My normal commute is short (about 5 miles) and entirely on city streets, with car traffic. Today, I had to go to the South Shore Cultural Center for work. I live in Avondale. This meant that, once I got to Lincoln Park, it was free and clear sailing all the way down to 71st St. It was a beautiful morning; I was in a hurry, so I was hustling, and I had a tailwind. It made my day, and all before 9:00! What's more, I knew I'd get to do it over again in the afternoon. Granted, I did have a stiff headwind for that one. Once I got back to the north side, I decided I'd do something I'd been meaning to do but had never gotten around to, and ride the whole thing end-to-end in both directions. So up to Hollywood, back to North Ave. and then back home. It was suuuch a pleasure! Yes, not truly unexpected since I knew I had to go to the SSCC today, but it feels unexpected anyway.
So that made me think: what has been your unexpected pleasure on a bicycle this spring?
There was some epic light show stuff going on last night, was dark, an to top it off of course it was raining. Wasn't looking forward to for i hadn't any rain gear or anything. Just my bike, front light, trail, flat cap, and dress clothes.
ended up soaked and filled with joy. something about that ride... Glad I did it after all
My new route from the south side to the loop includes the section of Loomis from 31st to 18th, and just north of Cermak there are a few rough railroad crossings. The asphalt is buckled in a way that makes them a perfect little ramp, but I didn't realize it until the other day.
I was on my mountain bike with a little tailwind and nowhere to be so I decided to have some fun. I timed my bunny-hop perfectly and got near 18" off the ground and managed to clear the tracks completely. I landed so hard I bottomed out both the front and rear suspension, but nothing broke, so I just continued on my way. I was happy to throw down some mtb in the middle of the city since I can't go to the trails as much as I want these days.
It's the little things.