Friday, September 04, 2009

Giving Someone Else Some Due

I spotted this well written snippet by a fellow cyclist and just had to share.

If you ride you know those moments when you have fed yourself into the traffic, felt the hashed-up asphalt rattle in the handlebars, held a lungful of air in a cloud of exhaust. Up ahead there are two parallel buses. With cat's whiskers, you measure the clearance down a doubtful alley. You swing wide, outflank that flower truck. The cross-street yellow light is turning red. You burst off the green like a surfer on a wave of metal. You have a hundred empty yards of Broadway to yourself. ~Chip Brown, "A Bike and a Prayer"

* Image poached from Party Bots. It is a silk screen image they sell on tee shirts. The artist and main man is Karl Addison. Some cool stuff. Check it out.


Randal Graves said...

My luck, I wouldn't swing wide enough and would be pushing daisies. Good thing there'd be a nearby flower truck.

Middle Ditch said...

I wouldn't even think about it

BBC said...

I never got big in biking, I've just always had a bike to get around with is all.

BBC said...

But I think that you would like biking Kathy, not that you could keep up with her no matter what you spent on your bike.

Yup, I'm pretty sure she would kick your ass. I wouldn't even try to keep up with her on her hundred dollar bike no matter how much money I had in my bike.

Get right down to it, when it comes to bikes it's all about the power in the monkey and four pounds difference in the weight of the bike isn't going to make a hell of a lot of difference.