Friday, March 16, 2007

A new breed of Hero

Regular readers (?) of this collection of ramblings will have heard me refer to Fire Road Heroes, that breed of 'racer' that blasts past you on flat, open sections, only to blow chunks when the going gets technical/steep. Well, since I've been commuting to work for the last week, I've discovered a new breed... the 'Cycleway Hero' (CWH). A classic example yesterday, I'm cruising along minding my own beeswax, when I'm startled by a CWH. About 5o years old, on a cheap MTB with semi-slicks, fluoro rain jacket (it wasn't raining of course), hairy legs, driving it about 45kmh (remember, we're riding on a footpath, basically). Cool, I thought, I'll just sit on here while he battles against the wind. As we came to the end of the cycleway (fireroad) and into the city traffic (singletrack), he did the usual Heroe's capitulation, and I thanked him for the tow and weaved my way through the traffic and pedestrians, messenger style! Lovin' the city riding, I've got the offer of a fixie from a workmate, so I'm gonna have a crack at it soon. If I like it (and more to the point, remember that I can't coast) I might get one of these...
Picture of BikeStay tuned for my injury list....

2 comments:

k man said...

THE FREAK ON THE FIXIE !!! Do it . It will give me so much ammo.For Example - Why do Specialized make a fxie? a)Cos,Specialized Boys can only count to one.
b)So they can put on a bashguard and hang out at the jump park.
c)As a pick up line for chicks - "hey baby,I grind all day so I can grind you all night"
d)Cos Specialized boys are homophobic-"gears are for queers"
e)we all know "brakes are for fakes"

brettok said...

haha, gold! brought a smile to my face with those, i'm gonna use em too!