Riding in Beijing

Riding is one of my favorite sports.
It’s healthy both for the body and for the mind (and soul).
There’s not many things I like more than to ride in a peaceful quiet place and to listen to the sounds of the ride.
If it’s the monotonous spinning of the cogwheel, or the thin wheels chafing against the road, or the even sound of breathing.
Now, unfortunately in China it’s not easy at all to do it, especially without a car, I did it only once, read about it here.

What I’m able to do often (when it’s not -10c), is to ride in Beijing.
Now, that can be quite scary and intense, and also annoying:)
Imagine riding 35 or 40 KPH and all of a sudden someone is cutting you, appearing all of a sudden from the right.
Forcing you to brake hard and pray, and often slide your back wheel to the side to stop faster.
Or going in the bicycle lane (which I often choose not to) and then 2 guys on bicycle are going side by side very slow, forcing you to slow down until you get a chance to pass.
As I said, scary, intense and a little annoying – to break from 40KPH to 5 and then to get back takes time and muscle.

I can’t say that I don’t miss riding in Israel, out on the open, on a side road in 5AM – no cars, perfect weather, and beautiful terrain, plus you are likely to run into other cyclists which will always be nice to you and nod with a kin smile.

You can watch my last riding video.

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Adam Disatnik

I have been living in China since early 2013 in the great Beijing. I try to travel as much as I can and try to understand the culture and the habits as much as possible. It's amazing how much can be learned about China, and about life, while living abroad in a totally different country than the one you grew up in. I love it! Catch up on my blog to try and understand along with me:) Adam.

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