Cycling News

I got a great email in my inbox earlier this week.  My cycling club is now able to operate.  Of course, we have to have smaller groups, staggered starting times (and actually staggered, not leaving a couple of minutes later) and different meeting places to really stagger those meeting times.  And, sadly, no drafting.

Despite all these regulations, I quickly signed up (registration and insurance) and signed up for a ride.  Currently my ride has a rather small number of people.  If I were more sure of my abilities, I would probably join another (better…faster) but I don’t know if that group is a little better and faster or a lot better and faster.  With social distancing, it is likely that they leave me in the dust and I might get lost.  I’ve been cycling around here for a few years, but I am still rather horrible about where we are when we are cycling.

Regardless, getting set to do some group cycling is Today’s Perfect Moment.

In other cycling news…..

I went to my local cycling shop to buy another pair of bib shorts.  I bought my last pair from the shop and really liked them.  I have decided that I need more pairs of these so I can do more rides–with the club or without the club.

While at the shop, actually outside the shop since they weren’t letting anyone inside, I heard some interesting news.  They were all sold out of bikes that cost less than 5000 dollars.  I don’t know if that was because so many people bought bikes, or if there has been a lack of production–if anyone knows about this, I would love some insight.  They said they wouldn’t be getting anything until August or September and that these would be next year’s models.

They didn’t have the shorts in my size, so I was forced to order the same one from the cycle shop on the internet.  I wanted to support my local shop, but they didn’t seem to really want to help me and didn’t even offer to order what I wanted.  I was thinking of upgrading my helmet and getting a new pair of gloves….while I need to try those on, I may have to find a different shop.

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I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Cycling News

  1. I am all for cycling despite no longer doing so myself; however, I resent the hordes of cyclists that take up the trails that are multi-purpose. Hordes as in Genghis Khan force bearing down on mere pedestrians from behind without warning as well as from opposite (barely) direction. My question is what constitutes smaller cycling groups in your club? I would love to pass along some cycling etiquette ideas to the crazy cyclists where I am! Not sure how, throw flyers? Tackle the next horde mid attack? Generally flat along the trails I walk) The most fearful times are when two groups bear down from both sides at the dame time! There is no room for anyone to move aside other than rock wall, blackberry bushes or over a bridge. I suppose I could buy one of those extravagantly priced bikes. (Which limb to cut off to do so) Speaking of which, in Greater Victoria there is the same problem with a major shortage of reasonably priced bikes. An upsurge in first time, or long ago, cyclists.

    • Anthony says:

      Pre-covid 19 we could have groups as big as 14. This was possible in the faster groups, but I never saw a group bigger than ten.
      Currently, under these conditions, we are limited to ten. I don’t know if we will ever see that many, but who knows.
      Building communication between cyclists and …basically anyone…is a tough one. Luckily, the group I am in has been going on for a long time and community engagement has always been a part of the club’s mandate. As for mixing walkers and riders….I don’t like the idea much. I would hope for separate trails, or more accountability on the part of cyclists as they are traveling faster and often approaching unseen, and sometimes quite silently.

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