Here's a short excerpt from "Roadie". This is a true story that I'm guessing you can relate to. If you have a similar story, let's hear it!
"After a long and very hard solo training ride at an area park, a friend, George, peeled himself off his bike and leaned it against the back of his car. He slumped in the driverís seat and slowly changed out of his cycling shoes and into something better suited to driving a car. He was completely wiped out after spending three hours hammering around the park.
When he was done changing his clothes, he started the car, pulled away straight through the parking space, and drove the 28 miles to his house. He then went inside and fixed himself something to eat. About an hour later, he went outside to feed his dog, and he saw his bike leaning against the side of his house.
ďThatís weird,Ē he thought, ďI donít remember putting my bike there.Ē
Indeed, he hadnít put his bike there. In his post-ride funk, he had left his $4500 bike lying in the parking lot at the park. After his ride, he had leaned the bike against the back of his car while he sat in the driverís seat to change his shoes. He forgot all about it, started the car, and drove off without it.
Quite some time after George had left the park, another friend, Dave, noticed the bike lying there in the middle of the parking lot and recognized it as Georgeís. Dave gathered it up and drove twenty miles out of his way to deliver it to Georgeís house. Then, not wanting to disturb George, he just leaned it against the house and left without making his presence known. Needless to say, George eventually came outside, saw his bike, and went through a period of great confusion as he tried to piece together the events. It wasn't until many weeks later that he got the full story from Dave.
This, I remind you, is a true story, and it shows a number of things about the cycling community. First, it shows that Roadies can identify each other simply by the bike. It also shows that Roadies will go out of their way to reunite a rider with their bike. Most importantly, this shows us that a rider can put himself into such debt that he can lose some brain cells.
Ask any Roadie. They probably have a similar story."