A Nice Night for a Ride

[[image:sunset_bikes_mini.jpg::inline:1]]It’s true that we experience the seasons a little differently here in Los Angeles when compared with many other parts of the world, but, as I was reminded on this ride, each season still holds its unique treasures. As cyclists, we get to experience some of these treasures a little more fully because we’re right out there in the thick of it.

Published October 8, 2007 by C.I.C.L.E.
By Rob :: Photo: Mrhayata

[[image:sunset_bikes_inside.jpg::inline:1]]My friend and I went out to a movie the other night. The sun was just on its way down over the horizon as we headed out. We kept to the residential side streets as we rode the few easy miles to the theater. The shadows stretching across the street added to that feeling of peacefulness that comes to the community as the weekend slowly winds to an end.

It seems like just a few weeks have passed since we were stuck in the endless heat of summer, and while we’re bound to have a few more warm spells, fall really has swept in quickly. These cooler temperatures and shorter days seemed to be fueling our neighbor’s desires for warm, savory meals, the smells of which wafted out into the streets as we rode.

It’s true that we experience the seasons a little differently here in Los Angeles when compared with many other parts of the world, but, as I was reminded on this ride, each season still holds its unique treasures. As cyclists, we get to experience some of these treasures a little more fully because we’re right out there in the thick of it. Sometimes it’s a little cooler or a little warmer than we’d prefer, but we can take comfort in knowing that what we are experiencing is also very real – something that exists in this moment, in this season, and will change in good time.

If you’re already a cyclist in Los Angeles you’re probably getting really excited for the treasures to be found over the next several months of riding. One of the fun things about riding through the cooler part of the year is pulling out all those warm clothes that have been buried in the back of the closet all summer long. There’s something so nostalgic and comforting in those hand-knit wool caps, flowing scarves, long socks, and cozy mittens that fall ushers back into our lives.

Of course, there are a lot of other great reasons to ride a bicycle, too. A few of the advantages most often attributed to the bicycle include: they are inexpensive to maintain and operate; they are a good way to get a little extra exercise; they are extremely eco-friendly, and they free us from the frustrations of congested traffic. On this particular evening ride, however, it was the deepening of a connection to our surroundings of nature and community that infused my thoughts.

I have to admit there were even a few moments during the movie when I was dreaming about our happy ride home. Night had fallen completely as we exited the theater. We were welcomed by the clear, starry night sky and just a few passing clouds that were ready to escort us all the way home. We had a mostly downhill ride ahead of us, so we sat back and relaxed as we coasted through the cool, quiet ravines that welcomed us back into fall.