Friday, January 9, 2015

Things People Say Fridays #15: Yeah, Buddy!

Wednesday of this week was a pretty snowy day in London Ontario, pushing the limits of my relatively skinny tires in the morning and exceeding them sometimes on the way home. I tweeted something after my ride/walk home on Wednesday evening:


At the time I had just arrived home having seen many smirks and even overhearing some mildly derisive comments, so you can understand. However, now that a little time has passed I have remembered someone who was much more positive about my winter cycling efforts:





I am a firm believer that somewhat wild looking dudes with snow and ice in their beards are more likely to speak deep truths than the rest of us. I mean, if you're not going to listen to this guy, who are you going to listen to?




Not actual "yeah, buddy" guy. I was unable to get a usable image from the video. I thought this might do instead. pic source

Thanks, bearded cycling brother. You get it, and that's enough for me.


Yer Pal,
R A N T W I C K

6 comments:

cafiend said...

When I lived where I could realistically commute all winter I got caught in a few storms where I should have walked instead. Other than that, though, it was just a matter of dressing for the cold and watching for sneaky patches of ice.

Up here in rural New England I don't push it. Narrowed roads, snowbanks and accumulated frozen substances take away too many options for a safe and responsible commute. Depending on precipitation I may succumb to temptation at some point...but it will be a bad sign for the winter economy if I am able to.

Trevor Woodford said...

Bearded Guys are always more truthful..lol

Steve A said...

So what is a relatively skinny tire (why DON'T you call them Tyree?)?

RANTWICK said...

It is a studded 700 X 35c tire. Skinny compared to typical MTB or FAT winter bikes. I have no idea why Canadians don't use "tyre", seeing as we use several other British spellings. But we don't.

RANTWICK said...

Trevor: Snow, Ice and somewhat wild look are also required. Your average indoor beardo isn't any more believable than the next guy.

Steve A said...

35c sounds like fat tires to me. My cyclocross commute bike uses smooth 28c tires, even when I ride on gravel.

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