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Riding with the B group(2 posts)

Riding with the B grouptommyb
Apr 22, 2001 2:37 AM
Saturday morning, I got off work a little late, and had to drive as fast as I could to get home, grab my bike and head to the shop for the weekly club ride. I got there a few minutes late, and just missed the 'A' group leaving. Instead of chasing in vain, I stuck around, knowing that the 'B' group rolls out 30 minutes later. After a long night's work, I figured an easy ride might not be so bad after all.

For the first few miles, I felt like a stranger. I knew most of these people, but had never ridden with them for any length of time. Pedalling easily, it took me a while to realize that no one was going to launch a sudden attack. It was a different sort of ride than what I'm accustomed to, but here's what I learned:

County line markers do not mean the same thing to all cyclists.
You can have a long conversation on a bike ride.
Conversations on a bike ride need not involve talking about bikes.
Stories about our kids' athletic achievements are more interesting than tales of our own pitiful racing careers.
The best stories come from old guys who used to spend hours on their dads' shortwave radios trying to get race results from far off lands a long time ago.

Next week, I'll try to get off work early enough to make the 'A' group ride again, but I'll be back with the 'B' group again someday soon. I know that it'll only be a few more years before I'm a permanent member of that group. After today, I'm almost looking forward to it.

I hope you all had good rides this weekend.
re: Riding with the B groupBroBiker
Apr 23, 2001 6:51 AM
I agree with you. Occasionally, we need to stop (or at least slow down) and enjoy the people and landscape.