Another Saturday, another cycle. I took my bike into the bike shop for a tune-up after my issues last weekend, and everything was much better today. I feel a little guilty shelling out $200 for things I could definitely do myself, but I am earning more thanks to working more, and I have less time, and I don’t really want to take up bike maintenance as a hobby. (I could have brought it in and just had the specific issue addressed, but I had a full tune-up.) Today’s cycle was almost identical to last weekend’s in terms of distance and elevation gain. I went a little slower, which I mostly attribute to the fact that I’ve never ridden this route before and had to stop and check directions and ride slower in places trying to figure out which way I was going. However, I felt MUCH better at the end. I rode the last road prior to the big hill back to my house faster than I ever have, per Strava, and I ride that road a lot, so that’s significant. Equally important, the last hill up to my neighborhood wasn’t so bad. I was partially fueled by road-rage, though, as a car honked at me, in my opinion 100% completely without justification, just before I cycled up the hill. I feel like there is a subset of drivers – a small subset – that really have it in for cyclists.
I crossed the new 520 bridge for the first time, and it has a wonderful cycling lane. On the other cross-lake highway, you practically feel like you’re on the highway with the cars, but the new bridge has a wide cycling and walking lane, and once I’d figured out how to get on it, I really enjoyed cycling across it.
Many major tours are doing away with podium girls, including the Tour de France. Female models used to present the winners with their awards and pose for photos with them. To me, this is a great example of a meaningless symbolic gesture that makes people feel warm and fuzzy about being feminist without doing something real. What would be real, you might ask? How about having a Tour de France for women? How about televising women’s performances in any tour, including their most significant race – the Tour de Rosa? (Currently, the only television coverage for women is in the world championships. If any women’s tours are televised, the major provider for cycling in the US, NBC, does not cover them.) It doesn’t really bother me at all if attractive women give stage winners a teddy bear. The absence of anything remotely resembling equal opportunity in cycling for women, on the other hand, bothers me a great deal. This, on the other hand, is encouraging.