I was reminded of my mistakes the night I couldn't sleep and embarked on a full-day bicycle journey up to San Clemente at 3am (mistake #1). Woefully unprepared (#2) and on my mom's upright commuter bike (#3), I got lost in Camp Pendleton (#4) after convincing the entry guard I'd walk my bike all the way to San Clemente since I didn't have a helmet (#5). Pretty soon I started hearing closeby gunfire (#6), found myself next to extremely fast traffic (#7), and was eventually escorted off the premises by a friendly, but firm Military Police officer whose parting words of wisdom were "you might want to try the 5; the highway patrol might have a problem with it, but you sure as hell can't ride back this way!" (#8).
As soon as I got off the base, I opted to explore a bit before immediately taking my chances on the freeway. Sure enough, there was a deserted road a little off the beaten path, sandwiched between the army base and the freeway.
Pretty soon, I realized the MP had inadvertently dropped me off in familiar territory. I was on the very beach trail to San Clemente I had taken with my dad, from many years prior in my childhood when I went on my first multi-day bike tour.
A few whimsical "mistakes" every now and then can make up for the rest of the bullshit in life. Oh, the places you'll go!
Great post, thank you for sharing!
Thanks for sharing.
Although the article is well written, and the t-shirts are nice, I can't help but feel the author is very narrow-minded. There's nothing wrong with wearing lycra, cleats, or hi-vis - it does not define the type of cyclist. This does nothing to integrate and align the interests of the different cyclist groups (ironically his mission statement is to celibate the diversity of cycling). To each their own, and if your interest is in cycling on busy roads in the dark without any lights, hi-vis or helmet then that's your choice. But don't label those who value their comfort and safety over how they look.
In fact I did have Lycra shorts on for this ride, always use lights at nights, and wear a helmet for most journeys I make. I've also frequently ridden clad head-to-toe in a certain stretchy fabric.
It's just for this particular outing I wanted to emphasise the fact that you don't need loads of special equipment to ride a bike - as I think this is a misconception that puts a lot of people off getting on a bike in the first place. The more cyclists there are on the road, the safer it becomes for all of us.
CycleLove has covered naked riders, pro riders, pregnant riders and slow riders... I don't really mind how people ride, so long as they enjoy it, and don't endanger other road users.
I feel like such a lazy bum!!
Sigh... I dearly miss frequent rides.
Or move your office further away from your home.
I went and chose an office location that allows a 25 minute train ride, but the cycle ride following the river is far nicer and only takes an hour... so I do that instead (with the train as fallback if I'm having to make an exception once in a blue moon).
I do 2h training rides (in full lycra, of course) before work, and we don't have a shower. Come to work, change all my clothes, put some water in the face, apply deodorant and I'm set.
A double-century is a bit more challenging, but this is also a commonly encountered distance for recreational riders. Times tend more to 9-14 hours. At this distance, chafing and other discomfort can be an issue.
Elite cyclists may attempt 300 or more miles in a day, which does start to get a bit stiff.
as for the lycra i have to say i feel the same way.. it stays underneath or is replaced by too-expensive rapha stuff where applicable.
nice tshirts anyway.
my jersey pockets are full, that's the point.
Are you going to Impetus Momenta on the 6th? If so... see you there.
That would be sweet. I'll PM you on LFGSS. And yes I should be at IM, meant to be taking some photos for the blog.