Monday, March 24, 2014

Cycling: The Daintiest Sport

Remember how last Thursday I told you about my quick fix for the little squeaky sound my Brooks Cambium was making?  Whelp, you'll be pleased to know that the saddle remained blessedly quiet over the weekend, which officially makes me an engineering genius:


Moreover, sections of my favorite unpaved trail are now dry and firm enough to ride, and it's precisely on such terrain that the Cambium excels, because the rubbery shell helps noticeably in soaking up the bumpies.

In fact, between that rubbery saddle and the touring bike tires, it's almost like I got me a gravel bike.  Clearly what Brooks should do is market a gravel-specific version of the Cambium C-17 and call it the Cambium C-17g.  The C-17g would be identical to the regular C-17 in every way, except that it would cost 50% more, and I guarantee it would quickly become their biggest seller.

Anyway, what with the quiet bike, the respite from the pavement, and the inevitability of spring, I was feeling pretty good about things, but then I went to download the above photo and randomly came across an image from my last vacation:


Now I'm depressed because it reminded me that, comparatively speaking, where I live totally sucks.

Speaking of depressing, you may be depressed to learn that the only thing cycling does for your bones is break them:



It’s long been known that bike riders are more susceptible to having weaker bones than people who do higher-impact sports like running or basketball. In one study, University of Oklahoma researchers performed bone scans on 32 male road cyclists between the ages of 18 and 45 who trained and raced competitively. They found that almost all the riders had lower bone density compared with a control group; some even had osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become brittle and prone to breaking.

I actually never gave the issue of cycling and bone strength much thought until I read Grant Petersen's "Just Ride," which I highly recommend:


Previously, I'd been deluding myself into thinking I was a healthy and fit individual by mere virtue of the fact that I rode a bike.  However, as I approached middle age, I began to realize that years of bike racing to the exclusion of pretty much any other form of intense physical activity had basically turned me into a mutant capable of riding a bike for long distances but useless for pretty much everything else, and that being able to ride a hundred miles without breaking a sweat yet unable to run for half a block to catch a bus without developing shin splints or breaking a tibia is far from "being in shape."

Actually, it's perversely satisfying when you think about it, since so much of cycling is built on this whole idea of "suffering" and grizzled Flemish people jackhammering the cobbles and all of that, but in reality it's kind of a "woosie" sport that's less about suffering and more about whining.  Consider the imagery of sensual, on-the-bike suffering, cultivated so adeptly by Rapha over the years that it's become a cliché:



Now consider that basically everyone in these grainy black-and-white photos is doing a low-impact sport that will leave them with the bone density of a sparrow by the time they're 50.

Oh, and we take coffee breaks.  At cafés.  Where we drink cutesy little designer coffee drinks.

Pathetic.

As cyclists, we all think we're doing something special, but the truth is it's just not that hard.  I know this because I've been trying to run on occasion, and that is hard.  It's pretty humbling when you realize all those doofuses you pass in the park who are running while wearing headphones and belts with tiny water bottles on them are doing something that's harder than the Rapha Gentlemen's Race--and they're doing it in the morning before work.  We also love to laugh at triathletes because they can't stay on their bikes, but if you think about it from a Darwinian standpoint they're far better adapted to survival on the planet Earth than actual cyclists.  Sure, they do a lot of this, but at least they can run and swim.  On the other hand, we can ride for days on end, but we're utterly useless for anything else.  So when it comes down to it, which is going to help you more when we're invaded by a foreign power?  Triathletes will be running and swimming to safety and launching amphibious assaults, while we're all dicking around trying to figure out which tires to "run," and arguing about whether we should use the fat bike or the gravel bike.

Pathetic.

Anyway, nobody should be surprised that a sport involving wearing "gilets" turns you weak and frail:



Probably the only demographic as susceptible to gentle breezes and tiny chills than the roadie is the Southern Belle.

I wonder how long it will be until Rapha "drops" a parasol:


(Cutouts for weight savings.)

I mean, come on--we're so frail that we can't even make it into the Home Depot without getting carried away by a zephyr:

bike wipe out rescuer - m4w (willoughby/bedford)

fourish in the afternoon - one moment i was all set, about to head into home depot. next minute i was bouncing off the ground and into a parked car. have no idea why - maybe as you said a gust, or maybe something mechanical? who knows, but it must have been interesting to watch! nothing busted, just winded and dazed and thankful for helmet sense. but you were right there in a flash to get me back upright with help & concern. for that, i thank you. for reminding me that humanity tends to be uplifting more often than not, thank you also.

He must have caught the vapors.

121 comments:

chris alig said...

pood

Anonymous said...

Creampie(s ) <3
Having it both ways <3
I’m #1

Titty Tits said...

FFFFFFFFFuuuuuuuuccccccccckkkkkkkk y'alll

James said...

missed the podium

Anonymous said...

Poopy snacks

balls™ said...

Y'all are slow today.

Anonymous said...

Je suis dans le premier dix.

Anonymous said...

Dude - seriously depressing! Zanax anyone.

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trama said...

now I can't even ride very far.

BONE FAIL

Serial Retrogrouch said...

almost so close

Anonymous said...

Got your number off the bathroom wall!

Anonymous said...

I know one bone that is staying big and strong!

Comment deleted said...

Yup, started running and playing more tennis when I learned about the bone density thing.

I mean, look at world-class roadies -- do you want to end up looking like that?

Anonymous said...

Can one get osteoporosis of the penis bone?

Nebraska bike commuter (non DWI edition) said...

Of course it's easier. That's why I do it every day.

ken e. said...

good morning dammit!

wishiwasmerckx said...

I start today with a heavy heart. A law school classmate, thoroughly experienced cyclist and dear friend was killed during a race in mid-Ohio on Saturday by a 78 year old man driving a minivan on a long flat stretch of road with no obstructions whatsoever.

Didn't need to see the graphic photo in the paper of my cherished friend laying under a white sheet, either.

Even though you never knew Joe, please take a moment to say a prayer for him.

Ride extra cautious today, and when you get back home, hold those you love just a little tighter, because none of us knows whether we have a tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Running and tennis are for woosies.

McFly said...

Surely that % rises if you sprinkle in some MTB'ing and the vigorously making of The Beast with Two Backs.

Anonymous said...

Please try to adjust your car's sunvisor without killing anyone.

Thanks.

ken e. said...
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Anonymous said...

The Bangles suck more than Monday.

Anonymous said...

Snobby - did you factor in the effect of 'droids on bone density. Maybe the steroid users are spewing the stats.

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Anonymous said...

If you take your bike off a lot of sweet jumps, your bones will thank you.

Even better if you're riding a rigid mountain bike.

Babble On Likes it Rigid.

Bones.

Anonymous said...

My next bones will be carbon fiber. Like Lance's collar bone.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

wishiwasmerckx

sorry about your friend. i hope it was as painless as it could have been.

thanks for the reminder for us still around to function well and count blessings.

courage!

Roille Figners said...

Baronial!

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ken e. said...

never mind the lack of skillz the rapha dudes have (not), where are the helments?

@wiwm: word to the present tense. ride safe y'all.

Serial Retrogrouch said...

...i'm pretty sure a Southern Belle can crush a pro cyclist with a little force from her thumb and forefinger.

Anonymous said...

Snobby, if where you live sucks, you can always move, but where would you move to?

I'm pretty sure every place sucks, one way or another, and moving would necessitate a name change from BSNYC to BSXXX.

But if you must move, I can recommend Hivaro, Papua New Guinea. Its aviation code is "HIT", so you'd become BSHIT.

streepo said...

wiwm

Very sorry to hear about your friend.

crosspalms said...

wiwm,
Sorry to hear about your friend. I hope they don't treat it as "just another tragic accident" because most "accidents" are drivers not doing their job, which is don't hit anybody.

Anonymous said...

wiwm,

terrible news about your friend. very sorry.

Bryan said...

Sorry to hear about your friend, wishiwasmerckx. I hope his family and friends keep him alive with great memories.
Speaking of safety on the road, my "not so) great state of South Carolina has this bill that was just proposed:
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-1-1715 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE OWNER OF A BICYCLE TO OBTAIN A PERMIT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND LIABILITY INSURANCE AS IS REQUIRED OF MOTOR VEHICLES BEFORE OPERATING A BICYCLE ALONG A HIGHWAY WHOSE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT IS AT LEAST THIRTY-FIVE MILES AN HOUR; AND BY ADDING SECTION 56-3-115 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, FOR THE PURPOSES OF REGISTRATION AND THE REQUIRED LIMITS OF LIABILITY INSURANCE, A MOPED IS A MOTOR VEHICLE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION 1. Article 9, Chapter 1, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-1-1715. (A) Notwithstanding another provision of law, the owner of a bicycle who is at least fifteen years old shall obtain a bicycle permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles upon payment of a fee of five dollars and maintain liability insurance on the bicycle as is required of an owner of a motor vehicle as provided in Chapter 77, Title 38, before operating the bicycle along a highway whose maximum speed limit is at least thirty-five miles an hour.

(B) Before the department issues a bicycle permit, the applicant must pass successfully all parts of a bicycle safety written examination that is developed by the department. The examination shall include a test of the applicant's eyesight, as pertains to the operation of a bicycle, a test of his ability to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning, and directing traffic and his knowledge of the traffic laws of this State. This permit must be in the applicant's immediate possession when the bicycle is operated along a highway whose maximum speed limit is at least thirty-five miles an hour. A person who is less than fifteen years old may not operate a bicycle along a highway whose maximum speed limit is at least thirty-five miles an hour."

SECTION 2. Article 3, Chapter 3, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-3-115. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for the purposes of registration and the required limits of liability insurance, a moped is a motor vehicle."

I mean seriously now...forced to carry liability insurance? What am I going to be liable for...putting a dent in some d-bags BMW after he hits me??

CommentorBot9000 said...

"As cyclists, we all think we're doing something special, but the truth is it's just not that hard. I know this because I've been trying to run on occasion, and that is hard. It's pretty humbling when you realize all those doofuses you pass in the park who are running while wearing headphones and belts with tiny water bottles on them are doing something that's harder than the Rapha Gentlemen's Race--and they're doing it in the morning before work."

The bicycle was invented to make it possible to go farther and faster with less effort. That is the original purpose of the bicycle. It was not invented for exercise or racing.

Roille Figners said...

WIWM - hang in there mang.

About the bike-cycle-cycling: The relevant factor is most likely low testosterone. It actually does affect runners & triathletes too, though not as much because yep, what they do is harder. But long sessions of cardio of any type actually lower testosterone, which in turn lowers both overall muscle mass and bone mass/density, which in turn maybe makes you a better runner/biker but unfortunately tends to lower sex drive (comments here notwithstanding) and all the rest of it. Solution: do sprints, not long-ass rides. And actually lift some weights and shit.

Roille Figners said...

I should've said, better long-distance runner/biker.

Blog Drafter said...

I put a big pile of dirt behind my shed and every third day or so I shovel the whole pile about six feet away. I just keep shoveling it back and forth. Great back exercise. Shit, you can land F-16's on my back, seriously. Good for the arms, too, and is a great (short) conversation starter!

WIWM, sorry to hear about your friend. Sorry to hear about anyone that gets killed unnecessarily.

Livin' is hard.
Dyin' is mean.
So get'cha a little lovin'
in between.

Anonymous said...

Fairdale Bikes presents a little insight into its highly advanced R & D department. Aerodynamic 2×4 bikes and Fender Bass Bicycle are all put to the test.

High correlation between low testosterone levels and leg shaving, spando, and ballerina shoes.

your point being? said...

Running was invented to get away from sabre tooth tigers. That was the original purpose of running. It was not invented for exercising or racing.

Anonymous said...

Lanton doooo rooooge(scranus)!

Comment deleted said...

Mostly correct, Roille, but impact is an important factor, too. I was amazed to learn that bones are constantly rebuilding themselves to respond to the treatment they get, i.e., they add material (or remove it, which is the problem) to respond to stress (or the lack thereof).

Basic stuff to anybody that knows anything about physiology, which doesn't include me.

WIZ !! JAY said...

I think a nice line of crabon garters or nanotube lace fans would also go over well.

Anonymous said...

Wildcat, do you find the Cabrium to be more flexible than your leather brooks saddles? curious. thanks

CommentorBot9000 said...

your point being? said...
"Running was invented to get away from sabre tooth tigers. That was the original purpose of running. It was not invented for exercising or racing."


The point: It is obvious cycling is easier than running. No one should be surprised by this, nor is it worthy of posting in a blog as some sort of revelation, unless the name of the blog is “Duh.”

Anonymous said...

Actually, the original purpose of running was to chase down prey.

crosspalms said...

Since I never got a white lunch bag I probably have the bones of a robin, or maybe even a blue jay. I'd probably have the bones of a crow or an owl if I drank less coffee.

DB said...

I bike for fun.
I swim for exercise.
Is it whining or whinging?
WIWM: so sorry my friend.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 1:52pm,

I guess I'd say the Cambium is firmer, but that is very hard to quantify.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

JLRB said...

WIWM - That sucks - my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

For whom the bell tolls, and all that .. (especially after 2 near misses this morning - I was rolling with 2 front lights and three rear - a cab and a minivan both decided I don't exist)

babble on said...

WIWM - It's so true. Every day above ground is a good day, and we are more vulnerable than most to the inattention of drivers. Deepest condolences, dear friend. xo xo

Snobbers, are you calling me a whelp? Seriously? I've been called all sorts of interesting things over the years, but that's a new one. The KISS list addresses that whole bone density thing, in point number two. Coming soon.

JLRB said...

What was the original purpose of blogging?

McFly said...

Southern Belle's can actually create faux-bones where you know one does not exist.

And then PRESTO KA-ABRACA DABRA make that bone go away.

It's beautiful. And hypnotic. And messy.

Anonymous said...

We are all dying. Even right now. Father Time is undefeated.

77,000,000,000 and 0

BamaPhred said...

@WIWM Peace be with you and your friend.

Bone density. The article was about a pro MTB'er. I'm not even close to that.

I hate to run, I loathe calisthenics, weight lifting phhhffftt. It's either ride my bike or do nothing. I'm hoping yard and house maintenance count for something.

Anonymous said...

fucking off at work

RoadQueen said...

WIWM, so sorry for the loss of your friend. Lighting a candle tonight in his honor.

Fred of the Sea said...

Bones do indeed require shock loadings to retain mass. If you are shock loading your legs on a bike, you are beyond suck. Relying excessively on cycling for fitness also weakens the glutes, and other muscle groups you need for standing up straight, etc., so go for a walk to the gym for crissake.

WIWM, so, so sorry. Everyone stay safe on your wussy machines.

dnk said...

wiwm,

So sorry about your loss and that of all his friends and family.

Freddy Murcks said...

If you're a cyclist, I recommend weight training. Exercises like squats, dead lifts, pushups, etc. will certainly help with that pesky bone density thing and you will be a stronger, more fatigue resistant rider. Squats and deads will also make your glutes go "boom," and who doesn't love a hot ass.



eicPet discontented

Casual Observer said...

BS,
If you will put your Ritte Van Vaginaean in the BIG RING every now and again you will feel more burn and therefore more boner stiffening.

Freddy Murcks said...

wiwm,

So sorry about your loss. I love the bikes but I hate the cars and the stupid idiots inside of them.


BikeSnobNYC said...

Casual Observer,

Wait, I can shift onto that? I thought it was just a guard.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

Anonymous said...

I saw Grant Peterson's book on Amazon,'looked inside' and read the bone density thing. Then I came across BSNYC and re-read it. Is there nothing sacred to you people? We all know if you try hard and do your best you'll eventually get a personal pizza.

Anonymous said...

I saw Grant Peterson's book on Amazon,'looked inside' and read the bone density thing. Then I came across BSNYC and re-read it. Is there nothing sacred to you people? We all know if you try hard and do your best you'll eventually get a personal pizza.

Anonymous said...

ha ha! he said "osteopenia"

Anonymous said...

Squats and deadlift's will help with bone density? I've heard one legged squats are the best. So based on this "bone density theory", what's the physiological difference between doing one legged squats, versus standing on a really steep mountain climb?
I would guess not much. Maybe these researchers are talking about the retiree riding his beachcruiser around the gated community grounds.

Fred of the Sea said...

Squats and honking on the bike load muscle, not bone. Want bone loads? Jump off of something

Roille Figners said...

Whereas if you want bong loads, move to CO.

Freddy Murcks said...

Anonymous @2:45 - I am pretty certain that it is well documented that load bearing exercise tends to help prevent loss of bone density. As between squats and riding your bike, I believe the difference is in weight. When I lift, I typically do 80 reps at 150-200 lbs. I don't think I press that kind of weight when pedaling no matter how steep the hill. There is also a difference in the numbers of muscles and bones that are engaged. Squats and deads stress almost every bone in your body; pedaling is largely isolated to your legs.



sine ufamoun

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

There's always snow shoveling.

crosspalms said...

JLRB,
I think the original purpose of blogging was to lure the sabretooth tigers out in the open to criticize your setup.

JLRB said...

Bicycling may reduce bone density, but driving a car increases belly and brain density.

Casual Observer said...

Ahhhhhhh don't sweat it. You probably can't reach the shifter with that long ass stem anyways.

As you were. Carry on.

dancesonpedals said...

I gave up bike racing after my third race, a crit, because I really blew at riding in a pack. (also I was slow). Triathlons are great because my bike-handling skills are much better than the converted runners I compete against. (but running sucks)

btw riding a casati el/os frame with clip-on aerobars makes me a tri-geke retrogrouch, which snob said didn't exist.

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Since the first blogs were printed on cave walls there wasn't much room for comments.

dancesonpedals said...

wiwm-

sorry about joe

BikeSnobNYC said...

recumbent conspiracy theorist,

Primitive blog comment.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

BamaPhred said...

This - That's my "selfie"
Actually, "waist" is too trim.

DB said...

Crosspalms, 3:15, for COD.

Lumpen Fredetariat said...

JLRB for comment of the day.
wiwm - taking my cap off to salute your friend.
Ah, the seven sisters! Can never remember to count them when I am going up or down, but, yes it make this a beautiful place to live. Lots of suffering going up, woohoo speed going down, no gain in bone density.

mikeweb said...

wiwm,

Sorry about Joe. His loved ones are in my thoughts.

Comment deleted said...

What he said, WIWM.

Anonymous said...

Blogging was invented so that we can run away from work.

So says the: sarybsh tion

Billy said...

A triathlete video with no falls? That's like recumbabe with larry king heads over the nipples or TTTTSWRFFPTD without his soul patch.

Anonymous said...

I'm more of a runner, but now a cycling convert. First, the sweat factor of running. You don't have a lot of air flow. Next, the pounding. Runners always have some sort of pain, sprain, whatnot. Thirdly, you never really feel like you're getting anywhere while running; there's a lot more scenery to take in while cycling.

crosspalms said...

from the primitive commentariat:

regular stem

snob's stem

Regular guy said...

Yeah, I thought cycling WAS an impact sport. Then I realized they weren't talking about hitting trees, rocks, cars, buildings and pedestrians.

So to build "bone density" I started running regularly about 6 years ago. Now I can run to the bus stop without passing out, but damn, my feet hurt.

And about that photo of the open road, I don't know, not much shoulder. Your liable to get swiped by someone overcome by "new car smell".

I_pump_iron said...

When I lift, I typically do 80 reps at 150-200 lbs.

Calling BS. More like 18...

Anonymous said...

WishIwasMerckx -> So sorry to hear about your loss. I think about this stuff every time I head towards idiot packed MidTown.

I am dense except for my bones I guess. Does carrying around a lot of fat help?

vsk - off this week from Wall Street Douchebagging!!

Anonymous said...

Cyclist Vs police. Cyclist wins:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS_0puMJ1gQ

Anonymous said...

Snob, do some Yoga…you're already in Spandex.

Anonymous said...

BSNYC 3:48,


Somebody graffitied a hipster beard on a Bison, primitive blog comments were as crap as today's.

McFly said...

Bro, do you even lift?

(Someone had to say it)

Roille Figners said...

It was only recently I learned of all the differences between high-weight/low-reps vs. low-weight/high-reps (cycling) and all of a sudden I can't just justify a lengthy bike commute as "exercise I would have to do anyway." I now have to consider the insidious possibility that leasing a Hyundai and driving it to the gym, like all those dufuses I make fun of, might actually be more efficient after all.

Anonymous said...

Roille.......are you ready for this?

HOW MUCH DO YOU CURL?

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Southern Man said...

I wish I was in Dixie... or Donna... or Debbie...

Roille Figners said...

Oh shit yeah I curl every day, once on each side! Twict (sic) on game days!

Rural 14 said...

Rural 1st!

Oy - neurosises...is that a word? Any moving and stretching over your head, and twisting and lifting is good. Biking is fine...but for more...

The infamous lift heavy things is a good idea. But for me, the gym is stultifying.

I work on a mostly manual powered farm...lots of opportunity to lift weights - moving feed bags, hay bales, rocks, shoveling snow this winter, hauling wood etc.

Plus fitting in a few minutes of squats a few times a day. And in the winters (this one particularly long and not much outside riding)...drop to the floor and 10 pushups every few hours. As a break from winter desk work...jumping rope; the rope hangs on the back of my chair. Pull ups on the door frame.

When in the city...always taking the stairs! Ask the guard at the lobby if they open when you get to your floor (I quickly found that getting up to the 14th floor and not being able to open the door was a real downer). Run up those stairs, or 2 at time, or 1 flight running, 1 flight walking.

I turned 50 a few years ago; got a speed bag and a heavy bag; started alternating days ...5 minutes on 1 or the other (worked up to 10 min..it's a lot of pounding). Speed bag + jump rope + daily work or daily tai chi in the off season....not a lot of time = fairly decent all around strength...much moreso than when I was younger, and much moreso than many youngsters I interact with every day.

I think better than putting in the time at the gym. But...YMMV.

babble on said...

vsk - LOL! Me, too! And for sure that counts as weight lifting, 'specially if you do yoga... :D

JLRB said...

Time isn't holding up

Time isn't after us

Ricardo Montebon said...

Que es muy dainty - ice dancing , badminton , or bicycling

Dave said...

My own peculiar mix: ride bike down to the cliffs along the Potomac, climb as long as feasible, ride home. Occasionally work on the heavy bag, both kicks and punches. A powerful, properly executed elbow strike shocks the whole body. Also, hang a canvas sack loosely filled with pea gravel and hit that, projecting any hatred you may be harboring into it. And develop some retro, prehistoric quirks - like when your car tires need air, pump them up manually.

Anonymous said...

Oh Dave you should not speak ill of your wife.

Anonymous said...

Need more impact in your rides? I've invented a new sport.

English 3 Speed Cyclecross.

Nothing better than folks wearing their best Twill and Tweed on 50 lbs bikes.

Even better that the main rule is nothing but steel rims as well. Thus guaranteeing a polite pile of petticoats and ascots.

Though you will get a break at the halfway point for afternoon tea.

You're welcome Trek....

dancesonpedals said...

Bikesnob-

The key phrase in your post was something along the line of...'by the age of 50'...this was a post about middle age...you can keep the trappings of youth, even after having children, but after a while, they stop fitting in the big dummy, and they take up more of your time than you imagined. I can see it, I can feel the despair. But I've been middle-aged since you were in college, so I think I have this down. My solution was simple...I'd indulge myself with a pointless purchase, generally a bicycle (I guess this isn't going be as helpful as I hoped) Anyway, I've got 6 bicycles, and only 2 marriages, so it must be working. Your results may vary. (bicycles are cheaper than lawyers & therapists)

I must give you credit: worrying about male osteoporosis is much more creative than earlier generations obcessing about fiber and cholesterol

McFly said...

I found my next kit. Sir Lance......like.....a lot...

RoadQueen said...

McFly: If that kit doesn't build a shit-stack of bone density, I don't know what will.

I've never considered riding my bike in a full-body concussed way, but I think you've nailed it.

2nd Most Interesting Man said...

Steve Tilford does not always take a picture of his new Eriksen frame.....

But when he does, it's in front of a 308 Ferrari and he doesn't mention the Ferrari.

Stay classy my friends.

Douchewallallalla said...

I don’t very often ride with people that don’t race bikes. It’s not that I’m an elitist or anything. It’s just not a normal thing that I run into people that are fit enough to ride a hard ride, with lots of climbing and not race. But out here in Southern California, there are a bunch of people that train like they are training for racing, but just don’t race. Some of the guys raced previously, some never, but all were completely into the sport and rode like bike racers.

babble on said...

That's whatcha call a vet ride. Fast fun.

Have you heard of the Tour de Disaster? How cyclists are best placed to step up when the big one hits...

Speaking of disaster, there's a trucker's strike at the ports here which is heating up racial tensions of all things. I hope it doesn't boil over, but it sure looks set to. Lots of guys are seriously angry, and govt and big business are trying to bully their best interests through again, too. Scary boo.

babble on said...
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babble on said...

But on the bright side, that guy in Saskatchewan doesn't have Ebola after all. And it's spring break. Traffic is light and almost friendly.

And what do you know? Sir lost a lot of the millions he made that Friday, cause the courts said that people who have personal grow licenses can keep growing their own pot. Ha.

And the WHO has said that the increase in air pollution is the single biggest threat to human health.

We cyclists need superman lycra.

Bill Murray said...

I rarely wear underwear, but when I do it is always Superman underoos

babble on said...

Snobbers here mentioned da Tour last year, didn't he? See? Still dense over here.

QM Graves said...

Cornwall is excitedly awaiting the arrival of Clara as she bikes another treacherous 156 km on her charity biking journey. https://livingalpha.com/journal/clara-hughes-in-cornwall-one-city-two-schools

Jordy said...

Hey Bikesnob. How hipster motorists think Melbournite cyclohipsters should defend themselves - http://www.fixed.org.au/forums/f10/every-dooring-collins-there-equal-opposite-reaction-31096/
I think I'll be sticking with the D-lock. J

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Dianne Gilleece said...

Not that this has anything to do with gross saddles or disintegrating skeletons, but I have found an actual helment!
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R. Lemon said...

Ignatius Reily..lol! "My ploric valve!". I couldn't see what kind of tires you're running there on your roadie..wire bead? ' Been running Maxxis re-fuse 28s for over a decade on mine, foldie, supple and handles dirt and rocks just fine, 25 bucks @ qbp.