Over the past handful of months I have gotten very into riding bikes. It started with a fat bike in the winter. Then an adventure bike this spring; which is going to be my wondrous bikepacking mule. Very recently, I got a road bike and it has been a blast zipping around on streets and paved areas I wouldn't typically be near. This new found love of bikes is a form of play that is really exciting. It's fast and energizing and a great workout. I'm able to go to new places, ride fast and be in a community that is very welcoming- much like the hiking and climbing circles that welcome you with enthusiasm and smiles.
In this post I'm sharing some photos from a few of my favorite adventures with my beautiful bikes. It's been so rad. The only downside of cycling to me would be that these are all taken with a mobile, because carrying a giant camera would be... impractical. Maybe this mild complaint warrants a GoPro :)
This is the type of place I would not generally be seeing via foot. And really, only on my road bike. When given the choice between pavement or natural terrain, 95% of the time I'm gonna go with the latter. But it is very freeing to zoom through these beautiful places one after another and being able to travel much further distances.
"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." -Iris Murdoch
This was a very beautiful day in mid-March. It was a chilly, but very springy day. There had been a lot of rain and snow melting because of it. A lot of the trails were flooded. During a hike, you would need to tromp through woods to avoid this. On the bicycle, I rolled through the water quickly and enjoyed the always way-colder-than-expected spray my wheels would blast out. It feels wild and somewhat primal. This will probably be the bike I eat shit on most often.
This week, Monday was near the 60's so Jon and I biked to The Gateway Trail and had a great time soaking up the sunshine until dusk. This is where the trail ends and where we decided to snap a few pictures and sneak a couple kisses :)
My fat bike is probably my favorite. It can go anywhere and do anything. Slowly. This includes wiping out. And as someone who happily tries silly maneuvers and things that I have no business doing, I appreciate that. Snow, sand, mud, gravel, pavement, ice, water. Whatever. It's all fucking badass on this guy.
"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." -Ernest Hemingway
I'm very much looking forward to my future in cycling and bike adventures. It's a new way to explore, see new things, work my body in a challenging way and play hard. Add it to my long list of interests and obsessions. This one is here to stay. Yay bikes!