I was a guest on The Joyride Podcast

EXCITING NEWS FRIENDS!!!

One of my favorite podcasts is The Joyride Podcast which focuses on women cyclists – and it is awesome.  I have been an avid fan of the show since close to the start of the podcast when I binge listed to all the episodes.

I was delighted to be a guest on the show on the first episode of season 3!  If you want to listen to me talk about bikes with Cat, the host, check out Episode 31 of The Joyrode Podcast here – or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

ENJOY!

Snowy Bike Ride

The day after the Merry Little Bike Ride, it snowed all day long and well into the night in PA.  I have seen that people cycle when it snows and have been curious how my bike would handle it.  Also, I have all those lights strung on my bike and thought it would look pretty awesome in the snow, but do I need studded tires for my bike like I have read about?  Would I be slipping all over the road?  Do I need a fat tire bike?  I decided to see what would happen if I took my hybrid out for a spin.

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First Annual Merry Little Bike Ride

When I saw the event on facebook for the first annual Merry Little Bike Ride – I knew I HAD to go.  The free slow ride was organized by Lititz Bikeworks and the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department – they just asked that if you rode, you donated a gift to a child in need.  A good cause where I can ride my bike and string lights all over it?!?  DONE!

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Mackinac Island

I can’t quite remember when I first heard about Mackinac Island in Michigan, but from the moment I did I knew it would be a cool place to visit.  On a recent road trip with my dad we decided to visit since we were in the area snagging a few highpoints anyway!  What makes the island so special?  You have to take a ferry to get to it and NO CARS are allowed – only bikes and horses.  Sounds pretty perfect, right?

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Bike MS: NYC

On Oct 23, 2016 I had the privilege of riding in the Bike MS: NYC which was a 30 mile route around Manhattan.  NYC is another area I haven’t been to in YEARS and I was disappointed I didn’t get to do as much sight seeing as I wanted, but that just means another trip back – preferably when it’s a bit warmer!

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City to Shore 2016 Recap

The MS City to Shore 2016 ride is now complete – for me anyway – as I write this there are quite a few cyclists crazy enough to bike all the way BACK to the start.  Who knows maybe I will be one of them someday, but for now the 80 miles from the PATCO station in Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ is a perfect ride for me.

Kevin was kind enough to wake up early and drive me to the beginning – it was of course organized chaos with so many cyclists eager to get on the road.  There was plenty of parking when we arrived and I loaded up my bike with everything I needed for the day and headed over to the start.  I was there at about 6:15, skipped walking around the tent area and was lucky enough to get into the last chute before they closed it off and then the rest of the cyclists had to wait in line until they started releasing the (maybe) 7 or 8 chutes they had set up. Then those waiting would fill the chute just released and wait until all the other chutes went, then it was their turn.  So I was lucky to get in the last chute of the first batch.  The first wave started off at about 6:30 or so and then we would wait until the all clear for the next chute to be released – this was approximately every 5-10 minutes.  They have been doing this ride for a VERY long time and it is a major event so they have this down to a science.  7,000 people sign up every year and it is so well organized it’s remarkable!

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