Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sometimes the truth hurts...

If y'all haven't been over to Fat Cyclist to see the 2 part (so far) series on "So you want to be a cyclist", I highly recommend it.

Part 1 - Choosing Your Equipment

Part 2 - Lifestyle Changes

Some of my favorite excerpts:

"Shoes...If you are a man, you likely have never spent more than $75 on shoes before. Those days are over, my friend. To be a real cyclist, you need cycling-specific shoes. This may seem odd, since — unlike in most sports, where your shoes actually touch the ground — your shoes do nothing but get between your feet and the pedal."


"Clothes...And how much should these clothes cost? That’s easy: simply take the cost of an ordinary, comparable article of clothing, then imagine that article of clothing encrusted in diamonds. But still washer-safe."


"Training....To be a cyclist, you don’t ride your bike because it’s fun. That kind of riding is what we call 'junk miles' (I’m not making that up.) and is frowned upon by real cyclists....Oh, and there’s a side benefit, too. If you’re training, you're guaranteed to be slated to do a set of road hill intervals the day all your friends want to go on a group ride. Or you’ll be having an enforced rest day all your friends want to ride an epic stretch of singletrack."

4 comments:

CyclistRick said...

Want to go ride some epic single-track this weekend?

chatterbox said...

I think I have to do hillervals....

Jackie said...

Or, more about Shoes: "In reality, of course, their main purpose is to entertain your fellow cyclists when you fall down at a stoplight, hopelessly tangled with and pinned down by your bicycle."

I'd just added him to my list, though it's hard to read about Susan's pain.

chatterbox said...

jackie - yes. He is very funny...except when talking about the struggles with Susan. I find even the sad posts inspirational, though.