21 Ways to Have More Fun on Your Bike
Sing1 of 22
Sing. Loud. As you pass pedestrians, people in their yards, getting into their cars. Just be careful of these 11 Road Rules.
Try a Fondo2 of 22
Ride a fondo with your dad, or mom, or children. Or all of them.
Try Kilometers Instead3 of 22
Set your computer to kilometers and do whatever it takes to make it flash 100 kph.
Wheelies4 of 22
Get your childhood wheelie back.
Instigate5 of 22
Be the instigator on the next club ride—town-line sprints, granny-gear sprints, coasting races, you call it.
Parades6 of 22
Ride in your town's next parade.
Cut Across a Field7 of 22
Cut across a cornfield. Follow the powerline. Poach the golf-course cart paths. (If caught, apologize sincerely and profusely—in a foreign language.)
Volunteer8 of 22
Volunteer as a bike marshal at a marathon or 10K. (Resist the temptation to throw a victory salute at the line.)
Switch It Up9 of 22
Ride up your favorite descent—and down your favorite climb.
Swim10 of 22
Ride to a swimming hole. Pack swimwear in your jersey pocket. Or not.
Picnic in the Woods11 of 22
Fill a cooler with cheese, cured meats, beer or wine, and stash it in the woods somewhere along the route of the next day's ride. When the group reaches that spot, feign a mechanical, then unveil your surprise.
Take a Trip to Cape May12 of 22
Ride Cape May, New Jersey, during the migration of the Monarch butterflies in late August or early September—one of the half-million winged wonders will alight on your shoulder now and then.
New Roads13 of 22
Plan out a local ride that's at least 50 percent made up of roads you've never been on.
Drag Your Cleats14 of 22
Fade casually to the back of the group. At a slow-speed section, unclip one foot then drag your cleat on the pavement—it sounds exactly like a bike crash.
Take a Break15 of 22
Stop and read the roadside memorial, sign or marker you've always passed by.
Accessorize16 of 22
Splurge on a really, really, really nice bell. (Or one of these fancy leather bike accessories.)
Helmet Hair17 of 22
Don't tamp down your helmet hair next time you end a ride in public—fluff it, spike it, exaggerate your badge of honor to unprecedented proportions.
Strava18 of 22
Turn Strava off. (Or sign up for it.)
Stop for Flowers19 of 22
Pick flowers. Give them to someone when your ride ends. (Just watch out for these 5 Ways Nature Attacks Cyclists.)
Watch the Sunrise20 of 22
Start a ride before sunrise; the next day end one at sunset; on the third, go for a moonlight cruise.
Teach21 of 22
Get one new cyclist out on a bike ride every week for a month.