21 posts tagged Rides

What Raccoons and Cyclists Have in Common

I love my dog and he loves raccoons, so to get him going I turned on a TV documentary, Nature: Raccoon Nation. Usually he prefers movies with ponies, or movies about other dogs, even animated dogs get him barking and jumping at the screen, but during this raccoon show I had to restrain him. Too much teasing? He's a big-brained dog with a 200-word vocabulary if you believe what my wife claims; 20 might be more like it. He likes to sit on the couch and watch movies with us. This old ... Continue Reading

Advocate of the Year, April Morris

She doesn't even live here, but like many others, she rides these streets. This Anaheim cyclist decided to get very involved in Newport Beach bike advocacy when she proposed a Memorial Ride after the deaths of two women cyclists in September. Meet April Morris, cdmCyclist's Advocate of the Year. Then Mayor Nancy Gardner called her back the day after a crowd of 160 angry, grieving cyclists appeared at a Bike Safety Meeting — the City was interested in her suggestion for a ... Continue Reading

What I Take for Granted

It's not until I get home and see the photos that it dawns on me: this neighborhood, this route is something I take for granted. It's a lazy Sunday afternoon, before the party starts. Gotta get out of the house to stay loose; it's too early to get the details organized — 21st birthdays start late. So without any plan I pedal through the neighborhood, onto the Balboa Island ferry to the Wedge and the Balboa pier. Unlike so much of the rest of the country, here it's cool, breezy, ... Continue Reading

Shower with a Friend

The teen's toilet was overflowing — time to call a plumber. No pictures of this situation unfortunately, I was too busy dealing with the 2" of water on the floor. It's a simple repair, so to keep the plumber busy for the hour my wife is looking around the house for other things that need fixing. The shower heads in the master bath — one works ok, the other quite poorly, so the whole idea of doubling up in the shower is a little inequitable. The plumber understood immediately ... Continue Reading

Recumbent Ron

No ride to the beach today; it was time to turn inland to Irvine. The Back Bay trail leads straight to a coffee shop I like to linger at. I went in this direction even though the wind was blowing early; I knew I'd have headwinds the whole way back, but this spring every time I fight the wind I think of Nova Scotia and the winds there — these local breezes don't compare. As I was pedaling along at around 9:45am a fellow cyclist on a recumbent pulled alongside, "Mind if I join you?" And I ... Continue Reading

Off-Road Ride to Sunset Beach

Mark Knaeps has a son in Boy Scouts, too; that's how we met. We teamed up to get a bunch of the boys through Cycling merit badge. He emailed last week looking for a pedaling partner for a lunch time ride, with one condition. Not everyone wants to ride in traffic and most days that's my choice, too, so when Mark set these guidelines for our lunchtime ride I knew just where to go. We'd meet at the Newport pier then pedal the bike lane on Seashore to the boardwalk in Huntington Beach, all ... 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

Caffeine Achievers

Enjoying these short winter days with their cool temperatures? It's off-season here in Newport Beach and the crowds are gone, so get on your bike, buck the trend and take this coastal ride from the Crystal Cove Promenade to the peninsula. Winter skies cause me to reach for a cup of java and on this ride you'll enjoy all the coffee and caffeine you can handle. Not a coffee drinker? Then how about one of the original date shakes at the Shake Shack. Rose's Donuts in Corona del Mar is a ... Continue Reading

Black Friday Alternative

What's to do after a day of feasting? No Black Friday shopping for me; a ride along the coast had more appeal. The weather cooperated so it seemed like a perfect day to burn some calories. Would it be crowded along the beach boardwalk on this day after? It would be fun to find out. A favorite route begins with a short cruise on the Balboa Island ferry. It was an usually high tide. There were bike riders galore. Perhaps the weekend's too long, the sunshine too warm, or there's a ... Continue Reading