For the love of cycling
You really can’t beat the amazing feeling of freedom and power that road cycling gives the rider. Whether it’s along a country lane, beside the coast or through city suburbs, travelling on two wheels is ideal for relaxation, fitness, competition or even commuting to work. Having said that, even the best things in life can come with down sides. If we’ve missed any, add them in the comments section.
We know that these tri-colour road guardians are essential for traffic control and safety, but come on, they always turn red just when you’ve just finished building up the perfect momentum.
It’s a beautiful day, you’re cycling past fields of wheat, luscious green grass and countless wild flowers. You’re realising just how beautiful the world can be, making a promise to yourself to ride more often while the weather’s nice. Then wham! Despite taking an antihistamine tablet beforehand, your eyes and nose are streaming like crazy and you come to an undignified halt, hopefully not crashing into a cow in the process.
You know your bike like the back of your hand and have become an expert at fixing practically anything that could ever go wrong. But come on, punctures, seriously? They really are the most annoying thing ever and make a pro look like a newbie.
Lack of comradeship
You see fellow cyclists on a lonely road so give them a nod and coo a cheery hello. They ignore you completely, and it takes every ounce of restraint not to turn around, take up the chase and squirt them with your water bottle.
Speaking of water bottles
You reach your destination and swig that last mouthful of water, which has been in the sun so long it’s like you’re drinking from a steaming puddle. It’s not as bad as going thirsty, but it’s not far off.
Trying to go down an imaginary gear
You’re knackered and not ashamed to admit it to yourself, so you try to go down a gear, only to find you’re already as low as can go. Okay, now you’re ashamed.
Do we really need to explain? The nightmare of cleaning your tyres is almost as bad as the trouble you’ll be in if you tread dung over the living room carpet.
You love the sun, it’s gorgeous and warming, it gives life to the entire planet, you can’t get enough of it. Except for when you make a sharp turn and it blinds you senseless, which is when you suddenly find yourself wishing for cloud cover.
Riding in freezing weather can actually be a great challenge and make you feel alive. Warming up afterwards, on the other hand, can be a living hell. As the pain suddenly springs into your fingers, face and other sensitive areas, you seriously consider wearing a thermal onesie on your next ride.
Losing your mates
A little alone time is great, but no one wants to become separated from their friends or group. This is where the Ridersmate app comes in handy, as it helps you to locate your mates on a map in relation to your position. Register as a user and download the iOS app today to make the most of your Ridersmate.
Image credit:Jeff Knezovich