Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Monday Morning Crazy Legs

Balmore made this ride spicy!

Monday morning Crazy Legs is such a great ride. First, the people leading the group are great. Barry B and John W (Although John wasn’t at this ride today) are some of the nicest guys in the community and are very welcoming to new riders. Second, you can always count on someone always showing up for this ride. This ride was a spin off from the evening CL ride and originally founded by Donald years ago as a more moderate paced ride. Talking pace most of the time unless Balmore or Monte want to spice up the ride. It happens but in the end we all start and “mostly” finish together.

When I first joined this ride in March of 2020, I was definitely out of shape. Balmore was one of the first guys to help me along and even waited for me when I got dropped. I really appreciated Balmore helping me along in those early days. Fast forward to today, Balmore and I are pretty competitive. On Monday’s ride we kept pushing each other. I would slowly increase the pace and he’d match me at every pedal stroke. I’d be listening to see if he changed gears and prepared to pass me. I’d drop down a gear or two and try to keep him at bay. Yeah it hurt and a few times I was successful staying ahead of him.

The camaraderie and friendships that develop while riding with friends are invaluable. If you are interested in a nice friendly ride come out Monday morning and join the Psycho-List Crazy Legs ride. We meet at Euro Cafe in Claremont and roll out at 8:15 am.

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