Children just hop on their bikes, and – zoom – they ride away. When we old folks were young, no helmets. And, in the summer, no shoes. But, that was the “natural” way, not the modern technique. Now biking is safer and more complicated.
First is the helmet. Much could be written – but, basically, it’s essential. Next, we deal with spandex. A ride of any significant distance requires bike shorts for comfort. (If you just go around the block on your old cruiser, bike shorts are not needed.) And, if you are at all serious about keeping up with folks your age, clipless pedals are vital. And, so now we need special bike shoes. And, gloves, shirt, rain jacket…
And, if traveling to Europe with the Bicycle Adventure Club, packing the bike into a suitcase is essential. [Best YouTube video on what this looks like when done by a professional.]
For those of us who are not professional bike folk, this is one of the most anxiety producing events of the trip. For more on the positive effects of biking and anxiety, please read a brilliant article in Monday’s (May 7, 2012) New York Times: Anxiety: Cycle of Fear.
Now, to print the boarding pass for tomorrow’s flight…
Woo hoo – your’re on your way! Hope the bikes make it OK.
urban chick said:
Thanks, Ardene! We arrived in Munich on Thursday, weary but excited and ready for adventure. Murph reminds me that this is the Bicycle ADVENTURE Club. We spent the first day walking everywhere, to the Mariaplatz surrounded by a large church and courtyard, street vendors of every imaginable kind, biergartens, and musical figures within the church spires that come on at noon and at five, a real German music box. The first two days gave glorious weather, only to be followed by rain and cold today. Hence, time to catch up on work email and regular email and the blog. We have some pictures to upload of reconstructing our bikes – always a challenge. Nothing was bent upon opening the boxes and for this, I was much relieved as I had to sit on my bike box to close it!!! More later!!!
Amy Goldman said:
Hope you had a great Mothers’ Day and the sun is shining on you!
Really the bike goes in a suitcase?
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