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Singlespeed in Miami – part 4

“It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”.   I concur (but please don’t stop reading quite yet) – so I endeavour to find adventure, no matter how big or small, wherever I can.   Today, my 2nd day in Miami, I’m done with the Miami Beach strip. I have a full morning devoted [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Singlespeed in Miami – Something sandy on the catwalk – part 3

The Venetian Causeway is well marked and wide enough for a sidecar on my bike too. It’s a perfect city ride, but I’m feeling the effects of a 2:30am start as well as the cocktails on the plane. It’s also hot as hell, maximum humidity and I’m sweating pale English bullets already. Burning too probably. So all told this is [...]

Singlespeed in Miami fuzzy caterpillars in faux-Roman aqueducts – part 2

So I get to the airport and there’s almost no seats left on the plane. I’m not worried. People miss the Miami flight all the time. I want to know where they go. At the gate I get a boarding pass in Main Cabin Extra and we’re airborne on time. It’s a short hop down to Miami and the flight [...]

Singlespeed in Miami – featuring no singlespeeds in Miami – part 1

I’m taking a two-day run to Miami for a dirt-bag bike exploration of the city and surrounding beaches. It’s been a couple years now since I was last there, and I’ve never ridden a bike around the city coastal area, including of course Miami Beach. With my friends at American Airlines this short trip takes full advantage of available time. [...]

Majorca – clipping into your ruby slippers on a real glass road

If there is one small island on earth that attracts cyclists like carbon moths to the flame it’s Majorca (Spain for ya’ll). This relatively small chunk of land is a perfect microcosm for cycling. Boasting great hills, smooth roads, abundant beaches, charming cafes and restaurants, not to mention well equipped bike stores it’s a wonder that any self-respecting cyclist actually [...]

By | October 9th, 2018|Road Riding, Roadtrip, Vacation Cycling|0 Comments

One night stand – Single Speed in Barcelona

I live in Montreal. I want to go to Barcelona. Normally this is a laboured process (unless you’re minted). Check numerous travel sites, track the prices and finally jump when the fares are sub-norm. It is at the very least a “vacation” – a planned trip featuring a delightfully willing drain of personal resources. This time will be very different. [...]

By | September 23rd, 2018|Singlespeed Fixed, Vacation Cycling|0 Comments

Travelling without leaving home aka rest days

There’s a special attraction to waking up in an unfamiliar land and spending the day exploring. Sometimes it’s not possible to do this due to family commitments or support requirements. Sometimes it’s been work. Mostly it’s work. For the last 20 years it’s been work. It’s also been the way to pay for my apartment, car, food in the fridge [...]

By | August 4th, 2018|Recovery, Training|0 Comments

Night Ride to Nowhere aka the Coldest Summer Solstice Camp-out ever

He was sitting at the bench by Metro. I wanted to feel that energy, that feeling of being an animal. Of being free like him. Of pushing myself, feeling hungry and eager to smell the night. I am inspired by the unknown; of how to attain the seemingly impossible. I watched in awe the Hardrock 100 race which motivated me [...]

By | June 23rd, 2018|Bike Packing, Gravel Grinding|0 Comments

A tale of two mountains aka smashed on the anvil of geography (part 2 – Grand Prix Val David)

I called Chris Hemsworth up after this race. I asked him – what would Thor have done? Would he have hammered it (ha-ha – cue studio laughter)? Ok, no more bad jokes, I promise. This is road racing – serious business! Val David is a great little race nestled in a charming little French Canadian village, ice cream sandwiched between [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|Race, Road Riding|0 Comments