Friday, December 9, 2011

Things I Love About Cycling

To borrow from the January/February issue of Bicycling Magazine, I've whittled down their 101 Things We Love About Cycling article to a list of my favorite five. Most of their selection centers around the fitness athlete with fancy-schmancy words like embrocation (what the heck is that?), CO2 cartridges, and the jersey-riding crowd. The obvious health benefits aside, my picks evoke the poignant and fun-loving aspects of bicycling.

The first postwinter ride in shorts. Let the sun warm those winter-whitened legs. Welcome Spring!

Photo credit: Wild Green
Purposely riding through the radius of a lawn sprinkler on a hot day. Admit it, as adults we've all done this. I might look to see if the owner spies me or I might not. Depends upon how hot it is. Go ahead, put a smile on someone's face - and it may be yours.

Cycling is a global language. Just because you can't speak the local language doesn't mean you cannot communicate. Pedalng attracts other like-minded souls. A German fixed my rattling gears in Scotland and earlier this summer a Canadian invited us to stay on his lawn. C'est la vie.

Taking off a kid's training wheels. Who doesn't love the thrill of watching a child learn to pedal on their own? Our oldest boy, the cautious one, immediately began pedaling at 6 years old while our youngest, the bruiser, asked to have his training wheels removed at 4 years old. Thus began an hour and a half of wobble, cry, and fall until the mastery of his machine. Then, a smile as wide as the summer sky spread across his face, not to mention his parents' grins.

Not hitting the caterpillar. Or the turtles, squirrels, and neighborhood cats. It's tough enough to avoid little bikers, but we have to watch for the helpless too. Assist the turtles and fuzzy little critters across the path. It'll make you feel good.

1 comment:

  1. Taking off training wheels is indeed a great joy. My Girl asked me one day when we were at the local school with the big flat patch of asphalt playground in back "Dad can we take the little wheels off?" it was so unexpected I hadn't brought tools but lucked out that I had an adjustable wrench in the car. In addition to being awesome watching her ride away from me she was literally pedaling across the states as there was a big map of the US painted on the asphalt!


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