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First off, if you got here looking for a formal tour of Palm Beach, we’re not there yet. We may not ever get there.

Here’s what happened along the way: several months ago, my two sons, their wives and my toddler grandson in a bike trailer, started doing weekend rides. It was convenient to meet at my house and ride Palm Beach. That riding group has grown to include friends, co-workers and the occasional tourist we’ve swept up.

Jim Beloian rides north under the Royal Park Bridge toward West Palm Beach skyline

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Thirty-five years of working at the local newspaper, The Palm Beach Post, has given me lots of war stories and historical tidbits that I share with the riders. Some of them may actually be true.)

For my birthday, my kids set up this site and said, “You’re so close to retirement that you can taste it. Ken Steinhoff on the Palm Beach Lake Trail circa 1974(Why don’t you do Palm Beach bike tours and get paid for what you’re giving away for free?”

The more I thought about it, the better I liked the idea. See if I could cut a deal with a local bike shop that already rents bikes; use FRS radios for commentary; convince the city fathers that we would emphasize safety, get a foodie friend to provide picnic lunches, etc., etc.

I’m not a cat herder

Gator on Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)Then we had a larger than average group show up one Saturday. It was a mixture of hammerheads who wanted to go fast and newbies who wanted to ride 10 mph and who weren’t comfortable in traffic. That’s when I decided that I wasn’t cut out to herd cats.

If we’re not about bike tours, what are we?

I DID manage to retire at the end of 2008. That’s given me time to write about places I’ve ridden; the Surly Long Haul Trucker bike I bought and how I’ve equipped it; product reviews and general ramblings.

Along the way, I’ve rediscovered how much fun journalism can be, even if you’re burning Checking the angle of the kneeelectrons instead of killing trees.

You might read about my 40th wedding anniversary or the message – Never Forget – that shows up from a friend every May 4. Or it could be an account of how I lost my riding partner to a crash.

The blog is supposed to be about cycling, but, as you can see, it’s all over the place. In fact, even tech articles about bike racks can morph into a story about how my dad had me crawling under railroad cars at age 10 and a link to the classic Duck and Cover Cold War video.

Biker approaching the south side of Royal Palm Bridge

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