This morning I rode further than usual to attend a conference. While waiting at a stop light, my friend Elizabeth magically appeared next to me. What a fun surprise! There are few surprises better than meeting a good friend in an unexpected place. Turns out she was on a long morning ride (being much sportier than I). Gotta love the social aspect of bike riding.
Soon afterward, a grouchy guy tried to mar my morning. As I rode 8 mph on the nearly empty bike path (trying not to sweat my ass off before work), he said sarcastically while passing me, “Nice place for your helmet,” indicating the helmet hanging from my handlebars.
Why, thank you! I agree; that’s a brilliant place for my helmet, as I can easily take it off and put it on as I transition from the streets to the bike path. Perhaps if he slowed down occasionally (to, say, 8 mph), he would notice that riding a bike is not always an extreme sport requiring protective gear.
Really, I ride so slowly and cautiously when I take off my helmet on the bike path – if anything, I am safer.
My ride was otherwise nice and relaxing, though almost 90 degrees and humid. Nothing a wet washcloth and deodorant couldn’t handle.
And now for something completely different. In one hour (9:00 central) Trisha and I will be interviewed live on Bicycle Radio. You can – and totally should! – listen at http://bicycleradio.com. If you miss the show, you can download the podcast. While you’re at it, check out their awesome archives, which include guests such as Ray LaHood and Gary Fisher!