Pen Pals [From BA 43-100]

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"Autumn brings incredible colours in the trees here, and so for us, we love to cycle around the forests and woods at this time of year."

from BA 43-100

Hello, boneshaker magazine.

Nice to meet you! It’s funny: here we are, on two opposite sides of the English-speaking world and yet doing the same thing—circulating publications about bicycling.

What’s it like riding around in England? Where’s your favorite place to cruise on a Sunday morning in autumn? If you could say one thing to the entirety of the world about bicycles, boneshaker, what would it be?

Well, we have enjoyed this very much.

Write soon,

Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac

 

Dear, Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac,

Great to meet you too! What a fantastic coincidence, and thanks for your letter.

We must say that cycling around in Britain is a lot of fun, although our motorists still have a lot to learn about respecting cyclists and taking us seriously on the roads. We really do have a very long way to go if we are ever going to have the reputation of other bike-friendly cities in Europe, such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin, to name a few, where cycling really is a way of life for SO many people. How about over there? We just finished reading a great book called Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities by Jeff Mapes in which we heard about some of the more bike-friendly cities in the USA such as Portland. Great book by the way.

The weather is also pretty changeable here on this small island, which can often make for some interesting riding. Autumn brings with it some incredible colours in the trees here, and so for us, we love to cycle around the forests and woods at this time of year. Glorious stuff...

If we had only one thing to say about cycling, we are all agreed here that the vitalization, freedom and joy that can be found from our two-wheeled friends is something very special indeed and wish that everyone could experience that for themselves.

Anyway, it’s been great writing to you...we’re wheelin’ away now to make the most of this summer evening before the darkness sets in.

Send word soon,

boneshaker magazine

Evan P. Schneider