I was planning a bike ride on my favourite route planning app when I came across a rather shocking site. There is a place marked on Google Maps — don’t think it even has a population count — south of Maniwaki Québec called N-… . . . → Read More: cmkl: N-word Rapids – get racism off the map
Not humble bragging. Nope. Just out and out bragging. Tempered by the fact that I didn’t actually win. But I rode Lap the Gats today and came in third overall. Second in my age group. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Lap the Gats – flat out bragging
Between the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando, the assassination of Jo Cox and this dude rolling on his motor, waving a gun in the air I am beside myself with rage and fear about what on earth is happening to men. . . . → Read More: cmkl: For fathers and men everywhere: enough rage and thuggery. Be the person you were meant to be
Rideau Lakes is done – Made it back home: a much tougher day . . . → Read More: cmkl: Made it back home: a much tougher day
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
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
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
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
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
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
My child has a race face. . . . → Read More: cmkl: My child has a race face
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
I’m leaving my job to go into business for myself. How can I help you? . . . → Read More: cmkl: A new adventure – self employment
Fabulous ski in Gatineau Park today. Only thing is – too fast. Should have picked a longer route. . . . → Read More: cmkl: What a great thing we have in Gatineau Park
Mallory won her age division this afternoon at the Coupe Skinouk today. Of course I love my child no matter what and am pleased with any result so long as she tries her best. But… ah I’m totally giddy. Congratulations my darling. Irene and … . . . → Read More: cmkl: Winning form
I cannot get my head around the idea that my daughter is ten years old. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Ten
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
I bought a relatively cheap pair of Sugoi lobster gloves at The Cyclery. And I’m underwhelmed. A cautionary tale of what happens when you buy cheap stuff. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Getting what you pay for: Sugoi lobster glove construction underwhelms
Few things in life give me more joy than walking down the street, hand in hand with my daughter. One of them, which I experienced for the first time today, is walking down the street, hand in hand with my daughter, talking about building websites. At Irene’s suggestion, I checked out Girls Learning Code Day … Continue reading My girl learns code →
I don’t want to denigrate or deem unworthy voters aspirations for change. We were certainly due. But I cannot share the enthusiasm people are having this morning for the pageant of Trudeau naming his new cabinet.
At a certain point, I thought Martin should really see the trees. This trip is probably the most popular route in all of Temagami. When I first got back into canoe tripping in my 30s it was the first trip I did. I went with a guide and spent a considerably longer time doing it. But when I mapped it out, it seemed eminently do-able in four days. It had been 15 years since I’d been there. Was I right about the distances? Would it still be the same?
Slick, and tight-fitting, they do indeed feel like a second skin. But that ‘minimalist’ thing gives them a tight timeline for staying comfortable.
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.
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 … Continue reading Jerseys – for when you need to keep your shirt on →
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.