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Came across this FB post by Sunday Cycles... some good stuff in there.



The Rules

1. Don’t be a dick.

2. Ride whatever the hell you want.

3. No one gives a **** if your bar tape matches your seat.

4. The bike comes first, right behind family and friends and making a living.

5. Riding in bad weather makes you better. But don’t be stupid about it.

6. If you aren’t having fun, stop.

7. Don’t overlap wheels. Just frikin’ don’t.

8. Don’t be late to a group ride. Be early.

9. If you’re dropped three times, do your own thing. (See Gentlemen’s Ride)

10. If it’s a no-drop ride, don’t drop people. Ass.

11. Support your local bike shop. And bring them food sometimes.

12. If you race more than 3 times a year, you are in Sport division. If you podium twice, move up. If you win, move up. Getting dead last in Expert is better than winning in Sport. Getting DFL in Pro is better than winning in Expert. No one cares if you win. We all have to go to work on Monday. Test yourself.

13. If you get plate number 13, you turn it upside down. You just do.

14. You ain't pro. Besides, the Pro's don't act like *****, nor should you. You are a regional racer competing against the sames moms and dads on the same local trails each weekend, get over yourself, and if you can't your a douche. Now back to your local team ride, douche.

15. Do not make start line excuses. “I haven’t been riding”, “I’ve was sick last night”, “I’m too hung over”, “My bike is too heavy”, and the like, are all your fault. Just ride, congratulate the winner, and hang out with your pals after. It’s all good, man.

16. Blogs are stupid. Don’t listen to them, and never take them seriously.

17. Drink beer and eat shitty food when your done.

Glossary

Coffee Ride: Easy, Pease-y. You ride bikes slow and go to a place to drink coffee. Do not **** up the coffee part. Jeez.

Gentlemen’s Ride: A group ride consisting of any number of riders. Fast but conversational pace on the flats, with hard efforts on climbs. Strict rolling regroups over the top of climbs. Everyone gets back on the first time, no exceptions. Second climb, rolling regroup. If you are dropped two or three times, do the gentlemanly thing and finish the ride alone. If you’re crushing everyone, do the gentlemanly thing and make sure the bulk of the ride stays together. Most of the group should finish together. Ride leader makes any other decisions.

No-Drop Ride: No one is left behind. Ever. That said, make sure a pace is announced and enforced, and do not get in over your head. If it is no drop at 18mph and you can only do 14, think long and hard about going.

Ice Cream Ride: No spandex. 10-12mph. It ends in ice cream, preferably out of a small, miniature helmet.

Recovery Ride: If someone says they are going on a recovery ride, they are going to try to drop you on every climb. Guaranteed.
 

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More for roadie scum, but when I think of "The Rules," this comes to mind:

Velominati › The Rules

When I need inspiration before a ride, I read this and reflect on the words of the masters:

10k Truth Quotes on Cycling

A favorite:

"...If you never confront pain, you're missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there's no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment and no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks."
Scott Martin
 

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More for roadie scum, but when I think of "The Rules," this comes to mind:

Velominati › The Rules

When I need inspiration before a ride, I read this and reflect on the words of the masters:

10k Truth Quotes on Cycling

A favorite:

"...If you never confront pain, you're missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there's no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment and no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks."
Scott Martin

Rules were made to be broken.
 

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Along the lines of Eazy_E's fav, there really is only ONE rule: Rule #5
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The rules are, there are no rules...
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#14, all the way. Old Pueblo exemplifies this one better than any other race I've done. Pros are super easy, they just blow past you after saying "Hi" and waiting (gasp!) for a good spot that won't take either of you out. The wannabes, not so much...
 

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over-complicated rubbish.

"what does a mountain biker do when things go wrong? a mountain biker deals with it."

this is the ONLY rule.
 
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