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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Am I The Only Lazy Rider?

The last day of summer. How did that happen? To be honest I haven't ridden the Star in weeks, my excuses: it's too hot, it's really too hot, it's really too 'f-----g' hot and now my holiday is over.
I don't ride to work but this morning I pulled on the socks and pants and boots, zipped the liner in the jacket, put the ear plugs in, found the gloves, stashed my stuff in the bags and it dawned on me...I don't ride to work because I'm just too lazy. After a half hour of preparation I was ready for my 20 minute commute (it wreaked of inefficiency.) But it was the last day of summer and I needed to pay homage.
This morning the chill of fall was in the air; memories of Minnesota seemed to be fading into the mist rising from the lake. Another summer gone. It wasn't the last ride, but it was the last ride of summer.
Don't get me wrong. I love every curve of 'my' road but short rides are just too much work. I love heading out for days where gearing up means a full day on the road where I never see the same curve twice (unless I get lost) and every corner has something new on the other side to see. Am I the only 'lazy' rider?

As a side note, it looks like Google is discontinuing the slide show gadget so who knows what will happen to my side bar photo galleries. Time will tell ... perhaps time is telling us it's time for change.

24 comments:

  1. On yer bike!

    I'm disappointed with how much riding I've done lately - the Connie's tyres lasted a whole year! I generally do 2 changes a year.

    But the weather has been getting better and I've ridden a bike (both got some love) to work 3 out 4 days so far. And the Connie has just had an oil and tyre change...

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    1. Well, here's hoping your summer is rider friendly and you get to wear out at least one set of tires before year end.

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  2. That's one reason I like the Roadcrafter. From sitting down to put on my boots to backing out of the garage is rarely much more than a minute. Packing stuff is easy, just toss it into the sidecar. Most of my "rides" are barely long enough to warm up the oil.

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  3. Five minutes tops to gear up for riding....

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    1. 5 minutes!!!! Takes me that long just to put on the riding pants and get everything all tucked in.

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  4. Karen, I didn't ride for many reasons this summer, and I am with you on the lazy part when it comes to commuting. It's just not worth walking to bike storage (5mins), and get geared up (10mins) in order to ride 6km to work. Sigh!

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    1. Sonja, I think I could walk the 6km faster than I can get everything I need ready and packed and get dressed for a ride to work ;0}

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  5. No, you are not the only one who does not like the time to dress correctly and to do the reverse on getting home. I ride into the garage, put the bike up on the Park n' Move wheeled platform and point it out, ready for the next ride. Oh, and connect the charger.

    But, for reasonable rides, getting going is part of the ride!

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    1. I like that term Ed, "reasonable ride." That's like 200 - 300 km minimum right?

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  6. Great ride! Glad you enjoyed it so much.

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  7. Good for you on getting out on the last day of summer. I too am too lazy to commute. Mind you my commute is a whopping 3 miles long and through a University campus dodging students dressed in all black and looking at their phones. Not worth the hassle.

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    1. At least I got to ride a whopping 30k, but it was still a hassle and no cup holder to pick up my morning coffee en-route.

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  8. If it takes a third longer to gear up than the actual ride I think I would just cage it also. Sometimes it just isn't worth the trouble. I did gear up this morning with the 40% chance of rain and was rewarded with rain while at school, a rainy day schedule, and a few sprinkles for the final 5 miles to the house on the long way home. It was 45 minutes to get there and 1:25 to get home.

    PS: Riding with all the gear is a new thing for me that came with Stella. My girls are really happy with the change!

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    1. ATGATT is second nature to me ... feel absolutely naked without it. And that's why I take the SUV to work! Listen to your children!!!
      (Funny little story about school; one of our intermediate teachers was taking a boys physed class outside to the soccer field and had to pass through the parking lot. He asked them to guess the owner of the motorcycle, they couldn't, though they did try and named every male member of staff. The headline of my blog, "Yes, Emily girls can ride motorcycles" came from hearing that one of my students, a little girl, after seeing my bike said, "I didn't know girls could ride motorcycles." I guess I need to ride to work more often if I want to change this attitude.)

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    2. The pink swirls didn't give them a hint?

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    3. Re school story - back in the day Elisabeth (who was a high school teacher) used to periodically ride to school, especially as the school year was winding down. "Guess who owns the bike" was a common experience for her as well - as were the responses.

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  9. Hi. I am a new rider, 59-years young. I am really enjoying your blog. I have a VStar 250 but am thinking of buying a Vulcan S. Anyways, I have just started a blog which is "A Year in the Life of a Beginner." If you could look at it, http://www.motorbikemom.com, and if you see any synergy perhaps we can swap blog links. Cheers from BC, Canada.

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  10. You're definitely not alone! I'm the same way.

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  11. The weather is just about to turn here too but this month will still be good for riding if we don't get another typhoon. Realised I lost your blog for awhile amongst many other things. Got some catching up to do now.

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    1. Nice to hear from you again. How's the season going?

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  12. I'm the exact same way. I think this past summer I probably set out on way fewer rides, but the ones I did were several days long and all to a new location. Was even lucky enough to tour BC, Idaho, Montana this summer. I have to catching up to do to see what you were up to! cheers... and I hope the bike is okay

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  13. Sounds like a great trip - well worth gearing up for.

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