Garmin Vivoactive 4 vs. Instinct vs. Covid-19

There are plenty of exhaustive reviews of both the Instinct and the Vivoactive 4 out there, but this isn’t one of them.  I’m just a person who has used the Instinct for a year or so, before switching to the Vivoactive 4 a few weeks ago. I’m a 59 year old guy who rides his bike a bit, goes on hikes, and plays occasionally with running.  In revamping my health over the last few years, my eyes are tragically still…Continue Reading

Tour de Sad News 2020

Earlier today, I received an email, “Regrettably, we must inform you that the 2020 Tour de Whatcom scheduled for July 18th is officially canceled as of today due to the COVID19 pandemic.” And a bit later today I received another email, “Regrettably, we announce that the Mt. Baker Hill Climb scheduled for September 13th is officially canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.” It’s a weird year, this 2020. It’s not like I didn’t expect either of these cancellations. In truth,…Continue Reading

1992 Scott Boulder

It is without a doubt, the biggest wreck of a bike that I’ve ever taken in.   I spent next to nothing for it off of Craigslist, yet it was certainly too much by any monetary measure.  Fortunately for this nearly 30 year old Scott Boulder, I was measuring it’s worth with nostalgia rather than dollars, or this bike might be in a dumpster. By the monetary measure: the bike is old, the bike is unrideable, the tires are rotted…Continue Reading

Jones H-Bar

Consider me sold on the Jones H-Bar, at least for the Kona Dew that I ride mostly on mixed loops of pavement, paths and light single track.   I purchased from Jones, installed it a few months back, and now have several hundred miles of riding on them.   I was interested in them because as I put more and more road miles on the standard mountain bike flat bars I began to realize that my wrists became sore, I think both…Continue Reading

Another Tire

A few months ago I wrote about Another Way to do my regular gravel/trail/pavement loop. That ride I did riding my Kona Dew shod in a used set of Schwalbe Marathon touring tires that I had hanging around the garage.  The Marathons worked good on the roads and gravel, even doing okay on the path’s.  Since then I rode the same set up on a couple of exploration rides in and around Galbraith, Padden and Whatcom Falls where they again…Continue Reading