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September 2016

Back in the bad old days, a cyclist was required to fly a flag on their bike of they wanted to ride DALMAC.

Obviously I’d wear a blinking jersey before I’d attach a flag to my bike.  Now, in some cases, I can understand flying a flag on the back of a bike.  A friend of mine rides a hand bike trike that’s so low, a flag absolutely makes sense:

Riding in a pack of eight cyclists in a pace line, a flag isn’t going to matter, even a little bit:

Dude, if a motorist can’t see that adding a flag isn’t going to help.

I was a little surprised when my buddy Phill picked up a flag on the way out of check-in.  I hollered after him, “Dude, what’s up with the flag?!”  He replied, “Yard art”.

I thought about that a second.  Brilliant.  I grabbed one too:

In fact, now that I’m paying attention as I drive around, Phill and I aren’t alone.  While it would be a stretch to say they’re everywhere, most of the people I know who rode the ride have a flag from one year or another in their yard.

Let’s face it, in terms of cool fitness swag to show off, that flag says a lot.  It is first, and obviously, a bike flag.  First, it says, “We’re fathers, mothers, sons and daughters and we’re everywhere, even though you might despise us, we don’t deserve to die because we like to ride a bicycle.  Please be aware.”  Second, if one accepts the idea that a century is the “marathon” of cycling, doing three, almost four over four days in a row is pretty awesome.

In fact, I wouldn’t mind seeing a bike flag flown in the yard of every cyclist, just for the first reason.  Just sayin’.

Oh, and sad to say, the bike is not a part of the yard art.  That gets safely locked away, obviously.


  1. conflictedhealth says:

    These posts make me want to start cycling. I think there are carts for children you can attach to bikes.

  2. Gail says:

    Reading this blog has stopped me despising bikers. Well, most bikers. Okay…some bikers.

    All kidding aside, I’ve learned a lot and I understand, now, why bicyclists don’t stop when I think they should, Turns out I was wrong. Hmmmph. Who-da thunk that? Still….I wish more bike riders in my neck of the woods were more like you. Just this morning I was side swiped again by a cowboy. Luckily I was without Seamus O’Malley.

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