For quite a few years I have made a habit of ringing in the New Year by taking a bicycle ride, if possible. I've missed a few because of travel or illness, but I have made a ride on most Jan.-1's since the mid 90s.
For many years, I would invite people to join me, first by personally asking friends and bike shop customers, later by email. In the early years, I would have quite a few people (8-15) show up, and we would take a nice long ride around town.
In 2008, Danny Mac, Rich and Brian showed up for a snowy, sub-10-degree ride.
In 2009, Mark, Brian and Carl (of the blog getinlost
) rode with me in mid-50s temps.
Carl showed up again, in 2010, along with Mark and a fellow named Tom (who worked at a local bike co-op), and while the temps were in the 40s, the roads around town were snow-packed.
Tom joined my nephew, Kyle, and me in 2011 for another snow-pack ride.
In 2012, I simply rode to the coffee shop and back. Temps were mild, roads were dry, but nobody was interested in a ride. I spent the warmest part of the day changing shocks out on the Scrambler.
In 2013, I didn't even ride on NYD. I was still recovering from Achilles Tendonitis, and biking was not an easy or frequent thing for me, that winter.
In 2014, I took a solo ride on the Mongoose Beast fat tire bike which I had converted to multiple speeds, and disc brakes. I ended up calling Mark, while I was out, and hooked up for a short ride with him.
2015 was the infamous rib-breaker ride. Not my best day on a bike.
Last year ... I was out of town and I didn't get a ride in. Oh, well...
Today, the roads were clear, and the sun was out, so I took a short 10-mile ride which took me to Kaladi, on the final leg, where I had coffee and a scone. It was a nice ride, though it seemed a little more difficult than it should have. Since I had the flu, a couple of weeks ago, I haven't ridden the bike enough to mention.
I stopped on the low-water bridge over Cherry Creek, behind the mall, to say hello to a few mallards.
Another NYD tradition...
Here's hoping that a nice ride, today, bodes well for the coming year!
Happy New Year, everyone!