One More Reason to Love the Bike: No Ringing Phone

06
Nov
2013

As a person who honestly cannot stand the sound of a ringing phone, being on my bike is one place where I get to escape it.

Cell Phone BicycleYeah, in this technological world where even that old lady crossing the street has a cell phone on her…..I continue to resist.  Our family owns one pay as you go phone that we use as little as possible, and I do all I can to keep it away from me.

When I was younger, the sound of the phone ringing was exciting and I couldn’t wait to pick it up.  But over time, I’ve changed and for at least the past 10 years or so I cringe almost every time I hear it ring.

I guess it’s mostly because my avoidance of using a phone means that the calls I get are generally work associated.  Which means when the phone rings, there’s a pretty good chance somebody needs something.

Because I own a business, I do need to have the phone on and around me when I’m away from the café.  It just has to be that way.  But I’m able to get away from it when I ride.

I know a lot of people bring their phone along with them on the bike, and it’s a great idea if you’ll be in the middle of nowhere and it can be used if there is an emergency.  But here in Grenada there is nowhere I can ride in total solitude so if I should ever need a phone, I know there will be someone around who has one.  Yes, even in a third world country like Grenada, almost everyone has a phone.

I’ve mentioned several times lately how I’m not able to get in the zen-like state while riding on this island.  There just really isn’t a chance to relax my mind.  But knowing that while I’m out there, I can’t be interrupted by a phone call…..gives me a sense of peace.

What are your thoughts on phones?

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4 Responses to “ One More Reason to Love the Bike: No Ringing Phone ”

  1. Daniel Christianson on November 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Never seem to hear mine on a ride, its usually buried deep in a pocket or pack. I am at a point in my life right now I wish mine would ring. Phones are kind of like pets, it depends on who owns them. Like the lady who continues to holler at her disobedient dog only to have the dog completely ignore her, eventually you would rather keep the dog and send her home.
    If you get a call on a ride that you want to take, do so, if not let the voice mail get it; priorities. But please don’t make the rest of the gang listen to a play by play account of uncle Bennies Gall Bladder surgery or the latest he said/she said drama going on- really its all just back to being polite. Get the info and get back on with the ride.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      I hear you, Daniel. That probably works as well. For me it is total freedom knowing that it’s not even there.

  2. Bob Burpee on November 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

    There is always the option of turning the phone off for those times you don’t want to be bothered. I personally have mine set to vibrate 24/7. It resides in a case so I don’t even feel it when on the bike. I’m also not comfortable just handing my phone over to a stranger (paranoid or not they do get stolen)

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      That’s a good idea, Bob. I personally prefer not to even have it with me…..if I did, wouldn’t be able to call home anyway. Our family as a whole only has the one pay as you go and no landline…..hahahaha.

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