This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Friday, May 6, 2011

National Bike Month, Ride to work week..

I'm not sure who started this whole thing in May but it is really busy.  E-mails and bike forums are spreading the love of cycling to celebrate the National Bike Month and I'm not sure what I can do to help.  I really think of every month as bike month and don't really see the difference.  I've had experience with this before.  In the midst of Bike To Work Week  we will find out about some guy in Minneapolis or somewhere who races a car through rush hour traffic to prove how much better cycling is for commuting.  He always wins on his TREK Madone with 19mm 140psi tires and acts like he commutes that way all the time.  Somehow I don't think seeing him in the latest team kit spandex inspires many people to play in traffic.
A few years ago I helped a State Senator navigate his way through a rural area to make a very highly publicized ride from his district to the capitol on Ride to Work Day.  It was a nice trip, he was good company, he probably meant well, but who believed that he rides 75 miles everyday to work?  He got a lot of publicity, with occasional stops to make phone interviews with radio and tv.  Why didn't he choose to ride from the apartment he keeps near the capitol rather than make commuting look like a Herculean effort?
Then in the midst of all this hooplah, we have Cinque De Mayo, Mother's Day, the Kentucky Derby and don't forget DIAM (Disability Income Awareness Month).  The celebrations become overwhelming to me and I don't know how to meet all my responsibilities.
I think my contribution will be to have a Corona, piss off my mom by asking her to ride her bike to the store for Jack Daniels and spearmint and remind her to upgrade her DI policies.
Yes sir, party down, Hallmark will be proud.


  1. last statement made me LOL.


    I feel the same way about time marked 'feel this way, for this period of time'.

    What? What?

    Let's make a real commitment please.

  2. Yeah, I suppose designating a month to publicize biking might be a good thing, but I already ride more than the posers getting publicity. What more can a poor boy do?