I have to admit to a bit of a a conundrum about 30 Days of Biking. I think its a great idea, and I like to support it but as we discovered years ago when we first enrolled, it feels a bit awkward. And just in case you don’t already know;
What is 30 Days of Biking? Very simply, it’s a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, however far you want, no matter the weather! Next, you share your adventures online, with #30daysofbiking. That’s all there is to it.
Generally, we’d be riding every day anyway. But’s not like we’re doing anything special. And there is the conundrum. Our rides aren’t particularly interesting, its about getting to school, the shops, work or a friends. And its just because they are such an everyday part of life that most of the time I forget to photograph/hashtag/tweet anything about them. Let alone anything interesting.
Happily, April kicked off while I was actually engaged in a some pretty cool riding. A whole week of it on three different rail trails in Victoria with Rail Trail Bike Tours. Additionally I was on a different bike to my usual ones, a Salsa Fargo which, once I had the hang of those double-tap gears, was also fun.
For the first five days of #30daysofbiking I was busy riding from Beechworth to Mansfield and down to Tallarook.
Once back in Melbourne it was school holidays and I had been hoping for some nice days on the bike with the Flipster. Unfortunately it rained for the next five days and while this was great for the garden and our water tanks, it did have the effect of reducing our daily rides to just those required to get around. Nothing to see here!
But now the fine weather is back there is more chance we’ll manage to extend our rides beyond the immediate. And maybe find something interesting to say about them! Here is the Flipster casting some fine shadows on the way to 3CR Community Radio station on Monday.
Happily there are still 15 days to go for #30daysofbiking and at least some of those are during the school holidays and a weekend away we have planned on the bikes so here’s to inspiration! If you do want to see what our boring days on the bike look like then you’ll possibly find a few posts @vaguelyspecific on Instagram or Twitter But if you really want to be inspired then check out the #30daysofbiking hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or Vine, or check this out.