By John Yoder As I watched the Tour de France on television the past three weeks (I’m retired), besides enjoying the insane sprint finishes, free-fall like descents and out-of-body time trials, I also enjoyed seeing the cycling landscape of France again -- the smooth roads, the minimal number of stoplights in small towns, the countryside free of billboards and railroad … [Read more...] about My Tour de France Envy Isn’t About the Riders of the Peloton
By John Yoder You don’t have to be a skilled mechanic to help a cyclist in distress. A helping hand, a better tool or an encouraging word can often be the most helpful response you can make. Although I consider myself knowledgeable about cycling in general, I would be the first to admit that I’m not a skilled bicycle mechanic. I can fix a flat tire, tighten loose screws … [Read more...] about Here Are 5 Ways You Can Help a Fellow Cyclist, Even if You’re a Mediocre Mechanic
By John Yoder I’ve enjoyed watching the cyclists in the Tour de France the past three weeks. Their skill on descents in the mountains at 60 mph, their power in climbing long mountain passes, their unreal (for me) speed in time trials and sprint finishes and their bicycle handling skills at 30 mph while surrounded by other riders in the peloton are phenomenal. Most of the … [Read more...] about A Reminder From the Tour de France: Overlapping Wheels Can Cause a Nasty Fall
By John Yoder My ride started out as an ordinary loop from home to a nearby city about 12 miles away, a gentle route I’ve ridden many times before. For the most part, the country roads have light traffic and there is only one major hill, albeit at 11 percent. What was different this day was that I decided to ride my backup bike instead of my normal road bike. This trusty … [Read more...] about A Painful Lesson: Is Your Spare Bike Still Ready to Ride?
By John Yoder On Wednesday evening May 16, I was part of a group of about 50 cyclists who rode slowly and quietly for an hour through the residential streets of my hometown, Goshen, Ind. As bicycle parades go, this was a very modest one: there were no banners, no police escort and no coordinated clothes to identify us as coherent group. What we did have was a common purpose: … [Read more...] about Ride of Silence
by John Yoder During a recent solo ride in the country, I stopped for a snack at the entrance to the cemetery. As I munched on a Clif bar, a biker came down the road from the opposite direction I was going, and as he got closer, he pulled over and called out: "There's that biking fanatic." I was puzzled for two reasons: 1) Why he would call me a fanatic, and 2) Why … [Read more...] about Am I A Cycling Fanatic?
By John Yoder As a cyclist, I frequently learn something from my rides, and some events teach me several lessons. That was the case when I was riding my mountain bike on the shoulder of a busy two-lane highway in my hometown, Goshen, Indiana. As I scanned the road ahead, I noticed that a cyclist had fallen about 100 feet in front of me. As I got closer, I could see that … [Read more...] about Be Prepared to Help Your Fellow Cyclists