...or "Back in the Saddle Again"
Back in the olden days, I used to do a lot of bicycling. I was a road biker, and thought nothing of getting up at dawn and riding for a few hours, maybe riding 30, 40, 50 miles. The most fun was riding at the river - the flat rural roads with wide paved shoulders are *ideal* cycling conditions, and I think I knew every back road in Kent and Queen Anne's County.
I gave up cycling in '95 or '96 for two good reasons. I became a father in '95, and disappearing for a few daylight hours suddenly wasn't as easy as it used to be. And in '96, I took up aikido, and made the conscious decision that it was my activity. No regrets about any of that.
The highlight of my cycling year used to be the MS150 "city to shore" charity ride in September. A ride of 75 miles from Cherry Hill (suburban Phila) to Ocean City, NJ on Saturday, then ride back on Sunday. It was a very well-run event, and I always enjoyed it. I know I was riding in '95 because Robyn and Marcia brought baby Sarah to meet me at the finish line. A photo exists (or used to exist) somewhere....
I decided to see if I could get a used decent-quality bike fairly cheaply. Craigslist was invaluable yet again. I used to have a road bike (with the curled-under handlebars), but given the twenty-year passage, I thought a cross-style bike might be more appropriate (straight mountain-bike style handlebars). I'd be riding on pavement (paved trail or road), so I'd want thin smoother tires and not the fat knobby tires that are made for riding off-road.
I found exactly what I was looking for pretty quickly, and $135 later, I had myself a bike. After a stop at a bike store, I had a helmet and pair of padded gel gloves.
The only thing left was to get on and ride. And did I mention that I had this week off from work?
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