I first got back on my bike when I was 35 years old. I had learned when I was a kid, of course. But it had been years since I had pedaled even around the block. After some weight gain, some health problems, and some difficulty breathing while walking up the stairs, I decided it was time to try something new. So I got back on my bike.
Since then, I’ve spent as much time as possible on two wheels. And I started Rydoze to help you do the same.
When I started riding again, I had a lot of questions.
Finding the answers to those questions wasn’t easy. I looked online, talked to my friends, asked bike shop employees, sometimes just guessed
. . . and while I was eventually able to find out everything I needed to know, it took a lot of time.
With Rydoze, I’m putting the answers to all of those questions in one place. From the most basic (like learning to ride a bike) to the advanced (high-intensity training to increase fitness), you’ll find the information you need to get on your bike, get fit, and improve your health.
And, of course, to have fun!
This isn’t the only site out there that answers questions about cycling. So why should you come here, instead of looking elsewhere?
In short, because we understand you.
Having recently gone from never riding a bike to riding as much as I can, I really get how it feels to be in the different stages of becoming a cycling enthusiast. Maybe you’re just getting started, and relearning to ride. Or you want to make the transition to riding more. Maybe you even signed up for your first long-distance cycling event and you don’t know what to do next.
I’ve been there, and recently enough to remember exactly what it feels like.
In addition to that, I’m big on providing comprehensive information. I seek out research, statistics, and others’ experiences to complement my own. You can always count on getting information that’s backed up, tested, and proven from Rydoze.
People can make claims about cycling all day long, but if they can’t back it up, there’s no reason to believe that what they’re saying is right.
And, of course, there’s my sparkling personality. I know that reading articles about cycling can be tedious. It’s easy to be boring when you’re reciting statistics. But I make sure that every post is easy to read, full of useful information, and free of fluff. I care a lot about cycling, and it comes out in my writing. I try to keep things fun.
When you read our articles, you’ll get researched, actionable information that you can apply to your life right away. What more could you ask for?
My wife Nichole likes riding her bike as well. She doesn’t ride as obsessively as I do, but she likes coming along for some light trail rides or cafe tours. And her experience is invaluable to this blog. Between the two of us, we understand the perspectives of most beginning and intermediate riders.
Nichole reads every one of the posts on Rydoze, and makes sure that it addresses not only the questions of those who live on their bikes (like me), but people who just ride occasionally, or are getting started on their own.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be the same without our friends, either. We’re long-time Portland residents, and we’ve made a lot of connections here over the years. If you know anything about Portland, you probably know that it’s an absolutely bike-crazy city.
So our friends are beginners, experts, mountain bikers, roadies, occasional cruiser riders, racers, commuters, and every other kind of cyclist you can think of. Not only that, but they’re hikers, skiers, climbers, and they have all sorts of other hobbies that make them unique.
We’re outdoorsy, and we’re all part of a community. That community helps make Rydoze what it is.
This blog isn’t about me and Nichole—it’s about you. Our readers are important to us. We’re not here to waste your time, advance some agenda, or convince you that our methods are the best out there.
We just want to share our experiences (backed up with relevant data) and help you along on your cycling journey. So hop on your bike and join us!