Janet Minner had a dream. She wanted to ride her bicycle along the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, but had some doubts. She wondered if her employer would allow her to take enough consecutive vacation days to accomplish this goal. She also felt uncertain about her physical ability to ride 470 miles with nearly 49,000’ of elevation gain, despite her years of cycling experience. And, she wanted to be rewarded each evening with good food and a comfortable bed.
When I purchased my first pair of Castelli Chic Knickers, I imagined that I would use them most during the shoulder season — early fall and early spring. Given that most of fall and winter (so far) in Western North Carolina has felt like shoulder season, I’ve had to race to wash my single pair of […]
This is a comprehensive list of the Blue Ridge Parkway tunnels along with some advice about safety for cycling through tunnels.
Take a moment to read this article about how bicycle gears work by Jason Schliser of Vision Quest Coaching. He does a good job of providing a basic explanation that even non-gear-heads will understand.
Point Lookout Trail is a treasure for cyclists who live in or travel to Black Mountain. The trail will be closed this summer to receive much needed repairs.
As I shared with you previously, I am now using a Cycling Coach to help me prepare for the upcoming cycling season. No, that’s not quite accurate. I am being coached to remain capable of the physical requirements of my job. Owning and operating a bicycle tour company offers many things to love (meeting new people, […]
The first in a series of posts about the adventures of using a cycling coach to improve fitness, strength and endurance while having fun on the bike.
David shares his thoughts about the surprises NC DOT added to HB 232. NC residents have only a few days to make public comments as the bill is being sent to the legislature while we celebrate winter holidays.
Taking the Plunge This girl is very happy that bicycle clothing retailers are finally making great products for women. Reviews of bib shorts for women are being posted by the biggest names in outdoor sports and shared liberally on social media. The media attention helped me finally take the plunge and try bib shorts, but […]
The spring cycling season is upon us and, although we rode throughout the winter, we are riding even more now. As we celebrate the beginning of a new cycling season
Forty eight days have passed since my automobile accident. In forty eight days, I suffered through a procedure called a reduction – an attempt to straighten my broken bone enough for it to heal. When that didn’t work, I was taken to surgery and now I have plates and pins that will be with me […]
This is my first update message concerning preparation for Mountains of Misery – affectionately known as MoM. David says that my writing style can be heavy on facts and light on fun so I am planning to pepper a little fun in between the hard facts…you can let me know how I am doing. Are […]
I’ve been a cyclists for more than 14 years and I still make mistakes. Here’s one that I make every Fall. I “forget” how to dress for cold weather. You’d think I would remember the lessons learned from previous years, but the mind can be lulled into a state of complacency that requires a good, […]
When we last left our readers, I was contemplating double vs triple…which turned out to be only one of the many decisions to be made concerning my new bike. The first major decision was frame size. Back in 2003, when I purchased Liberation (Project One carbon 5200) Trek had just started to offer the Women […]
Triple or Double? I am standing at the counter at my favorite coffee shop and the question that has been on my mind arises again…”triple or double?”…”three shots or two shots today?” My mind freezes and I cannot decide. It’s a simple enough question which should not require a lot of thought, but it brings […]
Do these shorts go with my saddle? Okay ladies…let’s talk about saddle soreness. I am writing specifically to the ladies because, well, I know the anatomy intimately. I am not as familiar with the male experience so David will have to give advice to the guys if it is needed. All new cyclists experience some saddle […]