First Law of Bicycling
No matter which way you ride, it's uphill and against the wind. This is
how you may feel on your first ride of the new season. Not to worry. Though
some of you will insist the start of your ride is always into the wind
while your return ride is always against the wind. It's the law.
No matter how far you ride, the return trip is always longer. A valid
illusion which helps to explain why the last few miles of a ride feel
It's always the rear wheel that gets the flat. (forget those 50-50 odds)
This is Murphy's Law of cycling and life in general. It is always the
most difficult thing to replace or fix which breaks down. Life is a struggle,
so relax and enjoy it.
You can never get lost while riding a bike; your ride is merely extended.
This places a different spin on a wrong or missed turn. It is this Zen
bike attitude that will help you to just enjoy the moment and not fret
about how much longer your ride has become. Of course this doesn't help
if Laws 1, 2, and 3 have already surfaced.
Thou shall stop at neighborhood lemonade stands. This is a basic concept
to think about the little guys in life whether whizzing on your road bike
or in a town car.
You always look younger on a bicycle. Forget that anti-aging cream, your
fountain of youth is on two wheels. Just ride. You're never too old to
Cyclists never die, they just re-cycle. Is this really a law? You bet.
Year after year, we see the same merry faces on the road pedaling along
Thou shall not sell your bicycle for scrap metal. If isn't broken you
don't fix it. If it's fixed you don't toss it. And if it's your bike,
you never sell it. Tempted as you may be to do this especially when Laws
1, 2, 3, and 4 are active.
8 1/2 Law
Thou shall not sleep with your neighbor's bike. This is a joke. Sleeping
with any bike is still not recommended, and especially your neighbor's.
Always wear your helmet, your humor, and a smile. It's easy to see the
Life is a Bike attitude is to have fun-but make it safe fun.
Tenth Law Remember, Life is a Bike, and laws are made to be broken.
Until next time. Gianna Bellofatto is a freelance writer and cyclist.
Her writing has appeared in Modern Collage, The American Citizen, and
One Voice. Comments about the column can be emailed to JBWrites1@aol.com.