I'm hoisting myself back in the old 100 Strangers saddle, and what better way than by meeting Sara? I've recently taken up riding a bike (another kind of saddle) to do my daily errands, and I had a lot of questions for Sara at the bike stand outside Trader Joe's. I could tell she was serious about cycling by her helmet and black cycling shorts, so I ventured to ask her if it was safe to leave the panniers outside on the bike while you do your shopping. She laughed and said she couldn't imagine anyone being interested in swiping her beat-up old bags, and furthermore, she'd left her bike unlocked because she hadn't brought her lock with her on this ride.
She went on to tell me about her group of friends, and how they take a cycling trip each year in different parts of the country. Her favorite recent trip was along the C&O canal. This year they're going up to Minnesota, and she's trying to get in shape -- she needs to be able to ride 30 miles a day easily, and she doesn't ride over the winter. Toward that end, she usually commutes to work on her bike in the late spring -- it's a 12.5 mile ride each direction. She works at a local college, and commuting by bike works fine after the students have left for the summer. Before that, she needs to get to work earlier than riding would allow.
I'm hoping to meet more fellow cyclists (and strangers) this summer as I keep riding around my neighborhood. Maybe I'll end up with black bike shorts of my own.