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Day One of My Specialized Strike – Specialized Forgot the Number One Rule in Cycling

September 2019
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Specialized signed on to the pie in the sky “Global Climate Strike” where a bunch of Kool-Aid drinking crumb crunchers decided they needed to “strike” by skipping school because they’re ignorant enough to believe they want an end to the use of fossil fuels. 100% wind and solar is the goal. They only forget to mention one thing; in order to power everything as we know it, 100% of the world will have to be blanketed by solar panels and wind turbines. No room for farming, no growing food, nothing but windmills and solar panels. I wonder what that would do to the environment. In other words, the movement is too stupid to even take seriously.

Whatever their rationalization for signing on (and I did send them a rather scornful email and got a response replete with the normal drivel you’d expect), Specialized screwed the pooch. First, when we take a political stance, based on a politician’s half of a story, we’re immediately going to scorn 40% of the country. Second, it’ll likely be ignorant, because politicians survive by keeping people fighting – and supporting any movement that calls for an end to the use of fossil fuels, is as ignorant as you get when your company relies on them so heavily. Finally, there’s the number one rule in cycling:

The number one rule of cycling was ever thus; no f***in’ politics on bike rides, boys and girls.

Specialized forgot that and they need to be made to remember it.  Our lives are ripped apart by politicians, special interest groups and the news media on a daily basis. Politics are never used to bring people together anymore. They’re used as a wedge. We need our leisure activities to come together as human beings so we can remember why we need each other, how important it is to rely on each other, and why we need to care for each other.

When you drag politics into our fun time, too, you destroy one of the great things there is about being alive and on the right side of the grass.

Shame on you, Specialized.

It’s a damned crying shame…

Oh, and Trek, please stay out of the fracas… I’m running out of bikes!

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16 Comments

  1. unironedman says:

    Not sure how global this is… I had a quick peek at the Specialized site and my region is vey much business as usual. I had to go out of my way to visit the US site to see what you were talking about. I feel so left out! 😉

  2. biking2work says:

    Been a lot on the radio about GCS. esp companies making capital out of it which gave me the new word of the day -“greenwashing”

  3. OmniRunner says:

    100% of the world would be covered? Now that would be radical.
    The DoD takes climate change seriously and I don’t think you’ll find too many left wing hippies in The Pentagon.

    • bgddyjim says:

      100%, and yes, it would be radical and stupid, but that’s what it would take, Andy. The point about the DoD was comical. Any politician takes climate change seriously. It’s an easy enemy that isn’t falsifiable and won’t fight back. In short, it’s a lefty’s wet dream. Two years ago climate change was responsible for the Great Lakes’ falling water levels to “historic” lows. This year it was responsible for filling the Great Lakes back up. 😉

      • OmniRunner says:

        Generals and admirals are not politicians.

      • bgddyjim says:

        No they are not, but they answer to politicians. Again, all I advocate is letting the science free, Andy.

        That’s like saying Washington DC isn’t swayed by politics. The District votes 95 to 5 for Democrats for a reason, buddy, and it most certainly is not because the Democrat is the better choice. They know who butters the bread in that town.

  4. James L says:

    Amen to that Jim! One of my major annoyances is that politics is being forced into every aspect of culture and if a sport/brand/person chooses to stay apolitical they get lambasted for not using the position to highlight ‘important issues’

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