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Old 09-15-05, 09:00 AM   #1
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my GF and i are pretty active socially. there is always something we have to attend (and her work in public relations doesn't help any). an opening, a dinner party, family in town town, etc...

at almost all of these events, i can find someone to talk about bikes with. seems to me that whenever there is a room of 15-30 people, someone will be interested in cycling or at least interested in my riding. it may be surface knowledge (like..."how about that lance armstrong?"), but at least it's something. it makes these sometimes ackward events much more bearable and i get to promote cycling. and it makes me think that maybe cycling is more popular than people think....
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How can one not when about 33% of my shirts display bike logos.
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Last party I was at, (a backyard barbecue affair) several people arrived on bikes, including a young arty grrrl who had bought a damaged mink coat, dismantled it and covered her stingray bike with fur. Handlebars, frame, seat, fenders, everything but the handlebar grips and drive train. THAT was the hot topic of conversation among the bikies and arties alike.
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What conversation doesn't end up having some referance to bicycling..... that's when I addmited to my wife -I have an addiction/obssesion with bicycles (riding and repair). I tried for a whole week not to add cycling into every discussion I had. It was a trying week.
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What conversation doesn't end up having some referance to bicycling..... that's when I addmited to my wife -I have an addiction/obssesion with bicycles (riding and repair). I tried for a whole week not to add cycling into every discussion I had. It was a trying week.
man, i know. i try hard to broaden my topics of discussion, but i find most things less interesting to me than cycling. my GF is good though, she'll try to point me toward people she knows i'll have fun talking to. a lot of times i'm doing her a favor by being there, so she tries to help me out.
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Not much...

We mostly hang out with my wife's friends, and we haven't done that much lately. And they're great people, but none of them are cyclists. They'll usually ask me if I still bike to work. And they do it in a rather hushed tone... one usually used to inquire about a relative with some sort of minor but nagging illness.

When I tell them I do, they ask about traffic and weather and stuff. And soon their eyes glaze over and the conversation quickly changes to the Packers.

My wife likes to talk about cycling more than I do... how far we went, how hard the ride was, hills, wind (she always blames me for the wind)... that sort of thing.
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