TCI Friday is meant to be a participatory activity. I do a little dance here at the beginning, and then I pose a question. The game works best if you put your thoughts in the comments below.
I want to start this week by stating for my own benefit that what I think doesn’t matter. This isn’t self-deprecation. What you think doesn’t matter either. Thoughts are cheap, basically in the same bargain bin as talk, and while I have devoted an awful lot of time to thinking about cycling, not to mention actually, you know, doing it, experience and perspective are undeniably subjective. In fact, they’re the definition of subjective.
So it’s not that shocking that my adult friends who came to me for advice about bikes overwhelmingly ignored that advice. It’s almost like when an agency full of massively educated people tasked with researching and establishing policies around public health are summarily ignored by folks who have “done their own research.” It’s not just me. We all think too much of ourselves.
And fair play, no one really likes a proselytizer, do they?
Still, as a devotee of bikes and biking, when a person comes to me seeking guidance, I take it very seriously. It’s a precious moment when, whether they end up taking my advice or not, I might have some positive influence on a bike riding outcome. As the years have passed, my advice has become less and less specific (e.g., Get this bike or that one.) and more general (e.g., Feeling comfortable on the bike is the most important thing.).
I try to emphasize that there’s no right way and no wrong way if you’re enjoying yourself, that finding a way to ride that allows you to ride consistently is likely better than jumping in with two feet and trying to do something epic. Oh, and that we all look silly in Lycra, and that’s ok.
Jiminy Cricket! It’s just riding a bike.
But maybe I’m still doing it wrong. My ideas, as I said, aren’t gold-plated and delivered on fine China. This week’s TCI Friday asks, what advice would you give to an adult friend just getting into, or just getting back to riding bikes? If you’ve ever said something that was particularly successful, what was it?
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