That sounds absolutely wonderful. Some of my family and I went on a biking trip last summer in Vermont and the first day we got there, we did a quick bike warmup around the deserted roads. It was nearing dusk and beautiful and quiet and absolutely euphoric. That's the feeling I "pictured" when you were describing your bike ride.
I am riding strictly on the roads these days.
I don't bike ride (now that I'm back home) all that often, but when I do, I prefer the roads. It sort of gives a bigger rush, imo, with the traffic *right there* and the whole experience.
As for being yelled at, I was once biking down a cobblestone street and had an old lady yell at me, "Wear a helmet!" Which I guess was considerate of her...
I'd yell at you, too. [g] I literally won't ride around the block without a helmet. Too easy to screw up the brain, too simple a solution to omit.
But yeah, it was probably like your Vermont ride.
I know, it was a silly thing to do. I generally *do* wear a helmet when I'm riding for any amount of time, but then, well, I was at college and apparently invincible.
Hey, is that a new biking icon? I love it. :)
Yes, someone made it for me - I can't remember who! Eep!
Yes, I did, and thank you!
I have often found that the times I had the most fun were the times I almost didn't go to.
As far as biking, people are always gonna' find a reason to yell at you. Just keep in mind when you're riding that you're doing something to help yourself... something most ppl won't do.
Yeah, when I road home from work on Friday I ended up taking the more direct but less pleasant route, straight up Detroit Road, because the wind was blowing really hard in my face. A couple times carloads of teenage boys yelled something insulting out their windows. I find them quite ignorable, but it amuses me - why do they find me threatening in some way that they must denigrate?
Because by biking, you're doing something that boys my age do not equate with women... and they do not like it. They can damn jolly well get over it!
I would like to thank you for using the roads. I *hate* it when bicyclists think they're pedestrians.
Yeah, I really want to educate and encourage people, becuase the more cyclists do it right, the more people will get used to it.
Around here, I won't ride on the main drag. People go at least 30-40 and it's very busy and they really are not on the lookout for cyclists. I'd rather look dumb riding on the sidewalk than get myself killed. And I hate the feeling of a line of cars breathing down my neck.
I lived for a couple months in bike-friendly Davis, California. That is the best place to be. Anywhere else... well, people may want to save the environment, but cyclists don't get much respect. There is one main drag around here that has bike lanes, which really surprised me. Too bad it's not the one near my house.
I had to search out an alternate route to avoid the busiest roads, so I do understand. And even then it was a little scary at first. But the local biking club is working hard to increase bike awareness.
I luv Costco. We went a coupla days ago and loaded up on some stuffs. After trying their steak I won't buy steaks anywhere else from now on. They were tender enough to cut with my fork!! We have wine at our local Costco now too which is great! Even got some hard to find items this last visit.
We almost didn't go out on the Harley's today. Don't know what changed His mind but we had a wonderful time!!
I haven't tried their steaks here because the ones in Alaska weren't very good, but it is probably a different source for meat. Thanks; I'll have to remember to give them a try.
Awesome! You're getting out of biking what I get out of snowboarding, ie, it's so wonderful you can't describe it.
BRING MS WORD WHEN YOU COME! I don't have it here and it's a big part of the reason I haven't been updating.
Sweetheart, I sent it to you a LONG time ago, like right at the beginning of the school year, because your dad told me you needed it there. Do not frickin' tell me that you lost it.
Also, don't update in Word. Update in Notepad, which doesn't put any weird unicode symbols into your document.
And, yeah, I think you're onto something re: biking and snowboarding. Now if only it didn't make my ass feel like...ass. ;-)
You're getting out of biking what I get out of snowboarding, ie, it's so wonderful you can't describe it.
Last thing I got out of snowboarding: trying out my new Custom, caught a wicked edge and broke my arm. And it was the first run of the day. Grrrr!
Tis fun, though.
I wish I could find a form of exercise that turns me on the way you have. Frankly, I don't like getting sweaty. I don't like hurting, and I don't like my bike (which is now rusted from disuse and being stored outside)... I had one bike I liked and I payed a small fortune for it... It's not easy to find an adult bike to fit a 4'11.5" person without going to a Japanese (read: expensive) brand... but that one is long gone.
Actually, I used to love horseback riding (I used to ride English in high school). But that's expensive and I haven't done it in years.
I have a pair of used cheapy roller blades I need to test out. I might try that and see if that trips my trigger.
But first, I need to find my keys... I haven't seen them since we were Christmas/Yule shopping in December.
Finding something that really appeals is essential because otherwise it's just miserable work. I have such a fear of falling that rollerblading doesn't appeal to me at all. I hope it works out for you!
Tried that, couldn't keep up. I want the 27" wheel, but the shorter height between the seat and the peddles... can't think of the word.
I envy you for being able to ride on the road, I really do. In the city where I live, riding on the road is nothing short of taking your life in your hands - the drivers here are *insane*. I've been hit four times in the four years I've lived here with a car. Add in the fact that they don't repair the roads. Ever. (4 foot wide potholes every winter! Whee!) ...and bike-riding is just not an option here. *sigh*
I never even bothered to move my bike up here, it's still sitting in my parents' basement. So, you're lucky.
Wow, that sucks. You have my deepest sympathies.
Talking about getting hit....
I was riding my bike on the right side of the road, when a woman in a station wagon came up from behind me and pulled over to the side of the road. Problem? She pulled over right into me. I had to hop off my bike in order to avoid flying over the hood of her car.
The lady claimed that she didn't see me, which was odd, because she was driving behind me for 1/4 mile and it was broad daylight.
And did I mention she pulled over so she could park in a crosswalk?
I have actually pounded on cars that were getting too close - it scares the shit out of the driver [eg].
Only thing I'd be worried about around here is that the driver is either insane, or would be packing heat ;)
The former is almost always the case.
Usually they think they've hit you, and they are mortified. I don't TELL them I hit their car, for heaven sakes!
Well, some of the loonies out here would start a road rage incident even if they thought they hit you!
Sounds great! I used to go on super long bike trips with my dad out in the country where I grew up. I really miss that.
Speaking of my dad, he still rides quite a bit in the Marysville area in Ohio. Recently, though, he got into a very serious bike accident (helicopter ride to the trauma center, ongoing facial reconstruction surgery etc). He was apparently riding very fast and a dog started chasing him; he overcorrected or something and wound up sailing headfirst over the handlebars. Basically he lost the tip of his nose.
He said he was extremely lucky he had decided to get the more expensive, highly rated helmet, and also that what had done all the facial damage was mostly his sunglasses! They basically came down and sheared across his face as he skid on the pavement. I know, "ouch" and ew." The doctors said they see this every now and then, and the best prevention is to wear those dorky goggles if you need sun protection.
Just a word to the wise. You can't be too safe when you're riding :) Keep on truckin!
I actually wear safety goggle-style sunglasses because I have such severe allergy problems that I need to protect myself against anything that would fly into my eyes.
I hate reading about injuries like this. I hope he's okay.
Good to hear :) These things don't happen often, but every precaution, right?
He'll be ok for the most part. For now it's the awkward pain of having people stare at him, etc. The reconstruction they can do now is amazing. Next week, they are taking a piece of his rib to help reform his nose! Totally weird.
Where I went to college, the local police (who quite literally had nothing else to do) would ticket you if you rode your bike on the sidewalk. And I also learned that you could get points on your driver's license if you rode your bike drunk ;)
That said, the only thing that annoys me is when a person rides their bike in the middle of the road where the speed limit is 45 and there is a bike lane on the right side of the road.
If we were to ever dust off our bikes (or roller blades, or my skateboard...), there is an insanely long bike trail that runs right behind our house. When we did ride our bikes, we road on that - much safe.
I try to be very polite and only take the lane if I'm doing a maneuver like getting to the left to make a turn. Otherwise I try to keep over and make room to share.
The bike path through the Rocky River Valley is 13.2 miles. I'm hoping that the weekend after the coming one (we're out of town this weekend) I can find time to ride up the entire length of it. I prefer a loop trail, which is why I ride south on the roads and drop into the valley, but I would like to at least once go its entire length roundtrip.
It's illegal to ride your bicycle on the pavement in the UK, full stop. Except for kiddies on kiddie-bikes with only one brake (or something like that). People do it a bit, though, to get round traffic, usually.
There are more cycle lanes now, but cars drive in them (or park in them!) quite a lot. Holland and Denmark, now they have it sorted when it comes to cycle lanes!
The worst local habit in my area is riding at night without lights. Usually on the pavement. Double stupidity/illegality.
I lack bike lights, but I also lack any desire to be out on a bike after dark, so it works out.
So the biking will cease in the winter, then?
I must admit it's not my favourite thing cycling in the freezing dark! I've done it so much though....
Yeah, no biking in the winter. I hate being cold, I hate snow. And once school starts I have too much crap to haul daily for bike commuting.