|Gonna take you right into the danger zone|
Sure, wrecks happen. Usually they are the result of operator error or the rider riding beyond their abilities. That's what mountain bikers call "learning."
|A cheap lesson|
|Drew gets it done|
Trouble is, crashing on the road usually has more serious consequences than in the woods. Sure, pavement hurts, but at least you won't get run over in the woods. In my estimation, this makes roadies braver than mountain bikers.
Of course, despite all the complaining, American roads tend to be pretty wide, fairly straight, and in good repair. We even have some marking warning drivers of cyclists. And in central Ohio, you can usually find some low-traffic country roads pretty easily.
I'm in Portugal right now, and the roads are mainly clean and well-maintained, but they look something like this:
The Portugese wouldn't know what do do with roads like ours in central Ohio. They'd probably get lost just trying to cross the street. (Just kidding, everyone knows that the Portugese are excellent navigators).
|Vasco de Gama, discoverer of the hilliest route through Westerville|
Oh yes, people ride bikes. In fact, I sat on a hill near my house and watched bike after bike go by on Saturday.
As you can see, the road is quite narrow, up a hill, and bordered by a stone wall on one side and a hill on the other. Cars had no choice but to pass close.
Still, the riders kept coming. It was a constant stream on Sunday morning - just like on many country roads in central Ohio.
Anyhow, I figure that roadies in places like this are the toughest cyclists of all. They face the steepest consequences for a failure. But they're still out there having fun. I'm jealous that I don't have a road bike available. Next time.
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