This morning four members of the Hobble Creek Bicycle Association left the Springville Civic Center at just after 7:30am and embarked on a 40+-mile ride through Mapleton, Spanish Fork, Salem, Payson, Benjamin, and back to Springville. It was a beautiful clear morning with generally light traffic on the road.
A few interesting observations and lessons:
- No flat tires and only one thrown chain means we were able to keep riding pretty well.
- Lots of other people out riding too, which creates a good sense of community (as long as they wave–people, wave at other cyclists!)
- We met a guy from Spanish Fork who was riding his bike to Sandy and back to deliver some sourdough bread as part of a charity project. He had a long ways to go when we saw him!
- I noticed some cool birds (Mountain Bluebird, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Western Meadowlark, etc.) along the way. Biking brings you closer to nature.
- Only one jerk yelled at us the whole time. She must have been having a bad morning since we didn’t even slow her down as she passed us in her truck.
- For rides of more than 30 miles bring food. Trust me.
- Grease your chain before you go.
- Riding in a paceline rocks. This is why you should ride with friends.