My ongoing musings about bicycling.
If you'd like to know how I got started read my first post in the December 2006 Archives.
To find out what a Ludwig is, see below.
Friday, March 09, 2007
A Last Ride in Philly...A First Flat!
While I couldn't ride this morning as expected, the weather was getting warmer all day and by this afternoon Annie and I had cleared some time to take a ride. She took her navigator and I the Fuji and off we went. When we reached the path we switched bikes so that she could see how she liked the Fuji and how the 17" frame worked for her. She loved the bike, wasn't sure about the frame, and will go test the 15" Fuji this week at the Bike store. We switched bikes and continued on to the bridge. Just as we got there I felt a very funny sensation beneath me and realized quickly enough that my rear tire had gone flat. Of course, since the bike is new and I was so excited to ride it, I hadn't yet attached a flat kit, had no tube. Annie had her pump and we tried that in case we could get it to fill up, even temporarily, but it didn't work. So I rode Annie's bike home to pick up the car and go back and pick her and the bike up. Monday she will take the tire in to be fixed while she tests her bike. I'll be riding happily in the 80 degree whether in Scottsdale.
I am a 64 year old Conservative Rabbi, published theologian and professor of Jewish Philosophy. I have also published two books of poetry and have recently become an avid cyclist along with my wife of 40 years.
I write two blogs, Bicycle-Musings and Pipe Pulpit.
In the news section of one of his early Fredcasts David told the story of one Ludwig from Znnin Poland who at 84 years of age went out for a ride on his bike. To make a longer story short (and you really should listen to the podcast to get all the details) Ludwig ended up in London, England! So I figure if (again, according to the explanation on The Fredcast #1) a Fred is someone who not only rides a bike but is severely attracted to the gadgets and accessories of a certain bike-cultural look (and I guess I'm a Fred without the financial resources to really express my Fredness) then a Ludwig could be anyone over the age of 55 who is not only a Fred, but also loves to just keep riding eating up the miles pretty much unconcerned with speed. Go Ludwig! I'm a Ludwig. Maybe someday I'll figure out podcasting and do a Ludwigcast.