Dream days like this keep the pedals turning

View looking toward Mount Diablo from Elena Road in Los Altos Hills.

As I finished my ride through Los Altos Hills under partly cloudy skies and a warm sun, I experienced a strange sensation. This is a dream come true.

No traffic. Clean air. Mild temperatures. Flowers blooming. People out for a neighborhood walk. Behind this dream there lurks the reality — an unseen enemy sucking the life out of civilization.

I’m optimistic that once this is behind us, we will reflect on the good that comes out of this test and alter our lifestyles toward a more sustainable world.

No matter how things turn out, I find solace on the bike. As long as the wheels are turning, I can persevere.

Meanwhile, I took the Frankenbike for a spin, climbing an 11 percent grade for a short stretch. Of course, there’s no climbing out of the saddle, but I managed.

The only negative with the handlebars is twitchy handling. I have to avoid sudden motions.

This bike also has a waxed chain. It’s still quiet after 130 miles.

It’s heartening to see bike repairs still being done. Hey, if the car dealerships can keep their shops open through this shutdown, so can bike shops.

Some bike shops in the area are still open for repairs.

One Response to “Dream days like this keep the pedals turning”

  1. jamesRides Says:

    Frankenbike complete with a shinbone for a kickstand lol. I took the hard way to old santa cruz highway (pierce,9, sanborn, nicolas trail, black, alma rd around reservoir), got rained on, then sun came out. Lots of newbies on Los Gatos Creek trail from the dam to university. Lot’s of bell ringing.

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