Getting Stronger This Season

Cycling and Bike riding blog

After I got home from work today I wanted to go for a bike ride since the rest of the week is going to be terrible weather for riding. This weekend is not looking any better. In fact, the weather for the next week and beyond does not look very favorable for any cycling. As I was riding I noticed that I was cruising at a higher speed than usual and that my uphill riding was getting easier. I smashed by last 20 mile bike ride by 20 minutes in time.

I am pleased with my progress so far for the 2017

Stopping At Stop Signs

Cycling Safety

When you ride your bike you’re going to be interacting with vehicles. When you do you need to be sure you are obeying the traffic laws just like you were driving a motorized vehicle as well. Especially at intersections with stop signs. As you will see in the video below I had a close call at a 4 way stop sign. Fortunately, it was a slow paced area on a side street in a subdivision.

But the video serves as a great example as to why a cyclist should obey the traffic laws and stop at stop signs

Macomb Orchard Trail Review

macomb orchard trail

The Macomb Orchard Trail is, by far, the most ridden trail that I ride. It also remains my most favorite multi use path. It’s a 24 mile path that is all black top and built for smooth bike riding all the way to Richmond with lots of nature. There are many benches and places to stop and rest along the way. There are also stores and places to grab lunch or dinner as well. It’s a great way to go for a long bike ride while staying within civilization.

The only downfall of this trail is

Great Cycle Challenge

June Great Cycle Challenge

This June, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids’ cancer! Why? Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 children are diagnosed every year, and sadly, 38 children die of cancer every week. So I am raising funds through my challenge to help these kids and support Children’s Cancer Research Fund to allow them to continue their work to develop lifesaving treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

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Riding In Bad Weather

Cycling in Rain

Those of us that love to ride know what it’s like to not be able to because of bad weather. It’s like a pilot that loves to fly being grounded. You sit inside your home and pout while looking out of the windows. Although I don’t recommend riding in severe weather, it is possible to ride in bad weather such as a light rain and cold. I have done it plenty of times. However, it must be done in a smart way or you will risk being very miserable or even worse.

Here is what I have learned

Fitbit Surge Review

Fitbit Surge

I was in Best Buy a couple of years ago and walked passed the Fitbit section and turned back to take a look. After looking over the box I decided to buy one and see what they are like. When I got home I took it out of the box and charged it then synced it with my phone and Strava account. Since it was still early in the day I took it out on a ride to check out how it works. I got outside and turned on the GPS to then started my ride.

The watch felt comfortable and I was already used to wearing

Riding Against The Wind

Chet.TV - Chet Brzezinski

When I got home from work today I realized how windy it was. I am sure the winds were gusting up to 20 mph or more at times. So I decided to go for another bike ride today and today I was going to use the wind to make me a stronger rider. I took a route that was mostly against this high strong wind.

As I struggled against this wind I was motivated by the fact that this ride will help me become stronger for future bike rides. The wind will not always be this strong. And if I am used to high gusting

Longest Ride This Year

chet.tv cycling blog

Today I decided to go for a short bike ride just to get out of the house. I had a goal of about 10 miles or so in mind. As I was riding east on Metcalf Rd it just seemed like it kept going on forever. I was determined to see what was at the end of it. Soon, I came up to a small patch of the road that was blocked off. So I detoured around it and managed to find my way back on Metcalf and past the blocked section.

Continuing on the long lasting road, I started to run out of water and was feeling