I came across a cycling club in Mumbai called as ‘Fast and Furious’. They are a happy bunch of road cyclists doing pretty well. They ride almost every day and post ride updates on social media. But I never thought of joining the club, why?
- I don’t ride everyday
- I ride slow
While I have high regards for their style of riding, but I am clear that I do not fit into their tribe and can’t catchup with the speeding champs. Therefore, it’s not a match made in heaven.
If I were to describe my style of cycling, it would be termed as ‘Slow and Curious’. Yes! I am exactly the opposite. The reason I ride slowly because I get that much time to think and observe. I notice my surroundings and that triggers multiple thoughts in my mind, which is good for me as a blogger.
While riding slowly, I feel safe on the roads. I feel that I can brake easily in the traffic and it allows me that much more control. Mumbai does not have dedicated cycling infrastructure and cyclists here don’t have the right of way. Hence, to my mind it is safer to cycle slowly and find your way out rather than rush and invite unnecessary risk.
I typically cycle for commute and leisure purposes during the day which involves engagement with traffic. Most of the times I try to take inside lanes to avoid high traffic but given the high numbers of cars in the city one is bound to bump into traffic.
Here is a poem I wrote on the the art of slow cycling.
Author: Vijay Malhotra, Mumbai