Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mountain lion warning signs by Nimbus Dam

Just east of the Nimbus Dam, park rangers have posted warning signs about mountain lions sightings. There have been four sightings according to a story on sacbee.com. Read Bill Lindelof’s story here.

Posted from Fair Oaks, California, United States.

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Surly Steamroller sunrise

My Surly fixie rests on the railing of the bridge at the William Pond Recreation Area this morning.


Posted from Carmichael, California, United States.

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Warmer mornings ahead

The morning commute continues to be a cold one these days with temperatures remaining below freezing well into the morning. The daily lows should warm up as clouds and a possible shower move into the picture later this week. Read Bill Lindelof’s weather story in The Bee.

The sun rises over the American River near William Pond Recreation Area on Christmas morning.


Posted from Arden-Arcade, California, United States.

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Need a last-minute Christmas present?

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present, the fourth edition of, “Biking and Hiking the American River Parkway” by Robin Donnelly would make a great gift. Recently released by the American River Natural History Association, the 140-page book is literally the bible for using the parkway. It’s got up-to-date maps showing access points, restrooms, drinking fountains, parking areas and more.
The book has many historical photos and includes descriptions of the many plants and animals that inhabit the parkway.
You can pick up the book at many of the bike shops around town. I know they still have some copies at Rex Cycles. And, of course, it is available at the Discovery Shop inside the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.

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Christmas decorations adorn the Fab 40′s

Every year Christmas decorations adorn many of the homes in the Fab 40′s. Some of the displays are outright stunning. The best way to see the displays is to ride through the neighborhood on a bicycle. If you want to ride with a group, the 5th Annual Nite Brite Bike Parade is tonight at 7 p.m. If you can’t make the bike parade, check out the video below or a photo gallery of some of the displays here.

Happy Holidays.

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As always, thanks to Kevin MacLeod for the music which was downloaded under a Creative Commons license from his website, Incompetech

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Funny Christmas biking jersey

If you’re looking for a gift for Christmas, I saw this jersey at B&L Bike Shop in Davis on Saturday. Made me laugh.

Posted from Davis, California, United States.

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In the news

Two great bicycling articles published yesterday and today. First is the story that appeared in the Modesto Bee of an 80-year-old man who rode a 100-mile ride for his birthday. Read the story here. Second is a story that appeared in the Sacramento Bee yesterday about a young man who builds scraper bikes. Read that article here.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Gov. on the bike trail

I saw Gov. Jerry Brown and California first lady Anne Gust Brown jogging on the bike trail last evening on my way home. Glad to see them out on the trail enjoying one of Sacramento’s treasures.

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Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Sunset graces the evening commute

A gorgeous sunset graced the evening commute on Wednesday. Enjoy!


Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Class teaches women cyclists bike repair

An interesting article a couple days ago in the Sacramento Press on a free evening session hosted by the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen to help women cyclists learn bicycle repair and maintenance. The session is called, “Bicyclette” and is held from 6-9 p.m. every third Monday of the month. You can read the story here.

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Frosty, fogging morning ride on the bike trail

If you get up at first light and hit the bike trail these days you’ll encounter a winter wonderland of frost and fog. Dress warmly, though, if you plan to go out and enjoy the scenery.

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Posted from Rancho Cordova, California, United States.

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Freezing temperatures again

The morning temperatures dropped to freezing and below in some places making for a cold commute, but also providing a spectacular scene along the American River at Guy West bridge.


Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Bee story about local bike culture inspiring entrepreneurs

Great story in today’s Sacramento Bee by Blair Robertson titled, “Cycle of Creativity.” In it, Robertson explains how the growth of Sacramento’s bike culture has inspired local folks to create new products. He talks to people like Amanda Carroll who takes old clothes and alters them to bicycle-friendly shirts, hats, knickers and more. You can read the story here.

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Frosty morning commute

Freezing temperatures dropped in on Sacramento this morning. Today will be sunny and clear but more cold nights are on the way. See Bill Lindelof’s weather story at sacbee.com

Frost covers the railing on an observation deck in Miller Park Tuesday morning.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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Does the GOP hate bicycles?

A friend forwarded me this Mother Jones article that sums up the debate in Washington about funding for bicycle-friendly transportation projects.

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Now that’s a lot of porta-potties

Tomorrow is the California International Marathon. My ride today went past the location of the start of the race on Auburn-Folsom Road. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many porta-potties.
Sure enough, when I checked later, the CIM folks boast about the porta-potty numbers on their website. It’s their no. 21 reason why to run the marathon.
Good luck to all who are running tomorrow.


Posted from Folsom, California, United States.

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Weekend weather – cool, clear and relatively calm

There are still a few leaves remaining on the trees after a windy couple of days. It looks like we’re in store for a great weekend. See Mark Glover’s weather story in The Bee for more details.

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Left cross hits cyclist

Ouch! I saw this video last night on the Cyclelicious blog. A young girl runs into a car making a left turn in front of her. She appears to be okay but her bike looks seriously damaged. See the original Cyclelicious post here.

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Group hopes to add bike lanes to Freeport Blvd.

Tonight is an important meeting at C.K. McClatchy High School concerning adding bike lanes to a stretch of Freeport Blvd. from just north of the Sac City College campus to Taylor’s Market near the light rail station. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of C.K. McClatchy High School on Freeport Blvd. This information comes from David Hagerty of the local bicycle advocacy group, SAFFE.

A cyclist makes his way southbound on Freeport Blvd. Thursday morning along the shoulder of the street where no bike lane exists.

Posted from Sacramento, California, United States.

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