Here’s a free tip to young bike shop employees: If you’re on a group ride and it’s a well-known fact that you wrench on bikes at X bike shop and you’re not its owner, it’s probably not a great idea to start screaming at someone (me) when you crash into the back of them (me) and screw up their (my) derailleur after they (I) hit the brakes on a corner because someone up ahead has crashed and they (I) A) don’t want to hit the guy or his bike on the ground and go over the bars, B) don’t want to hit the other four riders who have stopped to check on him and go over the bars, or C) can’t go wide because of the panel van in the road that they (I) really don’t want to go through the windshield of.
This is all especially true if you don’t apologize after you’ve disabled my bike when it was you, not me, who was in the wrong and not in control of your bike.
Side note: I need to find a new bike shop to patronize.
If you’ve followed this blog at all since 2008, you’ve seen a couple different changes in format. I started as a bonafide Tumblr Community Member (remember taramichelle and stupidinboston?), helped Ned make jokes about sharks, blogged about the Blackhawks (aren’t you glad I didn’t post “Chelsea Dagger” 16 times during this year’s run to the Cup?) got into internet arguments (Hi, Kia), then got “professional” and switched to posting photos only.
For those who may remember, just before my 25th birthday I bought myself a bike. I even started a side blog to document my foray into the world of cycling. That blog might have been short-lived, but my addiction to cycling hasn’t been.
Four years, and a couple of very expensive bikes later, I’ve found myself lately kicking around the idea of starting to race. Every cyclist has this idea at some point, but I’ve been sitting in on group rides soaking up pointers from strong Cat 3 racers, and I’ve been able to hang. I’d just need a place to document it. I also miss the Tumblr community, even if I spend way more time posting to my Instagram.
In the meantime, let’s all laugh at one of my first-ever posts after buying my bike and being proud of a 16.1 mph average — which I rode my ass off to achieve. Compare that to today’s recovery ride Strava data, which has the same average speed, but I never got my heart rate above 144 bpm and barely broke a sweat.
So what say you, Tumblr community, can I come back from just posting photos and be myself again?
Page 1 of 15