Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bike Paths in Ventura County

A Quiet Alternative: Bike Paths in Ventura County

My wife loves spin class and is good at it.  She has been encouraged to become an instructor. But she is very reluctant to ride with me out on the road. Primarily, she is worried about road traffic. I imagine that some people in Southern California worry about riding on the roads along with cars and trucks. A separated path for bicycles and pedestrians, designated a Class I bike path by the California DMV, are a calm, quiet alternative for some cyclists.
Ventura County has around 60 miles of Class I bike paths throughout the county, in all of the county cities, except for Port Hueneme, and in unincorporated areas. The City of Ventura has 20 miles of Class I bike paths within its borders. I have ridden on many of them over the years, and I will describe the longer trails that I have been on. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Annual Bicycle Maintenance – Bottom Bracket Lubrication

Annual Bicycle Maintenance – Bottom Bracket Lubrication

This is the beginning of the season for many cyclists as Daylight Savings Time is about to begin and the temperatures stay warm. I wanted to inspect and lubricate my bottom bracket bearings. Bottom brackets, headsets and freewheel hubs are hidden within the bike frame and rear wheel hub. Therefore, they are easy to neglect. Unless something goes wrong. So, it is always a good thing to inspect these areas on an annual basis or have the LBS inspect them as a part of a yearly overhaul.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Winter Training Camps


Winter Training Camps

Like the cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano, UCI Continental cycling teams return to Ventura County for winter training camps. You can catch glimpses of these pro teams on the road from mid-January to mid-February. I have seen the Rally Cycling team, the Axeon Hagens Berman team, United Healthcare team and the Men’s and Women’s Canadian National Teams.