The chance to enjoy the independence that was declared by our forefathers on July 4, 1776 with a Path shop ride, what else could one ask for? About 20 riders showed up for good times at the future Live Oak location of the Path Bike Shop. The mood was light: with a rogue water gun roaming the area, Tallboy manuals abounding, and frequent explorations through the new location
May 14-18 is National Bike to Work Week, and Friday May 18 is Bike To Work Day. This month is filled with lots of cycling events across the country, and a renewed commitment by many to ride more often and to encourage others to ditch their cars and try taking their bicycles instead.
Even small steps can make a big difference. According to the League of American Bicyclists, 50% of all household trips are 3 miles or less, yet nearly 90% of those are made by car.
Using a bike for short trips (to work, school, the library or supermarket) leads to improved health, reduction in traffic congestion, and a noticeable savings in your wallet.
After a 15-week hiatus, the Path’s Friday Dawn Patrol road ride is back!
One might wonder why the break (well, maybe two people might wonder since that’s the usual number of folks that show up…)? In late October, one of the ride leaders had ACL replacement and lateral meniscus repair surgery and was: 1) immobile for 5-days, 2) on crutches for 5 more weeks, 3) off the bike for an additional 4-5 weeks, and 3) continues to be embarrassingly slow as he recovers! But we digress…
Like cooking a good prime rib, this morning's Friday Dawn Patrol took time and care to come together. Early in the week I got an e-mail from Drew asking if the FDP was on for this week; I'd been asking him for weeks if he'd join us. A day or so later, two other guest riders were in as well.
It takes time and care to make a great prime rib. Today, time and care produced an all-star cast of solid riders looking to stretch their legs on a 5:30am pleasure-fest through the Santiago Canyon.
<4:40 am - Alarm buzzing in the background>
"?!?!? What the heck ?!?!? Where am I? Whuh?... Oh yeah, darn that Friday Morning Dawn Patrol road ride! Maybe it'll be raining and I can go back to sleep...nope...maybe Brian will have called me saying he had a rough night and wants to sleep in...nope...maybe my bike, sitting in the living room will have spontaneously flatted both tires, and I can make up some lame excuse why I can't ride today...nope..."
These are the thoughts that roll through my mind every week before the Friday Pre-Dawn Patrol Ride. So why do we do this ? Hmmm...