As of today, for the next two weeks, I will ride my bike everywhere that I need to go in the City of New York — no matter what, rain or shine, come leg cramps or high water. I am not afraid.
I have been an avid cyclist for many years and though I am pretty good about riding to work at Trader Joe's on a daily basis, I always end up throwing a bunch of car and subway rides into the mix here and there when I have to do important, business-type things in Manhattan. But no more! These next two weeks will be all pedal power, all the time.
I am going to use this space to record how many miles I ride, daily musings on the subject of cycling, as well as (hopefully) helpful hints and tips for safe cycling in the city (and anywhere else for that matter). I love to ride and I hope that it comes through in these words and inspires some gasoline guzzlers to give their legs a shot (and a much needed workout).
Now to set the scene: I ride a custom Cannondale aluminum frame that is a very safe and bright taxi yellow, and is about 11 years old. Almost every part is original (except for the front wheel which was stolen four months ago and the derailleur hanger which snapped when the bike mechanic at Affinity Cycles in Brooklyn tried to bend it back into place) and just goes to show you that investing a little money in a semi-expensive bike will pay for itself over time.
I have 21 speeds, though I rarely drop below 18th gear, and despite the fact that the shock on my front fork is still there, the oil lubricant has calcified over time and no longer absorbs anything but dirt. I ride clipless pedals and, though daunting at first, being locked into the bike and all, you become one with this simple machine over time and it becomes even harder to ride without them. Sunglasses are a must (see top photo) as well as really cool camera effects when trying to look really cool (see photo again).
Miles today: Six miles, to and from work.
Inspiring bicycle themed quote of the day from awesome science fiction writer: "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." — H.G. Wells