But does it beat riding on a trainer in front of said TV...that is increasingly the debate.
As an aside, I was back at my parents for 2 weeks, riding my old bike and on roads I grew up with, but struggled to adjust. Here, outside the towns, it's rare for a car to be going >65kph. In the UK, finding a car doing <65, unless it is up a hill, is a struggle, with the average 65-80, 80-95 common, and 95+ not a rarity. Really brings home how vulnerable you are, especially given the poor road surface that means you have to come away from the side fairly frequently, and the absence of any form of presumption of guilt on the part of the driver in the event of an accident. I opted for running a few times instead. Things improved when I swapped out the 42/44 cm handlebars for 36 ones like I have here, as the bike behaved more like I am used to. The only plus for the UK, is not finding 4x4 dump trucks behind you, chomping at the bit on a single lane road. But still, give me cycling in Japan any day.
Hope all the injured parties make quick recoveries.