Berry Pie..the Holy Grail
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Weaving thru the cowpud outside Modesto CA
Beautifully and wisely said, cyclingtom. Especially correcting the assumption by newbies that longer term riders never bonk, always have an immediate answer to every mechanical question, and their butts and other anatomical parts are pain proof. Just ain't so. Same for gear. The more I ride, the more shiny, latest bike show, new equipment reveals itself to often not be a panacea answer to soreness, slowness, shortness of distance (or breath). Its the rider, not his ride.
Being a "Cyclist" does not mean remembering Regina d'Oro or wearing wool, nor does it mean riding Record carbon and dropping people, nor does it mean knocking off centuries.........it just means being dedicated to your riding at whatever level--and finding a sense of joy and fulfillment on the road.
..... "I renewed my youth, to outward appearance, by mounting a bicycle for the first time." Mark Twain, Speeches