Josh Bowman Lists Some of the Stupidest Things He Has Done on a Bicycle
Note: I learned to ride a bicycle later in life (i.e. in my 20’s), and have had to catch up on making bad choices in a very short period of time. I am not proud of these choices, but I have learned a lot of lessons, and I vow someday to become a proper grownup.
- When I first started riding, I was terrified of traffic, so every time a car came towards me, I would pull my bicycle to the side. On a couple of occasions, I would bump the tire into the side of a car. It was beyond embarrassing.
- I got really into riding my bike in Vancouver, so much so that I decided I could ride all year ’round! One day, it snowed and ice formed on the road. I bailed on my bike at least three times and skinned my knees riding to work that day. Remember, I was in my 20’s.
- When you ride a bicycle, for some reason, you think that you can safely drink and bike and it’s no big deal. So…I have gotten drunk and ridden my bicycle home, swerving this way and that. It’s a miracle I never got hit by a car on the road.
- I got a new road bike in Toronto, and thought it would be fun to stand and move around on that bike going downhill over speedbumps. The bike totally flipped, I fell on the asphalt, and ruined a good pair of jeans. Today, those jeans serve as a reminder not to be pointlessly reckless on a bike when going downhill over speedbumps.
- Talking on a phone. Texting. Talking on a phone while looking up an address. Watching a music video on my phone with headphones on.
- Riding against traffic on a one-way street at night.
- Standing on the frame with my feet off the pedals. Actually, that was pretty cool.
- Carrying an amplifier in a backpack on my back, and a guitar in one of the side panniers, cables in the other.
- Trying to squeeze between a huge truck and a parked car. Those drivers were not happy.
- Taking micro-naps while riding. 5 second blinks!