Posted 01 April 2005 - 12:43 AM
The last two days have been sunny with temps not quite to 60°(F)...a sure sign that it's time to get my ass on a bike. The real bikes are stashed away where it will take some effort to retrieve them, and then they'll require tuning up...but we have those $20 Huffy beach cruisers, rebuilt and greased and good to go.
I hopped on one yesterday for my maiden voyage '05. Did a quick out-and-back 8-mile ride from the house. 2 miles of down-flat-down, 2 miles of fairly mild sustained climb (4% average?), then reversed. But the cruiser has only one speed – a totally middle/middle gear ratio – and fat low-inflation tires. So it's a decent workout. Did it again today. I'm making this my early season training. If I keep this up daily (or as often as weather allows) for the next two or three weeks, I'll be good and strong for the real rides.
The beauty of the cruiser is that I can ride without suiting up in all my high-tech gear. Mr Mora and I rode today in baggy jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, and shades. I think it's worth digging out my Chuck Taylors for early season.
It's interesting that when we ride all geared up in Lycra and helmets and the latest whizzbangery, people scowl at us, take pleasure in trying to run us off the road, and give us the finger whenever possible. On the cruisers, anyone and everyone has a big smile of approval and a hearty wave. Maybe it's the shit-eating grins on our faces. Riding a cruiser is just fucking FUN, like being a kid again.
Posted 01 April 2005 - 03:05 PM
Posted 01 April 2005 - 03:38 PM
I realized last week that the reason I've yet to enjoy cycling is because I still associate getting on a bike with fun. Silly me.
Riding a cruiser is just fucking FUN, like being a kid again.
Posted 01 April 2005 - 06:56 PM
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Posted 18 April 2005 - 04:08 PM
Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:15 PM
Posted 19 April 2005 - 03:28 AM
hazardous? If so, I, as a non-cyclist, was blissfully unaware of the dangerous amateurs around me. The only recommendation I would make is to skip the starting point and join the bikers a little bit north of the starting point (Houston or 14th street). That way you get to skip all of the insanity of having that many thousands of bikers all starting out on the same block. It thins out almost immediately as those in better shape push out ahead of the slackers.
I'm thinking about. I've been advised by cycling friends that it's somewhat hazardous, even w/o cars, because of the thousands of people on bikes who don't know how to ride in groups. I can imagine that it's like the start of a running race, where you feel like you're the frog in Frogger, trying to find a clearing amist the masses.
Posted 20 April 2005 - 04:53 PM
Ah, that makes good sense.
The only recommendation I would make is to skip the starting point and join the bikers a little bit north of the starting point (Houston or 14th street). That way you get to skip all of the insanity of having that many thousands of bikers all starting out on the same block. It thins out almost immediately as those in better shape push out ahead of the slackers.
I'm still thinking about it!
Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:26 PM
Posted 11 May 2005 - 03:57 PM
That would allow a rider to travel north by train to Wassaic and cycle over to Millbrook and the wineries, or to Tarrytown, and cycle over to BHSB or Chiboust. I suppose an energetic rider could debark at Peekskill, travel up US 6 and over the Bear Mountain Bridge, through Bear Mountain park, and return by train from Harriman
MTA's and LIRR's bike rules
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Posted 02 June 2005 - 01:22 AM
I do occasionally take pity on drivers who have got me in their rear-view mirrors and turn the flashing off. In general though, I think that flashing is much more noticable than a constant beam.