Sit yourself down. Class is in session. The Dutch invented BMX, bicycle moto-cross, not the Californians, even if On Any Sunday did herald its arrival as a cultural phenomenon. Feast your eyes on the some of the archival footage here, and for once, know that the UCI, who put this fun little history lesson together, is not entirely useless.
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.