train view

April 27, 2022 · 0 min

winter morning bike commute

I slapped the Flip video camera onto the bike for this morning’s ride. Here’s the 43 minute ride, compressed into 5 minutes of video.

January 18, 2010 · 1 min

Yet Another Bike Commute Video

I've been farting around with a Manfrotto Super Clamp to attach a camera to my bike to experiment with techniques to document the Ride to Conquer Cancer. I've got a bunch of stuff to try, but I'm getting closer to something that I'm happy with. Here's the first half of my ride home from UCalgary campus through the streets of NW Calgary - sped up about 3x. I was averaging between 30-40km/h for this portion of the ride....

May 26, 2009 · 1 min

my commute home

Inspired by this commute video I saw this morning, I was curious what it would look like if I recorded my full commute. I’ve tried it before with a helmet cam, but hadn’t tried it with a fixed quasi-steady camera. I took my cheap little Flip Ultra video camera, stuck it on the rear rack of my bike, and fastened it in place with a pair of bungee cords. It wasn’t ideal, but should have been good enough, as long as I didn’t wipe out or hit anything big....

April 28, 2009 · 1 min

Morning Commute BikeCam

I picked up a Flip Ultra video camera this weekend, and one of the things I wanted to try was strapping it to my bike helmet to record my morning commute, just to see what it looked like. So, I dorked myself up a bit by attaching the Flip to my helmet via a handy dandy bungee cord, and recorded the morning ride. It’s a bit stomach-churning in spots, because of head motion swinging the camera all over the place, but it’s pretty close to being there…...

June 16, 2008 · 1 min

2000km in 2008 (so far)

That's like riding from Calgary to Vancouver and back. Or Calgary to Thunder Bay. Heck, I could have ridden from Calgary to San Francisco, with over 400km to spare. hmmm.... I've been riding my bike as primary transportation on my commute for a couple of years now (started really doing it again in 2006, after a few years of not riding very much). I ride just over 28km per day, every weekday, so have managed to rack up the kilometers pretty quickly....

June 13, 2008 · 2 min

Bike to Work Day - April 11

There's a big "Bike to Work Day" in Calgary on Friday, April 11. The University of Calgary is running a special event on campus as well. It's pretty safe to say I'll be biking to work that day (and every other day as well ;-) ) and am looking forward to seeing how many people get into it. On campus, they're going to set up greeting/refreshment stations (with prizes!) on all major entrances, and there's a workshop being put on by the bike club at the Mac Hall loading dock to show basic bike maintenance....

April 8, 2008 · 1 min

Letter to Calgary Transit re: Dangerous Bus Driver

I emailed a copy of the following to the Calgary Transit Customer Feedback email address. I was riding my bike home from work today, and pulled up to a 3 way stop on Scurfield Drive and Scenic Acres Boulevard NW. As I was stopping, a bus pulled up behind/beside me (I was in the right lane traveling north on Scurfield Drive, the bus was in the left). I waited for my turn to enter the intersection, and the bus followed me through....

April 4, 2008 · 3 min

on taking the lane while riding

This evening, while riding home from work, I was involved in my first ever bike vs. car door incident. As I was approaching a red light, a driver decided it would be a great idea to open his door without looking. I had maybe 1 second to react, swerved left, and was thrown from my bike as it bounced off another car. If I hadn't been able to react quickly enough, I would have crashed square into his open door at about 20km/h....

March 19, 2008 · 3 min

3000km in 2007

I did it. I managed to ride my bike 3000km (so far) in 2007. Last year, I rode about 1500km. I estimated I might ride 2000-2500km this year. But this morning, after dropping Evan off at school, I pulled the bike out and rode along the Bow River Pathway. I've now ridden over 3000km this year, and hope to do even more in 2008. The year's riding started while on Maui, when I rode about 60 miles down Haleakala - starting at over 10,000' and descending to near sea level....

November 22, 2007 · 2 min