He neither drank, smoked, nor rode a bicycle. Living frugally, saving his money, he died early, surrounded by greedy relatives. It was a great lesson to me.” John Barrymore

Man, that sounds like an awful existence. I know for a fact that I have drank, smoked, and ridden a bicycle all at the same time. If I remember correctly, had a pretty durn good time doing it as well.

Searching for quotes and finding ones that resonate can be quite an enlightening experience. I see some and save them in a document, others I see and know that I will use them immediately. Sometimes I will run across one and it keys me into what is actually going on inside my simple skull.

I am not a religious person. Most of my praying is done at the altar of the handlebar. It has been said that I probably would burst into flames if I set foot in a church. I’ve walked into a few just to see if it happens; luckily it doesn’t.

Religion, politics, and your specific sexual proclivity don’t generally concern me. Believe what you believe, and don’t overtly push your beliefs on me or others. This is not to say I don’t enjoy a lively discussion on any of the above subjects. Usually I would prefer to have these conversations with people I know and enjoy the back and forth with, not so much with strangers or staring at me from the back of a bumper.

These previous two paragraphs are in defense of using this next quote, and why I leave the word God out of it. I am generally of the opinion that I am running my life.

grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference

This seems to keep popping up in my mind lately. Things are changing for me lately and it helps to remember that although I may be the captain of this ship, sometimes things out side of my control are going to alter the course a bit.

This was gonna be my opening quote, but I didn’t want to smack anyone in the face with it, and this being a pseudo bicycle blog I figured I’d use a bicycle quote.

Enough of my cathartic thoughts.

If you are reading this you probably know that this is Bike to Work week.

This is a perfect opportunity to whip out a few pic’s that I’ve been saving for just such an occasion. Now this is using the bike for work.

Last but not least: another installment from some guys who make their living riding bicycles.

Installment #3 in why Cyclists are tough guys from this years Giro.

Photo by Graham Watson via Velonews.

There are no rain delays in cycling, and that is some DEEP water they are riding through. That’s a long tough day at the office.

Until Friday. Rubber Side Down