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.