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… And on the Eighteenth Day He made the Bicycle and the People Rejoiced, and God Smiled for It Was Good

March 2019


My favorite saying as a young kid in recovery was, “Jesus Christ on a pogo stick”.  Now, without sufficient explanation many would make the assumption the saying was “taking the Lord’s name in vain”.  They would be wrong.  Incorrect.  Mistaken.  Let’s just take the religiosity out of this for a minute, too – just let go of the biases for just long enough to read this post…

Jesus walked everywhere he went, well, maybe he rode a camel or two in his day but let’s not get lost in the forest, Forrest.  Point is, the only thing Jesus had for transportation back then had to do with animals or putting one foot in front of the other.  Then they killed him by nailing him up on a cross and stabbing him in the side when he was just close enough to death for their liking.  It’d be a rough way to go.

So imagine, in that context, what Jesus would do with an actual, real pogo stick.  Imagine the laughter at bouncing around on such a novel little item that we take for granted.

Imagine Jesus on a bicycle… even a beach cruiser, he’d be grinning ear to ear, but give him a helmet, some cycling shorts, sunglasses, a decent jersey, a 15-pound aero-bike and a straight-line descent where he can top 55-mph on a perfectly sunny, 80° day.

I can only imagine, but it’s not too much of a stretch because I know what that does for me.

Recovery and cycling are my little slice of Heaven right here on earth.  Sure, life can be tough now and again, but this too shall pass.  I believe God smiled when the bike was invented, and He gets a kick every time one of us gets outside and marvels at the gift we’ve been given.  Good times and noodle salad, my friends.  Ride hard.  Ride often.






  1. unironedman says:

    He was handy at the whole walking on water thing, so we could be waiting a while for a bike frame that light! 😉

  2. heavyman927 says:

    Great read. By the way, where is that hill in the first picture? I need to find some hills when I move up there next month.

    • bgddyjim says:

      That is day two of the Northwest Tour in the upper lower peninsula around Empire / Traverse City. Boyne City is one of the best locations for hill climbing, though. They’re EVERYWHERE up by Boyne, and there are a lot of really good routes available for a Garmin (520 or better with turn by turn directions).

      • heavyman927 says:

        Thanks for the info. Not bad only 4 hours away. Close enough for a weekender once in a while! 🙂

      • bgddyjim says:

        Yep, and drop me a line when you get up here. I’ll let you know where all of the good rides are. Pencil in the Assenmacher 100 for the middle of August in Swartz Creek. I’ll see you there.

  3. His 12 disciples would have made for one heavenly lead out train for the town sign sprint too!

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