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We Are the Affable Hammers…


April 2015



I won’t lie…   I had my misgivings about the name at first.  After all, you can make a pretty big mess of “Affable”.  On the other hand, it actually fits and the more I think about it, the more I like it.  We really are an affable bunch and many of us are hammers.  In fact, the name also sounds…um, mature.  This makes sense too.  At 44, I think I’ll be one of the youngest guys wearing that kit, by as many as 20 years.

So, if you’re wondering exactly what the definition of “Affable” is, here:  friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to.

Too often in cycling, you hear about the snobbery involved in the sport.  Much of the assumed snobbery, I believe, is misperceived self-preservation, but there’s no doubt that some cyclists are entire DB’s.  Our gang are almost to a man, friendly, good-natured and easy to talk to.  The only two prerequisites are that you’re fast and can ride your bike well (mainly because we’re fast).  You pass those two and you’re in.

I ride with a no-BS triathlon National Champion (Age Group – as in fastest in the USA – Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon), several Cat 3 masters racers, a few Cat 4’s, a one-time State Champion…  You get the idea, we have some hammers, and the reason for the two prerequisites is simple:  We don’t wait up for anybody because everyone gets dropped.  I’ve seen that group start with more than 30 and end up with four guys pulling into the parking lot (my friends and I cheat – we all drop at the same time and take a 3 mile shortcut so we almost always beat the lead guys back).

In any event, poke fun if you will, I kinda like the geezerly name.  If the s#!t fits, wear it.

It does.  I am an Affable Hammer.



  1. PedalWORKS says:

    It’s a great name 🙂

  2. EpicGran says:

    Great name…. rather the Affable Hammers than the Surly Saws or Awful Axes. LOL

  3. Sandra says:

    Awesome. Keep your kit clean and new. Rule #53. Enjoy!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks Sandra, I shall. Wore it for the first time today… Oh my God, I’m never going to by another pair of plain shorts again! Bibs ROCK!

      • Sandra says:

        That’s awesome. I know what you mean, I bought my first pair of bibs (Nuun) and wow. Love them. My favorite shorts ever, though, are the Vanderkitten VIP shorts. Best fitting most comfortable shorts I have ever had. Wish I’d bought the bibs. . .

      • Sheree says:

        I only ever wear bibs, can’t be doing with shorts.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Now I understand. Fully.

  4. We’re far more British- The B-Spoke Ones, with the One in the shape of a track pump, and far too gaudy to be within any rules!

  5. Sheree says:

    Like the kit, love the name. In France, the clubs are all named after the town they’re in. So much less imaginative.

  6. If the name is on spandex, the first thing anyone is going to make fun of is not the name on the spandex. LOL

    Nice kit. I should post a picture or two of one of my kits, a club kit we shared with a group in Belgium — Bosparkspurters and Jong & Fit (Young & Fit). I don’t ride with the group any more, however, simply because it was associated with the company I used to work for. All of the sponsors on the kits are from Belgium except for the American company that bought the kits. One pair of bibs has Duvel on the side panels, a Belgian beer. That is appropriate because all of the club rides end at the pub!

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