It shouldn’t be colder than my age. Not that I wouldn’t mind being 39 again…

What happened to the warm weather of April? Just a short time ago I was looking forward to not having to dress for cool/cold weather on the Tuesday & Thursday-morning rides, but nope, it’s long-finger gloves, base layer and leg warmers. As it finally does get warmer, the long-fingered gloves go first, base layer next, and, finally, leg warmers. Why leg warmers last? Because that’s not just a matter of comfort, but keeping the knees working well & pain-free. A generalization that most don’t protect their knees as they should would not be incorrect.

It wasn’t fast this morning, but not dreadfully-slow either. Younger Kevin, Karl, Eric, Marcus and I’m sure I’m leaving someone else out but can’t figure out who. Got it. George is the missing person. Marcus did his usual thing on Skyline, an heroic pull across the top, with the rest of us strung out behind, trying to hang onto his wheel. Very impressive. A bit wet up on top, which makes it easy for me to personally demonstrate to customers how much damage is done to a bike without it having to actually rain.

Younger Kevin is back to his old tricks, winning both the West Old LaHonda and final Olive Hill sprints. Me, I’m just happy right now if I’m in position to watch, but plan to be contesting again shortly, soon as it warms up.

Which will happen soon, right?

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Why Nellie Bly matters

You might have noticed references to Nellie Bly if you looked at Google today. An interesting person, she was. Went undercover as a reporter in the 1880s, exposing all manner of legally-sanctioned very-bad-things many women were subject to in the day, including jobs, health care (especially mental health), courtship services and much more. But it was her interview with Susan B Anthony that strike an obvious chord with me-

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling,” Miss Anthony said, leaning forward and laying a slender hand on my arm. “I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. It makes her feel as if she were independent. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

I’d heard this quote before, but never the context from which it came. The Wiki makes for interesting reading on the amazing life of Nellie Bly.

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