I suspect that we’ll have plenty to write about our time in Europe, but I bike-commuted today and wow. This also overlaps with a half-written post on why I’ve been avoiding the bike commute. Anyways, stuff that stood out today:
- Wearing a helmet – I would probably wear one anyway since I have to go down a hill and end up going fast, but otherwise this is annoying. Or as our 6 year old put it: “It’s so much fun riding without a helmet”
- Wearing an ankle strap – chain guards are standard over there and I haven’t bothered to add one yet
- Cars are so big and fast
- Gutter lanes are terrible
- Downhills are cold
- Ducking under a tree branch
- Intersections require a lot of self-defense
- 90+% of riders here are in spandex. Exact opposite.
- Uphills are annoying
- Even the 520 trail is in pretty bad shape, though the worst spots have now been painted red
One word to describe riding in the Netherlands: pleasant. One word to describe riding on the Eastside: fear.