"Bikeless Cyclist," or "No, I Did Not Get a Donut".
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I was driving into the HyVee (a grocery store) parking lot one early evening, and I saw a very large group of people gathered with their bicycles (some outfitted with saddlebags) on the huge, plush, shaded grassy side lawn next to the liquor department. They looked as if they were having a grand ol' time, laughing, kicked back, some lying on the grass, some drinking what looked like beer in bottles, most dressed in cyclist's gear. It looked like the beginning or ending of a very nice day of bike riding with buddies and gal-pals. I kept observing them as I lugged my 235 lbs of lately laziness into the store. I just kept thinking, "They look like they're having a whole lot of fun." And lately, I have not.
On my way to the baked goods (shut up--I know, I know--I was on my way to the donuts--gah!), I came up on a 50-ish guy headed down the deli aisle toward the exit. He was in biking "getup" (tight shirt, tight shorts, clicky shoes). So I stopped him and asked him if he was with the troupe outside. He was. I kept asking questions--what was the organization, how do they organize their get-together, why were they at HyVee, etc.? He was really nice and explained they are a big group of friends who all like biking and get together once a year for a "HyVee Run". They organize it via Facebook messaging to get the word out about starting day/time and which particular HyVee lot is the starting point. Then they go buy their food and drink supplies (HyVee has the best "adult drink" selection of the various grocery chains, he informed me), and they bike from Hyvee to Hyvee (for bathroom breaks and provisions replenishing) throughout the city, stopping at bike path underpasses to rest and "party" with said provisions. We parted ways, and as I was checking out, I kicked myself for not getting the group's Facebook info, or whatever, to maybe get involved with this.
In my car, on the way home, I tried to figure out how I would transport a bike to trails, the damage it might do to the trunk of my beater of a car, would it get stolen, etc. What did I have that I could wear for bike riding that wouldn't be grossly tight/uncomfortable or get caught in the chain, where could I ride safely since I'm scared to ride on streets, etc. I was really getting caught up in this and excited, but still scared because of my bad knees and being so out of shape cardio-wise.
And then I realized, "Oh, yeah, I don't own a bike!" Hello-o