The New Manliness. This episode is about not using your gender as an excuse for being a broken, toxic dickhead. We got invited to participate in a conversation with some other dudes about positive masculinity in the cycling industry, so we mull over why it is we got invited. Then we talk about positive feedback from listeners for talking candidly about mental health struggles and wonder in some ways, is just being honest all it takes to be positively masculine? All that, and all some of the hijinks you’ve come to expect.
Robot fell in love with cycling watching the older neighborhood kids ride wheelies down the street. It was the early '70s, and Evel Knievel was jumping motorcycles over buses. Everything seemed possible. From that moment, the die was cast (iacta alia est).
He studied philosophy in college, of course he did. That's what idealists do, romantics, kids who think there must be a better way. At the same time, bikes were carrying him everywhere, delivering all of life's gifts and surprises. Occasionally he crashed and didn't mind.