I read plenty of cycling blogs and have been pedalling since I was a boy and I thought I’d “seen” as it were, everything. That’s pretty arrogant of me thinking about it, but this morning I saw a new one.
Unusually I saw another cyclist on my early commute in. He was coming towards me, I saw him first from a good way back as he had a fantastic front LED light and as he got closer I could see he was properly equipped, hi vis jacket, plenty of hi vis patches, a good MTB (Scott) with full mudguards etc. All in all it was clear he was a regular commuter. I prepared myself to deliver my usual “All right mate” which is my normal salutation to fellow cyclists when I was struck speechless, he was wearing a full face proper Motorbike helmet! I was stunned, I couldn’t believe it. That’s real overkill! I’d never seen that before. So much so I was aware I was staring at him!
It played on my mind a tad during the rest of the ride in and eventually I thought rather than be amused and all judgemental about the feller, perhaps he needs the benefit of the doubt as perhaps he has learned a few hard and very personal lessons that made him think a full face motorbike helmet is the way to go for him.
I can never see the time when I think I will need a full face motorbike helmet on a pedal. Even after my few skirmishes and coming togethers with various vehicles over the years. As I said overkill in my opinion, but if that’s what it takes to get him out and ride then fair enough. We’re all different.
I just wish I’d said hello, he probably thinks I’m an ignorant git!
The pedal in itself was fantastic, I must have had a pretty decent tailwind as I got in at the same time as when I ride the route on my road bike. Head wind home then…
Weekend starts here as they say, it’ll be a ride home dinner time, upper body excercises and core workout afterwards a bit of “work” work this afternoon and then the usual Dodford visit for my weekly ale allowance!
There’ll be no blogging from me tomorrow or Sunday. I’ve got a full on weekend. Tomorrow is changing the exhaust on wifey’s car plus other scheduled stuff she has for me. Then Sunday I’m at a Rugby Coaching Conference all day. Looking forward to that!
Another give away from Ray over at DC Rainmaker.
Have a good weekend all and see you all on Monday!