bikearky

a weblog of my veggie powered cycling adventures

Canada

Canada

My loaded 1983 Cannondale touring bike
MY short lived 1983s Cannondale touring bike

In September 2010 I picked up a 1983 Cannondale, my first touring bike. With the cooling weather (north American Fall) and working long hours I was not able to take it out on any long rides (and thus, nothing noteworthy to post—I may in the future reflect on my experiences all-weather commuting through the Canadian winter). As the weather warmed in 2011, I was finally able to take this bike out on a few rides, and to prepare for a longer trip. As part preparation, I rode from St Catharines to the MEC at Burlington and back.

Birch Fall Classic — working hard in the early stages
Birch Fall Classic

The Birch Fall Classic was the first mountain biking event (aside from many Critical Mass rides) I have participated in. Whilst I was coming off long days touring with a loaded trailer, I did not envisage having 8 hours of trail riding in me so I asked the organisers to pair me with another rider.

Downtown Banff
Day 10: Banff, reflections on the ride

It was nice to wake up in my tent not thinking of any mountains to climb.