May is National Bike Month.
I like to use my bike to get around. I do not have a demanding schedule, and in the event of bad weather or the occasional flat tire, I can call my husband to come and get me in the F-150. Or I can walk – Chico isn’t so big you can’t just walk.
I call my bike “Myrtle the Turtle” because she is green and slow but she always gets me where I want to go. She is a 1956 Raleigh Superbe, I picked her up at a Deseret Industries thrift store back in the 1980’s. She has been my commute bike ever since.
I took Myrtle to work today. The morning was bright and cheerful, I figured I’d be home before the rain set in. I didn’t count on the wind, which started to pick up about 11 am.
Sheesh! Did you ever notice, when you ride a bike on a windy day, the wind seems to be coming right into your face no matter what direction you’re traveling. When I got home I looked like Little Richard. Wooooo-oooo-ooo Bay-beeee!
Cycling isn’t always the practical way, but I work it in whenever possible. It’s free compared to the costs associated with a car, and it’s a good work out. The best thing is, there are routes available to bikes that are not available to cars. I’ll say, Chico has a lot of nice bicycle amenities, bridges, trails, etc.
Frankly, you are the only one who can guarantee your own safety – be careful out there.
If you are new to cycling or new to Chico, Chico Velo is a good resource for route information. They have lots of socials where you can meet other riders and learn the ropes of getting around town.
Of course their big event is the Wildflower, coming up at the end of April. My husband rode in the century as a high school kid, and we participated with our kids in the “Child Flower,” a shorter ride over to Durham Park, which I would recommend. You don’t need a fancy bike to do that route, just good brakes and tires, water and a snack. Child Flower registration is only $20 per rider and I believe you still get the official bandanna with the route map printed on it.
Get out there and enjoy your wheels!