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The first outing on my new bike
By Dave Winer on Tuesday, August 03, 2010 at 5:44 PM.

A picture named bike2.gifI had a wonderful bike ride today. permalink

New bike. And my old legs complained terribly at first, screaming in agony. permalink

How dare you! They said. We were taking it easy for the last 15 years. Now you want us to work again! Fuck you. permalink

When I got to the southern terminus of the island of Manhattan, I took a ten-minute break and took in the scenery. A fire boat went by. The Staten Island Ferry. A police boat. Mothers and nannies rolling babies in their carriages. The sea air. The cool breeze. It was an overcast summer day. I took a bunch of deep breaths, and re-mounted the bike, heading north. permalink

A picture named bikeride.jpg permalink

BTW, I cropped the header I'm using on from a picture of a fireboat and the Statue of Liberty. permalink

This time my legs were looking to open up, let's get some speed, but for the first section of the trip we shared the road with walkers and runners, so that meant slow going. Finally, I turned a corner, now we had our own path, just for bikes, so I opened up. There's the speed! My legs said Okay Dave we remember how to do this! Let's go! Let's Go!! Let's GO!!! permalink

And we went.  permalink

A picture named bikewide.gifFinally as I approached Christopher St, the major bike path into the Village, I could see the light was flashing red on West St. Rather than wait, I gunned it, and made it across the street. I cruised up the hill, and at the first red light I collapsed. My legs said "Ohhhh kaaaaay, let's go slow from here." And we did. permalink

But when I got back home after 40 minutes of riding, I felt the endorphins flowing through my veins. Ahhh this feels familiar. This feels goood.  permalink

No broken bones, it was a pretty nice first outing. permalink

Tomorrow we, my legs and I, go north and see if we can make it to Central Park. :-) permalink

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