I’ve been back on a better riding program recently. When I changed jobs back in Feb….I actually kept basically the same route to work, just made it shorter by about 3/4 of a mile. I even get to avoid a longish false flat that is notoriously associated with goring winter headwinds.
Funny, I’ve been on fixed as a commuter for so long that my latest forays at trail riding have left me a little iffy on freewheeling. When I head out, I have this panic reaction right before I stop pedaling to coast. Once I’ve been riding for a while, especially on trails, it’s not too bad. Kind of a funny feeling to not get that “kick” from the rear wheel forcing the crankarms around.
As time flies towards the end of May I’m excited to get some more miles in. I think this may be a better year for me time-wise than the last few. [fingers crossed.]
Anecdotes from the field:
1. The other night I went for a walk. I saw five cyclists. They all were on fixed, or at least single speeds. It’s getting to the point that I wonder if many folk who actually ride around here use gears. Kudos to all who’ve made the move to single/fixed. [I'm avoiding the strong temptation to lash out at the brakeless/alley-cat-card-though-I'm-not-really-a-messenger-and-don't-really-know-what-an-alley-cat-is/hipsters.]
It’s just good to ride and to see others take the route to durability and simplicity.
Over and Out