Go for a ride

April 10th, 2021 | Uncategorized

The Secret to Superhuman Strength #10, another in my series of instructional videos.

Many eons ago, before facebook wrecked everything, there was a lovely, lively little community of people who gathered here on this blog. I’m going to engage in a nostalgic experiment and turn the comments back on. They will be moderated, as before, by my friend Mentor. But they will eventually get posted as long as they’re not rude, or spam, or otherwise disruptive.

36 Responses to “Go for a ride”

  1. Nice to have you back in the public sphere. I look forward to reading about your exercise antics, having become a fitness nut myself in my dotage. A new Bechdel book is always a joyous occasion.

  2. GT says:

    Just went for our first bike ride of the season this week, on an unseasonably warm day in between seasonably inclement days. Was good to blow out the cobwebs, but I’m not sure there was anything superhuman about it. Maybe next time.

  3. Alison Bechdel says:

    I love the word “dotage” almost as much as I love riding bikes.

  4. freyakat says:

    The eons passed in a flash, and here we are still; and here you are as well. I have gotten through this past year with the help of my soon-to-be 51 year old green Peugeot ten-speed bike. I look forward to your new book, preordered as per your suggestion.

  5. Laura Lynch says:

    If it weren’t for my bike and my biker buddies, I’d never have made it through the pandemic with my sanity intact.

    I’m glad you’re blogging again. I missed it!

  6. Anne-Marie says:

    Hi Alison, I’m too young to have known the old comment section but happy that I can participate in this one! I went on my first bike ride of the year today after watching your video (though I’m not as geared-up as you are). Very much looking forward to the book!

  7. Jon says:

    I remember commenting here a few times, in the Olden Days. I like to think my faithfulness to long-silent blogs makes me like an old dog, but the truth is it’s less effort to leave old subscriptions in my RSS reader than to weed them out.

    I no longer have comments on my blog either – unfortunately spam-bots are still faithfully working away too. I hope Mentor doesn’t get depressed when they resume trying to comment here. Bots never stop, or get discouraged by lack of success.

  8. Eva says:

    Last summer I got as far as the tune up, discovered that my break pads were sticking and wasn’t able (or wasn’t brave enough) to fix them myself. But I wasn’t comfortable going to the bike shop to get them adjusted. So I reversed the process and my bike just continues to collect dust in the garage.

    Now that I am fully vaccinated, I plan on bringing in my bike and getting a real time up and hopefully I will actually get to ride it this summer.

  9. Mentor says:

    [[While on this topic, folks might enjoy the following piece by AB which appeared in last week’s edition of “Seven Days”, a weekly newspaper here in Vermont: ReEntry.

    (If the link doesn’t take you to the cartoon, scroll down about 1/3 of the way through the article.) –Mentor]]

  10. Hurray! I had not even heard of the new book but now I am extremely excited to see all the feats of strength and the accoutrements that attend them.

  11. Feminista says:

    It’s good to see some “old timers” posting,like freyacat and Mentor. I enjoyed reading your cartoon in Seven Days,Alison,as well as some of the other Vt. articles. Some of us regular blog contributors are still in touch via Facebook,and back in August 2018,Jain,marg,another friend,and I managed to get together at a Women’s Weekend in rural western OR. Jain and I came from Eugene and Portland,OR respectively,and we were delighted that marj made it all the way from the UK.

  12. Jain Elliott says:

    Hi Margot. Hi Cheryl. Hi Feminista. Any new news on the Maoist Orange Cake recipe collection?

  13. Doctor E says:

    I would welcome the return of this community if Mentor is able to keep up with the workload.

    [[Oh, ye of little faith… —Mentor]]

    For myself, I’ve been putting in a lot of miles on my unicycle, which grants the additional advantages of a great core workout, and everyone always being glad to see me.

    Little kid: “Why do you only have one wheel?”

    Me: “If I didn’t, I’d be walking!”

  14. Betsy says:

    Lovely to see and hear you again! I don’t have a bike riding comment( other than to say that it’s a year round thing here in San Diego) but wanted to let you know that I was watching Rick and Morty as a bonding activity with my 16 year old son and I perked right up when Rick started talking about the “Bechdel Test”. For once I knew a reference my teenager didn’t AND I got to explain it to him. ??

  15. Amy hoffman says:

    This is exactly right! Did it all last week…

  16. Laura says:

    Great seeing a post on the blog, thanks! A great community here, I hope everybody is safe and sound. And a new book!!!! Indeed, what a treat!

  17. Brigham says:

    I loved being part of the DTWOF world through this blog. I wonder how those people are making it through the pandemic.

  18. Josiah Rowe says:

    We had the Trotskyist Key Lime Pie just last week. Hi, folks!

  19. Dana says:

    So nice to see you after all this time. ?? Still enjoying your content as ever. Always enjoy your take on life and goodness has it been strange lately. Looking forward to more insight.

  20. I loved the lovely, lively community of this blog in the old day. I’ve been riding my trike all winter. Not far, though, because my battery system stopped working and the trike is really heavy to pedal far without it. Since I don’t have a car, I’ve use Valley Bikes — public e-bikes rented by the hour — to get to things like dentist appointments.

    And I’m excited to read the new book!

  21. Aneliese Parker says:

    “45 minutes after initial impulse” HA HA HAHA! So funny. Thanks for bringing the blog back to life, I’m a new fan who found you in the pandemic, been hanging around your apparently dormant website, so YAY! Loved the Re-entry comic in the VT paper. XO

  22. Karla Beatty says:

    You forgot the part where after you pump up the tire for the first time of the season, it goes soft and then flat about a mile out from home. Biking is such a fun and engaging activity!

  23. Alison Bechdel says:


  24. Diamond says:

    Oh, how lovely to see this little community return so unexpectedly. Thank you Alison and Mentor. And it’s especially delightful that the first thing we’re talking about is bikes.

  25. Peg Harrigan says:

    Thank so much for posting this and for contributing to the recent 7-days article. It is good to add some lighthearted queer perspective to difficult times.

  26. Josiah Rowe says:

    26 comments in, and no one has yet made a Bikes to Watch Out For joke. For shame!

  27. Capsmars says:

    I’m so happy you’re here again!
    Do you think you’ll upload that little strip you put on instagram the other day?

  28. Salvital says:

    I love these little commentaries on the equipment phase of fitness.The ski one was particularly instructive for me in the land of no snow. But it all resonates strongly with a triathlete – it takes me all evening prior to a race to get all the equipment ready for the swim, ride, run! Plus also the post-race collapse and revival phase. (I feel there is some potential here for you to expand your video range). 🙂 Looking forward to the book!

  29. Jackie Weinstock says:

    Thanks for opening this up to conversation. I would only add Insurance Card in case you have an accident. Now that we are older, we end up thinking about these things instead of being carefree and just riding around without all the worries!

  30. Cathy Jessup says:

    Are those Teleskis that I see in your gear room? I thought I also sped a pair of AT skis as well. I love that you do uphilling! Next time you come to Seattle to give a talk you should let us take you on a tour on Mt Rainier, or Baker. We will be skiing well into July easily this year.

  31. Sandy Asher says:

    So good to see and hear you again — and to learn about the new book! Can’t wait to read it. XOXO

  32. When I moved to Matatoki the house is just 500 metres from the bike trail so I bought a bike. I find I am very wobbly. I grew up riding horses and at 79 maybe you can,t teach an old dyke new tricks. My wife is from the Netherlands I think they are born with bikes.

  33. little gator says:

    hello again!

  34. Jerome Neukirch says:

    This is good news!

  35. Anna says:

    omg I remember the lovely, lively blog!! Remember when there was a bizarre curfuffle because someone suggested having a “miscellaneous” tab for off topic comments? People took it *so* personally – which only went to show how strongly they felt about the community. So excited that you’re posting again, and about the new book!!

  36. Samia from Bangladesh says:

    Hello Alison! How nice to see that you have decided to revive this blog as of now! It’s great to come back here and see all the names that I was once so familiar with. This space gives me the feeling of being wrapped inside a warm blanket.

    Congratulations on the new book! Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Are there any live events planned in the near future?