A Note from Fatty: BikeRadar has posted my weekly humor (erm, humour) piece. I’ve posted a preview of the story below, or you can just go straight to the whole article by clicking here.
Here’s a little non-relevant piece of trivia about this article. I wrote it while sitting in the family car while waiting in a parking lot at a local lasertag / video arcade as my son and his friends had his birthday party.
Another Note from Fatty: The Pink Special Edition Fat Cyclist jerseys are now totally sold out. Thank you to everyone who bought one!
How to Talk With Non-Cyclists
The fact that you are reading this tells me all I really need to know about you. You’re a cyclist. I’m a cyclist. We therefore both know what’s really important in life (riding). We see the world as it truly is (a place to ride our bikes). If we were each to answer the question, “What would you do with a million dollars?” our answers would vary perhaps in what equipment we’d buy and where we’d go to ride, but in little else.
If we were to have a conversation, we’d have an understanding of how each other thinks. Maybe you’re a Cat 2 roadie and maybe I’m a cross-country endurance geek, but we both know that turning the cranks in a perfect circle is the ultimate form of self-expression.
Sadly, not everyone is like you and I. I am sad to say that there are people out there who rarely — if ever! – ride bikes at all. It’s possible you even know someone like this. A coworker. A family member. You’d be surprised at how common non-cyclists are, actually. You probably encounter them several times per day and simply don’t notice them, because they aren’t interesting.
Mostly, you can safely ignore these people, simply by riding away from them. Sometimes, though — at a company party, say — it is impossible to avoid non-cyclists. Surrounded, you have no choice but to communicate with them.
Don’t worry. I’m here to help. Just follow these five simple rules.