My “Microsoft-Edition Android Phone”: Windows 10 Mobile vs. Android in 2017

It was the last day of March 2017. I—a Windows phone user and Microsoft fanboy since 2012—received an email from Wharton Brooks, whose enthusiastic CEO made some waves in August […]

Website Revisions

I generally revise every three to five years to keep up with modern trends in web design and computing technology. I last overhauled the website in 2014, mainly implementing […]

Denver-Aspen Classic

Before this timed tour even got underway, there were omens that the 2017 Denver-Aspen Classic was going to be epic. When I took the Litespeed out for a final, gear […]

America! My Very Patriotic Fourth of July

I was at a Fourth of July party relaxing on a sofa with Fat Tire beer in hand and friendly dog’s head on leg, enjoying the company of dear friends. […]

My Friend Azad Learned How to Ride a Bike in 2 Minutes

We were at a Spanish conversation meeting, talking about cycling, when Azad casually mentioned something nearly as intriguing as the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, or a sub-two-hour marathon. “I actually […]

Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop Double Century

I had previously biked few of the roads in the Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop double century, but had a healthy respect for the monstrous climbs it contained. This explains […]

Knoxville, TN

I had been to Knoxville once before, in 2005, including running around town like a bandit during a marathon. Back then I came away feeling that Knoxville was a sleepy […]

Riding U.S. Highway 129’s Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee/North Carolina

Riding the Tail of the Dragon has been on my bucket list for a while, not only because I’ve read so much about driving in the Blue Ridge Mountains (particularly […]

Albert Mountain, NC

We had a good plan, I thought. We learned about Albert Mountain from laminated sheets of paper inside a store in Asheville called the Frugal Backpacker. The information—printed from—described […]

Asheville, NC

I think when Maureen learned that she would be doing field work at a hospital in Asheville, for the entire summer, I was more excited than she was. Asheville, after […]

Which Bicycle Manufacturers Have Won the Tour de France the Most?

“Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” is a tried-and-true adage in motorsports. It’s one reason car companies like Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota participate in NASCAR and cars are bedecked with […]

Fort Collins Bike to Work Day

“This is the tenth station I’ve been to this morning,” said my friend Nora, whom I encountered at Happy Lucky’s Tea House during Fort Collins Bike to Work Day. Ten […]

Double Rist Canyon

I’ve been fortunate to have lived near some long, skyward-pointing roads during the last 24 years to do some quality bicycle hill-climb training. On the San Francisco Peninsula near Palo […]

Grandma’s Marathon

It was back in 2004 when I first heard about this race: Grandma’s Marathon. My friend Russ from the (long defunct, I think) Tri-City Triathlon Club raved about the course […]

Duluth, MN

For a town of only 86000 people, Duluth, Minnesota sure has a lot of interesting history. For example, according to Wikipedia, between 1869-1870, Duluth was the fastest-growing city in the […]