Cycling: Is it no longer about the bike ride?

Only thirty-seven (37) other cyclists spotted on this morning's 66 km circuit encompassing Mosman, Wakehurst Parkway, northern beaches, Church Point, McCarrs Creek Rd, Mona Vale Rd and Pacific Hwy! Most of those were between Mona Vale and Terrey Hills – the total only reached double figures at Church Point. And that includes all the little kids riding their new bikes on the footpath and locals pottering around. Probably less than a tenth of the riders usually out on a typical weekend or holiday morning.

Mind you those numbers still almost exceeded those of cars out early. This, plus cool temperature and light overcast made for ideal cycling conditions, probably about the best all year.

So where were the rest of you? It can't just be explained by everyone staying home to unwrap their presents, can it?

It wasn't until I was returning to civilisation at St Ives (?!) that it hit me. No, not a truck, but the realisation. The cafes were closed!

Is this really what we have come to? Cycling in the early mornings is no longer about the exercise (if it ever was) but is now all about the caffeine hit? Sad ;-)

Did anyone else ride anywhere and see virtually no other cyclists?

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Comment by Truett Dellow on December 25, 2009 at 9:07am
I dare say you're right Neil.

I went out to Kurnell this morning, a ride which usually sees a plethora of roadies either cycling or sipping soy lattes at the cafe out there. Not today though, I must have been lucky to see 10 people out.

I did however get abused by a guy doing about 100km through a residential area because I was shaking my head at him. If there's any day of the year kids are riding on the streets and testing their new bikes out it would be Christmas day. Hopefully he gets to where he's going without hitting anyone...and then his prostate falls out.

Merry Christmas all.

Comment by Davidtcr on December 26, 2009 at 2:26pm
I just rode up to Mount White and back on Christmas Day, and saw a few people out. Certainly not crowds of them, but I thought a reaasonable number for Christams Day when a lot of people do want to do the family thing. A pity though because they did miss a very nice day.

This morning, on the other hand, was just about dead. I went through Bobbo and out to West Head, then back through Akuna Bay, Bobbo and then Galston and Berowra Waters. Beside a bunch of about 20 coming back from West Head I probably saw about 10 bikes the entire trip!
Comment by baa baa on December 26, 2009 at 5:07pm
Riding on Santa Day?

Neil, that is so, so, 2009. This Christmash is all about “Sydney Cyclist WiFi Wee-now *”.
Plot out the Sydney ride you want, size up the width of your Sydney bike lane to what feels just risky enough, dial up the required agro of the white van drivers, decide on your Wee-now* bike, tyres, psi, and gear ratios and then hit out on the road in the living room.

Why ride a bike outside when you can Wee-now* and all around your own house??.

Did anyone else ride anywhere and see virtually no other cyclists?

Riding a bike should never be about fitness or fun, it is all virtual now....

* TM (pending).
(Baabaa morning spent Christmash morn sizing up the 7 year olds new bike to fit for early Boxing Day ride.)

((PS What does Boxhead do on boxing day?))
Comment by Doddsy on December 26, 2009 at 6:56pm
I was in Melbourne doing a loop that involved the Dandenongs, St kilda and Black Rock.
Comment by Neil Alexander on December 26, 2009 at 7:41pm
Yeah, but didja see any other cyclists, Doddsy? (And were all the cafes closed?)
Comment by Michael S. (Boxhead) on December 26, 2009 at 8:30pm
baa baa: service commuter while listening to cricket on the radio. :-p
Comment by Neil Alexander on December 27, 2009 at 9:02am
We're getting off-topic here (how unusual!) but as you mentioned the *bl**dy cricket, Boxhead, can you believe that Kat was out for ninety-bl**dy-eight? Or that run out...? Aaaargh!!
Comment by Dan on December 27, 2009 at 11:36am
I didn't ride on the 25th or 26th (enjoyed a lie-in!), but I went out today. I needed to; I was starting to get cabin fever...

Didn't see too many people today either. But it was nice to get out.
Comment by naomi on December 28, 2009 at 12:32pm
There were heaps of cyclists out in the East and in Centennial early Xmas morn. All the cafes were open and some bursting with cyclists (clubs) on this side so maybe they had all followed where the coffee was at and gone East side!
Comment by Neil Alexander on January 1, 2010 at 9:19am
Oh, come on guys. Where was youse all again this morning?

Yeah the cafes were shut again (at least the ones I passed on the northside) and some people were probably sleeping off hangovers from last night, some are out of town and an unfortunate few have to punch the time clock but, really, there is no excuse for the rest of you.

It was another perfect morning for cycling – unarguably the best conditions this year. Cool, overcast, no wind, minimal traffic. And yet in 54km through LCNP, along the Comenarra to Asquith and back south through Bobbin Head and down Pacific Hwy, I spotted only 40 other riders. Yeah, that's a slightly better ratio of riders seen to km pedalled than on Christmas Day but it's still a mere fraction of the numbers out on your average Saturday or Sunday. Sure it was humid and there was even a touch of drizzle later on but not even enough to dampen the roads before 9.30 and as soon as it did, it stopped.

I reckon it's a crime to waste such fantastic conditions by not getting out on a bike. Those who didn't should expect to be arrested. Unless you have a note from your mum, or sumthin'.


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