Hey everybody Zane here. I’ve got a couple of cycling stories that I hope teach you some valuable lessons.
A few weeks back your hero (that’s me) was headed to the YMCA to chase gains. I was huffing and puffing pedaling down Harney when I felt something smack me in the back.
“What in tarnation?!?” I thought to myself. It took me a second to realize I had been hit by a car.
Now I got off lucky. The mirror on this car was collapsible and folded the moment it made impact. Had that not happened or I had been clipped by the bumper I probably would have been splattered like George Costanza’s Frogger cabinet.
I try to be a conscientious cyclist and ride as close to the curb as possible but this guy was way too close. However I was in the wrong and you know why? Because I wasn’t wearing a helmet and that is dumb. DUMB DUMB DUMB!
The lesson I want to impart is that safety is key. I don’t care if you’re Baron Karl Von Draise and you invented the bicycle you gotta be safe when you hit the street. At a minimum you should be wearing a helmet and have lights on your bike. Also, be aware of your surroundings because motorists in general have nothing but contempt for cyclists.
Now for a nice story about cycling. One day I was headed home after work and ahead of me there was a car backing out of a parking space. This made me pretty upset because this motorist wasn’t paying attention to their surroundings. However, as I got closer they stopped and I was able to maneuver around them.
About half a block later I was approaching a red light. Out of the corner of my eye I could see the same car approaching from behind with the driver’s side was down. This may be a tad dramatic but the scene was reminiscent of how the Notorious BIG went out. Regardless my hackles were raised as I have had unpleasant encounters with motorists in the past (re: my previous story).
Well wouldn’t you know it but when this guy caught up to me he apologized. What a pleasant surprise!