May 14, 2012
1. How did you get started in biking?It's cycling — that's the distinction now when you're referring to people riding bicycles versus motorcycles. Motorcycles are bikers, and bicycles are cyclists. I always liked to ride when I was a kid, but then I grew up and got my license and drove everywhere. At college we always discussed carryover sports or things you can do the rest of your life. I really didn't start cycling seriously until I moved here. I think I first started recording my rides in 1978.2. How often and how long do you typically cycle?I usually try to ride several days a week — as often as I can — it depends on how much time I have. I usually ride about 13 or so miles, but on Saturday, when I have more time, I might cycle 30 miles or more.3. What do you do during the winter months?I have a bicycle on a fluid trainer. The rear wheel actually moves. It sits on a cylinder wheel and there is a device that offers resistance. The harder you peddle the more resistance. It's not the same though.4. How many months a year can you get out to ride?It depends on the weather. I usually get a few days in March and a few more in April in a good year. I can generally ride into November. Again, it all depends on the weather.5. Do you compete at all?Nope — it's purely recreation, exercise, and relaxation. Competition would take the fun away.6. Do you take cycling trips?Every year, except for maybe two or three, for the last 20 years or more, I've been going on GOBA, which is the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, which is 350 miles in a week. It's organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. You go to a different place or area in Ohio each year and you ride from city to city. It's about 50 miles a day. They organize towns where you will have snack stops because the more you ride, the more you eat. You camp each night in a town. Then I've done some one-dayers around here. A lot of the longer trips are on Sundays, and I try not to go on Sundays, so I can go to church. GOBA starts on a Sunday, but that's only once a year. 7. What's the longest ride you've been on at one time?Oh, I'd probably say about 72 miles or somewhere in that range.8. What kind of bike do you use?This [bike] would be considered a road bike. It has drop handle bars and thinner tires. 9. Have you ever gotten lost?That's part of the fun. You see a road and ride down it to see where it comes out. I generally know if I keep going a certain way, I'll eventually find my way home. 10. Do you ride with anyone?On GOBA there's a group that rides together, but generally, I ride by myself. I find when I am cycling, it's a good time to pray. That's the other reason I ride — it's a nice quiet time.11. What does your family think of your cycling?I'm very thankful for a wife who understands my need to get out and ride. Both my kids ride. My daughter has two little guys now so it's harder for her to get out, although she'll hook up this trailer to pull them in. I even got my son-in-law to start cycling. My wife likes to ride, but she's not as into it as I am. GOBA used to be a family thing — I'd go with the kids.12. Is cycling dangerous on the roads?Sometimes, it can be, but some have had more trouble than I have. Bikes go by the same rules of the road as cars. I try to stay out of people's way — you gotta be smart about it. I always ride with a mirror so I can see what's behind me, but I still get surprised sometime. People do honk and yell, but I just smile and wave.