At the Hadrian Hotel

At the Hadrian Hotel

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Back in the Sadle

Yesterday, I rode my bicycle to work for the first time in about 15 years. The reason for the long hiatus was mostly inertia. It was always: "I really should try riding to work again." Now, the last time I did this, I had a front tire blow-out on the way home and went flying over the handlebars, making a perfect 3-point landing on my knee, hand and head. Fortunately I was wearing a helmet and gloves, so my knee was the only part of me that sustained any damage. I'm firmly convinced that if I hadn't been wearing a helmet, my injuries would have been far worse than a scraped up knee. This little incident is one of the reasons that I'm a strong advocate for bicycle helmets.

But back to the current ride...

Like many Americans, I don't get nearly enough exercise, so I thought that riding my bike to work a couple of times a week might be a good thing to do, now that the weather has gotten nice. At 8.6 miles each way, it's not a bad little ride. It took me about 45 minutes both ways in light traffic. Of course, it wasn't the traffic that made the ride take that long, it was just me.

In my car it takes about 20 minutes to go from home to work, so only taking a little more than twice that for a bike ride was actually pretty good. And the ride itself was very pleasant, despite the fact that most of the ride was along 8 to 12 inch shoulders. Both in the morning and the evening, drivers gave me plenty of room as they passed and it was 68F for my morning ride in and 86F for the afternoon ride home.

The forecast for Monday is 97F, so I don't think riding then will be such a good idea, but Wednesday and Friday look good, so maybe I'll get in 2 rides next week. With any luck, I'll be back in the saddle and the only thing I'll have to worry about is getting saddle sore.

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1 comment:

Jeff Stevenson said...

Hi. Please join the Bicycle to Work! LinkedIn networking group. Members pledge that they will try to ride their bicycle to work or on an errand at least once a week. Although the benefits should be obvious, let me outline them here.

Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.

If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.

So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.

Just go to my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreylstevenson and you can click on the group to be included. While you are there, don't forget to ask to link to my network of more than 9,000,000 like-minded professionals. I accept all invitations and look forward to meeting you.

Jeff