I had a glorious bike ride over Memorial Day weekend — 26 miles along the ocean on the East Bay Providence (Rhode Island) bike path. Wow! Perfect weather, lots of birdsongs, great ocean and nature smells. And at the midway point, a fab seafood lunch of steamers and haddock at Quito’s.
I am happy that a ride like this is well within my biking capabilities, and really glad I picked up biking again a few years ago. Just so you know, I am not a daily rider or a commuter; I use my bike only for recreation, like riding on the bike path.
There’s a new book I want you to know about: Bicycling: A Reintroduction (Quayside) by Karen Ruth. I just saw a copy of this beautifully designed and easy-to-use book. It’s made for people like us: baby boomers who want to rediscover the joys of biking. According to the author, about 60 million adults ride bikes, and interest in biking is growing rapidly worldwide, with sales up 10 percent to 25 percent over the past 10 years. The book covers everything from why you should ride, to selecting a bike, to repairing it. I highly recommend it.
Bicycle manufacturers are responding to the adult demographic by designing super-comfortable bikes, too, so if you’re thinking of biking again, now’s a great time to get into it.