Zambikes.org, an organization that provides bikes, bike carts and bike ambulances to villages in Zambia.
And with that - let's get to this week's mail!
About 2 years ago I got tired of riding by myself and tried to start riding with some cyclists here in town that claim to be the "fast group." I am by no means "fast," but thought it would be a great way to meet others and enjoy some of the social aspects of cycling . However, this did not last too long. At every ride I was told to "go big or go home" and because I did not understand what is meant by "go big," I inevitably ended up being shunned and indrectly told to go home. Since then I have been saddened by the lack of social support between cyclists here in Columbia and have spent my time riding alone and pondering what it means to "go big." Finally, in relation to one of your previous posts, I think I have realized the meaning of "going big" by my discovery of the following DVD, along the roadside, while out riding. Is this truly what the fast group means by "go big?" Because if it is, I think I'll just go home.
Thanks for your note. This seems to be a common theme. Let's try to take some lessons from the little item you found along the roadside and apply them to the group you are trying to break into. I don't expect this will change anyone's opinion - but it's still worth a shot. Did you ever read that book, "Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten?" Well - the same holds true for cycling and porn. Every good director of pornos has already learned that...
- "You've got to go slow to go fast." Shooting off your wad every10 minutes of every ride results in some pretty lackluster results.
- "It's more fun with a partner." If you are all about seeing how many people you can drop on your group rides, pretty soon, the only one you are going to be playing with is yourself.
- "New faces are welcome," Pornstaches went out a long time ago - so getting some new folks involved keeps things a lot more fun to look at.
I just wanted to share with you a super secret training device that a certain Howard county native uses...
That's the BOCOMO peloton's own "Benji", with a "saddle cyst" (a.k.a. 80's era ankle weight strapped to his seat post). Dominic Klemme ain't got nuthin' on Benji.
Thanks so much for the head's up on this little gem. At first I thought he had applied a muffler to his seat post, which many "hefty riders" will use to quiet the creaks and moans that can come from an overworked seat-post clamp. By the way - I would be cautious in comparing this Benji to Dominic Klemme....putting a cyclist on a pedastal so high with skin that pale could result in some serious sun burns.
I just recently started going to a new bike shop because the mechanic there is so friendly and always smiles at me. The only problem is that he speaks very broken English and has a very thick German accent. Sometimes I'm not even sure what he is suggesting my bike needs? Do you think I should stick out the language barrier and keep working with him, or find somebody new?
First things first, pull your pants up - your muffin top is showing. Seconly - I'd stick it out with him. Nobody understands mechanical things like the Germans. And if you play your cards right - Fat Adolf might just invite you back to his fortified bunker one day to show you his wienerschnitzel collection.
Your recent Swimsuit Edition featured nothing but ladies. What gives? I for one would like to see more scantily clad dudes with bicycles. Can you help a sister out?
I know. I've taken a lot of heat over that post. I hope this will appease you a bit.
Have you heard about the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in which cyclists race the steam engine that runs between Durango and Silverton, CO? I want to try it this year and thought I could train by racing the locomotives here in town. I'm not part of a team, though. Do you think without support and sponsorship that I will have a chance?
I think your training program will attract a lot of attention....you should secure yourself some sponsorship in no time.
Have a good weekend, kids. If you are free around 4:45 today - don't forget to jump in on the True/False March March Parade starting at Sampson Hall by the Stephens College Visitor Center.