Category Archives: Dad’s Life

Back in the saddle again

There’s nothing like the feeling of going for a ride on your own bike. Let me explain.

As a (recovering) bicycle journalist, I get the opportunity to ride a good number of other bikes. It’s not as though I have six road bikes in the basement to choose from, but there are generally always temptations available to me. I do still have a very nice Blue Axino with full Dura Ace that I’ve been enjoying, but last night, I went for a fast and furious ride on my trusty Giant TCR Advanced. There’s a lot to be said for a bike that you know like the back of your hand. I can do things on the Giant that I wouldn’t dare on other bikes, and with comfort and confidence comes an extra dose of speed.

And can I put a big thanks out to Light and Motion for some hella bright lights to make my nighttime training a whole lot safer? The new Seca 800 light was on duty last night and significantly expanded how far I can see down the road. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a whole heck of a lot more visible, too. Like with the bike, more comfort and convenience, more speed.

Outside of familiarity breeding speed, it’s just nice getting back to my night time training routine. It’s a far better use of time than sitting in front of the TV (or the computer for that matter), and my wife knows that a Rinaldo that rides is a happy Rinaldo, so she is all for it.

I also had the opportunity to get in some miles with some friends on Friday. Different scene (bike path), different bike (singlespeed ‘cross), different feel (casual and jovial). We still got in about 25 miles, but it was all in the interest of fun. The ride was followed up with pizza and beer at The Works, all served up by our favorite waiter who still can’t figure out how to divide by three.

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve ridden with Dave and Tom and there was plenty to catch up on. New jobs for two of us. A daughter turning eighteen (not mine, thank God), vacations, music and movies. Plenty to talk about and never a dull moment.

So, here’s what this is all about

I really, really love to ride bikes.

My love of riding bikes got me into blogging, which got me into building a website about bikes and cycling that more or less became a huge animal that consumed all of my time and kept me from riding my bike. Beyond that, I just want my evenings back to play with the kids and occasionally have a grown up conversation with my wife. It would be nice to not have to turn the computer on every night.

It was time to simplify. I’m turning the reins over to someone else that loves bicycle racing as much as I do and is willing to give Bike World News the love and content that it deserves. I’m confident that she will be a good steward of it and will cover much of the same topics that I did.

So what’s La Phlegm Rouge? It’s… wait for it… a blog about riding bikes. But that’s it. Me. Riding Bikes. With my friends. A little pizza, a little beer, some good times and so on. I don’t care to be looking at Google Analytics every day to monitor my traffic. This site is for me and hopefully for some like minded people.

So, way fewer press releases (unless its something I personally use and find to be very cool). No stage by stage race coverage (though I won’t ignore racing). No ads (more of a visual blog roll).

It just occurred to me that this whole seven year process that brought me here started with a Blogger site called We Love Bikes. Guess what? I still love bikes. I hope you do too. If you do, join me on my journey.

The name? A (hopefully humorous) take on la flamme rouge. French for the red flame and in racing terms, the last kilometer.