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The weather in West Virginia is beautiful, I don’t think I could ask for better conditions right now. I have been logging about ten hours a week on my bikes, and I’m starting to redevelop my tan lines quite well. How about you? How are your cycling tan lines coming along?

cycling tan lines

Note the funny eyeglass tan lines due to my "M-Frame" sunglasses 🙂

Best part about cyclists and their tan lines is that it is almost a badge of honor; the wider the contrast between tan skin, and pale skin, the more you know that the rider was out on the road, chugging along. This can be fooling, since not all riders become the Cavendish’s and Cancellara’s of your local group ride just because they have some serious tannage going on. Never use someone’s tan lines as an indication of how fast they are or you are going to get whipped by the local pale, hairy-legged dude who comes out once a month to annihilate everyone, then go back into hiding. You know them… the weekend warrior type…

cycling tan lines

Not to be narcissistic, but I’m proud of my tan lines. Some people may think they are embarassing when out in public in normal clothing, or at the beach (I tan terribly fast, so this rarely matters for vacations), but I like to think of it as an international sign of dedication to what you enjoy doing. If anything, it may give me an opportunity to explain to someone, or tell them a funny story about why everything above a certain place on my thighs are not as tan as the rest of my legs.

If you are unsure how you stand on this issue, try reading these suggested articles:

http://www.bicycle.net/2008/the-tan-lines-saga

http://ofbooksandbikes.blogspot.com/2006/05/funny-tan-lines-cycling-update.html

http://www.embrocationmagazine.com/online/not-attractive

http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/elizabeth-hatch/throw-away-your-schedules

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Everyone who participates in a co-ed group activity has encountered it. It may have happened to yourself! It may even be happening right now and you don’t even know it! It happens all the time, all around us. Falling for someone you spend a lot of time with is part of nature.

Hell, it even happened to Fatty, but most wouldn’t say that they were head over heels for one of their club members. Many will admit to a crush or so but nothing that goes anywhere.

So hard to find a pic of Liz Hatch with her jerzey zipped up 😮

Exercise/recreation induced relationships could be a fantastic case study due to so many variables for a thing like that so many people experience. The whole idea of “stay with the rider or still be the racerboy you are” or: “Uhhh – what can we do together outside of the sports activity that brought us together???

I think it is so prevalent in cycling because:

Cycling is easily a co-ed sport.

Cycling is naturally competitive.

Cycling usually involves people who don’t look like Rosie O’Donnell, or Louie Anderson

So by all means, with men and women cycling and possibly showing off/competing and looking more attractive than your average American, you can see how at least some check marks on the attraction list could be filled in. (more…)

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