I originally entitled this post "Cyclingprof's First Rule of Cycling," but quickly realized that two other rules had to take precedence:
1. Never ride without a helmet (except on a trainer).
2. Enjoy riding (even if you're just doing hard and tedious hill repeats).
Needless to say, several other rules exist, but I have not yet taken the time to order them. They include (among others):
- If you must compare yourself with better cyclists, then as a matter of fairness you must also compare yourself with weaker cyclists (or even couch potatoes).
- For endurance cyclists, "Bag Balm" might be the greatest invention ever.
- Avoid riding in groups with cyclists who don't know how to ride safely in groups - this is especially important for older cyclists, who take (much) longer to heal after crashes.
- If someone from "Team Treachery and Deceit" (other than me) announces that his legs are tired and he's just going to sit in, that rider will attack.
- Most older cyclists do not ride super-light carbon bikes to get a performance edge but because we can afford them.