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I love cycling(10 posts)

I love cyclingJS Haiku Shop
Jun 9, 2003 6:05 AM
at my desk, my legs are sore, but my knees are good. the old right foot is questionable where it was broken a few years back--too many hills this weekend in too large a gear. my fingers and hands are tired from changing flats this saturday and sunday--several. my farmer's tan is interspersed with bits of burn from unevenly applying SPF 30. two orange cateye mity 3 computers sit on my desk waiting to divulge numbers to my log, the ugly truth about this weekend. the small Pantani poster on my cube wall looks huge in a 6x6-foot carpeted box.

I stayed up last night folding, stapling, labeling, sealing, and stamping 200+ bike club newsletters. my car is strewn with maps, cue sheets, and ride sign-in rosters. i've made new friends from many states through shared lactic acid and heavy breathing, and some from walking up steep grades, pushing our bikes. i've lost others--telle est la vie.

somebody's gotta be responsible. somebody's gotta lead the ride, layout the route, make sure that everybody is back safe, show the newbie how to change a tube, fix the computer that was mounted last year but has never worked, you know the deal. the more i ride, the more i gain, the more i lose. it's a wash. the more i ride, the more i love to ride.

much as we like to think things happen on their own, they don't. are you a leader? a follower? a would-be follower thrust into the lead? do you know how the ride is put together, what's behind the scenes, how much club insurance costs, what the requirements are for a new route, a new ride? the legalities? find out. are you enjoying the comraderie of a cycling club? join. become active. do you have something to share? do it. can you help? volunteer. are you frustrated that there aren't enough local rides, races, riders? develop some. do you think the local shop should be more involved? ask them. tell them.

are you still sitting in? quit being passive. make a difference. break a few eggs. somebody's gotta pull. quit being passive.

I love cycling. now get off your butts and do something about it. all of you. maybe somebody else will love cycling too, in the process.

-J
applause, applause! beautiful. nmtheBreeze
Jun 9, 2003 6:22 AM
For some of us it is the most important driving force......abicirider
Jun 9, 2003 6:43 AM
For which I am one, how can one have a bad day of riding, Racing even in a race DFL is better than not being able to ride and race, for me there is no other more mind clearing attribute than that of cycling, yes we feel burn, pain, hurt many times in our rides racing but in my thinking how can that possible be bad. I feel I have contributed to a degree in the sport of cycling in my 20+ years of involvement on the serious side and hope to be able to contribute even more and help people grow and learn to love the feeling of being set free while on the bike.
J sums it up pretty darn good and those are the type of people needed to keep our sport of cycling strong and growing in the times to come.

Be safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
One note of caution.MB1
Jun 9, 2003 6:58 AM
I've ridden for a while (started riding hard in the 60's). I've seen more people burn out from riding too hard and organizing too much than I care to recall.

I love what you are doing but you should think about the long haul. It is likely better to do a bit less than you can handle and continue to do it year after year than do so much that you end up quitting entirely because of the load you have taken on.

It just may be better to find a few others who can take some of the non-riding load that you are assuming. Don't think that if you don't do it it won't get done. Perhaps if it doesn't get done it doesn't need to get done.

Quality, not quantity. Keep it fun, not work (like Miss M says, "No one is paying us to do all this.").

FWIW
trying to set an example and inspireJS Haiku Shop
Jun 9, 2003 7:20 AM
and maybe wake some folks out of their stupor.

I don't plan to continue this snowballing role next year. right now i'm rallying the troops. don't tell them, though, that they've been volunteered for duty.

really i just want some interesting people to keep company on rides. this is a good way, i think.
Count me in...TNSquared
Jun 9, 2003 7:45 AM
J,

The HT's are definitely fortunate to have such involved leadership. Hopefully many other clubs have the same.

If I hadn't met up with you guys, I'd still be riding my 20 mile mind suck loop out Singleton Parkway. And I definitely wouldn't be comfortably miserable today from, yes, my longest ride yet this weekend.

You and J2 have been such a tremendous help in my first few months of cycling that I have already determined to make it a point to do the same for others when the opportunity comes. So leading by example does work, at least for anyone paying attention. And besides, like I told you yesterday, I'll sign up for anything!
Dude, stop it!mohair_chair
Jun 9, 2003 7:40 AM
I don't want my roads crowded with people on bikes, getting in my way, causing accidents, generally being a nuisance. What ever happened to solitude, or does only Superman get that?

I don't want to have to wait in line to bomb the descent. Get out of my way people, I'm coming through, and I don't think my brakes work, uh huh!

Come on, man, you're ruining for all of us elitists. Dammit, if I wanted to be around people, I would have friends!!!

:) Just kidding, of course.

The best way to find good people to ride with is to find good people and convert them into riders. I don't know if I want to do that 200 people at a time, so I'll keep it small scale for now.
I knew it!!! You write for bicycling magazine, don't you? nmpnitefly
Jun 9, 2003 7:02 PM
no, i only wish writing was my job. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 10, 2003 4:58 AM
Is it enough to share your favorite rides with others?Mike P
Jun 10, 2003 5:04 AM
I'm not big in the local bike club scene but I do enjoy sharing my favorite routes with others. I ride solo most of the time as a matter of preference but there are some routes I have discovered I would like to share with others. I have been thinking of joining a local club and leading a ride once a month or so, as a way of sharing. Special routes have a way of keeping the joy in riding for me, be it a scenic ride or a painfully long hill or a group of hills, so I figure others could enjoy them as well.

Mike