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Fat Cyclist Chain Letter Thing

Cycle Jerks tagged us with the Fat Cyclist chain letter while we were out of town. So even though it’s been more than 24 hours, we have a valid excuse for coming late to the party. For those who don’t know Fat Cyclist, you should check out his blog and consider buying something to help support his wife’s fight against breast cancer. Now, on with the questions:

If you could have any one — and only one — bike in the world, what would it be?

Probably something like a steel cross bike with a riser bar and clearance for 29″ MTB tires. Or maybe a bike that transforms from a road bike, to a mountain bike, to a glider.

Do you already have that coveted dream bike? If so, is it everything you hoped it would be? If not, are you working toward getting it? If you’re not working toward getting it, why not?
I’m poor, I’m lazy and I’ve got some great bikes that each do the job they were meant for.

If you had to choose one — and only one — bike route to do every day for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?
It would essentially be a loop that went from my house to Frick Park and back. Not only would it mean I got to ride road and trails, but there are great places to eat and drink all along that route.

What kind of sick person would force another person to ride one and only one bike ride to do for the rest of her / his life?
As some famous dude once said, “It’s not about the bike.”

Do you ride both road and mountain bikes? If both, which do you prefer and why? If only one or the other, why are you so narrow-minded?
I guess I like road bikes more since that’s what I ride the most, but mountain bikes are definitely fun.

Have you ever ridden a recumbent? If so, why? If not, describe the circumstances under which you would ride a recumbent.
Much to the chagrin of Gerry Kraynick, I’ve never ridden one. But a friend and I once talked about renting them and heading out on the GAP or something.

Have you ever raced a triathlon? If so, have you also ever tried strangling yourself with dental floss?
No, but I do own running shoes and a Speedo. Just kidding (about the Speedo).

Suppose you were forced to either give up ice cream or bicycles for the rest of your life. Which would you give up, and why?
I would give up bicycles. For the children’s sake. On second thought, screw that… Kids are too fat these days, let them ride bikes.

What is a question you think this questionnaire should have asked, but has not? Also, answer it.
What was your most embarrassing cycling moment and why?
First lap of my first bike race ever… I jump a log and land face-first in a huge mud puddle. It’s full of sharp rocks and deep enough that I hear that “glug, glug, glug” sound in my ears. I come up covered in mud like Schwarzenegger in Predator. I eventually cross the finish line and all you can see are my eyes, my teeth and some blood running down my right arm.

You’re riding your bike in the wilderness (if you’re a roadie, you’re on a road, but otherwise the surroundings are quite wilderness-like) and you see a bear. The bear sees you. What do you do?
The answer to that is pretty obvious. The question is, if I survive, will I ride home in those shorts or leave them in the wilderness?

Now, tag three biking bloggers. List them below.
HK Fixed

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One Comment

  1. EthanJuly 30, 2008 at 4:22 am

    Encouraging people to bicycle means encouraging the average person, which more and more in our country is someone who is clinically obese. Bicycling, unlike running, is actually a relatively safe way for the obese to be more active.

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