Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Go fly a Kite!

There is something magical about boys flying a kite. That feeling of harnessing the ever changing wind, the challenge of launching the kite properly and the skill in keeping it in the air, and perhaps just reliving the joy of our childhood again. We did just that this morning in a most perfect day at our usual ride to Mandurah and had a delightful time.

Everyone took turns and the person who enjoyed it the most was Grandpa Ken, who was laughing with glee. Just look at the pic below! What fascinated was the local Little Corellas (parrot family) were not happy with the presence of this strange colourful "bird" and started to attack it. First in 2s, then 4s, then 8s over a couple of sorties.

Ken had been eyeing Kenneth's new Ventura foldie since last week as he too is considering getting a better bike. I warned you that Foldinitis is infectious. A test ride of 24km today convinced him to get the same.

This being winter, it was really a challenge to get up at 530am in 6c to go cycling. It was freezing and fortunately, I had the chance to try out some new winter ride wear called Skin, a compression type sportswear.

It is basically made of special tight fitting material to retain heat and yet provide unrestricted movement. I was doubtful at first, but after riding in the cold with it, I was very impressed. For those interested in the marketing hype, here it is.

Ongoing studies of elite athletes prove that Skins BioAcceleration Technology creates marked improvements in lessening the build-up of lactic acid immediately after periods of high exertion. You experience less fatigue, minimize soreness and recover faster wearing Skins. Recommended and endorsed by Australian Physiotheraphy Association.

Now there is another reason to ride our foldies.... to go fly a kite!


ChrisW said...

Beware, the kite flying 'poison' is as bad as foldinitis. I am onto kite # 4 and this evening there were 7 kites in the Thomson sky here !

Oldyonfoldy said...

I realise I need a much longer string la! Like riding with granny gear downhill :(

Flying kites n riding are so complementary lah.

ChrisW said...

The blue winter skies are amazing, and yes with a bicycle, it's easy to carry kites and look for open fields and wind in the trees.

Let me give you 200 m of my 800m line ? @ 800 m, I cannot see the kite !

Oldyonfoldy said...

Thanks CW! 200m will be more than enough for me :) unless I get Edgar!

ChrisW said...

Edgar $18 only. NO brainer ha ha, time to attack some magpies back !