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My Best Cycling Bud is Back….

My wife is my best friend, there’s no question. On the other hand, in the last seven years or so, I’ve spent a lot of hours on the road with my buddy, Mike.  He and I are cyclists cut from the same cloth, and it shows when we ride together.  We have a lot of fun.

Mike and I are the cycling equivalent of Goose and Maverick in Top Gun.  We’ll ride without the other.  We won’t like it as much, but we’d do it.

Three weeks ago, he broke his ass when our group was hit by a deer.  According to what I’ve heard, because I was up front and missed everything, I didn’t know how he could have possibly fallen hard enough to break his sacrum (just above the tailbone)…  He went over the back of the bike and landed on his ass.  At that old fart’s age, being as brittle as old farts tend to be, it makes sense, falling from that height.

He started riding, gingerly, after three weeks on the couch, the beginning of the week.  He rode with our small group Friday morning, then again yesterday.  We did 38 miles on Friday with an average of 18.8-mph.  Yesterday’s ride was 42 miles at 18.  My buddy is back.

I had a good time riding without him, but I didn’t like it as much.  Having him back, cycling is better.  Even if he is a dinosaur.  At least he’s a fast dinosaur.


  1. 925brands says:

    Keep sharing, stay motivated…

  2. My best friend broke her coccyx in a fall down a rocky levee…she was out of commission for weeks! Yikes, a broken tailbone ain’t no joke! Looks like a gorgeous day for a ride, pain or no!

  3. unironedman says:

    Say hi to the Velociraptor!

  4. I love that your wife is your best friend (my husband is mine 😊)….and I’m glad your friend’s ass healed!

  5. rongarofalo says:

    Glad he’s on the mend

  6. joliesattic says:

    I so know what you mean. My best bud was Wendel. He didn’t leave me in the dust like my hubby would. My hubby used to be a semi pro racer, so I was never fast enough. Wendel had the ability to go as fast as them, but he was older than even I and chose to relax and take it easy. Easy being 25 mph and pushing me to do 30. I liked that.

    • bgddyjim says:

      That’s not easy to do, to slow down for someone else, even someone you love dearly. It took me a good two years before I figured out how to really enjoy riding with my wife. It’s a rare person who can maintain their fast fitness but tool around now and again as well.

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