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

Mountain Biking in the Yukon – Best way to waste a week and 500 bucks on a bike

Yukon yo! Are there bears? Are there mountain men? Women? Yeti? Will I get cell phone coverage to post to Instagram at the top of the trail? Who knows? I live in wistful ignorance. I am unashamedly “cheechako”, as the locals might call me, never having spent time north of 60 in Canada. Another adventure beckons – the top of [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Mountain Biking, Roadtrip, Vacation Cycling|0 Comments

Redondo Beach Pop Up Training Camp

Redondo Beach. California. Hotel room, woke up at 4:30am. Make coffee in toilet, change there also so as not to wake wife and daughter sleeping. Still dark outside. Much darker inside. I try not to bump over things! Head outside, wait for an eternal Garmin moment finding satellite. Seals barking in the water 100 meters away taunting time. Roll south loving [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|Roadtrip, Training, Vacation Cycling|0 Comments