Since 2010 I have biked more than two thousand miles. Most of these miles have been in New York City and Brooklyn in particular. About 400 have been mainly in the borough of Queens.
Until I moved to Queens and upgraded my tires to hybrid sport tires, I had maybe four flats while riding the streets of New York. Since the upgrade, it seems as though I puncture a tire within fifty miles.
I'm not sure if this is tied to the streets and the debris that I'm riding over, or if it's a reflection of the tires I'm riding with. I suspect it has more to do with the former. In Brooklyn, 90% of my riding was on protected lanes, and in some cases dedicated bike paths on the sidewalk. Maybe half of my routes in Queens are in bike lanes, and there are only a few stretches of completely protected bike lanes.
I also upgraded my tracking, opting for Strava instead of Map My Ride. though Map My Ride shows my rides from 2010 through part of 2014. 2012 was an epic year. I biked almost 600 miles that year. Just looking at that number makes me consider whether I've really tried hard enough to get on the bike recently.
My building has a gym, but I never think to jump on a stationary bike when I have a flat tire. It's not because I'm lazy. It has more to do with the fact that riding a bike in the streets offers a lot more. Physically, I think it's more demanding. Mentally though, I don't think a stationary bike comes close. There's something almost meditative about taking out the bike and going on a 15-20 mile ride. Hopefully that makes sense to more than just me.
I used to take a lot of photos while riding, but I've trimmed my photos down to one or two per ride. It's about the ride, isn't it, not really whether you can share every moment of it?
I didn't have a nice way to wrap this post up, so here are some photos from recent rides.