When I started this blog back in February, I thought of it as a place to share my experiences as an older fella who is getting reacquainted with bicycling.
I think I’ve done that most of the time, but the blog has turned out to be so much more for me. I’m getting much more out of it than I’m putting in, and it’s all because of you.
Some terrific people have taken the time to comment on my posts, many of which have been ridiculously naive or uninformed. You’ve given me tips, advice, and feedback. Several of you have become online friends, and I’ve had the good fortune to actually meet a couple of you face to face.
So what has this blog experiment brought me?
Answers to my questions on sometimes elementary biking techniques, like using clipless pedals most efficiently. The pros and cons of road and mountain clipless, and the cleats and shoes that go with them. Advice about tire selection, bike accessories, food and drink, smooth riding. I was stunned when so many chimed in on that burning question: should I wear a bandana or a headband?
I’m a better biker today than I was in February. That’s partly due to experience, and just riding more. But in large part, it’s due to all of you who have shared your expertise with this newbie.
This post is beginning to read like a valedictory, and that’s not my intent. I’ll continue to write about my efforts to become a better biker, and I hope you continue to offer your comments on my posts. I just thought it was time to give some credit where credit is due. Thanks.