Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

Just a lazy ride

Old 05-14-13, 08:33 PM
  #1  
Steve Sawyer
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Steve Sawyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Livonia, MI (suburban Detroit)
Posts: 519

Bikes: 2013 Specialized Seceur Elite, Soma ES custom build

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just a lazy ride

I'd taken the day off for some routine medical attention. Life got in the way and kept me off the bike for the last week, so after sleeping off the last of the sedation and noticing that it had turned into a beautiful day, I gave into temptation and headed out. I wore just shorts & sandals - the only concession to biking "kit" was helmet and gloves. No Strava, no computer.

Ended up just cruising around the local subdivisions for about 90 minutes. I'd be surprised if I went over 15mph.

Wow, was that nice.

My brother calls this a "smell the roses" ride. I need to do these more often.
Steve Sawyer is offline  
Old 05-14-13, 09:12 PM
  #2  
billydonn
Council of the Elders
 
billydonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 3,759

Bikes: 1990 Schwinn Crosscut, 5 Lemonds

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Good thing to do from time to time.
billydonn is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 07:30 AM
  #3  
digibud
Senior Member
 
digibud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Further North than U
Posts: 1,993

Bikes: Spec Roubaix, three Fisher Montare, two Pugs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My wife and I fight to try to do that. Every ride seems to be a training ride, pushing hard. Sometimes we'll consciously try to back off and ride easy but we both seem to enjoy hard efforts. Thanks for the reminder. When I get back to riding I'm going to have to start easy so I'll try to remember there is more to riding than hard training rides.
digibud is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 07:51 AM
  #4  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 7,494

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
That is best kind of cycling there is. A large percentage of my riding is done that way.
rydabent is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 08:00 AM
  #5  
Steve Sawyer
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Steve Sawyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Livonia, MI (suburban Detroit)
Posts: 519

Bikes: 2013 Specialized Seceur Elite, Soma ES custom build

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by digibud View Post
My wife and I fight to try to do that. Every ride seems to be a training ride, pushing hard.
For me, taking the wife along GUARANTEES a lazy ride!! (Marcy considers coasting to be a perfectly acceptable mode of travel )
Steve Sawyer is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 08:11 AM
  #6  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,978

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 290 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yep, best kind of cycling there is! Life's too short to be rushing about all the time - you need those 'smell-the-roses' rides once in a while just to experience the joy of life - to recharge the soul!
Cougrrcj is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 08:24 AM
  #7  
TromboneAl
Senior Member
 
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Far, Far Northern California
Posts: 2,874

Bikes: 1997 Specialized M2Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think I'll do that today.
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 09:21 AM
  #8  
David Bierbaum
Senior Member
 
David Bierbaum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: St. Louis Metro East area
Posts: 1,578

Bikes: 1992 Specialized Crossroads (red)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lawnscape ogling is one of my favorite bicycling activities! There are any number of households where the lawn could be mistaken for a Botanical Garden. Along with the wind whispering in the trees and the birdsong, cruising the suburban landscape can be quite rewarding.
David Bierbaum is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 11:05 AM
  #9  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 7,494

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
David +1

I also really like to ride thru the older parts of town and look at the huge beautiful old homes built about 1900 or before.

I worked for the same Co for 47 years and did a lot of rushing. Now is the time to just cruise.
rydabent is offline  
Old 05-15-13, 11:12 AM
  #10  
Mountain Mitch
Senior Member
 
Mountain Mitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Back-of-beyond, Kootenays, BC
Posts: 574

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix Expert Road and Specialized Stump Jumper FS Mountain; De Vinci Caribou touring, Intense Tracer T275c

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 99 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Now you just need a bicycle tire over your shoulder and a wine bottle holder on the cross tube and you're officially a real cyclist! I agree we need to participate in this leisurely side of the sport more often.
Mountain Mitch is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.