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A year of cycling (2019) - 901 rides and my learning

Saturday, February 01, 2020



Looking back to 2019 about my cycling performance is quite revealing.

My number of rides almost doubled, while, December and January remained the less cycled months.

I cycled almost every day to work, and to almost all my trips in the city, with a few occasional leisure rides.

My objective for 2019 was to do every trip by bicycle, even if it is short, to keep the consistency.
I aimed to beat my monthly record in the summer, when I often had 4-6 rides a day (so 2-3 back-and-forth journeys).

Here are my learning:
Consistency helps, if I start cycling and keep it up, it goes easisly. While if I stop doing it for whatever reason, there is a risk that the pause will be longer.

December 2019 and January 2020 were the lowest in rides. I was reflecting a lot on this. I think there are a couple of reasons: in December, I just needed less often to go out - it is a month when we stay at home naturally. The days are dark and short, so it is less likely that we make a trip somewhere in the evening.

And of course catching a cold from the colleagues doesn't help - in fact the days when I didn't cycle were only the days when I got sick, or when my bike was not available (puncture, maintenance, theft).



Cycling to work is a great form of exercise. Even if I don't do extra sports in a week, this way I can clock-in about 5h of exercise.

PLANS FOR 2020:

KEEP:

1. Aim to cycle for all the commuting trips, even short ones.

2. Keep the existing bikes - they work well.

3. Track all rides with BikeCitizen.net, it helps to see how much I cycled.

4. Being active in VeloMai and the cycling associations to support others helped a lot to keep myself engaged.


IMPROVE:

1. Change the tires back to Schwalbe Marathon,
so there is no puncture at all. I had eliminated this issue before, but I tried some new-special tires, which promised to be also puncture proof (Schwalbe Almotion, Schwalbe Supreme). But in the end it was not the case...

2. Buy more special screws to prevent component theft.
Unfortunately, someone stole the break levers, electric switches, light, saddle, grips, GPS holder from our cargo bike. I already had Pitlock screws on the wheels, but now I will install on all removable components.

3. Buy a three-wheel kick-scooter to add some fun to the trips when we go by public transport.
I have currently a two wheel kick-scooter, which is not ideal when the pavement is wet, and it happens way to often. The two wheel kick-scooter glides easily in wet, the three wheel version does less, and at least it remains stable.

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  • JEANKNEE
    Love your analysis of your cycling experience in 2019. And, appreciate you sharing what you've identified as areas of improvement. They're insightful and helpful to those of us considering cycling.


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