"Remember us? How about a ride again sometime, big boy?"
It was cyclocross bikes begging for attention, flapping their wide canti-lips. Big babies. Hey, shut up, you're disturbing the hipster bike, he was up all night drinking.
But the lonely look of the 'crosser stuck in the back of the rack did remind of how much I missed riding them. And after reading a article on the Cyclocross Magazine site, by Tim Johnson, suggesting that we keep riding our crossers year round on gravel roads, and even single track, to keep your skills in good working order, I'm ready to break them out again for some more serious riding. And because I'm already sick of the road ... and what, it's only May?
In truth I do ride my 'cross bikes a few times a week, and have even taken one out for some single-track thrashing, which was a total gas. You'd be surprised how much these things can handle - not to mention the look on the mountain biker's face when you go flying by them. What I'm really missing though, and I think it's about time to revisit, is some good old fashioned Crazy Bastard rides out of Townsend. Anybody else up for it? Let's hear it if you have a day you might think works - like Tuesday or Thursday? Whatever, somebody call it.
And nobody answers, don't worry. I still have my 'cross bikes to talk to.