I rode Cable Lane and I lived to tell about it

Image from CyclePath website

Image from Athens Cycle Path website http://www.athenscyclepath.com/LocalplacestorideCABLE.html

This past Saturday morning I got out very early on my bike for a nice 26 mile ride with 1882 feet of climbing. I climbed one of the toughest hills in town, and I lived to tell about it.  If you’re interested in more about the ride, take a look at the most recent post from my bike blog.

So where did all the bike stuff go?

Click to go to my cycling blog

Click to go to my cycling blog

In a previous post, I mentioned that I would likely start posting more about my cycling endeavors.  However, with some more reflection, and with some advice from other librarians, friends, cyclists, and bloggers, I’ve decided that I would go the two-blog route.   There are a number of cycling-specific blogs that I have admired and read for quite a while, and having a cycling-specific blog seemed like the best way for me to keep track of my adventures in riding my bikes.   Librarians likely don’t want to read about every single cycling workout on the indoor trainer, or the latest technology behind spandex shorts.  Likewise, cyclists probably don’t want to read about using a wiki as a subject guide, twitter for library outreach, information literacy, or my experiences in the classroom giving bibliographic (gasp!) instruction. As such, Library Voice,  will continue to be a blog devoted to my observations about libraries and technology, with the occasional talk about video games thrown in for good measure.   My other blog will focus specifically on my goal to ride the Tour de France  ;)  .  I realize that this is my blog, and I can write about whatever I want, but I’d like to maintain some consistency in the post topics.  Having two blogs should make it easier to rationalize what kind of content goes where.  Likewise, having two blogs means yet again that my content is all over the place, but I guess that’s the way things go.

I’ve received several positive comments from librarians and readers of this blog who say they appreciate the posts about cycling, as they give them some insight into my non-professional interests.   In order to link the Librarian Chad with Bike Rider Chad, I may occasionally post a digest of blog posts in Library Voice, which link back to my cycling blog.

If you’re interested in biking, I encourage you to subscribe to my cycling blog, which is currently located at redneckinspandex.wordpress.com.  I may eventually move the blog to my own web host, but for now you can find it on the wordpress.com domain.

Thanks for reading and happy riding!

Athens, Ohio, a great place for commuters

forbesathenscommutForbes has named Athens as one of the best small towns for commuting.  The Athens News has an article about the honor, which discusses the availability of alternative commuting options in the area, including cycling.  The article also mentions the commuting map that was created by John at Cycle Path, which can be found here.  While I am not currently able to ride my bike to work frequently, I like to do it when I can.  It’s a ten mile round-trip ride for me, so riding to work is a fun way to get to work and get some miles in.

Bicycle handlebar mounts for cameras

I love to take my Flip Mino with me on bike rides, as I really like to get a little bit of footage while riding.  The only problem is trying to hold a camera with one hand while steering the bike with the other.  While I think I’m skilled enough to do this for a short period of time, those that love me have asked that I refrain from this behavior, or risk revoking my bicycle license (or wors).   I’ve since been looking for ways to make  or purchase a camera mount for my handlebar, and here are some things I’ve found.

Flip makes a product called the Action Mount, but I’ve read that it can be a little difficult to use and is a bit unstable.  I’ll likely use one of the methods above (or a combination of them) to build a mount for my road bike.