To the Argo Tea girl handing out free smoothie samples on the street corner: thank you so much for bringing a sample to me while I was waiting at the stop light and hanging around to take back my empty cup when the light turned green. I did not ask you to do that, but you must have seen how longingly I looked at the smoothie in the 90 degree heat. You, my dear, are an angel.
What is the nicest random act of kindness you’ve encountered while riding your bike?
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.
Elizabeth brightening my morning
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.
Helmet-carrying contraption, aka 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!
Ladies and gentlemen, the Summer Games officially begin today. First up, the Social Cycling category. Local events going on during National Bike Month might make this even easier for you (for example, I plan on getting my group ride in on Nashville’s Bike to Work day this Friday).
Over the next three weeks, you need to complete at least two events from the following list. Be creative with combining events, but please go on at least two separate rides. Once you have completed your events, there are two ways to enter:
1) Email us links to your blog posts detailing the activities; or
Please use the subject line [Summer Games - Part I]. At any time, you can also upload your photos to our Summer Games Flickr pool. By entering, you give us permission to publish your content here.
Remember, you must complete two events from each of the three categories (six events total between now and July 18) to be entered to win the Batavus BuB. However, those who compete in this category – Part I: Social Cycling – will be eligible to win a set of Clarijs Panniers (My Dutch Bike), a Terry Botanika flare skort and Euro Halter (Terry Bicycles) or a Nutcase helmet (Nutcase). Prize winners will be determined by random drawing on June 8. A huge thank you to the sponsors for their support of bike fun!
Ready, set, RIDE!
May 17-June 6: Social Cycling
Go on a group ride
Leave a friendly note on a bike, or say hi to a cyclist at a red light
Schedule a bike date with a friend or partner — dress up!
Here’s a short video from my morning ride last Thursday. In summer my ride takes place much earlier, and I love the sounds of the birds and the quiet of the street when I am on the road before anyone else (at least, that’s what it feels like). Of course, it all seems much nicer when you can’t feel the humidity!
Other than the sweat factor, does your commute change in the summer?