I don’t care how long you’ve been riding a bicycle, you haven’t ridden everywhere. You haven’t ridden everything. There are always things to try, to strive for, and to dream of. Even a guy like Padraig, who has forgotten more about bicycles than I’ve ever know, has a laundry list of bike dreams that runs up one arm, across his shoulders and down the other arm before cascading across the living room floor.
One of my great cycling joys over the last couple years has been watching my oldest son take to two wheels. From his first wobbly pedal strokes, the boy was in it to win it. Almost immediately he began pushing at the edges of what he could do, riding with one hand, off of curbs, flat out fast the length of the street and back again, the tiny single-geared BMX beneath him soaking up every haphazard crash and waiting patiently at roadside while we cried over skinned knees.
And so, rather than dreaming of scaling Alpen cols (well, of course I still do that), my current preoccupation is with BMX. I want to ride up and down the street with him, teaching him the bunny hop, the wheelie, the endo, the rock walk. I’ve blotted out the carbon fiber future in favor of full tilt BMX regression. That’s what’s lighting my cyclo-fire these days.
This week’s Group Ride is about the things you haven’t done on a bike yet. What is it in cycling that you most fervently dream of? What is there left for you to do?