Bike Power

Today, after the storm clouds cleared today on my quiet little street in Chicago, I had the urge to ride my bike to the music store and buy guitar picks. The store was less than a mile away, the perfect distance for a ride.

And yet...

I was having awful anxiety. My stomach was churning and my heart was pounding. I couldn't even ride down my street! The huge line of cars that lined my block only intimidated me more. I think that cars can smell fear, so if you're scared of getting hit by a car while out on your bike, the chances of you getting hit or doored is more likely. But that's just a theory.

Chicago is a very bike happy city. There are a few major roads by me (Damen and Lincoln) that even have shared bike lanes. But I still have this anxiety that I'm going to fall or get hit by a car or a bus or something awful. Maybe if I go riding with other bikers this anxiety will slowly start to go away.

Don't get me wrong, I love walking places and taking the bus or train. But sometimes, it would be nice to not have to pay $2+ to go somewhere when I could easily hop on my bike.

I don't know. I just hope it gets easier.


  1. YOU CAN DO IT!! i feel like getting the bicycle outside the door is my biggest challenge. otherwise, if you've got your head on straight, your peripheral vision on, you're usually good to go!

  2. honestly, i hope you do it, because it might make me more ambitious to ride mine too!! you should be my inspiration!! just do it! but i won't today... cloudy and cold cold... no thank you...