Bicycling Things

Here, you’ll find various things related to bicycles, such as ride reports and related adventures.

A brief history of me and bikes: I’ve always enjoyed cycling. In elementary school, I had the pleasure of biking down the street to school every morning. As a high school student, I would occasionally ride around the county, going to the beach or to the library. I loved the freedom and simplicity of going places on two wheels.

I initially hadn’t brought a bike to college, but at the start of the pandemic, I (like many others) got a bicycle to avoid public transit. Over the summer, I started to take longer and longer trips—a half-century, then a bike-packing trip, then a century—and I eventually started thinking of myself as a (road) cyclist. Before I knew it, I was in Europe riding the famous mountains of the French Alps and the cobbled hills of the Flemish countryside. I’ve since committed wholeheartedly to the role and gotten a nice road bike, and try to get in rides whenever the weather and class schedule align to allow it.

Here are some things related to bicycles but are not directly stories about something stupid that I’ve done while on a bicycle myself:

Cycling Ride Reports

Just for fun, this is a place for me to post more casual blog-type reports on my various cycling trips, mostly around Southwestern Pennsylvania. I’m not a particularly good cyclist, but I do enjoy it. I now do enough cycling that writing an entry for each ride is not practical, so I’ll only mention rides that are somehow noteworthy here. If you really feel like it, you can see my other rides on my Strava profile, although I’m not too sure why you’d want to see it.

Entries in color are my personal favorite rides. Those tagged with (video) have an associated video, and those tagged with (strava) have an associated Strava activity, which you can click on to see the route on a map.