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Old 09-24-06, 07:57 PM   #1
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One beautiful Sunday, Three wonderful rides

It isn't every day that I get to ride my bike(s) three times in one day, but today was such a day. First a short ride to warm up and get the cobwebs out of my system, because I've been away on business for five days. So a pre-breakfast ride.

Then I'm off to meet a friend for coffee, and while it isn't far, I prefer riding to walking, so I hopped on the cruiser to head over to Twiggs.

Finally, late this afternoon, I have freed myself from chores and pull out my bike for another ride, perfectly content with 67 degrees and 7 mph winds, and get in as many miles as I can before the sun descends into the horizon.

So, even though the mileage wasn't that much (not quite 20 miles for the day), having my Sunday punctuated with three different rides was kinda special.
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Old 09-24-06, 08:03 PM   #2
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It isn't every day that I get to ride my bike(s) three times in one day, but today was such a day. First a short ride to warm up and get the cobwebs out of my system, because I've been away on business for five days. So a pre-breakfast ride.

Then I'm off to meet a friend for coffee, and while it isn't far, I prefer riding to walking, so I hopped on the cruiser to head over to Twiggs.

Finally, late this afternoon, I have freed myself from chores and pull out my bike for another ride, perfectly content with 67 degrees and 7 mph winds, and get in as many miles as I can before the sun descends into the horizon.

So, even though the mileage wasn't that much (not quite 20 miles for the day), having my Sunday punctuated with three different rides was kinda special.
The way a relaxing Sunday after a long business trip should be.
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I think riding somewhere for a purpose beyond "riding"....whether commuting, off to the store, or meeting a friend for coffee adds an extra "home-style" dimension to cycling. Makes our cycling purposeful and let's us see the bike as a real world tool rather than just a work-out machine or recreation toy or whatever it is we do Saturday mornings for 2 hours or more. Besides, being a "real cyclist" let's us broken-field run thru traffic with added authority.

When you start regarding yourself and your 20 pounds bike as a vehicle on the road ("I'm walkin' here, I'm walkin' here" to quote Ratso Rizo), then you have both arrived at Real Cyclist status and-- have something to worry about!

Anyway, D.G., glad you had a lilting day in Camelot West .... missed your input on several threads.
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I think riding somewhere for a purpose beyond "riding"....whether commuting, off to the store, or meeting a friend for coffee adds an extra "home-style" dimension to cycling. Makes our cycling purposeful and let's us see the bike as a real world tool rather than just a work-out machine or recreation toy or whatever it is we do Saturday mornings for 2 hours or more. Besides, being a "real cyclist" let's us broken-field run thru traffic with added authority. .
Sounds like a wonderful Sunday 'on the bike'!

If riding my bike around Bonn has taught me anything, it's that I needn't be so obsessive about 'getting in a ride' - strapping on the HRM, helmet, gloves, hydrating, grabbing a snack, etc etc for thinking about getting on the d*mn bike.

Everyone rides their bikes everywhere here; to the store, to friends, to work, to look at the river, that the 'serious cyclists' are very obvious to everyone. I would guess less than 10 per cent of the folks I see cycling (of all ages) have any kind of special gear or clothing - most of them are just riding their bikes to get where they need or want to go.

It's like everyone here read the COMMUTING BF Forum & agreed that commuting and trying to be relatively car-free made sense so they just all ride their bikes instead. I think Gary's Sunday sounds very normal if we were actually to be able to live in a city where riding the bike is the vehicle of preference and custom. Makes me want to move to San Diego where it never rains, the wind always blows gently off the sea and beach cruisers have their own fan club!
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In between the storm clouds and the thunder....there are sometimes moments of sunshine and visions of what could have been. Today, I took my 14 year old daughter to the bike trail and went on a 15 mile ride with her. She's really special and I know she was humoring me by going, but nonetheless, it was fun so I thought I would post a few pics of the day. She is the nicest person I have ever met.

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Great stories all the way around!
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Today, I took my 14 year old daughter to the bike trail and went on a 15 mile ride with her. She's really special and I know she was humoring me by going, but nonetheless, it was fun so I thought I would post a few pics of the day. She is the nicest person I have ever met.
When my older daughter was 17 she rode the Bike Ride Across Georgia with me. It was a time I absolutely treasure. Daughters are great.
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You really know how to bring a lump to a guy's throat! Thanks for sharing the pics and the story.
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So, even though the mileage wasn't that much (not quite 20 miles for the day), having my Sunday punctuated with three different rides was kinda special.
Who was it that said that only bad things come in three's? I guess he was wrong!
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All you have to do is string all three together- and find the time to be able to do that, and you could be a cyclist.

Have to admit that there are times for me when I know I will not be able to get a ride in- so I don't Go. However- thinking about it- The trip to the shops- But how do I get a 15ft length of 3x4 on a bike without damaging the paintwork- Down to the takeaway for the family's curry- but how do I get it back quick enough before it gets cold- or without the hot curry sauce making a mess in the bottom of a rucksack- and taking the dog for a walk (Wifes job- but I could do it) but what happens when he sees a cat while getting to the woods dragging me off the bike.

No I think I'll keep the ride until I can get a decent one in.
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