Glad to know you are out riding your bike, getting some fresh air and exercise. I know with today’s busy schedules, it’s hard to get in a ride during the day. That’s probably why you were riding at 12 midnight. I get it. The air is crisp and it’s nice and quiet.
One suggestion: can you add a couple of lights, say one on the front and one on the back of your bike when you are riding at night? I didn’t see you when I was driving until you weaved right in front of me in the dark, suddenly shooting across a four-lane road without looking to make a sweeping left turn.
Heck, throw in a couple of reflective strips on your clothing while you are at it.
Hey, I ride myself. I get it. Biking is the best. And sometimes, our only transportation option. So have it.
I know you are out there, Night Rider. I just can’t see you. At all.
Here’s one way I entertain myself while riding my bike. As I ride uphill past pedestrians or other cyclists, I look at them with crazy eyes and say loudly in a hoarse voice, “I’m not going to make it!”
Here is the breakdown of the most common four responses:
1. Keep staring straight ahead and hope I don’t talk to them anymore (35 percent).
2. Look of horror like I really am crying out for help (15 percent).
3. Laughter and giggling, sometimes followed by “You’re right” or “I don’t think you will!” (30 percent)
4. Suddenly they turn into Olympics coaches and start yelling “You CAN make it!” or “YOU GOT THIS!” (20 percent).
Today one old-timer about my age said, “If I can make it, YOU can make it.”
Hardy Dexheimer quit his job and is riding his bike around the world.
We caught up with him outside his home town in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to see how the trip was going.
“This is exciting. You are riding your bike around the world. How long you been on the road?” I asked him.
“I left yesterday morning,” Hardy said proudly. “I have sponsors for every mile of the trip. I hope to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities.”
“Great. You are doing wonderful things to help people. How far have you traveled at this point?” I said.
“Well, I technically haven’t started yet riding my bike,” he explained. “Up to now, I have been riding in various parades around town as different communities in the area celebrate my project and wish me well,” he said.
“You aren’t counting those parade miles in the total for the charity fundraising, are you?” I asked.
“Well, the truth is I am,” he said. “Those miles where I was riding in the parades are going to count because they are part of the entire project. In fact, I am scheduled to be in a parade in every community I go through this summer. I’ve also arranged for transportation from one town to the next, so I don’t have to waste any time cycling from parade to parade,” he explained.
“So, you are going to be riding in parades in every town, and you taking transportation from one town to the next. It doesn’t sound like you are going to be doing any actually cycling,” I said.
“Oh no,” he said. “I will be doing plenty of cycling at the end of the project. For the project itself, I didn’t want to get bogged down in losing energy and feeling sluggish. Also, the parades and transportation allow me to cover more ground and raise more money,” he said.
“But aren’t the people who pledged money thinking you are actually going to ride your bicycle the whole way?” I said.
“It was pretty clear in the fine print of the pledge forms that I would not be doing any actual peddling until the project is over. I will probably ride my bike from the final parade here in Pittsburgh back to my house. I should get home just in time to see the Game of Thrones marathon I have waiting for my return.”
Harold knew what he wanted when he bought his new Italian racing bicycle. He has been around the sport of cycling for over 15 years. When he saved the money up, he excitedly plunked it all down for a $10,000 beauty. Top of the line.
He plans to ride it all over town. To work. To the park. To the store. If you are thinking a $10,000 bike would be a target for thieves, you would be right. Don’t worry, Harold thought of that, too.
To protect his investment, he also spent $12,000 for a set of fifteen cables and D-Locks that secure the bike to any fixed object. “If I wanted to, I could attach it to a moving airplane,” Harold laughed. “It takes me an hour to unlock all the combination locks, and I have to carry a heavy key ring with 8 keys on it, but for a quick jaunt to the store, it’s good to feel secure.”
Harold spent the next hour locking up his bike in front of the store, and then went in to get a pack of smokes.