The ideal time to bike to work is in the middle of summer, right? Warm mornings, lots of daylight, and most importantly no parents rushing to get their kids to school on time.
But most of the time riding to work seemed to interfere with training: need an easy ride on Mon; Tues go to Westlake; Wed recover from Westlake; Thurs often go to Leroy for the TT; Fri need an easy ride. It’s hard to do an easy ride to/from work. There is a climb from the Chagrin River valley each way, and for some reason I find it difficult to go “recovery slow” when riding to or from work. I guess that same impatience that makes people drive frantically during rush hour carries over to the bike.
So I chose today to ride to work for the first time in months. And encountered the aforementioned parents rushing to get their kids to school on time. Riding up Cedar Road in the morning isn’t easy. It’s uphill and narrow. There is no shoulder to speak of — unless you want to ride in gravel — and what shoulder there is drops off quickly.
It was made worse by the steady stream of SUV’s — I was counting and it was easily 5-1 vs. cars — carrying kids up to Gilmour Academy. The same school where a student XC runner was hit by a car a few weeks ago while practicing (2 broken legs and fractured skull). You’d think the parents would give a cyclist a little breathing room on a narrow road.
Nope, sorry — HONK! (then weave across the yellow line even though there is oncoming traffic).
Then I managed to break off the key in my bike lock, which is now permanently attached to the bike rack at work.