2009 is just around the corner and it is time for some New Year's resolutions. Yeah, yeah, almost all of us except maybe Nicole Ritchie and Lara Flynn Boyle need to lose a few pounds, but what about other resolutions? Again, it is a no-brainer to pledge to spend more time on the bike or even better yet, more quality time on the bike. Then there is I want to spend more quality time with the people I care about(family, friends, etc.) Is there a really original New Year's resolution out there?
How about I want to put less carbon fiber on my bike(frame included) in 2009? Carbon fiber has taken over the bike industry, about the only part of a bike that isn't made of carbon fiber are the tires and tubes and I am certain there is some engineer working on that as I write. Do we really need more carbon fiber? Yes, the stuff is hi-tech and you can do some amazing things with it, but can a bike have too much carbon fiber? Just a thought.
How about we all try to be nicer to car drivers in 2009? Actually, the first step is to for cyclists to be nicer to each other in the coming year. When I pass a cyclist I say 'Hi'. If the cyclist is on the other side of the road, I give them a wave. It doesn't cost me anything. So maybe the resolution is for all of us to be more friendly to our fellow cyclists and also the cars we encounter on the roadway.
How about trying to ride our bikes more and use our cars less. It takes very little additional effort to stop by the store on the way home from a ride to pick up that carton of milk or loaf of bread. Why ride 50+ miles and then use the car to head a couple of miles down to the store to pick up a missing item or two.
Well, that's a start. I am sure if I thought about it a bit more I could come up with some other ideas. Oops. There's another resolution. Think about stuff more before acting. Luckily for me, it isn't 2009 for another 24 hours or so.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year,