Gail Spann flexes some Bike League muscle
The second day was mostly bike drills, with some on-street group riding and with a test to wrap things up. I took some videos of most of the bike drills for purposes of future reference. For me, personally, the most valuable drill was the quick stop, because that is the one maneuver I never practice on my own. Even with four instructors present, I managed to get a bit bruised doing quick stops, though my voice quickly returned to normal.
After taking the whole class, I found it very helpful, partly because I wanted to see the mechanics of the class and wanted to hear different instructor viewpoints. If you were wondering about the class, it stems originally from the principles in Effective Cycling, but it has undergone a lot of evolution since John Forester's involvement. The course could benefit from some modernization, particularly in the lecture portion - a self-paced web class would transform things, allowing the instructors to focus on "hands on" time with the students. I suspect it could also help instructors understand where their individual students could most benefit from added help. I will be very interested to see what they cook up down in Florida.
Anyway, I'm still looking to get some instructor thoughts on objectives 2, 3, 4, and 6 as described here. I remain optimistic on this.
On a lighter note, other learnings included:
- Ponytail/helmet interaction. This is not a problem I've had to deal with personally
- Chandra, besides his well-known penchant for lights and "high vis," also demonstrated some subtle humor with his jacket, which stated he got "infinite miles per gallon"
- I got to meet one of Chandra's children, that being Shaggy, who was incredibly enthusiastic about the meeting.
- I learned the difference between a Russian Sauna, a Turkish Sauna, and a Finnish Sauna.
- I learned of many different investigation areas related to video signal cameras.
- I learned that driving I-635 in Dallas is stressful, even on the weekend
- I concluded it's tougher to ride with a group than to ride alone. All the "slowing and stopping and car back and car up" has made me weary.
- A motorist chuckled at us as we left for our ride. She knew we were getting taken out to get run through our paces and said she told one of our instructors she'd be watching to see when we got back. Some people are amused too easily! I think I prefer getting honked at.
Richard and Dorothy help with pony tail repair
My suggestion that a pair of scissors would make a quicker fix was NOT appreciated!
Chandra and Sheila at bike drills
Chandra wondering if I'm about to copy his test answers
or perhaps he's wistfully thinking about Shaggy
Obligatory photo with arrows, including Secret test answers
Eric Jackson and Gail Spann wonder - Did that student learn ANYTHING?