Just read this great piece on Bicycling and the following quote sums up exactly why I enjoy solo riding. There are absolutely times when it’s fantastic to have a friend or two, but the solo escape, mind flushing capability, mental reset is strong medicine. Maybe it was years in the pool where you really only hear your own breathing that led me here … or perhaps it’s just the perfect zen quality of an early morning on the road.
Some of us ride to be alone, and others only pedal among others. I’ve never questioned which category I belong to. In the past few years, as I’ve sunk deeper into the regimens of work and family, I’ve come to depend on the freedom of riding alone, the respite from the social world, the thicket of obligations, the anxiety of being observed. If I want to talk when I’m out on the road, it’s only to myself, and I trust the power of exertion and repetition—the spinning of wheels, the steady climb—to push me deeper into that interior conversation.
Now and then I ride with a friend and value the companionship and the break from what can occasionally be a lonely routine. Changing a flat by myself in a cloud of gnats 30 miles from home is more solitude than I’m looking for—but it’s a fair price for the lessons in stamina, patience, will, and clarity that solo riding provides. I’m not alone in my preference for aloneness. I’ve crossed paths with enough riders in the middle of nowhere—always the quick nod, the wrist flick of mutual recognition—to suspect the existence of a tribe of solitaires. – Bicycling – Playing Solitaire
Remarkable similarities. Assistive power, smartphone apps, locking etc. Pricing is quite similar as well. I’ve actually been able to briefly test the Flykly and it was very impressive. The wheel is rather heavy, but you don’t notice that at all when pedaling … you only notice the rather enormous boost in power you get by simply riding the bike. I would imagine the Copenhagen Wheel offers similar results.
There’s been a fair bit of media attention on cycling accidents and menacing drivers over the past year. I’ve often considered getting a GoPro for safety more than thrill capture as a typical ride would probably be quite boring to review. Design Studio, Chaotic Moon has a different idea and instead is piloting the idea of an integrated helmet. There are multiple cameras able to capture several hours of video so you’ve essentially got an integrated black box on your head. Pricing is likely to be around $300 …