Trek Domane SL6 Disc First Rides

Before I talk about my shiny new Domane SL6 Disc, I need to talk a bit about my cycling and a bit about my old bike. I love to ride, but I have a fragile back, particularly the upper back and lower neck. It’s likely due to years of distance running and crappy posture. In addition to an easily-angered upper back, my left shoulder gets sore easily due to some deterioration of the rotator cuff because of multiple separated shoulder incidents […]

Fly12 Bike Light and Action Cam

Australian company Cycliq made a name for itself with the Fly6, its first Kickstarter project, a rear taillight and video camera combo for bicycles. The Fly6 didn’t work for me because of the need to mount the device on a seat post, which would have meant going without my seat bag. Still, the idea of a safety-oriented video camera with onboard lighting looked like a good one. The Fly6 proved quite successful, garnering positive reviews and selling fairly well, even […]

Ride a Bike, Wear a Helmet

It’s near the end of May, 2016, as I write this. Emily Case, my younger daughter, graduates from U.C. Santa Cruz on June 12th. She’s prepping for graduate school, entering a Ph.D. program in archaeology at Arizona State University. But for a brief time in 2014, I wasn’t sure this would happen. I wasn’t even sure she’d live through a catastrophic accident resulting in traumatic brain injury. She recovered amazingly quickly, and persevered, returning to college the quarter following the […]

The Bicycles In My Life: Lynskey Viale

I owned and rode a Lynskey Viale titanium-frame bicycle for six months. That six months taught me a valuable lesson about something I call “the hubris of experience”. As you move up the learning curve in any endeavor, you can reach a level of competence where you believe you know more than you really know. Think of it as an offshoot of the Dunning-Kruger effect. In my case, I’d become familiar with bicycle geometries that worked well for me, so […]