So this morning i thougtht i would try something that i have been thinking about for ages. I joined in with the marrickville bike bus for the commute, just to see what it was all about.
4 of us took off from illawarra rd at about 7 and away we went at a very cruisy pace. Admittedly, after yesterdays "i am lance armstrong" effort up the hill, i was glad to be in a pack that were not in a rush and were avoiding all the big hills.
As we head into newtown we pick up a couple more and away we go again.
While the pace was far from racey, the conversation was great. Just cruising along allowed us to chat away about all and sundry and i met some great people who clearly love cycling. Admittedly, none of my mates ride, so i have always been a solo rider, and it was great to be in a pack (if only the 6 of us) riding and chatting.
Riding in a pack also meant that we could occupy a bit more of the road and not be forced into the gutters where i would usually ride. We clearly annoyed one or two cagers but they'll get over it i'm sure.
Also, having now ridden the route i now know that there is a "flat" way to go as opposed to the "hilly" way i usually head in. Good for those days when i'm not feeling the need to climb.
All in all a great experience and one i'm sure to repeat again on a semi regular basis. The pace was a bit slow for me in the sense of getting some excercise, and right now i need to loose about 10kg (has been the laziest winter ever), but the people and ride were great. Plus i think the more numbers you can get on a ride like this, the safer the ride will be and the more exposure the idea of a "bike bus" will get. Might encourage a few drivers to come and join us!