The parable of the aerobar

For those of you who don’t know, in cycling parlance aerobars aka tri-bars are added to your handlebars to assume a more aerodynamic position whilst riding, such as those shown below.  Nothing to do with chocolate (this time).

“There was once an earnest young middle-aged cyclist who cycled whenever he could.  He had many many push-bikes and one of them was a road bike with aerobars upon it which enabled the young middle-aged cyclist to travel with much speed (pot holes and heavy traffic permitting).

Every time he rode upon the bike he noticed that one of the arm rests on the bars was loose.  “I must tighten that up, but I haven’t got time just this moment” he would say to himself.  Many, many times he rode upon that bike and each and every time he would berate himself for not resolving the niggling petty issue the evening prior to his ride.

One day he set off for work very early in the morning, because he loved his job and found it rewarding and fulfilling and stimulating and wanted nothing more than to be in the office in double quick time and he noticed again that the aerobar’s left arm rest wobbled greatly. 

And behold, as the eager young middle-aged cyclist passed the fire station it came to pass that the arm rest jumped off the aerobars causing the potentially record quick ride into the office to be utterly trashed.”

Like the lumberjack who never has time to sharpen his axe because he’s got so many trees to chop down and the stitch in time saving nine I take the parable as a sign, a pointed illustration of life. 

I think someone’s trying to tell me something, but I can’t hear them because I’ve got my earphones in and listening to happy/funky music to keep me smiling as I chop down all the trees.


About holmesinho

Happily married father of 2 living in Prestwich 5 miles north of Manchester, England. I cycle most days though mostly commuting and also enjoy running and triathlon.
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