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Old 01-07-10, 12:12 PM   #1
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Twenty Jerseys - Twenty Days: A New Year's Resolution

As 2010 begins I feel blessed, and not just with material possessions. So many people have so little in this world, so little food, such little safety, and just a few possessions. They look forward in this new year to a grim future, if a future at all, and the view is the same far, far down the road for them. (On the other hand, that's not to deny that life, even under difficult conditions, can be worthwhile, and can be enjoyed on its own terms, whatever those terms are.)

Therefore, given that so many of my fellow humans live in want, I must make an embarrassing admission: I own twenty bike jerseys. That's probably about 19 jerseys too many. Many if not most of these articles of fashion, largely neglected by me, hang forlornly in a closet, waiting without complaint in darkness and silence to clothe me in their bright colors and creative designs.



Showing some of the most overlooked jerseys to my daughter and her boyfriend yesterday, I told them I was contemplating giving the jerseys away. "They don't take up much room, Dad, why don't you just keep them? I'm sure they are tied up with some great memories," my daughter said.

It's true, all my jerseys are are at least tinged with memories of rides, or hold sentimental value because they came from someone special to me. Yet is this reason enough to support such sartorial gluttony?

I don't know the answer to that. I know I don't do enough to help those less fortunate that I am. Yet charity, carried to its logical extreme, would leave me as destitute as those I would help, and certainly make those close to me unhappy. But I know, too, that 20 jerseys are too many jerseys, even if they've been collected over more than the past three decades.



Perhaps, for now, I have found a middle ground. If I admit that twenty jerseys exist to be worn on bike rides, then I resolve that twenty jerseys will ride with me, one each day, for the next twenty days.

The first day of the new year, the first day of my resolution, I rode in the first jersey. But before I could do so, before I could glide through the city on my first ride, there was the little matter of a parade to get through, specifically the Rose Parade, in Pasadena, California.

The dog needed a walk, there was some of the Rose Bowl game to watch on t.v., and I needed a nap. Meanwhile, my jerseys waited for me to make my first pick.

I chose the black Specialized jersey my brother gave me some years ago. I don't wear it often, so it's in excellent condition. I do like to wear it when it's cold. I like to think black soaks up whatever heat is available. Of course cool temperatures doesn't occur often in Southern California.

Darkness was perhaps 30 minutes away when I finally stopped scratching the cat's neck and started turning the pedals on my bike. As I'd begun the day in the dark, ending it the same way seemed appropriate.

The last light of the day, poking out from under a cover of clouds that drifted over the city in the afternoon, lit up some of the taller buildings along the Miracle Mile district, north of my home.



The building above, pulled in with the telephoto setting on my camera, is more than half a mile from my home.

The stretch of Fairfax Blvd., above, is home to several Ethiopian restaurants, the legendary Hansen's Bakery, a pawn shop and the Jewish Woman's Thrift shop, among other enterprises.



The sky turned a bright red for a few minutes. As the day turned to night, I rode past Chinese restaurants, Jewish delis, past trendy shops along Robertson Blvd., and the "Trashy Lingerie" shop on La Cienega Blvd., I sprinted by the lines of cars piled up at stoplights, I cranked it through dark residential streets, and I made it home well after final play of the Rose Bowl game.



"Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailor's delight." It was true, at least for that night. The second day of the new year, dawned bright and clear. I needed to choose another jersey, and think about the world around me.



(I've got more stories and pics about jerseys and Los Angeles on my blog)
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Old 01-07-10, 12:43 PM   #2
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Congratulations for finding another dimension of cycling self-loathing

Understand your sentiment though. I've been blessed to avoid much fall out from the current "economic crisis" until just now, took a voluntary 10% pay cut to help my employer out (they needed it, my bosses are very accessible and transparent with how things are going). I sometimes forget how much I have, and how little others have.
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good work sir, i always enjoy your posts and insight.
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I've got too many jerseys too. When my cycling shorts get old I toss them. But when my jerseys get old I tend to keep them and put them at the bottom of the rotation.

I wonder if there is any cycling related charity that would appreciate old cycling jerseys.
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I suppose I am blessed, but I also seem to remember years and years of hard work and sacrifice having a lot to do with what I own. Not enough guilt in my life, I guess.
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You can post your jersey size here:
Most new riders would be glad to pay postage should you want to put them to good use.
Just hanging in your closet does no one any good.
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I suppose I am blessed, but I also seem to remember years and years of hard work and sacrifice having a lot to do with what I own. Not enough guilt in my life, I guess.
Agreed, same here. But we live in a place that allows us to do that...vast majority don't.
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"You can post your jersey size here:
Most new riders would be glad to pay postage should you want to put them to good use.
Just hanging in your closet does no one any good."

When I'm finished with my rides, I'll see how many make the cut, and offer any that didn't, here.
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I and many of us ride maybe 200 days a year.. Maybe more.. So, are 20 jerseys really all that many. ?
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Twenty! I don't own one, I've been using target shirts. And my coat liner.
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Nice photos. I've got to get me a better camera than the one I have.



(And as for jerseys ... I'd guess that I own at least 30, probably more)
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As a relative newbie to the sport, at least "cycling" as opposed to "biking around", I only own three short sleeve jerseys and one long sleeve. They do me just fine, I just have to do laundry a little more often. Not to say I wouldn't like your old ones, but you really only need a few. At least, that's what I tell myself since I'm a poor student.
Your point about those less fortunate doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me in the context of the jersey- people in poverty really need stuff like food, wool sweaters, new pants and socks, and functional bikes, not cycling gear. Even people who could benefit from bicycling-related charity need working parts and tools more than they do jerseys, such as what the Working Bikes collective in Chicago does: They fix up crappy old bikes to functional safe condition and send them to places where a bicycle helps people get to and do work that will sustain them. Still, cycling is a remarkably expensive sport for those who enjoy it but don't have good jobs and want more from it, and a jersey exchange/charity is a nice idea.
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"I and many of us ride maybe 200 days a year.. Maybe more.. So, are 20 jerseys really all that many. ?"

"Many" is a relative term. There isn't, in my mind, a correct answer here.

However, I don't think it's necessary to own 20 jerseys if you ride 200 days a year.
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"Your point about those less fortunate doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me in the context of the jersey- people in poverty really need stuff like food, wool sweaters, new pants and socks, and functional bikes, not cycling gear."

doomridesout - you missed my point. And maybe I made it confusing. The point I want to make is that I have a lot of nice stuff, like bike jerseys, more than I need, while lots of people have few things, including those things they need to survive.

I don't have any illusions that giving away a bike jersey is going to help people who are in desperate conditions. And if I offer up an unloved, unwanted jersey to people on BF, I won't be checking on their income status.

The act of giving up something I don't need would make me feel good, even as I understand it's not going to help end hunger or war. And since I'm wearing each of my jerseys for the next 13 days (I've gotten through seven of them), perhaps I'll reignite what it was that attracted me to each of them in the beginning of the relationship.

And thinking about all my jerseys gave me, like a jersey on my shoulders, the inspiration on which to hang a new thread, one that would let me combine cycling and photography and some descriptions of what it's like to live and ride in Los Angeles!
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