I see things from my bicycle I don't see from a bus or car.
It might be an old guy on his bicycle, stovepipe hat, bushy beard, archaic black clothes, a character from a Dickens novel. Or a bearded guy cycling the Midtown Greenway in a girlie dress.
They seek attention, or inhabit an alternate reality, or express art. I'm fine with any of that.
"Did you see that?" a cyclist asks politely as he speeds past me.
It's not just the fellow cyclists who enrich my cycling experience. I get to take in all the individuality around me, including the yards in front of people's homes.
I'd like to tell stories of three of those yards, including the yard of one of the bearded cyclists I mentioned at the top of this post.