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First ride

I only ride naked bikes. My first ride of the season today reminded me why. The temperature, I’m guessing, is in the mid-seventies. But that doesn’t describe the soft air and the warm wind in your face, the smell of recently overturned fields ready to be planted. On my return I did have to clean my leather of a couple of dozen splattered yellow bugs, and wash my face and brush my teeth, but this just proves that I was moving through something coming to life. Just a hundred miles, but great fun.

I stopped at a lake to have a smoke. A lonely old fisherman just pulled in a big one as he spotted me. "Look at this big ol’ carp, I didn’t think they would bite yet." "Have you ever been wrong before," I asked. "Of course, plenty," he said as he threw the big fella back. A big fish on a soft day and the old man was happy.

I have meandering thoughts when I ride. There is the rare intense focus about something that feels like an insight during a good church service. It may be something like Aristotle’s prote philosophia, a logical axiom; the closest the moderns can come to it is in the concept of certainty, and--no suprise here--they make it trivial, a la Descartes or Wittgenstein. Or, more often, thoughts come and go--did I call what’s his name about this problem, or I wonder if a student will recover from something he thinks is awful--but those thoughts are always surrounded by the warm soft air and the reflections are always satisfying. No discord follows. Winter is over.

Discussions - 5 Comments

What’s a naked bike?

Tom,

A naked bike is a bike without a fairing. It has no plastic, no windshield, etc.

An undressed bike once had a fairing, plastic, etc. Some were never naked.

It was summer here yesterday... the temp was about 65, the sky was a clear blue, and it was nice. Today we have a blizzard, with a foot of snow and eight to 20 inches more possible. Ya gotta love Colorado - if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes - it’ll change!

Skiing is great. Unfortunately, only about three resorts are still open.

Steve - Thanks for the clarification. I ride mountain bikes. I wasn’t even thinking of a motorized bike.

Old Patriot - it’s summer up here in Alberta. But I’m sure the Rockies will bring us some snow soon as well.

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