Cycling Rules! Can you Obey Them All?

One of the very cool things I have discovered about having a blog for a while is that you don’t have to come up with all the ideas for your posts on your own.  My wife regularly sends me emails, articles and ideas whenever she stumbles on them while perusing the news each day.  The ever lovely Stacy makes a practice of posting great ideas on my Facebook page.  The best part, I’ve never asked, they share because they care.

This post is an example of this!  A friend of my wife’s sent her this link.  It to, the Keepers of the Cog.  These folks are serious bike racers, and I am pretty damn sure they wouldn’t look at me twice as the passed me like I was sitting still.  However, I checked out their rules, and I gottat tell you, I adhere to some, others not so much but DAMN they made me laugh!

A few I do adhere to, just to whet your appetite:

Rule #4

It’s all about the bike.

It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously atwatwaffle.

I have to agree!  Riding is its own reward!

Rule #5

Harden The Fuck Up. 
Forgive the language, but this is why we ride, to get in shape, to be able to go farther, faster, climb better and see more!
Rule #6

Free your mind and your legs will follow.

Your mind is your worst enemy. Do all your thinking before you start riding your bike.  Once the pedals start to turn, wrap yourself in the sensations of the ride – the smell of the air, the sound of the tires, the feeling of flight as the bicycle rolls over the road

When you let yourself ride, when you don’t worry about work, life, family, money, or what’s ahead, just let the road flow and legs turn, you will be amazed how far you can go!

Rule #7

Tan lines should be cultivated and kept razor-sharp
Come the end of summer!  I have the classic deep and dark cycler tan!!  I wear it proud!
Rule #9

If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period
Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.
I can add no more!  Those of us that ride year round, understand this!  People call us nuts, but without a doubt we ARE badass!
Rule #25

The bikes on top of your car should be worth more than the car
Mine is worth 3 times the value of the car!!
Rule #55

Earn your turns.

If you are riding down a mountain, you must first have ridden up the mountain. It is forbidden to employ powered transportation simply for the cheap thrill of descending. The only exception to this is if you are doing intervals on Alpe d’Huez or the Plan de Corones and you park your car up top before doing 20 repeats of the climb.

I earn ALL my downhills!  I have spent hours to get to the top at 4 mph just to turn around and have a 20 mile downhill!

There are many MANY more.  Hell some of them I didn’t understand, some I regularly violate,  HOWEVER, those I’ve listed here I swear by.

Cycling has become a bike part of my life.  I have certain rules I stand by, and an independence on the bike I am very proud of.  I know my limitations, but I work hard to push the envelope, learn new skills, and take new challenges.  I am lucky to have a wife that supports me in my endeavors, and wants me to do well.

Take some time, read the rules, and tell me which ones you follow!

6 thoughts on “Cycling Rules! Can you Obey Them All?

  1. I read the “rules” last year. Here is a little-known fact: the original title of the article was, “How To Be A Self-Important Ass On Two Wheels.” The “rules” state that the bike is more important than your family — anyone who believes that is a total moron. There was also a comment about maintaining the proper tan lines — where I live we spend most of the year maintaining our frostbite lines.

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