One part fear plus one part inertia plus one part laziness is adding up to continued avoidance of riding my Nishiki mixte from home to the train station. It’s a mere 4 miles. So what’s the problem?
Fear – There’s a merge lane from the highway onto the road I have to ride on. I am creeped out by the thought of cars coming up fast behind me as I pass the merge lane. I have driven in that merge lane and realize I can easily see oncoming traffic and so would be able to avoid hitting a cyclist. Unreasoningly, perhaps, I still am afraid of this spot.
Inertia – I moved here this winter. It was cold. It was dark early. I drove to the train station and now that’s my habit.
Laziness – I would have to get up earlier, leave about 15 minutes earlier and get home about 15 minutes later. It’s already a long day and I am reluctant to make it even longer.
In my effort to overcome this riders’ block I took the Nishiki on an hour-long afternoon ride. I tested everything out, shifters, brakes, and my ability to ride rolling hills on it. No physical or mechanical problems. Now to overcome the psychological barriers. I will!