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First tour of the year...

Posted by trikebum on March 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Mar 2/13

Left P'boro 7:15 a.m. Temps -10 with 17 km winds from the NNW.  Overcast skies...

The paved roads are bare and dry. I feel my biggest challenge will be when I hit Boundary Rd. A dirt road that runs along the N sde of the Ganaraska forest. Unpredictable at ths time of year...

After leaving I find my rear left brake cable is frozen. I stop on Cty Rd 21 and try to free cable but to no avail. I have a steep downhill into Millbrook coming up... with a stop sign at the bottom. I've hit 50 km there before...

My fingers and toes are beginning to sting as the cold wind whips across the snowy  fields...

At 26 kms I cautiously drag brake on the descent into the quaint village of Millbrook. This is where they filmed The Musicman with Mathew Broderick.

As I slowly climb out of the village the pain in my neck reminds me that I really must devise a neckrest for my recumbent seat. Old ski injury that only bothers me when climbing.

At the top the winds kick in again...just when my digits were starting to thaw...but the sun breaks out and lifts my spirits. I stop and shelter from the wind and take 5 for a puff and pee,,,,with the sun on mmy face....ahhh..

At 40 km I hit the Boundary Rd.......for the next 10 km...short vicious rollers ice glazed in areas...

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Why bike lanes are a bad idea

Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (0)

This needs to be read by every cyclist:


-A bike lane is a lane reserved for cyclists, and it's usually on the rightedge of the roadway. Bike lanes are separated from the rest of traffic by a solid or striped line.

If you ride regularly, you probably have somebody in your life who's just itching to tell you that the city ought to put a bike lane on every major street. "It will be safer," these folk proclaim. Are they right?

No. Bike lanes only do two things: they make life worse for cyclists, and they allow politicians and uninformed advocates to feel that they've "done something for cycling."

This page will outline some of the problems that bike lanes create. More




Mayor of TO walls-out cyclists

Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Rob Ford cuts $60 vehicle tax for motorists and makes up for it by taxing transit riders $60.

 

Finding money left over (as there are more transit riders) he uses the excess to pay for concrete to wall-out cyclists from the roads.

 

This is Rob Ford math. Does it work for you? BTW most transit riders are low income. They pay for the tax cuts.

 

He wants people underground and cyclists behind walls. Rob Ford loves cars and hates people.