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Angryasian The Beauty of Cycling
  • Patrick

    **Clapping emoji**

  • Logan Sholar

    I’m assuming you rode up Lickskillet to earn that piece of pie! Lovely read.

    • James Huang

      Nope, went straight up Fourmile that day. And pie doesn’t need to be earned; it just needs to be eaten.

  • jules

    slam that stem

    • James Huang

      Ha, mine or my daughter’s?

  • Nick Bayma

    Beautifully written, James. You’re absolutely right, not much better than riding with kids.

  • kamoteQ

    Wow!

  • velocite

    I have a dvd, transferred from super 8mm film, of my son’s first ride without training wheels. It was in a supermarket car park on Sunday, back in 1976 when supermarkets didn’t open on Sundays. A glorious expanse of smooth asphalt. And his grandfather was riding around as well. But James, my son was 3 years and 6 months, so I must know, exactly how old was your daughter?

    On another matter, and apologies for this, but I just hate the modern overuse of ‘literally’. Other than for a pearl the world will never literally be an oyster – and even then it’s dubious.

  • cnm

    Excellent …

  • Joseph Morley

    Approved!

  • Bigguy

    Re ‘stopping and smelling the flowers’.

    I remember a few years ago talking to my cycling club captain about the yearly rides at the Tour Down Under. It would seem the group from Sydney would travel down to Adelaide and head out on a variety of meticulously planned rides. After a couple of years of this he realised one day that on a ride they went past one of his favourite wineries. But they didn’t stop.

    I suppose the only difference in those rides now is that instead of noticing wineries, that time is spent looking at power meters.

    • James Huang

      I used to regularly travel to Belgium to cover tech at Flanders and Roubaix when I was still working for Cyclingnews/BikeRadar, and we often would rent a house in the countryside that everyone could use as a home base as they traveled in and out.

      I eventually got into the habit of bringing a bike with me, and during one much-needed mid-week ride, I stumbled upon a strawberry farm that had a vending machine set up out front. Inside were small baskets of berries, glass jars of homemade jam, etc. I didn’t have any Euros on me, but I marked the location and swore to myself that I’d be back.

      Two days later, I did the same ride and made sure to pack some cash. Needless to say, my jersey pockets were a lot more full on the way back to the house than when I had left, and morning toast at home was all that much sweeter for a few weeks afterward.

  • Allez Rouleur

    Wow, nice! Didn’t realize you were from Long Island! Both my parents are baby boomers born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island.

    Children. I have a 14-month old son and can’t wait to get him in a trailer, then on the bike. Wife is making me wait until 18 months. I’m counting them down.

    I played DI college sports (lacrosse) and was totally burned out after dealing with a frustrating coach. I was 22, still loved sports/exercise/pushing myself, but had lost that competitive “win at any cost” edge. I just wanted to stay active and have fun. Waiting for a bus to work and someone pedaled by on a bicycle. “Wait, I have a bike, I know how to ride, why not?” That was in 2002. Haven’t owned a car since, still ride daily, both commuting and road/cross when time allows, and I won’t even divulge how many bicycles I own. I cannot delineate my life from my love of cycling. I don’t know where I’d be mentally or physically without riding!

    • James Huang

      Yep, left Long Island in ’92 for school and have been slowly migrating westward since then. I do miss the food, though, and it was only last year that I finally found a real bagel, up in in the ski town of Winter Park, of all places. Turns out the owner is a fellow Long Island native, and figured out to bake bagels at altitude. I go in there every time I’m in the area, without fail.

      • Allez Rouleur

        I keep on pushing to get him in it, better half is resisting because other couples we know waited until 18 months. I’m trying all the angles though!

        Ha, yep, bagels and good thin crust pizza are very, very difficult to find outside of NY/NJ in my opinion. I’m now in NC because this is where my wife is from. I refuse to eat pizza here. People actually consider Domino’s and Papa John’s not that bad. It’s a disgrace! Why waste calories on what is essentially a cardboard box with cheese on it?

        I miss four actual seasons, though the lack of snow/ice is nice if you ride a bike year-round. But, 4 months of 90*plus weather is not that awesome. But, 2 hours to the mountains in Asheville and 2 hours to the beach (give or take) is pretty ideal.

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