Not Evangelism

Monday, August 30, 2010

What I Know About Cycling

There is always someone faster than you (unless you happen to be called Alberto Contador). Don't be too disheartened when they pass you in a blur of slippery Lycra and a whoosh of disc wheels.

Every time you wonder if you really want to go out on your bike, go. You'll be glad you did.

Nodding is good; waving is better. Shouting a cheery hello to a fellow cyclist (and hearing it returned) - particularly on a dreary, cold morning - is the best.

There is always someone slower than you.  Don't be too proud when you spin past them. Especially if they're twice your age, on a steel-built clunker.

Not every ride is a race.  Slow down and enjoy the scenery. Stopping for photo ops is also acceptable.

Wearing Lycra doesn't mean you can't wave to someone who isn't. Not wearing Lycra doesn't mean you can't wave to someone who is.

It will rain on you, but fewer times than you worry it will. Carry wet weather gear just in case.

Wave at other cyclists because you want to; not because you expect to get a response.  Smile when you get a response.

Sometimes, birdsong is the best OBE.

For most rides, I wear a helmet, because if I'm ever in an accident where a helmet would make a difference, I want to be wearing one.

You will get punctures, but not as often as you fear. Carry patches and a pump.

Thank considerate drivers; you have every right to expect consideration, but you can always say thanks when you receive it.

Cyclists make more considerate car drivers.

Hedges are a better option than cars. Always.

Carry a couple of elastic bands; they have many uses.

Smile.  You choose to cycle.

1 comment:

  1. Don't slipstream someone for a mile then shoot off in a sprint to get away (typical Cambridge tactic). Do your turn on the front and make a friend, please, it's windy out there!