More Adventures in Montreal

This is the third year we’ve cycled in Montreal on the August long weekend. It’s no coincidence that it’s the same weekend as the Osheaga outdoor music festival which my teenage daughter likes to attend. We arrived Thursday evening. There was not enough daylight left for a ride but we enjoyed a nice walkabout, gourmet burger and refreshments.

Day 1 – 92 km. Our day included cycling on Ile-des-Soeurs and on the canal bike path. Unfortunately, at about the 50km point, I missed a sharp turn in the bike lane, lost control of my bike and fell. Luckily I had Continue reading

Giant Night

Giant night, roly night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon cyclist, women with smile
Holy chick so slender and riled,
Ride in safety and peace,
Ride in safety and peace

Giant night, roly night!
Cannodales quake at the sight.
Glorious streamers from ha-an-dle bars fly
Heavenly buns sing Alleluia,
A Giant fanatic is born!
A Giant fanatic is born!

Giant night, roly night!
Gift of God. You’re sure light.
Environmentally green you help set the pace
At early dawn or in evening you race,
You help me reduce my girth!
You help me reduce my girth!

Not exactly what I was looking for but click here to see the “Giant” bicycle Christmas tree.

In or out?

A local trail shop posted a short video on their Facebook page recently which really made an impression on me! It’s a video/advertisement created by Merrel which contrasts climbing a real mountain with simulating a climb on a stair master. The video is well done and really make me wonder why anyone would chose to workout inside when they could be outside communing with nature. I realize that going outside has it’s challenges i.e. inclement weather, a greater element of risk (think cycling in traffic versus spin class), sun exposure, bugs… but I gladly put up with all that to ride by sparking rivers/lakes/oceans, majestic trees and breathtaking views.


Scouting a new route

We’re invited to cottage country next weekend for a horseshoe tournament. Our first thought was “oh that’s going to cut in to our cycling”. Is that pathetic?

Then we got the bright idea to bike there and back. It’s 85 km each way so getting there is certainly doable but the problem is, after arriving at said cottage, there would certainly be some “socializing” which might make it challenging to get on the bike the next morning for the return trip.

We’ve driven the road many times over the years but not with our cycling goggles on. Friday night we went for a drive. What we discovered:

  1. Big hills: This itself is not a problem. We are used to hills and especially the nice rolling kind make the ride more enjoyable.
  2. Very narrow: The shortest route to the lake takes us through some almost uncharted territory. The brush along the road is grown up and has not been cut back in many years.
  3. Winding: The road twists and turns. Although we are unlikely to encounter many cars along the way…they are also unlikely to be expecting to meet cyclist. On many of the turns, cars would not see you until the last second. Dangerous!
  4. Condition of the pavement: The pavement on these roads is a mess of cracks and potholes. Flat tires are no fun!
  5. Lack of stores: For long stretches there are no stores to stop and buy food or water. We would have to carry more supplies than usual.
  6. Lack of cell service: For long stretches there’s no cell phone coverage which means, if we did run in to trouble, we would have to flag down a passing car or stop at a nearby cottage. Maritimers are know for their hospitality so this is also not a show stopper but unsettling nonetheless.

Conclusion: We’ve decided that the ride is too risky. If we decide to go to the lake next weekend we’ll do an early morning ride and then take the car.


NOTE: photo above is not of the road is question but gives you an idea of the conditions. 

New bike!

I’ve always ridden a hybrid but recently my husband and I have been thinking about upgrading to road bikes. The type of riding we’ve been doing most recently (longer and faster) certainly lends itself to better and lighter bicycles. So we did it!

On Friday we hit the bike sale a Bike Works and splurged on two carbon composite road bikes. Mine is the Giant “Avail” Composite 3 and his the Giant “Defy” Composite 3. We took them out for their inaugural ride to the Kingston Market and we shaved approx 15 minutes off our normal time. They fly!


A review of “SPIN” by Evalyn Parry

Just got home from the Imperial Theatre where I attended a performance of “SPIN” by Canadian artist Evalyn Perry.  Evalyn is at once singer, musician, poet, story teller as well as gay and women’s rights activist. The entire performance features the bicycle. During the show, a vintage bicycle is masterfully turned percussion instrument to accompany her.

The highlight of the show is the story of Annie Londonderry who in 1894, at the age of 23, rode her a bicycle around the world. An amazing story made more amazing by the fact that so few people have ever heard it.

Perry has a beautiful voice! Her lyrics are clever but also carry a powerful message about the bicycle as a vehicle of freedom and change!