Monday, May 7, 2012

Sometimes Not Riding is the Better Option

On Sunday, I had a great not-ride, and did bikey fixit tasks instead

Once in a while, I just don't feel like riding. Not your typical distraction or resistance, mind you, I'm talking that rare situation where riding would be more like work than fun, more like drudgery than recreation. Piled-up work stress might have something to do with it. In those cases, it may be advisable to not ride, to just take some time to do whatever else needs doing, or possibly some focused epic non-doing, other than riding. 

Oh, there are reasons, there are always excuses, but these were compelling in this case, and besides, I had a good list of bikey non-riding tasks to complete anyway. I spent part of the weekend driving a couple hundred miles to my mom's to watch the Super Moon. My seldom used driving skills returned. I guess it's like riding a bike. Actually, the moon was not the reason for the trip, but it was a clear and gorgeous night, so we all went out and watched the Super Moon rise over the Verde Valley. Pictures would not do it justice.

But, spending several hours driving the car did not put me into a good mood. I realize that some trucks are set up to be capable snow plows, while others are equipped to plow through the woods and brush at high speeds, churning up humus and mud, and smashing away anything living, dying, or dead unfortunate enough to have grown or fallen or walked into their four-wheeling drunken frenzy, but shouldn't it be clear that brush plowing is not acceptable behavior at 80 mph on the Interstate, and that your fellow motorists and their children are not brush to be plowed out of the way?

In any case, while trying to maintain some sort of equanimity towards the horsepower-crazy ruffians/cretins/ne'er-do-wells who were attempting to intimidate everyone off the busy Interstate, I calmed myself by composing a list of bikey tasks to work on once we got back home.

1) Finish reading "Just Ride" by Grant Petersen
2) Lube chain on commuter bike
3) Install Power Grips on the FLC
4) Touch up paint on the FLC (adds beausage)
5) Install new cleats on shoes

As you can see in the above photo, the old Eggbeater road cleats (no longer offered) had a little more beausage than is probably advisable. In fact, they were trending well past beausage and into the détruit (destroyed) zone.

Easy bikey non-riding task: finish reading "Just Ride" with Sedona Red Rocks in the background

These were all easy, simply rewarding tasks, which is probably really what I needed. All successfully completed, nice neat little checkmarks in the bikey task list booklet, making me all ready for the week ahead, and the rides that will happen when they happen. Which is a happy ride sounding go-with-the-flow kind of way to look at it, is it not?



  1. Ah bike maintenance...necessary, yes! I too did bikey things, though not riding either. But it was satisfying. It was a sunny 70F day too, which was a bummer.

    1. The scene from "Dead Poets' Society" where they stand in front of the trophy case and the teacher whispers "Carpe diem....carpe diem..." resonates with me on days like that. I wonder what Latin for bicycle is. CARPE VELO... seize the bike!

  2. I checked your number 1 off my list. Good read.

    1. I enjoyed it also, finding it agreeable and informative. Learning the true origin of the term "Q-factor" was a highlight.

  3. That cleat in your last picture really does look happy.!!
    It reminds me that the cleats on my racing shoes need replacing.......
    I must take some time out from riding and do it.

    1. Happy is as happy does! I don't even know what that means, really, but it sounds very appropriate to happy cleats.

  4. My own cleats are getting tired. So are the shoes. From the inside out. Do your shoes last longer than your cleats?

    1. Steve I've heard on the Internet that you can wake up sleepy old cleats with WD40. Have you tried that?


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