I have been bicycling since I was about four years old and I am now sixty eight. I don’t go all out and wear the skin tight clothes, goggles, gloves and special shoes. I just have a helmet because the law requires it. If it was not for the law I would go like the outlaw motorcyclists and ride without one on my head. This is the way I have been all my life and I love it.
In my youth me and the guys, most days when the weather allow, would ride all over Petersburg, Virginia and the surrounding counties. We guys would ride and ride, all day long, and wouldn’t quit until night arrived. We became experts in having fantastic control of our bikes at high speeds. We could do almost anything except what kids do today. We didn’t do flips and all the other over the edge things seen today.
We had normal bikes, some with normal pedal brakes and no gears with only a couple guys having ten speeds and handle bar brakes. Somehow my backyard became the bike workshop for the neighborhood although there wasn’t any training or any other type of instruction, just trial and error. Those were the good old days, gone forever but never forgotten. I wouldn’t want to forget them if I could because they were happy days and I learned a lot.
Fast forward to today and you will find me in my retirement community. I am more active and sprier than most people here. There is a gym and many activities to keep the people active but I rarely have time to participate. Every now and then I go to the gym because winter has me locked in until spring really arrives. That’s when I thought about getting a new bicycle.
At the house I owned before coming to Imperial Plaza in Richmond, Virginia, I rode my bicycle all the time. This was a holdover from my childhood and from when I was in the U.S. Air Force. I am sixty eight now and I still ride my bike all over this section of town. Down the street, from the retirement community, is a large park (Bryan Park) and it’s perfect for when I don’t want to ride the streets.
Richmond has had riding competitions in the past and, if I remember correctly, more is coming. These are national competitions and I wouldn’t dare enter them. There are a lot of riding trails all over Richmond and the surrounding counties and each having more parks than I can count. There is no excuse for want of an interesting bicycle ride and you can’t say you can’t find one here.
I may be old but I am not dead nor out of shape. Here at Imperial Plaza I have only found one person that is a bicyclist and he is an employee. I just smile when I see the other tenants gawking and, maybe, wishing they could do it. I am in top condition without going to the gym and doing weight lifting. When I can make time I will get into a little weight lifting, however, I will continue bicycling and staying in shape. It’s good CARDIO!!