I just read Dr. Hallock’s post below, and I have to say… YES! OK, not so much on the Copenhagen, because Denmark stole my friends and it gets cold there, but everything else, YES!
A move across the bridge offered me almost complete escape from the Men in Tights (OK, they aren’t tights; they’re silly looking spandex bike shorts, but that doesn’t trip off the tongue as easily, does it?), and I have to say, I love St. Pete Bike Club-free living. No offense to those who love to ride, but how are you enjoying yourself?
Sunday morning El Cap and I rode our bikes down to the beach, went for a swim, had breakfast at the Paradise Grill, and rode back home. On our way, we passed two Very Serious Bicyclists. You all know the type: Men in Tights. Stretchy shirts with colorful logos splashed everywhere, expensive water bottles, bikes that push their bums practically past their shoulders as they hunch over their carbon-lithium-titanium-shark’s blood-whatever-framed bicycle. They wear helmets and zip along just fast enough to make sidewalk riding a bad idea but not quite fast enough to avoid pissing off motorists (if you want to hear more about my strong feelings, read the column I wrote a couple years ago)
Now, my bike is not expensive. I mean, it was for me, but I write for a living. I consider water-packed albacore tuna expensive. I paid about $150 for it at Wal-Mart (here’s what it looks like) and I love it. It has a bottle opener on the frame, cup holder, and leather ditty bag. It also has a heavy frame, fat tires, and no gears.
I love my bike. I love living somewhere where I can roll out of bed on a Sunday morning, ride my bike to the beach, have a swim and some eggs, and pedal back home. I don’t give a rat’s red ass how much the frame weighs. I couldn’t tell you a damn thing about the front sprocket. Hell, I doubt I could even identify a sprocket.
The St. Pete Bike Club would laugh at me. But you know what? That’s OK, because I pity them. You see, while they’re racing around town, making excellent time, I’m cruising around, taking it all in, having an excellent time.