Crazy Bike Love
So yesterday, Brad insinutated that I might be one of those people who would be up for some “crazy bike love“. Now, while it’s true that I DO love to ride, and have given each of my bikes a name (Daisy, Christine, Trixie, and . . . um . . . Wilf), I’m really not that far gone.
OK, it’s true that I did recently splash out on a Brooks leather saddle for the tandem, Daisy. But that was just in keeping with the bike’s overall aesthetic as a classic tweedy gentleman’s ride At this point, I should probably make clear that by “splash out“, I mean “to spend money on a treat, or luxury”, and nothing like what seems to be going on in this adult-themed viral-video from loveyourbike.org that I’m sure I’ve posted before:
Of course, more and more women are riding these days too - thanks in no small part to a slow demise in the urban-warior / commuter image (think: smog mask, Oakleys, Giro and Attitude), and a rise in the fashion of cycle chic floaty-skirt kind of riding. But this can also spark off bike-love issues too though - especially where the inexperienced cyclist chooses the wrong sort of bike for her journey, and then compounds this error through setting the saddle height incorrectly.
This can lead to all kinds of problems, not least of which is losing control (Of. The. Bike.). But also subsequently finding that all this stuff about needing a shower after cycling to work turns out to be true after all. Like in this also adult-themed viral-video from those crazy Germans:
OK - enough of this silliness. Autumn is definitely here now, and there were patches of frost on the verges during my commuting ride yesterday. It was perfect cycling weather though - light winds, clear sky, and cold enough to make you feel really alive. It’s on days like these that I really do love my bike - but without the need to get naked to prove it!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 10/28/2008
- Total Time: 1:25:00.00
- Distance: 20 miles
- Average Speed: 14.12 mph