Friday, July 9, 2010

You know you are married to a bike geek when ...

He has more miles on his bikes than he does on his car.
You own more bikes than TVs or computers.
Your living room has been partitioned into a bike workout area and a bike mechanic shop.
There's a stack of Coach Troy Spinervals by your TV.
There are even more bike training books on your bookshelves, coffee table and dining table.
You have subscriptions to multiple bike magazines (aka bike "porn") which are all over the place, even by the bed.
The bike tools have their own toolbox but they never seem to be in it.
There are different bike chain lubricants, cassettes and other bike parts adorning your shelves.
You have a big bottle of Simple Green to clean up bike grease that invariably gets on the carpet.
He doesn't notice bike grease spots on the carpet.
He complains when you put away all his bike stuff because now he can't find anything.
He forgets family member birthdays but can remember the build kits (components) of all his bikes.
Your monthly Performance Bike and Bike Nashbar expenses often exceed your grocery bills.
He always wants to go to the local bike shop (at home or on travel), even if there's nothing really needed.
You know he wants a new bike toy when he encourages you to buy something extravagant.
He drools at the thought of attending an Interbike show.
He has more than a dozen bike-related websites bookmarked on his web browser.
The fastest way to get Tour de France highlights is to just ask him.
He says he's doing some "work" in his office but you hear the TestRider.com podcast music playing over and over.


But I consider myself lucky. Because if it weren't for my husband Dave, I wouldn't be where I am as a cyclist (which is not to say that I'm a great cyclist, just that I'm much better than I would be otherwise). He's my riding partner, my de facto bike coach, my bike mechanic and my resident bike geek. Any bike questions I've had (and believe me, there have been a LOT), he usually knows the answer to or if he doesn't, he enjoys looking up.

Dave has kindly agreed to help other BPY tri club members who might have bike questions by participating in a series of blog posts called "Ask the Bike Geek." Questions may be posted here on this blog, on our club Facebook page or emailed to the club (bpytri @ gmail.com). I'll make sure he gets them. Dave also occasionally rides with our club on weekends and, as some of you already know, LOVES to talk about bikes and is willing to help if someone needs help with their bike. If he's not wearing his green BPY Tri Club bike jersey, look for a unique green bike (He's not wearing his helmet in the above photo because it was really hot and he was trying to cool off during a break. He always has his helmet ON when riding).

Stay tuned for the next "Ask the Bike Geek" installment!

Also, one more week left to submit your entries for the Name Game. Entries are due next Friday, 7/16, by midnight Eastern. A $25 Panera gift card is up for grabs!!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dave,
I am buying a bike and conflicted regarding 700 and 650 wheels. I am 5’1” (on a good day). Seems like most frames that fit me have 650 wheels, but most people seem to think if I can find a frame that fits that has 700 wheels that it would be better. I think I may have done that, but I am still wondering if it is not best to go with 650 wheels anyway on a frame that fits. Do you know?

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