Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Because men have to perform crazy tricks on their bikes

Biking High

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” Mark Twain

We all understand the pleasures of riding a bike. What is very difficult to understand is the need to perform crazy tricks in front of others on the bike.

What is with the “look no hands” thing? And what is with the arms folded across the chest thing? And then there are the legs out either side (really really wide) not touching the pedals.

This is something that non bike riders and serious bike riders alike – do not get.

“Melancholy is incompatible with cycling.” James Starrs

The arm folded across the chest is the really annoying one. There is a kind of arrogance about that, as if you’d discovered it yourself. As if every kid who ever rode a bike before you didn’t do it firt. But grown men do this one. Work it out.

Another very annoying one is the legs out wide either side. Cool if you’re alone and you just want to do something crazy on the bike, but is it really necessary to do it in front of everyone else? Do we all need to see the legs out either side of the bike?

I don’t think so.

What does this odd bike behaviour tell us about men?

In romance novels men and women alike enjoy the bikes or not, and there is no need to perform circus tricks while on the bikes – unless of course they are done in front of each other and are intended to impress each other.

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