Biking season

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

The front gears on my bike have been acting up. I know enough to make an attempt at repairs, but whatever I was doing wasn’t working. So, (because what else do you do on Tzom Gedalia?) after work I rode my bike to the bike shop.

I had a suspicion it would be busy, but did not appreciate how busy. It was mobbed. The forecourt was jammed with new bikes – it looked like they had taken delivery of a batch of 50 or so. And there were a couple of tall towers of stacked bike boxes waiting to be opened. The place was also busy with customers.

To cut a long story short, they were too busy to do the repair and had no space to store my bike, and I will need to go back again. Why so busy? It’s about to be the peak of the biking season – Yom Kippur…

Because over 90% of Israelis do not drive on Yom Kippur (some sources say it is 99%) the roads are emptier than at any other time. On the night of Yom Kippur particularly, Israeli kids (and adults) celebrate by riding on the road. Both sides. Both directions. I never said the roads were safer than at any other time…

So that’s why the bike shop was so busy. It’s the biking season!