I am a utility cyclist. At least, I still like to consider myself as one. I hardly ever cycle "just for fun" or "because the weather is so nice". I cycle when it is the most efficient way of transport.
In fact, that's also why I don't cycle so much anymore. Since two months now I live only 5 min from work (by foot!) and a similar distance from the nearest grocery shop. What initially sounds great also has some side effects. I simply don't get enough exercise. Every day I feel less and less energetic and less efficient at work, but am more tired and more distracted with other things. Cycling from and to work was not just the perfect way of moving my butt, but also a good isolator between work and leisure. I am missing both of these positive effects, but am trying to replace them by something else now.
The missing exercise I started to replace by short morning runs at the Danube canal bike path (in fact a combined foot and bike path). I've been known to run quite a bit a few years back, but it will take a good while to get back into shape. However, I still miss the cycling. Jogging is just too slow and doesn't get me anywhere nice. It's also way more exhausting and I need a shower afterwards. But still I can't feel the wind in my hair!
That's why I now thought about recreational cycling on the weekends. Because it will serve a lot of purposes: my bikes will be ridden regularly, I will do some exercise, see new places and occasionally also spend some time with friends who are interested in weekend trips. I never really liked the concept of recreational rides much, but I think it's just because I know a lot of people who only cycle in their free time but would never use the bicycle for transport...
What do you think about leisure cycling? Any experience?
|Read soon more about my first recreational ride with Paula, Jacqueline and Velouria (from Lovely Bicycle!) along the Danube bike trail...|