It’s been a long, hot and beautiful summer. Here we find ourselves in September, watching the leaves change and the kids go back to school. And while you may be thinking to yourself that its time to say goodbye to warm weather and outdoor adventures, well you may have just missed the mark.
Fall is a very exciting time for the Cycling industry for a few reasons. First, next week kicks off Interbike 2012. Hosted in Las Vegas, NV, this year will feature more than 750 companies; manufacturers and distributors of all things bike. More than 1200 brands will be represented; we’re talking everything from bikes to helmets to Gu (your favorite energy supplement). There you will find the newest, the bestest, and lets face it, the badest in the industry.
Every bicycle store in the country that wants to introduce and continue relationships with their suppliers will be there. You better believe that Anderson Bicycle will be there; scouring every booth in the convention center to bring back the coolest, most unique and highest quality parts and products to Quincy’s cycling community.
So that’s reason number one that Fall rocks.
Reason number two? Well let’s face it, we are organic creatures and weather plays a huge role in our daily activities and overall happiness. Thus, for any lover of the great outdoors, and any New England native, the fall is often looked forward to with great anticipation after a long, hot, sticky summer.
Now liberated from the dense heat and humidity so characteristic of July and August in Massachusetts, we can do things like walk outside at dawn to enjoy a sweet morning dew. We can watch the sunset on the beach, wrapped in a cozy sweatshirt. We can ride our bikes under canopies of trees, caught on fire with the colors of fall. The winding country roads of New England, especially around Boston, display their charm most vividly in the fall. Brilliant reds, yellows and oranges sparkle in the afternoon sun. The last warm rays of summer are balanced with a cool and gentle breeze- giving you, the lucky rider, the perfect fall day to experience the joy of your bike ride.
For your viewing pleasure, below are a few beautiful New England vistas you might be enjoying from the saddle this Fall…
Take advantage of these beautiful days, with a high of 75 and not a cloud in the sky. There’s no better high than breezing down a hill at the end of a long ride, the smell of barbeque coming from one direction and brush fire from another. Get out, get healthy, and Fall in Love with your bike this season!
I write this entry remotely, from the wild and wonderful island of Nantucket! I have spent more time on my bike this summer than any other time in my life, exploring the island and soaking in every sight and smell via the saddle. Ruby and I (that’s my bike- she’s a Specialized Ruby) have had quite the love affair. We’ve uncovered hidden beaches together, blazed trails through back roads and packed dirt paths, visited one tip of the island to the other in the same day, watched sunrises and sunsets.
Living on Nantucket for the summer, I had the forsight to forego my car and opted for a more environmentally friendly, healthful way of transportation on the island. It turned out to be the best decision I could have made (other than deciding to live and work here). So here are some of the vistas I got to experience this summer via my own saddle…
Brandt Point Lighthouse
Nantucket Harbor Sunrise
My favorite beach- Miacomet.
So enjoy your bike to the fullest this Fall. Take advantage of this beautiful part of the country we live in. And if you find yourself distracted or distraught, forget your worries and simply think to yourself, “I’m just here to watch the seasons change…”