Friday, September 23, 2005

Bike Musings

I ride my bike to and from work on average about 4 days per week, 2 1/2 miles on the way to work and 6 miles home (I take a shuttle up the mountain to my lab and then I ride home the whole way). Biking is a good time to think about life and about things that matter. It's also a good time to think about inane things, because attention spans on bikes can be rather short. Lately, I've been mentally tallying up a list of things that occur to me while I ride, and I thought I'd share it with you:

1) There are a lot more bugs at 5:30 PM in September than there are at the same time in July.
2) Bugs hurt when they hit you in the face at 40 miles per hour.
3) Glasses are a good thing.
4) Somehow, roadkill always ends up in bike lanes.
5) Like the shoemaker, I have elves. Only, my elves don't make shoes for me at night - they loosen the strap on my bike helmet, so that every day I have to retighten it.
6) Sometimes the fastest way home isn't the best. A bike path beside a creek beats a bike lane on a street every time.
7) My hands hate the cold.

If you ride, feel free to add your own musings. The list is open.
If you don't ride, but wish you could, I say: just do it. It's very worthwhile.

3 comments:

Marianne said...

WAYNE & I ARE THINKING ABOUT GETTING BIKES FOR CAMPING. WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO GET AROUND THE PARKS. TRIED IT AT ALGONQUIN AND JUST ABOUT WENT OUT OF CONTROL. IT WAS A BOYS BIKE AND A BIT TOO BIG. I'M JUST NOT SURE IF I COULD KEEP UP TO WAYNE ON A TRIKE!!!

Becky said...

That's a great idea! My parents keep bikes at their trailer and it's a wonderful way to get around without the trouble of maneovering a big truck around all the one-way roads. And I'm sure you'll be able to find a bike that's your size somewhere...

Becky said...

I have a new one to add:

8) At LEAST half the vehicles in Boulder have roof racks of some sort.