I have had the opportunity to enjoy short tours on local trails for just a couple of days, and also the around-the-world adventures. I have thoroughly enjoyed both kinds but there are challenges and thrills associated with both of them. Before you choose, I would recommend looking at different aspects of bicycle touring to decide which approach suits you the most. Either way, I can assure you that you are on an exciting and healthy path to exploring the challenging and scenic terrains of the world.
Many nights I’ve seen people go flying off the handlebars, but I’m the only one of our crew to have been bitten by a dog. They bark from rooftops or behind fences. The thinner strays fearfully watch you fly by. When the barkers do chase you, they are usually easy enough to get away from. But one night, furiously pedaling away from four snarling dogs, I felt the sharpness clamp down on my ankle.
Why do I wear a helmet on my bike?
The short answer: because I'm rather attached to my skull.
The longer answer: so one of my friends was talking recently about how if he were going to build his own city, he'd design the roads exclusively for bikes. OK, so maybe there'd be infrastructure in place to allow some kind of ambulance to get around (high-powered medical hovercrafts, anyone?), but for the most part, this would be a bikes-only metropolis. No cars, no traffic, no smog, no accidents. Air pumps and patch kits on every corner, the city would throb with the gentle clicks of people pushing pedals.
Unfortunately, the real cities in the real world are designed for cars. No matter how bike-friendly a major city claims to be, automobiles are still its primary infrastructural focus. The car is the primary concern of the city planner. Pedestrians and cyclists are just afterthoughts, vulnerable little commuters that engineers have to try not to endanger.
Sadly, most of us lead such chaotic lives that we feel like we may not have time to bike where we need to go. And while many people do use public transportation to help the environment, there are still lots of people who have to commute quite a distance for work and need to use a car.
That said, we can all still find some time to bike for fun! These celebrities do, after all…
Miley Cyrus—With Miley’s quirky “save the environment” YouTube series, you know the girl’s gotta have a thing for biking.