The more things change, the more they stay the same

Today’s guest post is from Elisa, one of the two women who make up Bike Skirt, a blog based in Birmingham, Alabama. Elisa and Anna started blogging about the same time Dottie and I did, and it was so wonderful to discover kindred spirits here in the Southeast! They are doing their best to bring cycling to the mainstream through work at the Bici Coop and organizing Alleycats and other events (including one tonight).

First, thanks to Dottie and Trisha for asking me to guest post (and apologies for my tardiness on getting it to them…oops).  When they asked me to post, I didn’t know what to write about, since our blogs seem to have talked about everything under the sun with biking!  So, I decided to write about just that: that riding a bike, while it hasn’t changed, is new every day.

Birmingham bikers back in the day

I love that everyone knows and uses this statement: ” It’s like riding a bike.” Why do we say that?  Because riding a bike is something that we never forget how to do and always want to get back to it.  Yes, we may get rusty and need a few practice runs, but once you remember how…oh, how wonderful it is!  Each day I ride roughly the same route, but it feels new each day.  I see new people on the corners, new delivery trucks taking up my space and the seasonal flowers that I get to smell every day.  I see how my neighborhood changes with the seasons, heck, each day.  I feel the slightest crisp in the air and the hint of a storm when it is coming.  Those things are hard to get in a car, and I get them every single day.

What is my point?  My point is that riding a bike itself hasn’t changed…still 2 wheels, a saddle and handlebars (yes, the components have changed and it has gotten easier), but the ride changes every day.  That is probably the thing I love the most about riding.  The everyday mystery of it. That, and that I get to wax poetic about my commute of all things.

Birmingham riders today

Thanks again to Trisha and Dottie, I hope you two are having the most fabulous time in France.  Can’t wait to see the photos of all the bikes and fun that you have


{Thanks for this guest post, Elisa! }

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3 thoughts on “The more things change, the more they stay the same

  1. Dave says:

    I agree – how many people in the U.S. get to say that their commute to/from work is one of the best parts of their day? But mine really is most days. Ok, by the end of May in Portland, I’m ready for it to stop bloody raining :) But to be honest, most of the time I really don’t mind. It’s refreshing and I get to work, and also home from work in sounder mind than I do if I just sit on a bus or drive.

    Future decisions on where I live will now always include heavy emphasis on the ability to get where I need to go by bike.

  2. Elisa —

    –so true and well put.

    I love seeing 6 year-olds and under ride, and I’m abolutely tickled pink when I see a senior riding.

    Everyone that rides is universally connected, but everyone’s ride is distinctly different from the next rider’s. Thanks for sharing!

  3. John White says:

    I know what you mean I was biking down to my favorite saloon and it was standing for over a 150 years and they’re bringing back some of the old music when I leave the sun is setting in my eyes and I wear


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