After pondering my bike rides in London and Berlin, I’ve nearly come to the conclusion that my next bike should be a big, heavy cruiser for running errands and commuting, rather than a speedy racing bike, because I love the attitude behind them: this is a bike for doing shit, not just getting from point A to point B. That’s just fantastic.
Also? Sitting upright is pretty nice. My back was almost singing with happiness after hours of biking in Berlin. It was also nice to bike in a skirt without worrying about exposing my bits to the elements. (I was wearing tights, but still – wearing ‘regular’ clothes to work would be pretty nice.)
Unfortunately, I am not made of money, and I’m generally running late for everything, so I would have to organize my life/sleep better to make use of such an object – they really aren’t built for speed. (I like being speedy, but maybe I should slow down my life/attitude a bit. Instant gratification is sometimes overrated.)
Also? This ain’t Europe and bikes are still not integrated fully into our traffic systems (and may never be); not having big, luxurious bike lanes is detrimental to my being all Euro-style. If only I could be an ex-pat and somehow keep my job here.
I am going to go for a bike ride today, while the weather is still semi-cooperative. Biking season is starting to wind down here. I give up once the snow banks make the streets too narrow to navigate safely and the salt trucks are out en masse. I am sad just thinking about being bus dependent for three months. Is moving to Europe just because of their attitudes to cycling/cyclists rash?