BicycleSource Newsletter

  1. You find that a strange jargon is working its way into your everyday conversation. Words like "derailleur," "Campagnolo," "Biopace," "Kevlar," "Dia Comp," and "Shimano."
  2. You have an uncontrollable urge to bring your bike into the house - preferably in the living room or the bedroom.
  3. You find it amazingly easy to justify the purchase of a third bike - this one just for special rides.
  4. You plan, and actually look foward to, a two-week bicycling vacation trekking across mountainous terrain and setting a goal of 75 - 100 miles a day, rain or shine!
  5. You can actually remember which valve type is Presta and which is Schraeder, and are adament about defending your favorite.
  6. Your spouse begins to automatically assume that you'll be on a club ride every weekend, or worse yet your non-riding spouse begins to learn bike jargon.
  7. You meticulously care for your bike, while your $10,000 car quietly rusts away.
  8. You view Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries as times to exchage gifts of bicycling components and accessories.
  9. You hang around bike shops without really needing anything.
  10. You're so naive that you think a "wheel-watcher" is a bike racing fan.
  11. You accumulate bike catalogs - and find something new to order with each new issue.
  12. You easily rationalize replacing perfectly good components, just because somthing slightly better or trendier just came out.
  13. You never throw away the replaced parts - even worn out tires and tubes.
  14. Your eating habits have changed. Things like "gorp," "Gookinade," and "carbohydrates" creep into your diet.
  15. You plan the year ahead around the dates of TOSRV, GEAR, the LAW rally, the Hilly Hundred, the Makleville Death Ride, etc (the list grows longer every year).
  16. You don't plan any family events ahead until checking the "Monthly Meanders" schedule.
  17. You begin to regard your job or school as a troublesome nuisance, interfering with your quality biking time.
  18. You divide your friendships into two groups - those that bike and those that don't bike.
  19. You talk about Lemond, Induran, Chiapucci, and Bugno as if they were close personal friends.
  20. You find yourself carrying on a spirited conversation with "Larry," the ever silent riding companion, when viewing the cycling video on your wind trainer.
  21. Your all-time favorite movies are "Breaking Away" and "American Flyers."
  22. You talk as if you really understand gear ratios.
  23. You'll ride all day in the numbing cold and soaking rain, and then complain at home if a draft from an open window blows on you.
  24. Your family photo album is becoming filled with bike photos and scenery views shot through the spokes. On the other hand, you have not taken a candid photo of you spouse or kids for two years.
  25. You faithfully log every mile ridden.
  26. You regard the severity of a sickness or injury by the length of time it takes until you can resume biking.
  27. You're beginning to actually enjoy drinking warm water out of a water bottle (especially at sag stops, sitting on the cold ground and pigging out on bananas.)
  28. You have a permanent black grease mark across the calf of your right leg.
  29. Your biggest goal is to qualify for RAAM (or some other suitably difficult race/ride).
  30. You would like to wear your colorful skin outfits to work.
  31. You belong to more than two bike clubs and/or subscribe to more than two bike magazines.
  32. You consider not being able to ride on your favorite ride as "the ultimate tragedy."
  33. You hang on to your favorite biking outfits, like a child's teddy-bear, even though they are tattered and torn.
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