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Velocipede Verses #6: It's All About the Bike

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I'm an avid cyclist who has ridden 29,000+ miles over the past seven years. I enjoy sharing the little I know with interested others.

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It's All About the Bike

You may
Have heard
The words
It’s not
About
The bike

It is
It was
Always
Will be
About
The bike

Rule 4
Says it’s
Without
Question
About
The bike

Deny
That it’s
About
The bike?
Chastised
Thusly

Rule 5’s
The one
The bike
Would say
If bikes
Could speak

Stand fast
Hold ground
Don’t give
It’s all
About
The bike

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Rule #4 // It’s all about the bike. It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle.

— The Rules https://www.velominati.com/

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If it
Is not
About
The bike
Then what
Is it?

Is it
About
The road
You ride
Atop
The bike?

Is it
About
The way
The bike’s
Wheels go
Around?

Is it
About
The way
The wind
Feels on
The bike?

Is it
About
The way
The bike
Gets you
To town?

Is it
The way
The bike
Feels when
You win
The race?

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Is it
How the
Bike will
Go as
Fast as
You’d like?

Is it
How the
Bike can
Go slow
As you’d
Like, too?

Is it
About
The hum
You hear
From the
Bike’s wheels?

Is it
Wonder
The bike
Gives to
Each tick
Of clock?

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Does it
Conjure
For you
The bike
You had
At six?

Do you
Recall
First time
The bike
Gave you
Freedom?

Do you
Still ride
The bike
And say
Look Ma
No hands?

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Can you
Hear your
Heartbeat
When you
Ride the
Bike hard?

Would you
Give cash
To ride
The bike
With your
Best friend?

The way
You rode
The bike
Back when
You both
Were young?

And tell
Bad jokes
Almost
Forget
You’re on
The bike?

That would
Be cool
The bike
Would rule
The rest
Could drool

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To me
You see
It is
Will be
About
The bike

That guy
Who said
It’s not
About
The bike
Is gone

The bike
Is here
From start
It is
What it's
About

What else
On earth
Is it
About
If not
The bike?

In fact
Look back
You’ll see
It's all
About
The bike

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© 2020 greg cain

Comments

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

Sha - I do believe you're correct. It's a not-nice word for people who are not nice. Indeed, "a contemptible person" is one definition for it found online. There are others, too, though that are much more graphic and not for 'G' audiences.

As for the posture when riding, I have many different bikes, but my favorite (and thus, the one I ride most often) is an endurance road bike which affords a more upright posture than a classic racing bike, which has the rider really scrunched over and going for the aerodynamic profile (so yes, that piece IS about the aerodynamics). Endurance road bikes are still much less upright than comfort bikes and beach cruisers, of course, but they are good for long rides, fondos, and the like. Thanks for the great comment and question! Happy Thursday, my friend!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 18, 2020:

Your passion for cycling certainly comes through loud and clear, Box! Tell me, what is a twatwaffle? It sounds obscene!

I've always wondered how cyclists can ride bikes such as the one you ride. To me, leaning over instead of sitting up straight would be cumbersome and a bit painful. Is it the aerodynamics?

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

Thanks so much Linda. Yes, the pics in this are all fairly recent (except for the shadow pics) and very local to the area around here--Moscow and the Palouse. The one with the rainbows in it was taken this week, the one with the pretty orange flowers just last week.

It is one of the reasons I moved here; the cycling scene is scenic and it's fabulous for road, trail, mountain, gravel, commute, etc.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

Bill - yes, whatever moves ya is the ticket. Walk, run, ride, move. And just like you, I can't imagine climbing eight mountains and hiking hundreds of miles...my joints are aching just thinking about it! Happy Thursday, friend.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

Haha! Flourish, I love that. Glad you came back 'round to the bike.

Thanks much for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your week.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

John - Shack, my friend! It is...boom boom...about...boom boom...the bike...boom boom. Mic drop!

Grab that velocipede and go, John!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

Bloop Man, brother - indeed, the cash I'd pay is to ride that ride again, live it over in all its glorious splendor. To be that young again, no cares, no time constraints. It was one of my best days, as well, and it was indeed all about the bike.

Miss you, my brother.

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

Liz - thanks for the wonderful comment that conjures the turn of a bike's wheel. And yes, "the bike" appears in every stanza because...it's all about the bike!

greg cain (author) from Moscow, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2020:

Ann - that sounds like so much fun! That exhilaration you describe never goes away, I don't think. It is part of the thrill of riding for me.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 2020:

Thanks for sharing the amusing poem and the interesting photos, Greg. It looks like you ride through some lovely areas.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 17, 2020:

I'm trying to imagine riding over 20,000 miles on a bike, like you. Nope, I can't imagine it! But then, people can't imagine me climbing eight mountains and hiking hundreds of miles, so there you go. Whatever moves ya, right?

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 17, 2020:

For a minute I stopped and thought that it was how the wind felt when you’re on the bike. But then I realized that it was actually about the bike. Thanks for setting me right. This was great.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2020:

What I take from this wonderful poem, Greg, is that “it’s all about the bike.” Always has been and always will be. Love the photos, and makes me want to pull out my bike and go for a cycle.

Bloop Man on June 16, 2020:

Memories of one of the best days of my childhood. It was with you and we were riding bikes. That day, it was definitely about the bike.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 16, 2020:

This is a great poem. You take the reader on a virtual ride with you as the words go round in repetition combined with the excellent illustrations.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 16, 2020:

Brilliant and funny! I love cycling and there was a mile long hill to freewheel down on the way back home from the station, after the train from school. I can still feel the exhilaration! Thanks for the memory, Greg!

Ann