Some time ago, I heard about "Slow Cycling" as a new social movement, indeed perhaps a new element of cycling culture, or a newly self aware one, anyway. There was some discussion today on (mainstream) radio, at RN's "Life matters" ( there is an existing thread on that program). Listening to this made me search here at AC for a "slow" group, but I haven't found one. I am aware of the "tweed" riders, but I don't find a Group for them either. FWIW " Slow" sounds a little broader than the "Tweeds", tho I suspect many Tweeds will be "slow-sympathetic". Now, as I have been Slow my entire cycling life, I'd be interested to join a Slow group here at AC, so please direct me where I should go - I'd prefer not to start such a group myself, having started at least one other (no, two..) .... so, any pointers ?
Slow Cycling - that would be me going up the veloway with my cargo bike!
Ride with me.....if you went any slower you wouldnt be moving fast enough to keep your bike upright.
Could always do a "track stand" !
I suppose from the winter ride I would be one of the slowest.
The only people I passed on this ride had flat tyres (or were fixing one)
the cycling for pleasure group have a different emphasis than many groups
Or if you want something a bit more adventurous
The Adelaide Touring Cyclists are another group.
Some cyclist primarily seem to cycle for fitness, competition and possibly speed.
Other cyclists want something different and the fitness is a side effect.
Different people want different things and this is often a good thing.
You could have a crack at the dirty dozen. I know I would be very slow on that one.
the dirty dozen is planned to finish at midday. I've ridden all of them but only 1 or 2 at a time. I know I would not finish till hours later than midday. I'm happy to ride a clumsy 6 or 7 though.
.... maybe i could get only half my name on the wall and half a cup of coffee, after all I'm just Roger ... here.
Isn't Critical Mass a slow ride? Maybe join groups that ride slowly with a view to meeting with anybody that has the same interest.
Start a slow group up, I;d join you!
But how slow?
I have taken over 45 minutes to climb Norton Summit.
On Lynton path I was passed by a jogger once (he did seem fit and athletic but older than me).
I've thought of starting a group a few times - under different possible names. I ride a slow bike - not interested in going fast. Even more so, I like to ride without a time schedule. I'll plan a route, but not how long it will take me. Take my lights, because I might need them.
Critical mass is slow for the most part. I like the company, but the nature of the ride (having some heavy traffic around you) is not relaxing. Now Tweed Ride ... it's only once a year, and is coming up near the end of July. That truly fits the mould of Slow Cycling. A good event to potentially meet others who ride slow by nature.
"..I've thought of starting a group a few times.."
Thanks for the replies so far. I have to say , tho, that I did not intend to provide a “rides group” any more than vegetarians want to eat together – rather, I was referring to the *ideas* of “Slow Cycling”, which ( as I understand it ) are : a lack of interest in performance issues ( eg lycra clothes, heart rate monitors etc); an interest in utility issues ( eg luggage capacity, compatibility with everyday clothes, reliable and effective lighting ..); using the bike for everyday tasks ( rather than set piece events, mass rides etc) ..some of these issues overlap with “cargo’ and “ Cycling with Children” but they are not identical ( some people carry stuff without a special cargo bike, some people are interested in kids’ cycling without having their own kids ….)
There seems to be a growing "Slow" movement in Melbourne…
and more..."..Cycling, it seems for the anti-Lycra brigade is all about recreation. Remember recreation? That’s the time people used to have before slotting into a lifestyle of work that demanded far longer hours or working 24/7. The only way they can get fit is by rising early, often before dawn, to take in an hour of morning exercise either cycling furiously, at the gym, where everyone also wears special tight fitting clothes, or, by having a run in the great outdoors wearing the latest and hottest sneakers designed to make you fleeter of foot than you are. http://www.thecultureconcept.com/circle/the-anti-lycra-brigade-cycl...
Any advance on that here in Adelaide ..?