Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Limits of Human Nature

As far as questions of ethics in sports go, cycling has been one of the most pronounced sources of moral dilemma. While the source of the dilemmas might seem obvious it’s worth examining their ostensible roots. Sports are supposed to be fair. Fairness is typically construed to mean that no participant should have access to… More Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Limits of Human Nature

Bikes Lanes on Bloor and the Suburbs: On Dependency and Freedom from Cars

Those of you who don’t live in Toronto are unaware, but a previously unfathomable thing came to pass on Wednesday. Toronto City Council voted in favour of a pilot project for bike lanes on one of Toronto’s major (if not the major) thoroughfares, Bloor Street. The rallying call of “Bike Lanes on Bloor” from cyclists… More Bikes Lanes on Bloor and the Suburbs: On Dependency and Freedom from Cars

“It’s Not Like Riding a Bike Will Change Anything”

I suspect a recurring theme on this blog will be: what’s the point? My inaugural post starts by facing this existential question. In a world where free-will seems dubious, or at least impotent in the face of powers beyond one’s control, and where one’s actions appear so insignificant and futile, what of ethics? I’ve routinely… More “It’s Not Like Riding a Bike Will Change Anything”

Why do People Make Fun of Spandex Bike Clothes?

Steven Herrick at the Guardian wonders: Why do people make fun of spandex bike clothing? It is a peculiar phenomenon for cyclists. When people find out that I’m “a cyclist” (which is often how I get introduced in social settings by friends), I routinely get asked, “You’re not one of those people who wears tight… More Why do People Make Fun of Spandex Bike Clothes?

On Bicycles and Philosophy, or, Why I Write

After struggling for years to come up with a relatively focused topic to write about, I’ve finally stumbled upon one. It was actually pretty easy, I just combined my two favourite things: bicycles and philosophy. So, yeah bicycles are cool, but what’s the point of philosophy? I return to this question periodically at times of… More On Bicycles and Philosophy, or, Why I Write