enjoying the foliage

k vs. the automobile

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I still haven’t booked another road test. My license expires at the end of June. I’m beginning to think that I won’t bother getting my full license…after all, I was never planning to own a car. And now that this sweet ride is sitting in my room, I think I may just compete with the traffic on two wheels. Riding on the road, even in Kingston, is a bit scary. I went out with a few more adventurous friends yesterday during rush hour. All that I can really say is that there was a lot of adrenaline pumping.

For anyone who is considering doing some road biking, I seriously recommend investigating fixed-gear bikes. YOU CAN BIKE BACKWARDS. I’m sorry, but I still can’t get over that. I haven’t done it yet…my bike is still on its free-wheel setting while I get used to the geometry and such, but give it a few weeks, and I will be able to bike in all directions. Nothing will stop me…except maybe mud (I slipped off the pavement yesterday, lost all traction in the muddy grass beside it, and then fell comically sideways).  Obviously, biking backwards is just a novelty–the real beauty of fixed-gear bikes is their speed and the punishing regimen they deal out. You can’t coast. Once you start, your pedals are always in motion…until you break, skid, or crash. Fabulous. Frightening. Yes!

Okay, clearly, I’m not a great spokesperson for fixies quite yet. I should also get back to reading about sex and gender.

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