two legs good, two wheels bad

Posted: 05/21/2004 in daily life, london life
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My brother used to be a fair weather cyclist, on a sunny day he might dust off his bike and meet his mates for a drink. Back then his bike was just a tool for getting from A to B and it didn’t seem to bother him when it was left rotting in the back garden.

All that changed when he started going out with his cycle enthusiast girlfriend.

He got a new, ultra light model with suspension. The house is littered with mountain bike life style magazines, greasy cogs and chains and piles of neon Lycra or polyester clothing. Now, I am glad he has a hobby other than festering away in his bedroom playing computer games but what bugs me is that his bike is now a permanent fixture in the hallway.

Yes, he does cycle to and fro the station on weekdays and goes off on jaunts at the weekend but the hall way is only 92cm wide and his handle bars occupy 62cm. If I am fed up of limbo dancing around it after only a week – how does my poor mum feel about it?

Today he took delivery of a new frame, apparently a bargain that he could not turn down….but where is it going to live? I am half tempted to buy a couple of D locks and some tarp (as I am not all heartless) and attach it to the railings out side…..

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Comments
  1. Blackwidow says:

    From little bro cycle girlfriend:
    …does this mean i might get replaced with a faster, slicker model when i start wearing out???

    PS. At least I get too oogle over all the cycle mag’s once Jt has finished with them.

  2. flaming zinc says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much, when you get worn out you can hang out in the garden with his old rusty frame that’s been abanded too 🙂

  3. Little Brother says:

    I am in between a rock and a hard place. If I leave the bike out side, it will get rusty. If I leave it inside, FlamingZinc nags about space.
    Oh, the woes of being the younger sibling.

  4. Solution: Learn to drive and get a car. Car doesn’t rust when rained on (at least not supposed to). The cardiovascular index is far lower with the car, but the Time-To-Distance value is much lower plus the fun factor is much higher. Not to mention the Max. Distance Index is way higher too…

  5. flaming zinc says:

    You win, you win, too funny! But we’ll be waiting for hell to freeze over ppl little brother learns how to drive….

  6. Daisy says:

    now why am I humming “It’s a family affair”…?
    ;-))

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