how to repair a bike tire

This is the first of a one part tutorial on bicycle maintenance.

1. Carry your bike to the local bicycle shop.

2. Curse the harried staff soundly for needing a week to fix a flat.

3. Google “repair bicycle tire”

4. Click down the results page until you find Jim Langley’s site

5. Watch Jim’s video tutorial because you are too lazy to read his text

6. Curse your bicycle pump because it has the wrong valve attachment and you have no adaptor

7. Repair tire (walking to the service station twice)

8. Inflate far too much (anticipating a slow leak)

9. Try to remember to buy another tube SOON as your repair will undoubtedly fail


photo – Parking Space

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Parking Space, originally uploaded by mike9alive.

We got a DUMP.

Yesterday I was cycling. Today a foot of snow outside the door.

Like this guy in Montreal.

cycling photos – Warren Long

More than anything else, Warren was the inspiration for my becoming a bicycle commuter.

He rides to and from work in frozen Saskatoon. And has done so for maybe 10 years. That’s “75 minutes on a bad day in winter as compared to 25 minutes on a good day in summer.”

If Warren can do it, obviously anyone can.


He’s posted 547 photos from his work commutes over the years.

Tour de France dead to me

I want to thank Bjarne Riis. Good on you for coming clean.

What shred of credibility remained about elite pro cycling has disappeared as 1996 Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis of Denmark on Friday became the first Tour winner to admit he used banned performance-enhancing drugs.

… Riis said in a news conference Friday he had taken the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) from 1993 through 1998, including during his Tour victory. He also confessed to using human growth hormone and cortisone.

“The time has come to put the cards on the table,” Riis said. “I have done things I now regret and I wouldn’t do again. I have doped. I have taken EPO. For awhile it was part of my life.”

Riis, currently manager of the Danish CSC cycling team, expected to be stripped of his Tour de France title.

“My yellow jersey is in a box at home. You can come and collect it,” Riis said of the jersey worn by the Tour de France leader.

A sport caught in a cycle of cheating on

I’ll never watch race cycling again.


promoting cycling in Canada

An unsolicited email escaped my spam filter:

At this address: there is a petition aimed at the Canadian federal government, asking them to promote cycling as a preferred means of transportation. It mentions the health and environmental benefits of commuting by bicycle, and suggests ways that the Federal government could entice more Canadians to become bike commuters. …

It strikes me as increasingly crazy that our society is so geared towards the automobile, and almost discriminates against public transit and the bicycle. I’m hoping that – someday soon – people who WANT to switch from driving to biking are able to do so – that the infrastructure will be there (bike lanes, bike lockers etc) to make it possible.

If you feel at all inclined to help the petition along and helping us switch to a more environmentally sound method of transportation, it’d be much appreciated.

I signed the petition because I do want a higher priority put on the cycling infrastructure. And because I appreciate that taxpayers have another way to be heard in government via the internet.

This group used the service. Works well. – more information

San Francisco?

Tourists love San Francisco: Eclectic architecture, diverse population, Alcatraz, Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, etc.

They love the restaurants and shops.

I was underwhelmed. This is not the destination for me.

I was let down, having had some vague idea I would visit the Googleplex, or Apple HQ — like they have nothing better to do than tour me around.

Though I had my bread bowl of chowder, I managed to miss the chance to ride a bike over the Golden Gate Bridge.


» next travelogue post on this trip – Green Tortoise, San Francisco