More 2011 in Review: The Rides and the Photos

The past couple of years, I started photographing more of my rides. I like having the tangible memory of an outing. I’ve always written ride stories, but this year, I enjoyed capturing commutes, weekend touring rides, brevets, meetups with friends, and miscellaneous errand running.

Bonding with the Quickbeam by DAR Constitution Hall

I spent a fair amount of time cycling in 2011, in between my other responsibilities and interests, much of it with my best friend and tandem partner Felkerino.

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2011 in Review: The Rides and Photos

January – Felkerino and me on a cold ride out to White’s Ferry
January – The Potomac River at White’s Ferry
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Felkerino and me at PBP 2011 - Bike Inspection

2011 in Review: All Rides Lead to Paris-Brest-Paris

Now that 2011 is coming to a close, I’ve been reflecting on the year, as many people do. For me, 2011 was all about Paris Brest Paris, not just because of the event itself, but also because of all the careful planning and diligent pedaling it took to get there.

In early 2010, Felkerino and I decided that we would attempt to ride the 2011 edition of Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) together on tandem. Continue reading “2011 in Review: All Rides Lead to Paris-Brest-Paris”

Famous D.C. Bike Blogger Rendezvous (Tales from the Sharrows)!

Do you live in the Washington, D.C., area and did you commute on Tuesday? Yowza, was the weather nice or what!? I love commute days like this. Low winds, temps going into the 50s, and sane traffic flow. Gotta appreciate those days.

Did you know that famous local bike blogger and tweep, @sharrowsDC, is selling buttons featuring his Tales From the Sharrows logo to raise money for the Washington Area Bicycling Association? It’s true!

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Century Ride, Burley Trailer, and Santa Hats

Even though the holidays are quickly closing in on us, Felkerino and I made a joint escape from our chores on Saturday to do a century ride. We then made up for our day at play by doing car-free errands on Sunday, including a few with the Burley trailer.

Crofton, Maryland, Century Ride

Saturday, Felkerino and I met up with Mike B., fellow D.C. Randonneur and Severna Park Peloton member, for a 97-mile jaunt out of Crofton, Maryland. Course description: rolling; no mountains; a few busy suburban roads; and several quiet, rolling, wooded sections. Overall, it was a great ride considering it started from such a built up area.

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The 12 Days of Randonneurmas

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be dedicating some time to working with my blogging associate, Felkerino, over at The Daily Randonneur. Felkerino and I are partnering to celebrate the fourth year of Randonneurmas, that holiday time before the holidays where we spotlight twelve of our favorite randonneuring things. Over the years, we’ve begun to develop a fine catalog of Randonneurmas gifts for cyclists … Continue reading The 12 Days of Randonneurmas

Ahhh… Beautiful December Commutes

As I rode home in the December chill with my hands throbbing and my toes fading to numb, I thought about how much I love winter commuting in D.C. The short days and cold weather combine to noticeably reduce the bike and pedestrian traffic, leaving only the stalwart year-round riders out on the roads and paths.

Today was a gorgeous round trip commute. This morning Felkerino and I went for a pre-work lap around Hains Point and spied one of the bald eagles that hangs out there in the winter. Welcome back.

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Weekend Bike Rides: Coffeeneuring, Cupcake Commuting, and a Noodle

Congratulations to all the people who ventured out for the decidedly difficult Woodbine Wallop! Something about getting up in the dark in sub-freezing weather and riding 128 miles with 12,000 feet of cumulative climb had me sleeping in on Saturday morning. You all are tough!

Felkerino and I chose more leisurely outings this weekend. Here’s the roundup.

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Bicycle Wayback Machine: My Second Year of Randonneuring

Chasing Mailboxes takes another trip in the wayback machine to 2006, my second year of randonneuring. I don’t even remember writing this one, but then again, randonneur Bob Casciato once told me that amnesia is one of the essential qualities of a good randonneur. It seems to be working for me. Hope you enjoy it!

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The Randonneurs who Coffeeneur

Summer months can be intense for randonneurs. While the spring ACP Super Randonneur series’ have mostly been completed, summer is often when randonneurs take advantage of the long days and warm weather to ride their brains out. That could be through touring, more brevets, 1000K or 1200K rides, or other endurance rides.

Coffeeneuring was born out of a desire to change the pace from the intense summer rides required to train for a long-distance event to leisurely destination rides to local coffee shops. Based loosely on randonneuring, coffeeneuring followed the spirit of randonneuring in riding for fun and accomplishment, the pursuit of completing a set number of rides, and providing evidence of each ride’s completion. Instead of brevet cards and receipts, though, people submitted short descriptions and photographic evidence of their coffeeneuring trips.

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Friday Link Love: A Potpourri

I’m liking the Friday link roundups. Below is another set of cycling-related highlights from the week’s blog reads and feeds: Bike Power Naps: A flickr group dedicated to bicycle napping. I’m not kidding, and the pictures had me in stitches. See the many facets of urban bike napping in the Bike Power Nap flickr group. Touring Cycling in Southeast Asia: Cyclist, writer, and artist Melanie … Continue reading Friday Link Love: A Potpourri

Bicycle Wayback Machine: Thoughts from a New Randonnneur and Long-Distance Cyclist

Recently, I was combing through some old ride reports and came upon a piece I had written from 2005, which was my first year of randonneuring. In it, I talked about my impressions of that first year of training and riding with Ed, the D.C. Randonneurs, and Chuck and Crista’s weekend century rides. Even though I still feel like a relatively inexperienced randonneur, I had forgotten what it was like to be truly “new” to randonneuring like I was in 2005.

Strife in the Saddle – Cycling Thoughts from 2005

Over the past year, my boyfriend Ed and I rose many weekend mornings to ride on his tandem bicycle with a group of cycling friends. Overall it was a great year of riding, though there were some moments of inner turmoil. Below is my summary of 2005.

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