Looking through the posts and it seems cyclists are a miserable lot constantly in mortal danger on unreliable untrustworthy machines that need the equipment of a bike shop and the skills of at least two mechanics to keep moving at all. Same if you check out U Tube, death and disaster in all directions.It aint true and we all know it. For every ride where the weathers crap, you get two punctures and the chain snaps there are dozens where all is fine. For every commute where someone cuts you up how many times do you get to work feeling, well pretty chuffed really, or ride home and do a few extra miles just for the fun of it ? At least one newcomer has already commented on haw scary some of this can seem, are we in danger of focusing too much on the bad bits. Are we falling into the trap of the newspapers [not in the sheer lies obviously] just by concentrating on the bad ? Of course bike problems, crap driving, s--t weather etc needs to be discussed. All I'm suggesting is a thread covering "good" rides, planned or not, long or short,days that began lousy but turned out brilliant. Most of us cycle because we like it and it's fun [mostly]. How about some more happy stories ?