Happy Holidays To All Cyclists Out There

By Martin Atanasov

Can you hear that? The snow joyfully cracks under your wheels. There is jolly laughter all around. There are jingling bells on holiday decorations. And, of course, there are those infernal Christmas pop songs that overstayed their welcome a decade ago. We get it, Wham. You got dumped at Christmas, get over it.

All of this means just one thing – the Holiday season is upon us, and along with our Christmas bonuses, it’s time to spend some time with friends, family, and relatives… or with your bike. Yes, spending time with family and friends is nice, but riding your bike is the best, so let’s help you mediate between the two and give you some professional advice on how to spend your Christmas.

Go for a snow ride

Let’s start with something as innocent as baby Jesus in his crib. If you have never ridden your bike on snow, you must try it out. It’s extremely fun and like nothing you’ve done so far. If there’s a mountain nearby, don’t hesitate to try some of the slopes. Sure, if you haven’t done it before, most of the way down, you will be on your butt, but hey, it’s all about having fun. Just make sure you’re properly dressed and protected. No one wants to start the new year with bruises or even worse.

If you don’t have a mountain nearby, just go to the park. It’s a great way to upgrade your balance. Plus, people will stare at you in disbelief. But avoid riding on frozen lakes. Yes, it will be delightful, but it is not worth the danger.

Go for a New Year’s Eve night ride

While we’re talking about casual rides, going for one on New Year’s Eve is a great way to start 2024. Don’t worry. Chances are your bike won’t turn into a pumpkin at the strike of midnight. Instead, you can spend your New Year’s Eve doing what you love most, surrounded by the people you love most – your cycling mates. Just put on some warm clothes, find a great spot to see the fireworks, and take some astounding pictures for your social media of choice. What better way to start the new year than with a gazillion likes and almost as many jealous people who spent the last night of the year drinking and being stuck at home?

Go carolling with your bike

If you can’t wait until New Year’s Eve to go for a ride, you can always mix Christmas traditions with your bike rides. Call your mates and roll around singing Christmas songs. Sure, you will get a bit more stares than usual carollers, but people will be so struck by your innovative idea that chances are no one will chase you away. Just make sure to install a basket on your bike so you can gather all the fruit and other presents you will receive. Also, you have to keep your songbook somewhere, and jersey pockets are not really the best place to do it.

 Santa cycling
It’s time to spend some time with friends, family, and relatives… or your bike.

Play Christmas songs with your bells

If singing is not your strong suit, you can go a step further and learn to play a Christmas song with your cycling bells. Now, that’s a bit trickier, but you’re bound to get on national news if you manage to pull it off. First off, you need to find the notes of Christmas songs. Then, you need to learn how to read notes, which is not that hard. Next, you will need at least seven of your cycling mates and seven bells that ring with different notes.

Now, here is the hard part – you need to synchronise so you can pull it off. Yes, it won’t be a perfect rendition, as you won’t have half-notes, but good enough is all you need to become famous.

Dress as reindeers

If music is not your thing, you can still spread joy while riding your bike with your friends. Just dress as reindeers and go out for a group ride across town. When, inevitably, someone asks you what you are doing, just tell them you lost Santa and you’re looking for him.

If you want to go a step further, build a sleigh and get one of your mates to dress as Santa. If you are in a more charitable mood, go to a childcare centre, an orphanage, or a senior home and offer them some gifts. No one said you can’t be nice while doing your bit.

Just have some fun

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. So just enjoy your holidays and spread some cheer all around. Happy Holidays, dear riders, and may the new year bring us more thrills and chills. 2024 promises to be a blast for anyone on two wheels.