With this being a gap year for me, I was thinking how cool it would be for me to talk about the people in my life who had positive influences on me. These aren't in order of importance.
I got this idea when I was cleaning out my closet of riding gear. I came across this cap.
It's only appropriate that I start with the Ranch Riders.
Many years ago, there was a group of riders based in London. But, they were known to
ride around the world. They would write up ride/race reports that were so entertaining.
These were back in the good ole days of MySpace and blogs. I have no idea how we came
to know each other. I can tell you that the Ranch Riders are one of the reasons I put so
much work into the bike. When I first started riding, I knew NOTHING about riding. I
knew a bike had 2 wheels and a chain.... but that was the extent of my knowledge. Being
a new cyclist and seeing the way those guys and gal could ride, blew me away. They
always seemed like they were having so much fun. I wanted that too. I watched YouTube
video after video learning how to care for my bike. I remember when Jman and I spent
HOURS and probably 5 tubes, learning how to fix a flat. I went to empty parking lots, so I
could learn how to corner. Over the years, I lost contact with all of them, except
one. They probably never realized the positive influence they had over this dork,
newbie rider. I'm still a dork, but at least I can change a flat now. #windbeneathmywings