Thursday, September 11, 2008

One Man's Group Is Another Man's Pain Cave

With all of the talk and pseudo-legislation about group rides and bans, I was wondering why we cyclists are letting these people define what a "group" is. Who are they to say? If 10 people leave a common point on bikes and spread out, it really ceases to be much of a group almost immediately. If someone is riding even 4 or 5 feet away from another cyclist, at their own pace, spinning or grinding, busting a nut (or labia) against a wind that won't stop, then that is a SOLO ride. Send that same group of 10 out for a ride and have them each record their experience. The recounting of the ten stories will be as unique as the author of each! That singular enjoyment of essentially the same thing is one of the reasons I love cycling so much. I do my thing, you do yours, and we'll still have the shared experience to draw us together. Simple, right? Later! Travel Gravel!


bluecolnago said...

good points you make there, buddy!

Cheerleader said...

And lately I've been trying to figure out if we can put a limit to the number of cars that travel at once on any highway or interstate. You know, even groups who just appear to be in a group/gathering. For that matter, what about a convoy of tractors heading down the road too?