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Confession is Good for the Soul

Old 01-13-20, 12:14 PM
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1. I doth have donned my skinsuit, TT helmet, and race wheels and set forth upon my TT steed to play "robin hood" upon the kingdoms of those on Strava.

2. I doth have committed the grave sin of departing for a grand fondo journey without self sufficient tools (by accident). Upon departure, I had left my pump and tube on the top of my car. I flatted. For my sin, I paid the price of losing the draft of the big main group and had to ride solo for 45 miles after a kind SAG soul gave me a tube and pump.

3. When I was but a wee newcomer to the group ride, I committed the sin of attempting to "win" the group ride.
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Old 01-13-20, 12:16 PM
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While waiting several minutes at a crossing in the cold rain for a completely stopped freight train, I found the car with the most ground clearance and was quickly on my way. Not dangerous in my opinion, (it takes a freight train much longer to start moving than it takes me to pass under) but definitely illegal.
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Old 01-13-20, 01:04 PM
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today while approaching a yield sign where 2 single lane roads merge together to form one 2 lane road I looked over my shoulder to check for cars before getting into the left lane. I was suddenly startled to find a grey silent rider sucking my wheel. Much to my surprise that grey rider was actually my shadow.
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Old 01-13-20, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I am pretty sure it is against the law. Indecent exposure and public urination are typically outlawed (at least in USA). So pee carefully out there!
​​​​​​There's more to it than that. National Parks ask people to pee on rocks not plants because the goats lick it up and will kill the plants. If it was blanket illegal to pee anywhere outside they wouldn't have those signs, or let people camp anywhere without a toilet. On that note, official backcountry toilets don't have walls.

I think what we're all doing, using common sense and being respectful, probably isn't illegal, at least in western states.
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Old 01-13-20, 01:57 PM
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Are you sure you're a triathlete?
Better than my previous answer:

I have been swimming in the deeper portion of the roped-off swimming area of a public lake, and my swimming is so ugly the lifeguard yelled at me because he thought I was clearly too bad a swimmer to be in the deeper portion.

Even though I had swum two miles in that lake two days previously.

Triathlete swimming.
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Old 01-13-20, 01:57 PM
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There are at least 3 newer bikes in attic storage that my wife doesn't know about. Otherwise I am a saint...
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Old 01-13-20, 05:12 PM
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Whatever y'll are confessing to, I didn't do it and more importantly, nobody saw me do it!
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Old 01-13-20, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Bassmanbob View Post
  • I've kissed a girl while riding, but we both instantly paid for that with an intertwined handlebars crash.
  • I've paid more for bikes and equipment than I've admitted to my wife.
So, after you crashed while kissing the girl, how did you explain the abrasions to your wife when you got home?!?

This truly will be a confessional!
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Old 01-13-20, 06:36 PM
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I joke with my friends when we are taking a leak together. The jokes are sophomoric, natch. eg. "Is this a violation of the penal code? If arrested, the evidence would never stand up in court!"
Or "The water's cold". "Yeah, and it's deep, too".
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I spit on the windows of cars who park in (even partially in) the bike lane.
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Old 01-13-20, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Ok we need the rest of that story.
OK. See my next post here.
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Old 01-13-20, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
So, after you crashed while kissing the girl, how did you explain the abrasions to your wife when you got home?!?

This truly will be a confessional!
Oh my! No! No! No! The girl I kissed with the subsequent crash was my first girlfriend, my first love in high school. I met my wife eight years later.
And the story isn't such a big deal. We were riding our bicycles, we kissed while riding, the handlebars "lip-locked" too and we went down. I remember feeling guilty because she had all the scrapes and bruises.
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Old 01-14-20, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Bassmanbob View Post
Oh my! No! No! No! The girl I kissed with the subsequent crash was my first girlfriend, my first love in high school. I met my wife eight years later.
And the story isn't such a big deal. We were riding our bicycles, we kissed while riding, the handlebars "lip-locked" too and we went down. I remember feeling guilty because she had all the scrapes and bruises.
The things we do for love.
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Old 01-14-20, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Bassmanbob View Post
Oh my! No! No! No! The girl I kissed with the subsequent crash was my first girlfriend, my first love in high school. I met my wife eight years later.
And the story isn't such a big deal. We were riding our bicycles, we kissed while riding, the handlebars "lip-locked" too and we went down. I remember feeling guilty because she had all the scrapes and bruises.
I kissed my first girlfriend when riding on a bike too. But we didn't fall hahahaha.

No way to convince my wife to try though. She has only ridden a bike a couple of times in the last 10 years
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Old 01-14-20, 09:15 AM
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Occasionally used "dropped chain" as an excuse after getting dropped.

Anything else you've heard are merely allegations and can't be proven in a court of law.
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Old 01-14-20, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Sojodave View Post
While we are confessing...
  • I own 5 saddles
  • I own 6 pair of road shoes
  • I have 5 bibs and 8 pairs of shorts
  • I have 4 helmets
  • I have stems in every size
I have a problem...
Not that I can see. But I do feel better about myself. ;-)
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Old 01-14-20, 07:20 PM
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1. stop signs are a suggestion
2. when I started cycling I wore sandles. The first 250 miles of the trek century challenge I wore sandles.
3. I wear a mountain bike helmet to cycle in.
4. Currently only own one jersey not sure when it gets washed
5. My bike is 4 cm to small
6. I didn’t know what cadence meant so for the first 6 months I was a pedal masher
7. I wear head phones
8. In group rides I suck at pointing out obstacles.
9. I never bring water or food
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Old 01-14-20, 10:53 PM
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I saw a hot girl on a fancy bike,

and I checked out the bike more than the girl.
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Old 01-16-20, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I expect many of us are scofflaws. Sad.
Not all scofflaws are created equal...

******bags like Trump and Joe Arpaio need to have the book thrown at em so hard it takes their head off.

Folks determined to reclaim their birthrights from corrupt legislators in thrall to the car lobby are another matter.
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Old 01-16-20, 08:36 PM
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I passed someone and didn't yell "ON YOUR LEFT!!!"
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Old 01-17-20, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
…This experience made me consider all my cycling sins/transgressions. And although I am neither Catholic nor religious, I do expect confession is good for the soul. So here goes my cycling confessions…
May I suggest that trespasses against cars are Mortal Sins, and against pedestrians and other cyclists are Venial Sins (in the Catholic Tradition). My thusfar not reported Mortal Sin is riding the wrong way on one-way streets.


I have gained plenary indulgences for wearing mirrors, taking the lane as appropriate, and waving.
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Old 01-19-20, 11:59 AM
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I have suddenly let out a really weird, disgusted "ugh!" just as some poor confused guy was overtaking me on the steepest Old La Honda hairpin yesterday. I had no idea you were back there, and I was actually reacting to the fact that I lost traction for a couple of standing strokes, not the fact that I was being passed. He must've thought I was super weird haha.
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Old 01-19-20, 12:17 PM
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“I once brought a jack@ss and a honeycomb into a brothel”
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Old 01-20-20, 12:40 PM
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I have ridden over a bridge on a highway. Twice. (Highway 19 from Laval to Montreal QC.)
I have ridden while intoxicated
I've been ticketed for riding with no brakes, headphones on and no reflectors (all at the same time). Since I was ticketed, I guess they don't count as confessions...
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Old 01-20-20, 12:44 PM
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I used up all the last of the TP at a busy crapper/port a potty with several others waiting in line to go.

I felt guilty. So I made up for it leaving a package of wet-wipes at another empty one later that week.
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