Beaumaris Lake
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  Posted October 10th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 2 comments

Edmonton life

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Best place in Edmonton to live!
Looking for the best place in Edmonton to live? Then focus your Google Earth search on north Edmonton and focus in on a man made Beaumaris Lake, a delightful and relatively unknown amenity in Castle Downs neighborhood (North Edmonton).


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 About Crankarm Length
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  Posted October 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Joe Lindsey, Published in Bicycling magazine

What You Need to Know About Crankarm Length
Overlooked for years, crankarm dimensions are starting to play a pivotal role in many aspects of cycling.


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 Murphys
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  Posted October 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 4 comments

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Murphys, Queen of the Sierra Foothills
I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered small town of Murphys in the Sierra foothills – Gold Country. This trip makes a wonderful weekend trip for many from Sacramento or San Francisco area. We went there in August of 2012 to visit our daughter Sanja and her boyfriend James, who lives there. But we came from far, far away…


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 American River rafting
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  Posted September 28th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Whitewater Rafting – South Fork American River (CA)
During our visit to Murphys this summer, in the Calaveras County, gold rush era town in Northern California, we had an opportunity to go rafting on the American river. As it turns out, our daughter’s boyfriend James is one of the guides for O.A.R.S rafting company and he invited the whole group of his Croatian quests to the South Fork American River for one rafting adventure.


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 Where the Buffalo Roam
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  Posted September 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Alberta travel

Source: Westworld, By: John Cambell

The big lone bull stepped out of the aspens near sundown.
“What do you think?” asked my friend Phil Despins, wondering aloud whether I shared his hunch that this animal might be dangerous. One thing was clear to us: we were not in a good position tactically for a sudden encounter with wild bison here on the southwest apron of isolated Prince Albert National Park, three hours north of Saskatoon.


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 Learning to ride
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  Posted September 21st, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Cycling stories

Source: Bicycling, written by Elly Blue

Do you remember learning to ride a bike?
I don’t mean those first heady moments of awkwardness and freedom. But the process of becoming truly comfortable on the bike—all the things that you had to figure out the hard way, even as an adult. Things that seem like second nature now, so obvious and easy that it’s hard to remember your early growing pains.


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 Bridges and Trails of Edmonton
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  Posted September 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

Life in Edmonton

By: Jay Palter

The magnificent bridges and bicycle trails of Edmonton’s river valley
Edmonton’s river valley is by far its most compelling natural attraction and one of its best kept secrets – even among many of the city’s own residents.


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 Married to a MAMIL
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  Posted September 12th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Hooked on Cycling

Source: The Daily Mail, written by: Jennie Price

Oh the shame of being married to a MAMIL (that’s a Middle Aged Man In Lycra)
Jennie Price from Surrey is a cycling widow. Her husband Richard’s transformation began five years ago. To get fit, he bought a road bike but soon became obsessed. Now he spends hours in the saddle. He has also spent a fortune on bikes, cycling clothing and gadgets.


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 Exploring Southern Utah
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  Posted September 8th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Santa Clara Loop near St. George
While visiting St. George with our rented car during the stay in Las Vegas last summer, Vera and I decided to explore surrounding area as we heard about some interesting sites near by. We wanted to taste the Southern Utah in only few hours that we had available, because we were returning to Vegas before the end of the day.


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 Bragg Creek
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  Posted September 4th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | No comments yet.

Travel Alberta

Source: Westworld, by: Tracy Hyatt

The getaway – A Weekend in Bragg Creek
 When the first English settlers arrived in Bragg Creek, few put down permanent roots. A common complaint was that the frost-damaged grasses provided little nutrition for wintering livestock. “A man cannot feed his family on scenery,” remarked one settler as he bid farewell. Ironically, a century later, the picturesque forests are what draw many visitors to Bragg Creek.


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 A diamond in the rough
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  Posted August 30th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Family, Travel | 2 comments

Travel Croatia

By Zdenko Kahlina

Off The Beaten Path in Croatia – Island of Brac (Croatia).
The diamond is on your finger. It’s a beautiful ring, just as meaningful as the ceremony at which you got it. You’ll never forget that day.


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 Discover Croatia on two wheels
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  Posted August 26th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Travel | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring Croatia on two wheels; country of thousand islands
It’s a well kept secret. With a thousand sparsely populated islands dotted along its 300 mile length, Croatia’s coastline is among the most beautiful in the world. Bring you bike and cruise the Dalmatian and Istrian archipelagos, touring luscious, fertile countryside and picture-postcard villages.


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 San Sebastian del Oeste
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  Posted August 22nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 3 comments

Travel Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Visiting another historical place in rural Mexico
You’ve probably already heard that San Sebastián del Oeste is an enchanting place.  Set deep in the Sierra Madre Occidental of western Mexico, this is the perfect place to experience the culture of a small Mexican pueblo.


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 A Grandfather’s Last Letter To His Kids
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  Posted August 18th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Family | No comments yet.

Family life

Source: Sunrise portal

Dear Ryan, Conor, Brendan, Charlie, and Mary Catherine!
My wise and thoughtful daughter Rachel urged me to write down some advice for you, the important things that I have learned about life. I am beginning this on 8 April 2012, the eve of my 72nd birthday.


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 Puebla to Oaxaca (via Tehuacan)
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  Posted August 14th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 9 comments

Traveling Mexico – on the road again

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Highway to Oaxaca
After spending two days in beautiful city of Puebla, we are on the road again. Today’s plan is to drive from Puebla de Zaragoza over the mountains to the capital city of the state Oaxaca that carries the same name: Oaxaca.


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 Biking in Banff
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  Posted August 10th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cycling where road meets wilderness – Banff National Park
Banff is home to some of the most spectacular road and mountain biking in the world and is also home to several world-class cycling events every year. Cycling is made accessible to everyone in Banff. Trails range from easy to very difficult and bike rentals are available at several outlets in Town. Sharrows (shared bicycle lanes) throughout the town, off-road trails and bike routes around this town make Banff and surrounding areas very bike friendly.


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 Edmonton – lost in the valley
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  Posted August 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | One comment

Edmonton heritage

By: Zdenko Kahlina
Pictures and text: from C2E forum

The North Saskatchewan River snakes its way through the city with a long green belt of parkland running along both banks. This is North America’s largest stretch of city parkland, one long recreational area strewn with cycling paths and trails.


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 Monte Alban ruins, Oaxaca
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  Posted August 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 2 comments

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Off the beaten path in Oaxaca, Mexico
There are numerous attractions within a few miles of the city of Oaxaca.


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 Rise of the Mamils
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  Posted July 28th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | 5 comments

Coaches corner

By: Dominic Casciani

Middle-Aged Men In Lycra
The following story appeared in the BBC’s News Magazine. The story begins with a photo of the author riding in an unidentified location. But, we know it’s the Dolomites. 


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 The Shaftesbury ferry
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  Posted July 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton, Travel | 3 comments

Traveling Alberta

By: Cigdem Iltan
Photography by: Bruce Edwards

A ferryman never crosses same river twice
The Shaftesbury ferry runs west of Peace River. It is one of the few remaining in this province and the only one powered by a tug boat. Shaftesbury Ferry tugboat operator Gert van Butselaar has crossed the Peace River up to 80 times a day for most of the last 16 years, but says he never gets tired of his workplace view.


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 Oaxaca City
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  Posted July 20th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 16 comments

Traveling Mexico

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Capital city of the state of Oaxaca
Finally we arrived in Oaxaca city. Immediately we got stuck in a hectic Oaxaca traffic. But I’m a fast learner, so I quickly managed to find a small street and bypass the problem on the main road. Still the area around Zocalo was very busy and parking was hard to find…


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 Going Solo
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  Posted July 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Group rides build fitness, but solo rides soothe the soul!
For me, bike riding is not just about turning the pedals, counting kilometers or seeing the countryside around me. It is about my inner feeling, thoughts and emotions. I ride to clear my mind and rid myself of negative energy. When I leave work for a bike ride I also leave all the stress at work behind me. The bike riding becomes the key moment of my day.


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 The Powwow at Alexis
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  Posted July 12th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | 2 comments

Edmonton life

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation Powwow
Several weeks ago my wife was invited to annual competition Powwow at Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation band and being a good husband I went along. The event took place on July 6, 7 and 8th at the Alexis reserve in Alberta. We also invited our quests Lidija and Nikolina (young girls from Croatia) to join us for this event as we were sure, they have never had a chance to see Powwow before.


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 The Ladies of the Isthmus
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  Posted July 8th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Travel | 3 comments

Traveling Mexico

By: Mildred Boyd

The Ladies of the Isthmus
From Conquistadors armed with swords to present-day tourists armed only with cameras, male travelers to the Isthmus have written glowing reports of her. 


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 Riding when it’s hot
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  Posted July 4th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling | No comments yet.

Coach’s corner

By: PAIGE GREENFIELD, JAMES HERRERA

How to Ride in Hot Weather
Your guide to staying cool and riding strong all summer long. I grew up in the scorching west Texas city of El Paso, where people would often comment, “At least it’s a dry heat.” The truth is, any variety of excess warmth can sabotage your cycling performance if you’re not ready for it. Here are several things to keep in mind as the mercury climbs.


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