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Remembering One of the Main Tenets of Cycling and Why the Sport Is Unquestionably Awesome: There Are No Politics On Bike Rides


Have you tired of hearing the phrase(s), “in these trying times” or “these difficult times” yet? I’ve resorted to yelling at the radio every now and again. I must look awesome driving down the road.

It seems everything has to be preceded or followed by one of those two phrases. They don’t have much to do with politics, really, because the times are difficult and trying – especially when everything is so “in your face” lately with raw nerves aplenty. I simply ask, in these trying and difficult times; don’t participate.

Remember, as winter comes to a close in the next month and a few days in the northern hemisphere, riding bikes with friends is as good as it gets, whether they did or didn’t like Trump. If it matters to you, if you simply can’t ride a bike with someone who voted for Trump or someone who voted for Biden, folks, that says more about you than anyone else and none of it is good. If I’m an idiot, fine. Enjoy all of those solo miles.

For the rest of us normal folk, maybe practice a little forgiveness now and again. It does a soul good. Forgive your right-wing friend for their ignorance. Forgive your left-wing friend for their smug way of being wrong about virtually everything. And remember this phrase if someone brings up anything about politics on a bike ride: “Hey, no politics on bike rides.” It works.

In these trying and troubled times, let us not be shocked and chagrined… let’s argue about something really important… like why red on black is the best bicycle color scheme in the history of bicycles.


15 Comments

  1. unironedman says:

    I still regret getting stuck with the white bike in the shop (it was all they had left in my size and spec).

  2. Sheree says:

    Not sure I necessarily agree with your view of the best bike colour scheme but I am with you on riding.

  3. sobernova says:

    Great color scheme! So many great things to chat about other than politics – I 100% agree. Life is beautiful, there is so much to enjoy and appreciate each and every day. Especially sober!

  4. Mr Shit50s says:

    With you on this one – particularly the bit when you rail against everything being prefaced by “in these trying/difficult times”.

    I’ve stopped listening to my favourite music station lately, because I’m fed up with presenters saying stuff like: “C’mon, we’ll get through this together!”, or “You know we’ve got the tunes to get you through this – boogie in your kitchen!” Now, I stick mainly to my own music, or podcasts where I know people will stick to talking about the advertised subject.

    I’m not getting drawn into the colour scheme debate – I don’t think that, as someone who was talked into buying a lime green road bike (known in our house as ‘The Flying Snotsman’)a few years ago can have anything useful to contribute!

    As for politics, whenever I go out on a club ride with proper riders, I’m usually too out of breath to say anything…

    Keep up da good work – and your impressively prodigious output!

  5. Owen says:

    Lovely. Makes me want to get my bike out again.

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