To prepare myself to get back on the steed after half a year [and 10 pounds], I needed to get the mind churning before the legs would even acknowledge that there’s this expensive [on my budget anyway] bike sitting in the basement collecting dust. And I found the perfect book.
Now, The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple is written for a level of cyclist that I may aspire to be, but realize it may have to wait until my next life. I have no plans on violating Rule #51 which states:
LIVESTRONG Wristbands Are Cockrings For Your Arms
And I respect the earth and don’t litter [Rule #77]. And I have no plans on preceding a bike race with a swim and/or follow it with a run [Rule #42]. But I brake when I descend steep hills and reach sharp corners, I flip my bike over to tighten the kickstand, and I don’t ride with an inner tube because I don’t know how to fix a flat yet.
Regardless, reading about the way of the cycling disciple was enough to drag the bike out and spin the cassette, albeit painfully slowly. And even if I won’t be able to adhere to all 92 canonical rules, there was more than enough to motivate me to become a better cyclist. And I recommend it to anyone who also wants to not only become a better cyclist, but a better person in general.
One challenge I’m taking on is abiding to Rule #24 which states:
Speeds and Distances Shall Be Referred To and Measured in Kilometers
Heh. Sounds simple, right? The moment I changed the settings on Strava and my Wahoo Elemnt, it felt like I was reading Latin. Nothing made sense. I went around the corner and already completed a kilometer. Huh? I was flying at nearly 16 kph to realize that I wasn’t even going 10 mph.
No matter. I’ll either get used to it. As explained in the book, when throwing out kilometers, the rides sounds more impressive to my fellow Americans.
If you’re also looking for a mental nudge to get going, or enjoy a good book with plenty of humor mixed with sage advice, get the book.