A Cyclist's New Year Resolutions Revisited

A Cyclist's New Year Resolutions Revisited
My trusty Iseo taking a break along the Bearskin Trail near Minocqua WI

We've finally made it into the teens (calendar year, not average daily temperature)!

The days of not knowing how to correctly refer to our current point on the timeline of mankind are finally behind us.  So long "new millennium", "early 0's", and my personal favorite, "aughts".  Here's hoping that our teen years are better than our tween years...

All in all, 2012 seemed like a pretty good year for bicycling.  But just to be sure, I think I'll revisit last year's resolutions before I commit another set to paper (or more accurately, cyberspace).

These were my top 10 bicycling resolutions for 2012...

10.  I will donate more money to bicycling advocacy groups.  These not-for-profit organizations continually fight for my right to be on the road, the least I can do is provide some cash to help them succeed.  Plus, I can always use another cool bicycling t-shirt…

Did this, but I can always do more. 

9.  I will refuse to be held accountable for the actions of any cyclist that isn’t me.  This includes pro cyclists accused of doping, city cyclists who treat traffic laws as suggestions, and that annoying guy at your office who claims he rides a 13-pound bike...

Did this, although I must admit that the above-mentioned controversies contributed to a lot of my posts in 2012. 

8.  I will refrain from stopping complete strangers along the bike path and offering to adjust their seat to the proper height.  I am not responsible for anyone else’s knee pain and I am entitled to a good laugh while I’m out riding…

Did this, although I felt compelled to correct my would-be sister-in-law when she claimed running was less painful than cycling...

7.  I will no longer roll my eyes and refrain from saying “gee, I’m sorry to hear that” whenever someone tells me they ride the same brand of bike as Lance Armstrong.  That behavior is just plain rude.  Besides, I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me whenever I tell them that I drive a Dodge…

Did this - mainly because karma has intervened and few are willing to admit that their bike choice was influenced by the ringleader of the greatest cheating conspiracy in the history of cycling. 

6.  I will recommend kidney donation to any cyclist who asks me how to shave another 140 grams of weight off his bike.  You only need one and it’s cheaper than buying a new carbon fiber handlebar stem...

Did this - sort of.  I now politely refer enthusiasts seeking every advantage afforded professional racers to the Bianchi Oltre XR Super Record EPS.  There is nothing available beyond that - other than, you know, training better...

5.  I will continue to flash the “hi” sign to cyclists approaching from the opposite direction, even if they appear to be triathletes who are clueless to cycling etiquette.  They can’t be expected to know everything about cycling if it’s only one-third of their focus…

Did this and sadly, it still yielded the same results.  I get it - some riders are so focused on the view ahead of their aerobars that they lose all peripheral vision.  Or maybe they're just too embarrassed to acknowledge another grown man whose riding attire matches the color of his bicycle...

4.  I will continue to shout “Bike Left!” as I prepare to pass walkers, runners, dog walkers, and stroller pushers on the bike path.  I do this for my safety more than theirs.  Plus, I like to see them jump when my voice startles them…

Did this.  Watching people frantically jump out of my way never fails to amuse me...

3.  I will count to three and refrain from automatically responding with the single-finger salute when I encounter an inconsiderate motorist.  If the urge is still strong after three seconds, however…

Let's just say this falls under the "needs improvement" category...

2.  I will exercise the “wildlife response” when I encounter an errant cyclist while driving.  I will assume anyone riding without a helmet and in the opposite direction of traffic is about as clueless and unpredictable on the road as a deer, opossum, raccoon, or squirrel…

Did this - although now I refer to wrong-way riders as salmon (thanks Bike Snob NYC) and respect the choice of others to ride sans skid lid. 

1.  I will ride more.  I will take more short trips by bike instead of car.  I will substitute gym time for bike time.  I will find a way to ride every day that the weather is nice and even on days when it's questionable.

Did this - technically.  I rode 27% more than I did in 2011, both in miles and outings.  But I still squandered too many beautiful days...

In light of this analysis, I have decided to focus on only one resolution for 2013.  I will ride more!

 

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