With the sites recent inclusion into the blog links on Fixedgeargallery it looks as though i am going to have to step up my reporting skills and writing abilities. Regrettably for anyone that knows me, i am afraid that is going to look a lot like me "having" to bridge during a road race. If things do follow that progression, there is undoubtedly going to be a lot of cursing and unnecessary shifting both up and down, then utter failure followed by a loud "blame the bike" session and ultimately ending with my retiring yet again from the Arizona Cat 5 racing scene. I hope it doesnt come down to that, its an ugly scene and the "I thought you said you were never racing again?", questions keep getting harder to answer.
That having been said; lets get down to business shall we?
I have said numerous times to people in the know and to people that by appearance alone might know little or nothing, that I am officially titling 2008 the year of the bike. If you study the Chinese calendar, it is also the year of the rat. The Chinese do have numbers on their side if it ever came down to voting, but I don't think anyone has ever accused the StreetKings of being democratic. Anyways the term "rat" induces alot of negative connotations in our society. i was surprised its not necessarily the same in Chinese culture. According to the Wikipedia definition of the first sign of the Zodiac, the rat is:
" an animal associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, "
This is where it all came together for me. Could there be anymore accurate symbol to represent cyclists?
Aggression= One of Newtons lesser known laws of gravity, the eighteenth if memory serves, states quite clearly "If an amount of more than one cyclist inherits the same spacial area for more than thirty minutes, a race of some kind will inevitably break out."
Wealth= I suppose being based out of mainland Asia,(same neighborhood as Japan) the Chinese may well have had some advanced knowledge of the base price for the new Durace group.
Charm= Three time loser Ivan Basso back in the peloton for 2009 with nothing but those boyish looks and crooked smile to back him up. Need i say more?
Order= I struggled to find a connection between this and and cycling and kept coming up blank. However in all honesty i only researched the last 10 Tour de France races for material.
i was beginning to think our forced-industrious, republic friends to the East had it right all along. 2008 is both the year of the rat AND of the bicycle! Then i happened across this little nugget of truth during my further investigations into the symbolic meanings behind "the year of the rat"
"...the rat is also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities"
I guess this answers the question of: does chinatown have a chapter of the black label bicycle gang?
Yet another tip of the hat to Banksy. I know Curious George will appreciate that.