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How To Pass A Cyclist

So today I ventured further down below the borough of Doylestown and did a nice loop (14.1 miles woohoo).

Share the road with cyclistsOn this ride, I noticed something that many of us cyclist have realized many times, not all drivers understand how to pass cyclists. It’s not that they’re trying to hurt us or be rude (well at least not most of them), many are just uneducated on how to pass correctly.

Here are some tips:

  • If you’re on a hill and behind a cyclist, BE PATIENT and wait until you can pass with a nice gap between you and the cyclist. You’ll probably get a friendly wave.
  • If you are unsure about passing a cyclist, take your time, BE PATIENT, and give space.
  • If you are following a group of cyclists 2×2 only pass if you think you can do it safely. It’s not just about the cyclists’ safety, but your own as well.

Over all BE PATIENT when passing a cyclist or group of cyclists. Share the road and BE SAFE.

Do you have any other tips for motorists and cyclists on getting along on the road? Post them in the comments.

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Cyclo-Cross Looks Wicked Nuts and Lots of Fun

So Eric, from Cycle Sports in Doylestown, was talking  about his Cyclo-Cross racing. This sport looks nuts, but totally fun. Essentially think of Mt biking, but with a road bike. Insane. Check out the Wikipedia entry on the sport.

Cyclo-Cross race in Portland Oregon (credit: Wikimedia)
Cyclo-Cross race in Portland Oregon (credit: Wikimedia)

I think I might be willing to try it out one day. I haven’t been Mt biking since I lost my tooth doing it in New Hampshire in 10th grade, but this just looks like fun. I’m sure my wife and Mom won’t want me trying it though.

What do you think? Would you try Cyclo-Cross? Do you do it now? Share you thoughts in the comments.

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Training Ride And Clinic with Eric from Cycle Sports Doylestown

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Today, I went out on a training ride with Eric Cutter from Cycle Sports Doylestown and two other cyclists (Jim and Janice). We practiced riding in a group as well as how to deal with bumping and drafting.

Thanks Eric for a great time. See you next Saturday at 7:45am at Cycle Sports!

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Shopping At A Local Bike Shop vs. A Regional or National Shop

confused by bikesIn Doylestown we have 3 bike shops. Cycle Sports, Bike Works, and Bike Line. They all are great shops, but the first two are just single stores and not a chain. Bike Line is a larger regional chain.

I like to shop local and support local shops, but I’ve found that I like the guys at BIke Line too. So I’m torn. I want to patronize the small shops, but I don’t want to stick my nose up to the great guys at the regional store. Especially since they’ve been so good to me.

As of right now, I’m trying to patronize all three. We’ll see if I can settle on my favorite and I’ll report back.

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What I Carry On My Rides

People love showing the gear that they have. They also like talking about what gear they use on a regular basis.

Here’s what I carry on all my rides:

  1. ICE laminated info card – Just in case
  2. USB key with ICE info on it as well
  3. Cell phone handlebar mount
  4. Camelbak Lobo hydration system
  5. Topeak Alien Multi Tool
  6. Digital Tire Gauge
  7. Extra Tube
  8. Presta valve CO2 inflater
  9. 2 threadless CO2 canisters
  10. Water Bottle
  11. Red Flashing light (rear)

What do you carry when you ride? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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Great Greg Lemond Quote

This quote can’t be any truer.

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg Lemond

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Today’s Ride

bike in garage

So today’s ride didn’t get me over the threshold of 10 miles, but it was a much tougher ride. I started out going up hill and hit some nice climbs that really took the air out of me. But, as with all uphill climbs, there’s always a nice downhill to recover.

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This Saturday, I’m supposed to go out for a ride with Eric the owner of Cycle Sports here in Doylestown. We agreed to do a 20 mile ride, I hope I’m up for it. After each of my 10 mile rides I’ve got more in me, so I think I’ll be fine.

That’s all for now. See you on the road!

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Welcome To #CyclingForMe

Seth & IlanHi Everyone!

I’m Seth. I’m a 34 year old, father, husband and digital marketer, who has just got back into cycling after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. This blog will be a place to share my thoughts and adventures.

Please feel free to comment and share your experiences too.

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Since Saturday

zr 4.0Since Saturday, I’ve been riding every day. I’ve even had a valve blow out and a flat tire. I’ve been having tons of fun even though the most I’ve done on a ride so far is 10 miles.

This Saturday the plan is go to out with Eric from Cycle Sports in Doylestown for a 20 mile ride. I’m a bit nervous, because I haven’t done close to 20 miles yet. I know I’ll get there, just by Saturday is going to be tough. I’ll report back on the result.

If you’re interested in coming out meet us at Cycle Sports at 7:30 am sharp on Saturday.