Okay folks, the topic for todays words of mindless babble is my continuing relationship with Diamond Back bikes, more specifically, the Sorrento.
But apart from the bike being a bit on the average side I thought that the ride along my regular route was going quite well, I wasn't out to try and set a fast time, or not even my regular time as I couldn't get up to speed as it was just a bit too peopley out there. I just wanted to cruise along enjoying the warm Summer evening, and so I spent the majority of the time riding at little over walking speed as there was lots of walkers, lots of children who were walking, scooting, skating, skateboarding, and even cycling. And obviously there were lots of dogs who were on the loose, and sadly this brings my to my first 'kills' of 2022...
The thing is, despite it being over two years since my last doggie strike it seems to me that no matter how careful I am, or how hard I try, I can't actually avoid hitting a dog from time to time on my ride. The cyclepath where I ride is a wide paved area, which is shared by cyclists, walkers, skaters, dogs etc, and I try to ride accordingly. But for the most part when I do have some dog interaction it's often the dog owners fault for letting their dog run free on the cycle route, and not paying attention to what else is going on around them, very often they seem far too involved with what's happening on the phone in their hand to pay attention to what's going on in the world around them. So if I do happen to see a dog while I'm riding I always slow right down because I don't actually like hitting things when I ride. As firstly, I like dogs and other animals, and don't want to hurt them, and secondly, and just as importantly, I don't like falling off my bike, I've never been a big fan of that particular aspect of cycling. But having hit a few dogs over the years the owners do tend to react in various different ways. Some are extremely angry at you for hitting their dog, some are very apologetic to you for letting their dog knock you off your bike, and lastly some even will actually attack you. I think that to a degree all of these responses are understandable, but not all are acceptable. So what would actually be the answer here? Well, in my mind it would seem pretty simple, pay less attention to your phone, and more attention to the world around you. Secondly keep your dogs (other animals and small children) under control. You don't necessarily have to keep them on a lead (although I did with my children for a little while) but at the very least keep them close, or if not learn to keep an eye on them and train them to stop when you call out STOP or something. That sounds easy enough doesn't it?
Anyway, that's probably enough ranting for now, and with any luck there will be no more doggie strikes this year, and hopefully for a very long time there after. So what are my plans for the Diamond Back Sorrento from here? Well, I'm pretty sure I'm opening up a can of worms here like I did with the Diamond Back Topanga, but I think I might try to improve it a little bit. I think I might try to be a bit more selective with the parts I put on it to see if I might be able to make it a bike that I actually like riding, rather than one that's just averagely average. Let's just hope that I don't end up making it slowly worse like I did to the Topanga, but as ever time will no doubt tell.
So until next time, have a great day gang... Lets ride!