While I was still living in Toronto, getting around was not an issue. Public transit, cycling and walking worked just fine, and in … . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – Transportation

cmkl: Castelli Secondapelle bike gloves – barely there

Slick, and tight-fitting, they do indeed feel like a second skin. But that ‘minimalist’ thing gives them a tight timeline for staying comfortable.

cmkl: Ten thousand clicks

This morning was a pretty normal pre-work trip up to Champlain lookout. Except that I rode my 10,000th kilometre for the year on it.

cmkl: Jerseys – for when you need to keep your shirt on

A lot gets said about jerseys. They’re part totem, part equipment. So there’s more lore, superstition and custom around them than most other bits of bike kit. I will explain a bit about what I think about jerseys which should explain what I’m reviewing and what I’m not, then I’ll get straight to the part . . . → Read More: cmkl: Jerseys – for when you need to keep your shirt on

cmkl: Bike gloves – hide the liver spots

Wherein I review all the warm weather, fingerless gloves I’ve ever used and wrecked. Including some I hope I don’t wreck for a long, long time.

A Puff of Absurdity: On Achievement and Death and Stuff

First, a bit about boredom:

“Boredom may lead you to anything. After all, boredom even sets one to sticking gold pins into people…one may choose what is contrary to one’s own interest…one’s own fancy, however wild it may be…desire what is injurious to himself, what is stupid, very stupid – simply in order . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: On Achievement and Death and Stuff