Prologue

Though there is snow on the cover, we are happy to welcome a warm spring and early summer. For this 141st issue of BICYCLIST magazine, we’re taking you on a tour of some amazing places to ride a bike. We checked in with friend of the magazine and OC Wheelmen member, Randy Kiefer, who shared his incredible experience riding a fat bike through Greenland for the 2nd annual ‘Fatbike Greenland’. The tour is a turn-key ride with bikes provided and an exceptional opportunity to tour this snowy oasis.

We welcome guest contributor Krishna Rao who brings us a tour closer to our home base, with a solo trek from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles, stopping along the way in Death Valley. Rao, an international graduate student living in Stanford, details his solo 21 day trip – his first time seeing the sites, solely relying on a Southern California National geographic map. He captured his trip in photos, and provided a unique insight into exploring the Golden State.

Coach Rick Schultz dives deep into the specifics behind ceramic bearings and their affect on your performance, He gets technical and shares his own research and data. If you’re interested in upgrading your performance, you won’t want to miss this. Along the same vein, Shane Yorke gives us the lowdown on a new wheelset from cyclingMOFOS, a made-to-order racing wheelset at an off the shelf price.

Regular contributor Cate Clark, provides some balance tips for Seniors, and any others who are letting the fear of falling due to poor balance keep them off the bike. This issue’s last page looks at cycling art displayed at this years Eroica California. For the fans of vintage cycling, be sure to view the full Eroica coverage on our website, released alongside this issue.

It’s business as usual as Carl Lawton guides us on the laws that apply to bicyclists in California, and Rob Templin shares his new favorite (and legal) way to listen and talk on your phone while on the bike. Bob Becker, writing the Electric Age, convinces us that the e-Joe Koda is one smooth commuter, and Justin Macias continues our Pier to Pier series, with a 64 mile stretch from Seal Beach to Oceanside, an iconic route for natives and those visiting Orange and San Diego counties.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support, and our contributors for sharing their stories of exploration and adventure. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

Chris Reynolds | Editorial Director & Publisher