Bicycle Art | Barton Haynes

Naturally, as a cycling enthusiast, the walls of my home are adorned with all kinds of bicycle art. I love to collect anything and everything having to do with bicycles. I admire and appreciate all kinds of bike depictions from photographs to the realistic to the abstract.

For those of you who follow my Pinterest page, you know that I tend to collect bicycle art in my “likes” section. Below, I’m sharing some of my favorites that I’ve seen recently. Additionally, I’m including some motivational quotes to accompany each picture. I hope you get as much enjoyment from them as I do and get some inspiration to get on the road!

A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go ANYWHERE until you change it.

Bicycling is life with the volume turned up.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To stay balanced, you must keep moving.

You don’t have to go fast. You just have to go.

Miles are my meditation.

Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.

Life is a climb, but the view is great.

I hop you all enjoyed these pieces of bicycle art and that they motivated you to hit the pavement. Thanks for reading and happy riding!


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Inspiring Bicycle Quotes | Barton Haynes

Hello to all of my fellow cyclists!

Although the forecast in San Diego, California stays consistently sunny, the weather in many other parts of the United States is beginning to morph from warm to cool as autumn encroaches.

Recently, I spoke with a cycling friend on the phone who lives on the East Coast who told me that his motivation for cycling was starting to wane with the sunlight.

“I ride my bike every day in the summer, but I’m feeling less driven to hit the road when the wind and rains start to come,” he told me.

As I’ve enjoyed doing in the past, today I’m going to share more encouragement with you all in the form of cycling quotes. Every week, I read influential quotes and sayings on my Pinterest feed. I have an entire board dedicated to Bicycle Quotes.

Taking inspiration from the wisdom of others, I will now leave you with 8 inspiring bicycle quotes that will propel you to get in the saddle even on dreary days.

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Bicycle Safety | Barton Haynes

With summer solstice quickly approaching this upcoming weekend, more and more cyclists are cruising the roads for longer periods of time every day. Though this of course a wonderful thing, more cycling time naturally equates to higher chances of accidents.

On my article-based website,, I wrote this week about how a cyclist can treat road rash in a blog post titled How to Treat Road Rash. However, it’s of course best to learn safety measures for riding your bicycle before you get to the point of needing to seek medical attention.

Today, I’ll be sharing some images from the web detailing and encouraging safe bicycle riding. In between photos, I’ll share important safety tips from

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  • See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
  • Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are required by law in many States), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others can see you.

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  • Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication 
    “Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet.”
  • Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.
  • Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).

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  • Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
  • Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
  • Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.

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Stay safe out there! Happy riding!

-Barton Haynes

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Best Cycling in San Diego | Barton Haynes

Greetings, cyclists! I hope you’ve all been enjoying a balmy summer and have had the opportunity to get outside as much as possible. Here in San Diego, the weather has been consistently in the mid-to-late 70s providing the perfect climate for gorgeous rides.

Today’s post is for my fellow San Diego cyclists who are either new to the area or just getting started in the wonderful world of bikes. I’ve put together a list of the best riding in the area for your enjoyment along with photos of cyclists enjoying our wonderful city.

Below you’ll find photos along with descriptions of some wonderful routes to explore in San Diego. Enjoy!

Sagebrush Safari

If you find your way to San Diego in late April, look up this classic NORBA event, which is run about an hour’s drive inland from San Diego on Interstate 8 at Lake Morena. Offering a 32-mile single-lap course for experts and pros, and an 18-mile course for sport and beginner racers, the race has plenty of climbing and descending in high-desert conditions and still maintains a laid-back atmosphere.

Balboa Park

Home to the San Diego Zoo, a ton of museums and garden areas, and a host of restaurants, Balboa Park is a great place to pass whatever time you aren’t spending on the bike. Just south of the park are a bunch of small cafes and coffee shops.

Bayshore Bikeway 

Starting Downtown take Flagship’s Coronado Ferry across San Diego Bay and start your ride upon docking at the Coronado Ferry Landing. The Bikeway makes its way through Coronado, along the Silver Strand, through the communities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista and back into Downtown San Diego. The ride will take you through the quaint town of Coronado and past the historic Hotel del Coronado Hotel, built in 1888, which has played host to presidents, celebrities and royalty for over 120 years. You’ll also ride past the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base (where the Navy SEALs train). Continuing on the path, you’ll trek past Silver Strand State Beach, a beautiful stretch of coast; and the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a 3,900-acre wetland that is home to many endangered and migratory birds.

Silver Strand Bikeway in Coronado

Coronado may best be known for its resort hotels and massive naval supply complex, but it’s the sandy tombolo connecting the island to the mainland that ought to merit your most immediate attention. Here you’ll find the Silver Strand Bikeway: a stretch of segregated asphalt that follows State Route 75 from the Coronado Yacht Club in the north all the way around the southern tip of the San Diego Bay.

Point Loma Bike Tour

From the San Diego River to the tip of Point Loma via the coast and a return route via San Diego Bay. Starting at Robb Athletic Field at the San Diego River, we’ll pass through Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs before climbing to Naval Base Point Loma and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Riding through these we reach Cabrillo National Monument and descend to the ocean and the tide pools. From here we retrace our steps to the Naval Base entrance before descending to the east and the San Diego Bay. We finish with a cruise through Liberty Station before returning to Robb Field.Barton Haynes San Diego ForestBarton Haynes San Diego NorthBarton Haynes San Diego Bicycle BlogBarton Haynes San Diego Bike RideBarton Haynes San Diego Sign


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What Do Cyclists Eat? | Barton Haynes

Last week, I shared 4 protein-packed recipes with peanut butter on my text-based blog Today, I’ll be piggybacking on the idea of fuel-endorsing foods for cyclists.

This post is based on an article from titled “What Pro Cyclists Eat for Success.” I was surprised to learn more about what other expert cyclists eat before and after big rides.

Continue reading below to see what top riders cook up in the kitchen. Bon appetit, fellow cyclists!

Tejay Van Garderen, BMC: Before a ride

Oatmeal with a handful of almonds or walnuts, a few teaspoons of molasses for the iron and taste, and raisins or dried fruit.Barton Haynes San Diego CA Food

Chris Horner, RadioShack-Nissan: While Riding

Sandwich made with an English muffin, bacon, an over-easy egg, and a thick slice of Tillamook cheddar. Barton Haynes California Food

Christian Vande Velde, Garmin-Barracuda: While Riding

Serrano (Spanish cured ham) on a baguette with olive oil and tomato.

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Evelyn Stevens, Specialized-Lululemon: After a Ride

Sweet potato, kale, broccoli, and roasted beets stir-fried with eggs or chicken in olive oil and coconut milk.Barton Haynes San Diego California Food

Taylor Phinney, BMC: After a Race

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I hope that the meals of these pro riders give you some inspiration today! Thanks for reading, fellow cyclists, and as always, happy riding!

-Barton Haynes


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Motivational Quotes by Barton Haynes


Recently on my bike blog, I shared a post all about Motivation for Cyclists. A while back, I also shared a post featuring some of my favorite Cycling Quotes.

Today, my goal is to continue with this train of thought and share some more motivational quotes that really get me excited to hit the pavement. Many of these quotes echo my life philosophies. I therefore thought them appropriate and important to share.

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  -Albert Einstein

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” -Eddy Merckx

“A bicycle is the finest mode of transport known to man.” -Adam Hart-Davis

“When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” -Jens Voigt

“You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are.” -Steve Larsen


“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.”  -James E. Starrs

“Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.” -Bill Nye

“Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.” -Lord Charles Beresford

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”  -John F. Kennedy

Thanks for reading,

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Correct Cycling Posture | Barton Haynes

Hello, fellow cyclists! Today, I’m going to piggy-back off of my latest post on my other blog titled Bart the Bike Guy. There, I wrote an article titled, “Why is Cycling Good for your Knees?” I discussed the health benefits of cycling versus other sports and explained why the low-impact nature of riding a bicycle is perfect for someone with knee issues.

Additionally, I noted how poor cycling posture can add to the knee problems a cyclist might experience. Today, I’ll be sharing some photos and excerpts all about riding posture for your enjoyment. Please see the links below for image sources.

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How do you find the right fit for your bike? If your bike fits well and is set up correctly it will offer you good handling in all circumstances. You should be able to reach all parts of the handlebars without putting any stress on your hands or elbows. Your arms should be not quite straight and your back should be at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.

Over many miles of cycling the wrong posture will leave you stiff, aching and sore – while the correct riding position will minimize your risk of injuries, aches and pains. (

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The position that you ride in makes all of the difference. Get acquainted with your type of bicycle and select the right bike fit for you. Adjust your seat and handlebars as suggested for your bike. When done right it will serve you well and keep you comfortable while you ride. (Bike with Bekkie)

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Here is a list of the advantages to proper posture correction from

  • Increased activity and participation of the glutes and hamstrings = increased power!!
  • Increased efficiency in work load distribution to the entire thigh (glutes, hamstrings, quads) = better endurance!!
  • A forward tilt of the pelvis also allows for maintaining a “neutral position of the low back” and set up for proper posture in the upper back and neck = no back pain while riding and less stress in the shoulders!!

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As most of us know, a well fitted bicycle helps maintain a comfortable cycling posture that allows consistent performance along the journey, and time saving can be achieved without the need for frequent resting stops to stretch out sore and painful muscles. The key influence to our body’s cycling posture is our cycling capability. (Little Rock Cycles Blog)

Best of luck to all of you on your bicycles this week!

-Barton Haynes

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Autumn Cycling | Barton Haynes

Happy autumn to all of my fellow cyclists out there! Today’s article inspiration comes from the change in the season. In many places in the Northern Hemisphere, fall colors are gracing the trees and making for a gorgeous cycling commute.

Though the yellows, oranges, and browns are vibrant, this means that the temperatures are dropping. This isn’t true for me here in San Diego, but for many cyclists who only enjoy warm-weather cycling, this time of year can be a literal roadblock for many who own bicycles. Unfortunately, the cooler temperatures mean that many are now returning to driving instead of cycling to work.

On this photograph-based blog, I’d like to share with you some inspiration to keep you on the road and out of your cars as the season changes to fall. Along with the photos will be motivational quotes that will hopefully inspire you all to keep cycling.


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By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. -Helen Hunt Jackson

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“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” -Arthur Conan Doyle

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus

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“There is beauty in silence and there is silence in beauty and you can find both in a bicycle!” -Mehmet Murat Ildan

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As always, thank you all so much for following along. Don’t forget to keep updated with my other cycling websites including my Bart the Bike Guy Pinterest page, my answers on Bart Haynes Quora, and of course my information-packed site Bart the Bike Guy at

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Exercises for Cyclists | Barton Haynes

To piggyback on my latest post over at (Bart the Bike Guy), I wanted to discuss a little bit about good exercises to do if you’re a cyclist.

My most recent post at Bart the Bike Guy is titled “Ask Bart Haynes: Common Cycling Injuries.” In the article, I mention that several problem and at-risk areas can be helped with proper exercises. Building up certain areas of your body will help protect you against bicycle-inspired afflictions and help you improve your cycling performance.

This post will provide you with resources to help you build cycling-friendly exercises into your workout routine. Thank you as always for following along!


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Thank you all for following along! I hope that the resources provided today will help you improve your overall fitness and performance on the pavement.

Happy cycling!

-Barton Haynes

Eddy Merckx | Barton Haynes

Greetings to my fellow cyclists! Today, I’m sharing some vintage photographs of one of the best cyclists to have graced the face of the planet. For those of you who don’t know about Eddie Merckx, here’s a brief description from

Eddy Merckx was a Belgian professional cyclists, who is widely regarded as the greatest cyclist of all time. In an illustrious career spanning both amateur and professional ranks, he won the Tour de France five times, Giro d’Italia five times, the Vuelta a Espana once – and all the major classics at least twice (finishing with 19 classic victories in total). He was world champion three times, broke the world hour record and dominated the sport like no one else has.

To honor this giant in the world of cycling, here are some images featuring some of his greatest achievements. Enjoy!

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To conclude this post, here are a few of my favorite Eddy Merckx quotes:

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” -Eddy Merckx

“Cyclists live with pain. If you can’t handle it, you will win nothing.” -Eddy Merckx

“Don’t buy upgrades. Ride upgrades.” -Eddy Merckx


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