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Like riding through pudding

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Here are a few cycling-related thoughts going through my head right now. I’m hoping to have a big post about last weekend ready later today or tomorrow, but I want to hit a few other points first.

  • It’s hot. I mean, really hot. Temperatures are “only” in the mid-90s, but the heat index may approach 110 degrees tomorrow. I am having a really hard time riding in this heat. I tend to feel ill after spending too much time in the heat, and that’s no fun. “Fun” is the main reason I ride, so I’m really struggling to get on the bike right now.
  • It’s humid. I mean, really humid. I keep my road bike in the living room, and as soon as I walked out the door this morning, I saw water condensing all over my bike. On a positive note, my saddle felt cool when I sat down. To paraphrase Sarah’s boss, “Antler” Sharon: “It’s like riding through pudding out there.”
  • A cyclist in Indianapolis was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. This makes me very sad. I hope they catch the bastard. Is it just me, or are more accidents involving cyclists hit-and-runs than those involving two cars?
  • I took another look at the work they’re doing on 7th Street by the IU Auditorium, and I’m a little puzzled by what’s going on over there. There’s a section of road that was only open to pedestrians and cyclists. It’s been under construction since literally the day after the students left … and it’s still not done. The students return to campus the weekend after this coming weekend. Will it be done by then? Also, it appears what they’ve done is turned a straight, two-lane wide street into a narrow, winding path. I’m guessing they’ll put in some landscaping to make it aesthetically pleasing, but it’s far less useful. Cyclists and pedestrians will get in each other’s way. Everyone’s trip will take longer. Not a lot longer, but it’s sure to be inconvenient for everyone. What’s the point?
  • And finally, to the woman I saw this morning on the bike path: You need to leash your dog. This probably also means that if you’re going to ride your bike, you shouldn’t bring your dog. You and your dog are lucky that I am a cautious, diligent rider who saw the dog and didn’t hit it, and that I chose the passive-aggressive way of complaining about it in my blog instead of berating you.

5 Responses to “Like riding through pudding”

  1. furiousball Says:

    I only take Yogi on a bike ride if we’re going a short distance to go swimming and he’s on a leash. there’s a woman in my neighborhood that walks her sheltie without a leash. this little dog barks at yogi every time we pass and yogi, depending on how tired he is, is more than willing to accommodate the small fry in some doggy fisticuffs. i’m tempted to teach this woman a lesson and let yogi take a chunk out of this little annoying dog. i tell her every time, yet every day, i see her walking the dog sans leash.

  2. Noah Says:

    We’re in the same boat. HX was 103 here yesterday evening and it’s predicted to approach 110 today, with out first foray into three-digit ambient temperatures. Really, it’s not that bad for this time of year, but I avoided all of this last year since I’ve only been cycling since September or so.

    Yesterday, I used mass transit to get me half way home in the afternoon. I think I’ll be sticking with that as long as the heat wave persists.

    I agree. I ride primarily for fun. Sure, it cuts my commute down to a total of 21 miles or so, but it’s a fun 21 miles with a lot of shady jog trail. The 7 mile stretch of urban heat-reflecting pavement that I avoid would probably be more than enough to ruin my day and spoil my fun.

  3. John Says:

    Lots of heat and humidity here also. But being on the coast cools things off quite a bit. Were it is mid to upper 90’s inland, it’s usually 10 degrees cooler here on the coast.

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  4. John Says:

    Lots of heat and humidity here also. But being on the coast cools things off quite a bit. Were it is mid to upper 90’s inland, it’s usually 10 degrees cooler here on the coast.

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  5. Marty Says:

    Strange how the heat brings out the little bit of edge – but it sounds like you had some ammunition just handed to you.

    1) It’s the same way around here – the moment you walk outside, it’s like a sauna that makes it tough to breath. Love that quote, though…
    2) Hit-and-Run is always sickening – I know that it sucks to have an accident where someone is injured or killed, but it’s EVIL to leave that person there and try avoid that responsibility. I hope that they draw and quarter them, myself.
    3) Bike Path – wait, you think administrative folks have intelligence to PLAN pedestrian and bike traffic?
    4) As a person who has a dog that goes out, I understand not wanting them on the leash, so I might be guilty of things like that, with this caveat: we’ve taught our dogs to respond to voice commands immediately, so if we see a biker approaching we can call them in very quickly and keep them on the leash or held to us until the biker(s) pass. If we don’t see them coming, we can quickly get Oakley and Miles to leave them alone and move to the side of the path, so accidents can be avoided. Of course, if there are more than a handful of people on the trails, we keep them leashed in the first place.

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