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September 06, 2005

Pedal Ponderings

I have a few thoughts about commuting on my bike now that I've been doing it a month. Overall, the experience is pleasant, with most everyone deferential to me at crossings. I ride on the sidewalk, which isn't ideal, but I simply am not comfortable riding in traffic, even though that's legally what I should do. Texas law says bicyclists are vehicles and should be treated as such, but I don't have enough faith in my fellow man to put that law to the test.

It's a huge ego boost to pedal home. I enjoy the look on my colleagues' faces when I tell them I travel ten miles home on a bike. They simply can't believe I do that, and, honestly, I would've thought it crazy myself a year ago. I enjoy the thumbs up several drivers have given me as well as the idea that the tyranny of the gas tank holds less sway over me. Oil=terrorism after all. I'm even contemplating selling the Bug since it stays parked most of the week.

The physical challenge is at my limit, and I don't think I'll have any problems meeting my weight goal of 220 by Christmas. The ride gets easier each day, but ten miles is ten miles, which, according to one chart I've seen, is around 1,000 calories. Whew.

Wish me luck. The cold, wet winter is coming, and I've promised myself to ride rain or shine.

Posted by tat at September 6, 2005 08:34 PM


You are right to distrust your fellow man. Though Robert rides rural routes, there are "those" who like to see how "close" they can get. To encourage you, you will eventually find 10 miles to be "a piece of cake"! (Robert rode 100 miles Saturday - He says it burns a lot of calories to pedal his big body around!)

Posted by: Aunt Susan at September 15, 2005 08:57 PM

Bryan, also keep in mind that this applies to those of us who ride motorcycles, also - there certainly are people out there who like to open their doors at the most inopportune time, swerve to "scare" you, or just plain don't drive like a decent human - no signals, no warnings, just do what they want - which can be deadly for both cyclists and motorcyclists. It gives the term "defensive driving" a whole new meaning!

It is terrific that you are doing this! Nik and I are glad you guys are doing so well. We, too, have joined the land of the skinny and it is a great thing. :) Best of luck to you on the new cycle motivation! :)

Posted by: Debbie Taranik at September 17, 2005 08:32 AM