Cycling to work

Update: now with video!

I cycled to work for the first time today.

When I was a child I probably cycled more than I walked or ran. Cycling was both practical and an enjoyable activity in and of itself, and I was quite the accomplished BMX trickmaster. I guess I stopped using bikes with any regularity when I left the country. The last time I remember using it was to cycle across London whenever I wanted to get from my flat in the far East End to the centre to see a film. Certainly I didn’t use it in Italy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone cycling in Genoa.

When we came to Brussels we bought new bikes, ostensibly to use with the kids, but in reality we go out once in a blue moon, and we tend to walk/jog alongside them as there’s always one who’s small enough to require regular help of some form or another. I guess this will change over time and when they’re all big and independent enough we can go out en famille.

But today we moved office to another part of town, so instead of taking the metro I cycled. I managed it in 20 minutes, although I was puffing and slowing down considerably by the end. I’m lucky enough that my house and the new office are linked by a straight, flat section of Brussels’ “promenade verte“, a network of cycle/walking paths around Brussels, so I didn’t have to worry about traffic and could cycle in silence through forests and past lakes. This does mean that I lose about 30 minutes of reading time per day, but the physical and mental health benefits more than compensate.

Most of the ride looks like this:

Just don’t expect me to start covering myself head to toe in flourescent lycra.

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10 thoughts on “Cycling to work

  1. MichaelEdits November 21, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    I bicycled to work in Hangzhou, Thailand, Vietnam, and now North Carolina. Cycling is great.

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    • simonlitton November 21, 2012 / 2:55 pm

      I can imagine cycling in those locations is even more enjoyable.

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  2. Erik R. November 21, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    I think I would hate cycling through the streets of a big metropolitan area, because it seems so dangerous and stressful, but I think I would love cycling “in silence through forests and past lakes” to get to work. I hope you keep it up.

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    • simonlitton November 21, 2012 / 2:56 pm

      Hoping to. Depends on the weather, although a colleague tells me that on that route the foliage shields you from most of the precipitation.

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      • Erik R. November 21, 2012 / 2:58 pm

        Sweat can be another issue. Changing clothes upon arriving at work always seemed like it’d be a hassle to me. Maybe you can just wear your work shirt over the florescent lycra…

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    • Erik R. November 21, 2012 / 3:11 pm

      …hence the absence of a need for florescent lycra.

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  3. Gwen November 21, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    a straight, flat section of Brussels’ “promenade verte“, a network of cycle/walking paths around Brussels

    ENVY.

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    • simonlitton November 21, 2012 / 4:28 pm

      Obviously I’d prefer it if it were downhill all the way.
      And downhill on the way back too.

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