5 posts tagged Balboa Island ferry

My First Electric Bike

It's one of the first things you notice, after accelerating up a hill I mean: everyone has something to say about my new Pedego Commuter; it's a conversation-starter. The Balboa Island ferry Captain wanted to know how I liked it. My wife rode it to dinner and as other diners arrived it was all smiles and nods. "Pedego," I overheard them say. The bike's got great name recognition. The mixte frame – it's my 2nd bike with this low cut frame – it makes the bike usable by ... Continue Reading

Sweet Circumstance

How often do you get to give a little corrective feedback to an errant motorist? I had my opportunity as I was heading home from an early morning meeting. I've had like zero times to actually comment to a motorist after they've been blowing their horn at me; I'm still savoring the moment. Many meetings over coffee are early, this one would take me along Coast Hwy to Cappy's Cafe. We've all done this route yet it causes me to reflect – how much traffic will there be? At that time of day, ... Continue Reading

Ride up the Coast

Most days I sit at my desk for too many hours. Sound familiar? But his week was different; I was ahead of schedule on my projects. That gave me time to ride.

It's a beautiful morning at the Balboa Is ferry

My goal would be to ride 100 miles this week. Most people would add a little variety to their rides, but lately I keep heading in the same direction — across the ferry to the peninsula, the pier and on to Huntington and Sunset Beach. I'm not stuck in a rut; it's just so beautiful. And it's fun to ride off-road where there's lots of people.

Then, here it comes — I love to see the ferry sans autos!

The ferry without cars

Soon I'm on the peninsula where I notice a new facade to Back Alley Bicycles; I go closer. The peninsula has the highest mode-share, which means more people ride bikes here than anywhere else in Newport Beach. There are many bike rental stores here, so the competition keeps prices low. The flat terrain is ideal for riding a beach cruiser. ... Continue Reading

New Years Guests

"This is the most beautiful bike ride I've ever taken," my Oregon friend Marcie was quick to say; we hadn't gone far and there was much more scenery still to come. Living here in Corona del Mar I might take for granted the natural charms that surround us. Old friends from college come to visit when their beloved Ducks are in the Rose Bowl; it's become a New Years' tradition. I wanted to show off my everyday bike rides; they're easy, even for Marcie who said it had been two years since ... Continue Reading

Riding After Dark

"I'm jealous," she spoke loud enough to get my attention — this from the blonde in the convertible next to me. We're both stopped, not going anywhere for awhile. As I glance her way, I take my time to consider a reply. To her I must look shy, at least tongue-tied, so she continues, "I wish I was on my bike." "I've looked forward to this ride all day," I finally blurt out — which makes sense since it's just after sunset and getting dark fast. We're riding the Balboa ... Continue Reading