Posts Tagged ‘ car replacement ’

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: More Stuff About Bikes

Why No Bike Lanes, America? Yeah, this is another one of those bikey posts, the kind where I tell you that The Assistant rode 93.7 miles last month. Ninety three point seven. If you’d told me six months ago that I’d be riding 93.7 miles a month, I would have laughed. But the 6 year old? […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: New Bike

A Bike for Tall Women Ever since the All Bike, All the Time experiment began in the Spring, I’ve been hankering for more of an around-town cruiser: something with a upright riding position, cargo capability, a chain guard to keep my jeans from getting greasy, fenders for all-weather riding, internal hub for easy shifting, and […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Try It

Kid With the Comeback The other day, at school dropoff, one of the kids came up to The Assistant: “Why do you ride your bike every day? That’s so stupid.” He practically spit out the last word. “And you’re a stupid dumbhead for doing it.” I was enraged. I was defensive. I wanted to scream, “Nuh-uh! […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: How Far?

Bike Errand Distances I’ve had quite a few of you email me and ask questions about the bike riding. Things like: “Riding your bike? Don’t you live in the suburbs? That can’t be practical.” The flatter roads of my town seem vastly more practical than riding the hills of San Francisco, but that doesn’t stop […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Monthly Bike Stats

Replacing the Car The stats are in for May: I logged 129.5 miles on my bike that would have otherwise been spent in the car. That was over the course of 20 days; the remaining 11 days of the month were spent in Texas (seven days) or on day or weekend trips to bikeless locales […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Awkward Conversations

What Did You Say? Today, you can advise me. Not to beat a dead horse about this whole bike riding thing, but I’ve noticed something very interesting. Biking with the kiddo: Aww, cute. Biking solo, not kitted out in racing gear: What’s wrong with you and why aren’t you driving a car? But the most […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Ride On

Replacing the Car with a Bike I feel like I shouldn’t call the Sunday night posts “training” anymore. I’m not really training for anything, although I am registered to run two 5k races in Dallas next weekend. Like a crazy person. What I have been doing is riding my bike daily. I’ve gone 74.8 miles […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Skip the Runs, Run the Races

I Like Racing Better Than Training I have been an abysmally bad runner lately. Sometimes I struggle to think of myself as a runner when I can’t drag my butt out for even the shortest training run. Naturally, I have registered my ill-prepared self for three 5k races this month. Wait, what? Naturally? Hey, I like […] Read More