I am over-biked. That’s a term I just made up, and it means that I have nicer bikes than my talent, speed, stamina, etc. could ever justify. That’s if you believe that you need to be able to justify your bikes, which, truth be told, I don’t. Bicycle apportionment isn’t based on merit. It never has been. Bikes are doled out to people according to their means, yes, but also their willingness to invest in cycling and the equipment that goes along with it.
Bikes are major part of my life, and because I work in the industry, I have had access to some of the very best bikes available at or below cost. I’ve still plowed plenty of my own money in, especially as a percentage of my income (also adjusted downward by my choice of industry). The result is not great fiscal wealth, but an almost unimaginable bicycle bounty.
Meanwhile, the world is full of riders who are under-biked, sometimes because they lack the means and/or sponsorship, and sometimes because they just don’t see the point in levelling their technology. They’re already rad. What do they need a newer/better bike for?
You know who is rad? This guy. If anyone is having more fun than he is, I haven’t met them yet.
I have regularly had my ass handed to me by someone who was under-biked, which goes to show that strength, fitness, and skills are more valuable than technology most days. I don’t let it bother me too much. I’ve put in my time. I’ve probably written close to half-a-million words about bikes and cycling in the last decade plus. I need all the bike I can get.
My friend Stevil recently alerted me to RADshare, which is one organization trying to level up some local youth, but there are a plethora of groups doing the good work. If you know of one local to you, fire a link into the comments, ESPECIALLY if you, like me, are already over-biked yourself.
That, in fact, is this week’s TCIF. Are you over-biked? Or under-biked? Don’t be falsely modest, either. I know some of you are hot shit riders. Say your name. Be proud. The rest of you (us, really), it’s ok. We have what we have because we’ve committed our time, and money, to what we love. There is nothing wrong with that.