Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein
It’s five o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon. I should be racing passed traffic on my way home from work in a hurry to sit back and relax. But on Tuesdays at this hour I can be found changing out of my cotton-heavy work clothes and into breathable, sweat-wicking clothes, sneakers, and my cycling helmet. I give my bicycle a quick brake and tire check and then I’m ready to go. The security guard in the building doesn’t recognize me. He thinks I’m a Jimmy John’s delivery man who got lost in the building.
About two months ago I joined a bicycle club to better learn the rules of the road in a safe environment. Every Tuesday after work about 300 cyclists from near and far gather at a local bar in downtown San Antonio to set out on a short ride together throughout the city. If you’re not familiar with San Antonio this is a great way to get to know the downtown area and an even better way to meet new friends. Two wheelers, three wheelers, and maybe even one wheelers can be seen on the ride. It’s a great organization that brings together a diverse group of people who share a common interest, their love for cycling.
This is more than just a social ride; this is a safe place where people are free to be themselves. It’s a judgment free zone where you can escape to recharge. It’s my gym, playground, and my therapy. Everybody helps everybody and nobody gets left behind. That’s how we roll.