cmkl: Paugan Road closure: it’s real

Parts of Paugan Road are closing while the Municipality of Denholm and the province spar over who should be responsible for the road after rainfall-driven floods washed out two stretches of the east-west road that links several West Québec towns. I went to the emergency meeting Denholm Town Council called to vote on a proposal ...

cmkl: Paugan Road closing for good?

I admit it’s a bit of an acquired taste, but I like riding Paugan Road in Denholm Québec. The latest bout of severe rainfall and flooding has done away with more of it. The municipality is facing a $2.5 million bill to fix it. This is money they don’t have. So they’re appealing to the ...

cmkl: Road cycling shoes for wide feet: what to do when you’re descended from ducks

I have been looking for cycling shoes to fit my wide feet for years. And I’ve finally found some. I’ve always wanted to wear the cool shoes. Topsiders, Cebos, Stan Smiths, pointy Oxfords, Doc Maartens. You name it. But most of the time, they never worked for me because my feet are really wide. I’d ...

cmkl: Do wide tires make you faster – one rider’s experience

Now I’m just one numbers-obsessed rider. No expert. But I have been following with interest the whole inquiry into whether or not the road cycling religion of Skinny Tires and High Pressure Makes You Faster is actually true. And I decided to run my own tests. What did I discover? Wider tires won the series, ...

cmkl: Lap the Gats: an 80km hilly crit

Lap the Gats. Done. I did well, I think. I cut about 8 minutes off my last year’s time, scored my top three results on the Fortune Parkway climb segment, and generally managed to stick with the lead group from start to finish. It wasn’t the result I was looking for, but you never know ...

cmkl: Half way, a week away

Today my buddy Joel and I rode out to Dunrobin Shore and back — all in about 117km. I hit the half-way point for my yearly kilometre goal and I’m about half way to my Lap the Gats fundraising goal. So I’m pretty happy about that. Only I’ve got until the end of December to get ...

cmkl: Much pavement in my near future

I’m having a relaxing evening trying to get a decent earworm into my head in preparation for riding 420km from Ottawa to Kingston and back in the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour this weekend. Wish me luck and please, if you can, donate to one or both of my Great Cycle Challenge or Lap the Gats ...

cmkl: Pedalling against Parkinson’s again

You don’t have to join me. You can just donate. I’m riding the Gatineau Parkway ‘A’ Loop four times — maybe five — to raise money for the University of Ottawa’s Parkinson’s research consortium. The event, Lap the Gats, is in its third year. And each year I’ve been getting better. At fundraising too. Donate ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On the Philosophy of Mr. Money Moustache

A friend pointed me towards this podcast in which Tim Ferriss interviews Mr. Money Moustache (MMM), a man who retired from work in his 30s to live on the interest from his investments and then got a significant following as a blogger. The podcast describes the kind of life I’ve tried to live (except for ...

cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

I am going to lose friends for saying this but I never ride the Laurier Bike Lane. I hate it. I want to see actual, safe cycling infrastructure in Ottawa, not just narrow channels designed to keep us from impeding the progress of car traffic. Read more

A Puff of Absurdity: Saving Cyclists’ Lives

It seems like every year we have cycling deaths in our community. In the past, the local paper reporting has held a subtle anti-cycling stance, but this summer, some tragic accidents have been clearly cyclist error.  People are calling for greater education for cyclists, which is important, and I’ll get to it in a minute ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Saving Cyclists’ Lives

It seems like every year we have cycling deaths in our community. In the past, the local paper reporting has held a subtle anti-cycling stance, but this summer, some tragic accidents have been clearly cyclist error.  People are calling for greater education for cyclists, which is important, and I’ll get to it in a minute ...

cmkl: Made it back home: a much tougher day

Rideau Lakes is done – Made it back home: a much tougher day

cmkl: Long grey day and bike as drying rack

What do you do with a forecast that calls for temperatures in the mid teens and a 40 to 60 per cent chance of rain. And what if you are supposed to ride for six plus hours in it? I spent two hours agonizing over my clothing strategy before finally settling on ‘see how it ...

cmkl: I hope I am up for this challenge

About 12 years ago, just a few years after I had discovered how much I liked riding bikes, I decided to ride the Challenge route of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. At the time I wanted to test my limits. After limping back to Ottawa, clinging to the wheel of a kind, stronger rider I ...

cmkl: Ride of the Dammed: the organizers and support people deserve a medal

As bike rides go, my first Ride of the Dammed was pretty good. As an adventure it was spectacular. My team endured four flats, one tire-touching ditch crash and one hospitalization. And if it hadn’t been for the ride’s organizers and support team, we’d probably still be out there.

cmkl: What’s the connection between cycling and Parkinson’s

I confess. The first time I signed up for Lap the Gats I knew nothing about the condition except that a dear friend of my cousin Sue suffered from it. Ride the A-Loop four times for Charity? You had me at ‘Ride the A-Loop’. But why Parkinson’s? There is, actually, a connection. Medical research has shown that ...

cmkl: Half way there – raising money for Parkinson’s research in Ottawa in memory of Sharon Pickle

This is Sharon Pickle. She was a cook and an educator at Glebe Parent’s Daycare since forever. She fed my daughter for several of the first few years of her life. Sharon cooked many of our pickytarian’s healthiest meals. Half way to my fundraising goal: gimme a push! Sharon at some point was diagnosed with ...

cmkl: Nyack donut pilgrimage

A 100km ride into the countryside west of Manhattan was the finale to a perfect week in New York City. And I couldn’t have done it without the Domestique. My family and I had the perfect convergence – a work gig was bringing Irene to New York, Mallory was on spring break, and I’m newly ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On That Time I Fell and Hurt My Head

I fell on ice a few days ago. My feet were swept clear out from under me, and apparently I injured my brain. At the hospital, they said it’s either a migraine or a concussion, and since I don’t have a history of migraines, and since I wiped out earlier that day, it’s probably a ...

cmkl: Eleven extra watts

I began my 50th year today. I had no big plans. A nice dinner with my partner and our child. Some chores. A few ‘would be goods’ on the old house to-do list. And 20 minutes of terror on the bike trainer.

A Puff of Absurdity: On Desires and Commodities

I’ve just been reading books and watching films lately. I’ll write again soon. But check out this passage from The Obsolescence of Man by Gunther Anders, first published in 1956: *** The mere fact that I had no car and therefore could be caught in flagrante not buying anything and, ultimately, of having no needs, was ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week.  It is basically “I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week.  It is basically “I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week.  It is basically “I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological ...