So many people underestimate what their bike can do. A properly fitted bicycle can take you down roads and trails, hither and yon with no problems whatsoever. It is we that have the problem.
We’ve been conditioned to think that a certain type of riding requires a certain type of bike. While that may be true of the professional racer, or someone willing to catapult themselves down rock strewn trails; for most of us it just is not the case.
The photo above shows me on a “mountain bike” trail. An easy trail, but a trail none the less. I’m riding my touring bicycle. Fitted with racks, bags and a basket. Tires a bit wider than 2 inches with no tread to speak of. It was great fun.
This is the pinnacle of “Local Touring“. We rode the local greenways to a state park that has off road trails. After riding the roads through the park we took a detour onto one of the trails. After completing our off road adventure, we got back on the road and retraced our path back home. On another day we took hammocks and lounged for a while, enjoying the outdoors before we rode back. I hope I made it sound as fun as it really was.
I think we all suffer from a bit of A.D.D. (Adventure Deficit Disorder-I stole this from Tim Ferriss, all credit to him).
Does this, in any way, inspire you to use your bike in a different way?
Do any of you engage in this sort of activity already?
I would be interested in hearing your stories.