It happened to me on a “just out for a ride” kind of day. Since it was late
Read more . . . Exceeding Without Expectations
I love cycling but sometimes it is boring. There, I said it. Boring with a capital B. Cycling an ever-so-straight road can be tedious, a mental slog as much as a physical. Let’s not even talk about biking into a headwind.
There’s nothing to see but endless fields of
Read more . . . The Long and Boring Road
Can you ride a bike no-hands? Should you? Well, I believe it is a useful skill—even for us recreational cyclists.
Professional cyclists often raise their hands in victory crossing a finish line, but I’ve never had the occasion to do that! I
Read more . . . Cycling Balance: the No-hands Manoeuvre
By Sheila Ascroft
Is it me or are some cyclists just plain stupid?
There seems to be a street version of Russian roulette happening in my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. I’m afraid that it is endemic in all cities. With six cylinders in the barrel and only one bullet, some cyclists seem determined to narrow
Read more . . . Stupid cyclists – don’t be one of them!
Once you’ve tried a chamois cream, you won’t want to go back to non-lotioned padded shorts. In case you are wondering what a “chamois” is, it’s the padding in a cycling short and is pronounced as “sham-me.”
In the olden days, cycling shorts pads
Read more . . . Chamois creams: Soothe Your Cycling Butt
Be polite – with everybody, even the idiot who cuts you off! Manners matter especially when you represent the rest of us of the road. Your actions affect the attitude others hold toward all cyclists.
Ring that bell – when passing pedestrians or other cyclists, roller
Read more . . . Unofficial Rules of Cycling Etiquette
By Sheila Ascroft What’s a fat broad like me — 200 pounds of flab squatting over skinny tires — doing on the road? I’m cycling just like everyone else. And regardless of your size, you belong here too! If you like cycling, don’t let your mind cheat your body out of doing something fun and
Read more . . . Fat Broad On A Bike: Don’t Hide – Ride!
Dear Sheila the Psychlist,
I LOVE your blog for large women bikers!
I have a question I’ve never seen anyone address: Do fat women need larger frames? I find when I go to a bike shop most people automatically want to put me in a small
Read more . . . Question: Do fat women need bigger bikes?
Cycling in city traffic demands constant focus and skill from cyclists at all times, but there are ways you can do to make yourself safer. The City of Ottawa offers some safety tips that apply to cycling in almost any town.
Read more . . . Sharing the Road with Cars, Buses and Trucks
Bicycle manufacturers haven’t exactly re-invented the wheel, but they sure have played around with it.
Back in those olden but golden days when bicycles were being developed, the Penny Farthing had an enormous front wheel paired with a baby rear wheel.
Read more . . . Wheels and Spokes
So you’re in the bike shop and you have found two road bikes you like. Both appear identical—same aluminum frame with carbon fibre forks—but one is $800 more expensive than the other. What’s going on? A quick look shows that the wheels have
Read more . . . Better Bike Components Cost More
Learning to share the road requires learning the rules of the road.
Although the official rules of the road vary from province to province and state to state, there are many regulations in common. Obviously, I can’t list the specific rules for your area, so I’ve decided to focus on
Read more . . . Ontario Bike Regulations—Know Your Rights!
Many cyclists complain of aching hands or numb fingers when biking. There are a number of possible causes for this problem:
– Are you gripping the handlebar so tightly that your knuckles turn white? (Relax!)
– Is your position dialled in
Read more . . . Get a Grip on Your Bike Comfort
Fortunately, everything turned out okay—this time. But as I lay in the road with car tires
Read more . . . Be Prepared: Cycle with ID
Perhaps you’ve seen them on a Sunday morning rolling along a rural road? A pack of cyclists all in the same brightly coloured jerseys, pedalling easy, chatting with each other, and thought, ‘I’d like to do that.’
Well you can. If you don’t yet belong to a bicycle
Read more . . . Benefits of Joining a Bike Club
When the doctor told me I had type 2 diabetes, it was a relief! Suddenly, several months of feeling oh-so-tired made sense. Things got even better as the medication kicked in, and I was almost my old self again.
But despite my booming morale, the first
Read more . . . Cycling with Diabetes – Don’t Despair!
I’ve been cycling for 24 years, which means I’ve had 23 winters to get through. Real winters of snow and ice and cold winds. I wish I lived in New Mexico! I do try to cross-country ski when the weather abates, but obviously, it’s no substitute
Read more . . . Elliptical Benefits
I’m sure you’ve felt this way: it’s only 5 p.m. and already dark outside. There’s a cold wind blowing and the last thing you want to do is go out to a spinning class. I understand. Some days, I don’t even feel like using my indoor bike trainer.
Read more . . . Video Motivation for Cyclists
At first glance, the idea of a segregated bike lane in a busy downtown city seems like a great idea. But is it?
A segregated lane (SL) might seem great while you’re riding in it. Well, except for the problem of cars wanting to turn right across the SL and
Read more . . . Cycling Education is Paramount to Segregated Lanes
By Sheila Ascroft
I’m more adventurous on my solo rides because I know how to fix a flat. In fact, last season I fixed way too many until I discovered this negligible splinter of metal hiding
Read more . . . Pump Up Your Self-Reliance
By Sheila Ascroft
But after 76,000 km, I’m wondering why I’ve never done a Big Ride. You know what I mean – those once in a lifetime rides across
Read more . . . The Big Ride
By Sheila Ascroft
Do you ever go out of your comfort zone? I did this summer. Deliberately. I extended my Friday rides to a time and distance I’d not done alone before.
One day I set out to cycle 110 km – the only caveat was that I had
Read more . . . Cycling Out of Your Comfort Zone
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