I’d Cycle, Except For . . .
I was at a networking thing in Newcastle yesterday evening. Somehow, although I’m supposed to be talking Work at these things, the conversation always gets around to cycling. Talking with a small group, I was impressed that two of them actually brought up the subject of cycling without (much) prompting from me.
The first - a smart media / TV -type woman (looking like someone fresh from the pages of Copenhagen Cycle Chic) was showing off her groovy pannier bag (see picture), and saying how she’d recently started cycling to work from Jesmond to St Peters. OK, so at a couple of miles at best, it’s hardly a long distance commute. But that’s also kinda the point - most of us do live within a couple of miles of work, and yet we drive instead of cycle.
Sadly, she then went on to ruin it all, saying that when she remembered about the evening’s event that we were all attending, she left the bike at work and drove. D’oh!
Then someone else in the group started talking about his weekend cycling. He lives a couple of miles up the coast from me, and said that it’s really nice to pootle down to Tynemouth and back to get a bit of exercise. Naturally, I asked about cycling to work - having established that it’d be about eight miles in each direction. His reaction was kinda predictable:
I would, but we don’t have any showers at the office.
Hmmm . . . Of course, I asked why you’d need showers, as cycling at an easy pace really doesn’t work up any kind of sweat. But I think I was asking a question that the rest of the group’s perceptions of the world (that cycling is A Form Of Exercise that you need special gear for, and to have a shower after doing) had already closed off. I didn’t even get an answer to my question, and may have been marginalised at that point as an obvious wierd-o.
It was either that, or . . . the fact that yet again I’d left home late to get to something in the centre of Newcastle, and had ridden like the hounds of hell were snapping at my back wheel meant that actually, perhaps I really did need a shower. And this was just their way of politely bringing this to my attention.
Things to do:
- Leave home in plenty of time in future!
- Ride sedately. Actually this gives me problems - none of my bikes’ geometry seems at all conducive to”taking time to smell the flowers” type of riding. Or maybe that’s just me.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 07/30/2008
- Time: 14:04:54
- Total Time: 1:26:00.00
- Distance: 24 miles
- Average Speed: 16.74 mph