[*BCM*] Boston Bikers
TSmith4918 at aol.com
TSmith4918 at aol.com
Thu Aug 17 11:57:18 EDT 2006
Just some rambling:
So, someone splain to me the following about Boston bikers; why is it so
dang hard to get a friendly response, a nod, wave, or acknowledgement of our
fellow bikers in the area?...could it be:
A. FEAR: People are too preoccupied avoiding becoming hood ornaments that
they are oblivious to other bikers.
B. CULTURE: People in this area never look you in the eye even when walking
to driving...why should biking be any different? c'mon, It's not like we're
in santa monica or anything: this is serious!
C. CLASS: Unless you're wearing the latest in lycra/spandex day-glo clingy
fashion (personally I've gravitated to cotton, yeah, I know, sweat and all)
why should they waste their time on a recreational biker.
D. SNOBBERY: ok, so my bike is 20 years old with cracked fenders and dirty
rims (comes from commuting 12 months out of the year), does this make anyone
unworthy of a nod?
E. AGEISM: ok, so I am almost 50, it's not like I am hitting on anyone
from being friendly, especially if we're whizzing past each other at a
cumulative 30 miles an hours.
F. LACK OF GOOD BREEDING: don't need to say much on this.
G. URBAN/SUBURBAN CLASH: I do bike thru Chestnut Hill to get to work...do
I look to urban-scary-like? c'mon I'm almost 50 (see E)! and I wear baggy
clothes (see C)...
H. THE MYTH OF BIKER UNITY: maybe I am expecting too much, rather than see
the bikers I encounter as brothers and sisters in the struggle for
liberation from petroleum products, maybe we're just individualists doing our own
thang with little in common. Haven't we all felt a little twinge of "hmm, I know
I'm probably just a little faster than that biker up the road..."?
I. NO REASON AT ALL: that's just the way it is.
It's not that hard to acknowledge each other: critical mass does a great
job once a month; here's hoping for a little more nods and waves out on the
roadway. It's a good way to recognize what we're doing as a biking community
for fun and for meaning.
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