As I push ever farther into the world of cycling I have learned lots of fascinating things. I have been thinking of getting a new bike, but with winter approaching (add as many Game of Thrones quotes as you want here) I am wondering if I should wait. As a result of this indecision, I have been doing a lot of research.
Ø Not far from where I live, there exists a 15 km or so (it is longer, but construction issues for bridges and such has blocked off part of the trail until next year). I have ridden it a couple of times and it was amazing. If you want to read about my ride and see some great pictures, please click on the link here: http://todaysperfectmoment.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/august-24-2014-the-nokiidaa-trail/
Ø There are a huge number of bike shops in my area, and along my commute path, and near my work. I had no idea cycling was so popular. When I was young, only children rode bikes. The upside of this is lots of places to shop. The downside is that even places which sold reasonable bikes now have some higher end bikes, and prices seem quite high. I mean, I have seen bikes which cost as much as my car did when I bought it new.
Ø There are a lot of magazines devoted to the hobby/pursuit. I have counted about 10, and I am sure there are more. That's incredible. Whoever said the printing medium was done was obviously wrong. Despite the complaints of these magazines just being glossy catalogues that push expensive and unnecessary products on the gullible, there is some decent writing between the pages.
Ø There is a crapload of extras for the cycling crowd. Is all of it necessary? Of course not. Is some of it vanity driven? Absolutely. Does it affect me..... sadly, I have to answer yes.
Ø I like riding a bike much more than going to a gym. Seems pretty obvious, but that is what fuels the decision to buy a nice bike. Living in a climate which produces bone chilling cold and snow for a large part of the year doesn't help.
Summing it all up. I am definitely interested in this hobby. Where I take it from here, only time will tell.