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Old 12-23-05, 11:01 AM   #1
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Acts of Cycling Kindness...Tis the Season

Thought it might be nice at this season to open a thread sharing small but somehow heartwarming acts of kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness from out on the road.

Could pick from many, but here's a random one from me. Flatted one hot Valley afternoon last summer. I stood there beside a busy county road nearsightedly studying my tube for the puncture with cars whizzing by. An Arrowhead bottled water delivery truck rolled by, stopped about 200 yards up the road and then backed up on the shoulder to me. Big burly guy jumps out carrying a jug of water which he hands me and asks to "help". He apologizes that its not colder. Offers to drive me to town or at least hold the bike while I put the rear wheel back on. I assure him its no big deal. He tells me he got interested watching the Tour...he thought cyclists must be nice people after watching Dave Zabriskie and Ivan Basso with his kids on the podium in Paris. Gives me 2 more bottles of water and a handshake before driving off. He made up for the teenage jerk who hit me with an egg the week before.
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Old 12-23-05, 12:16 PM   #2
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First, my church leaders who knew I work too hard and too many hours to exercise regularly and insisted I do something to change that bad habit (and they also don't seem to mind me working in an occasional cycling illustration into my sermons). And second, all the NH drivers who slow when they approach and pass with grace and good manners!

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I stopped at Subway a couple months back after riding about 60 miles and still had about 25 miles back to the house. I had not packed enough to eat, ridden through my normal lunch time and was way past being hungry. I had enough change for a sandwich but it didn't leave anything for a drink. The young lady said not to worry and gave me the drink for free......Not a big thing but I greatly appreciated the act of kindness and generosity.
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Was on a late-night, invite-only ride -- me and perhaps 4 other riders from the cycling publishing company where I worked. One rider wasn't really a "rider" -- he was on his way to being vice-president of the company (if you get the picture).

We continued along Route 78 in New Jersey heading for NYC around 2:00 a.m. in the morning (give or take). ABC wide world of sports support trucks providing the highway lighting, along with sag wagons, press vans, and a police escort. We were all in a line behind the main rider who was the star of the show. I was behind Mr. future vice president.

I noticed he was getting very unsure of himself during a downhill run. There was an expansion joint running parallel between the highway and the shoulder. I watched at high speed as his rear wheel would nudge ever so close to it. I no sooner said to myself that he was going to go down (and for me to back off), when his front wheel finally went into it . . . and down he went. I went right over him and was sent up into the air. I kept straight, but my front wheel totally collapsed when it made contact with the road again. I went down. Hard.

The entire caravan came to a halt. We managed to pick up the pieces, but my ride was over. I told the star of the show that I was OK, and since we were close to an exit, I'd get off and call home for a ride back. He told me to take my wheel off the bike, and had one of his assistants bring a new wheel for me from his support van. It was getting cold, my jersey was frayed and ripped from the asphalt, so he also gave me one of his Peugeot shirts.

I still have the wheel. The shirt is packed away up in the attic.

The rider was John Marino, and the ride was his first transcontinental record attempt (to become the Race Across America).

So whenever you see John Marino's time for that first historic ride, just knock off another few minutes . . . due to the screw up of a few riders that rode along with him.
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The rider was John Marino, and the ride was his first transcontinental record attempt (to become the Race Across America).

So whenever you see John Marino's time for that first historic ride, just knock off another few minutes . . . .

A true "sportsman"-- in the old sense.
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If you want to see if there are any kindly souls out there. Turn your bike upside down and take the wheel out. You get one of two rections, depending on where you break down. Every cyclist slows down and as they pass ask if your OK. or do you need help. Or you can stand there all day and no-one gives you a glance.

I had a situation a few years ago of seeing a cyclist every morning on my way to work. Then one morning he was pushing his bike. I stopped to see if he needed any help and he had a flat tyre and no pump. I had no pump but offered to give him a lift with his bike. Then found out that He is one of the voices I hear on the phone as a customer in my sales office. He then became a regular Customer of my company, and still ask if I still work there, as I now work in a different deapartment. Wish I hadn't done it though as he is one of the customers you could do without occasionally.
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