#30DaysofBiking Day 22-23: Back to the Grind

#30DaysofBiking Day 22-23: Back to the Grind
#30DaysofBiking Day 22 I guess the best thing about day 22 was that there was nothing unusual about day 22. It was the first day in awhile were I just rode to work and back. The headwind on the way home was a bit strong, but it wasn’t too bad. Little did I know what the next day had in store for me. #30DaysofBiking Day 23 I thought it was supposed to be spring. [Read More]

#30DaysofBiking Days 19 - 21: Progress!

#30DaysofBiking Days 19 - 21: Progress!
Still haven’t been able to get back completely into the regular posting schedule, but thankfully I’ve been able to keep riding! #30DaysofBiking Day 19: Just Another Day at Work I continue to get most of my cycling through my daily commute to work. The big change I’ve made is to start riding more and more in my work clothes instead of always wearing a change. My short ride is only 6. [Read More]

#30DaysofBiking Days 13 - 18: Failure, Triumph and Baseball

#30DaysofBiking Days 13 - 18: Failure, Triumph and Baseball
After a very long and tiring week, I’m finally getting a chance to catch up on my #30DaysofBiking posting. #30DaysofBiking Day 13 - Failure And then I have to start with a failure on my 30 day goal. As I’ve long been reporting, I have toiled away on the replacing of a sewer line. While it has been a great learning experience, a fantastic workout and the source of innumerable Cool Hand Luke jokes, it was also drug on much longer than I would have hoped or dreamed. [Read More]

#30DaysofBiking Day 12 - Casual Riding

It was great to be back at work, even though there is much upon which to catch up. I was too tired last night to get all of my stuff ready for my commute back to work, and to top it all off, I slept in a bit too late this morning. No time to find all my ride clothes, pack my lunch, check the air pressure, etc. etc. So instead I did something most unusual, I just hopped on my bike in my work clothes and just rode to work. [Read More]

#30DaysofBiking Day 4 - Here Comes the Sun

#30DaysofBiking Day 4 - Here Comes the Sun
Chain Cleaining Today was a day of changing cycling fortunes. After two days of soaking, cold rains, today was the first chance for me to dry out. This morning started off pretty cold, but without a falling rain, it was still a great improvement. That said, after the earlier cold, wet rides and a lack of sleep, I didn’t have any energy for the ride and I kind of drug myself into work. [Read More]

#30DaysofBiking Day 2 - A Damp Day

#30DaysofBiking Day 2 - A Damp Day
It wasn’t a spectacular day for riding. Well, lets face it, it was dreadful riding weather. Temps in the mid-30s with a constant drizzle and rain and stiff winds. However, I was really glad I┬ásuited up in my rain gear and faced the elements, because in fact, the rides today were great. The most important thing to remember is that so long as you are pedaling, you are generally going to be warm. [Read More]

#30DaysOfBiking - Day 1: Getting a Little Car-Lite

#30DaysOfBiking - Day 1: Getting a Little Car-Lite
So a little over a week ago, we gained a new driver in our household in the most terrifying of forms, a 17-year-old adolescent. However, she hasn’t driven through anyone’s front doors nor driven into any area lakes, so I think she’s doing fine. Grace and I had talked about getting another car to keep the status quo, but in the end we really didn’t want another vehicle to maintain and pay for and after my car free experiment a couple of years ago, I think we made the right choice. [Read More]

Who's Bike Commuting and Where

[flickr id=“2217962902” thumbnail=“medium” overlay=“true” size=“medium” group="" align=“center”] I found this interesting article on The Atlantic about the areas of growth in bicycle commuting. While we’ve all seen the large number of articles regarding the growth of cycling commuting, it is interesting to see the geographic concentrations of this growth. Unfortunately, Oklahoma City shows no growth (we sit at a 0.1% so not any room to drop either). However, Tulsa shows 200% growth, though that only represents an increase from 0. [Read More]

Car Free OKC: Recap

So today was my first day back to driving. I drove primarily just for the contrast and to mark and end to the experiment. Boy, was the irony suddenly laid on thick. I climbed in my car, turned the key and nothing happened, just a clicking noise as the starter motor tried to turn over. My battery had died. I had to get a neighbor to come over and give me a jump-start. [Read More]

Car Free OKC: On Feeling Vulnerable

[flickr id=“1326490541” thumbnail=“medium” overlay=“true” size=“medium_640” group="" align=“none”] So I started the day furious and frustrated. The car free experiment for this month fell apart today and it fell apart for completely unnecessary reasons. When I left work last night, I found that both of my tires were deflated. I assumed this was some moron’s idea of a “harmless” prank. I filled the tires and successfully made my way home. However, this morning as I prepared to head to work, I found both tires flat again which means that this pathetic excuse for a human being actually punctured both tires with something that created a slow leak, probably a thumb tack. [Read More]