As I progress into my second year of cycling I can feel my confidence growing, both on the road and around other cycle people. My rides are nearly all private pain sessions, but on occasion I will stop to share a word with a fellow King of the Lycra. However I have recently begun to notice that these other cyclists cannot help themselves from taking a few surreptitious downwards glances while talking.
I assume they are checking out my steed, which admittedly isn’t the finest machine on the market but has done the job of giving me the cycle bug. However, a symptom of this bug appears to manifest itself as a constant itch to buy a better bike. It may only be a matter of time before I take the plunge. I think Rule 12 from Velominati’s Rules of Cycling explains the problem best:
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is
n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as
s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.
Fortunately I do technically have the use of two bikes and will be borrowing Pete’s lightweight Fuji bike again this weekend to ride a 75 mile sportive in Kent with a few friends. And during the day I may even be making a few casual downwards glances myself …