OK, so occasionally, when I’m riding in the lanes and there are no other road users about and it’s a nice day, my mind wanders and all of a sudden I’ll look down and notice I’m only doing 40mph and probably have been doing 40mph since my mind started wandering…
Yes, it’s true - I’ve ended up pottering through the lanes…
My first thought is always: “You blerdy numpty - do you realise how many corners you’ve missed?” so I go back and do them again
But I wondered how many of us get into “Potter Mode” when the conditions are right???
I get into potter mode quite frequently when I’m tired, I feel unwell, or I’m hungry / something like that. If you’re not feeling your best and you ride within your limits, you find your limits going down. And then you find it’s quite nice to slow down and look at the scenery. Biking doesn’t have to be a white knuckle ride ALL of the time.
Another added benefit is that when you ride something like a Blackbird and let the young punks with their 125 pull ahead of you, it’s kind of a feeling like “my bike is so goddamn fast, i don’t have anything to prove to you you see. I could smoke you from here to high heaven but i simply can’t be @rsed right now”. Bit of like a tiger lying in the sun, licking his own balls. Try it, it’s fun
If this becomes a habit however, consider switching to a cruiser or a pan