On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 17:53:30 -0000, "Smudger" <[email protected]
>...or does anybody else spend more time buying bits for their bikes and modifying them than
>actually riding them?
Ah hah! You must be an "overhauler".
"There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can "overhaul" it, or you can ride
it. On the whole, I am not sure that a man who takes his pleasure overhauling does not have the best
of the bargain. He is independent of the weather and the wind; the state of the roads troubles him
not. Give him a screwhammer, a bundle of rags, an oil-can, and something to sit down upon, and he is
happy for the day. He has to put up with certain disadvantages, of course; there is no joy without
alloy. He himself always looks like a tinker, and his machine always suggests the idea that, having
stolen it, he has tried to disguise it; but as he rarely gets beyond the first milestone with it,
this, perhaps, does not much matter. The mistake some people make is in thinking they can get both
forms of sport out of the same machine. This is impossible; no machine will stand the double strain.
You must make up your mind whether you are going to be an "overhauler" or a rider."
Jerome K Jerome - Three Men on the Bummel.
An hilarious book which has had me almost in tears, available from Blackwells for £1.25 including
postage (bargain at twice the price!).
Or you can read it online for free if you're really stingy
) Chapter three is a corker:
(PS, what on earth is a "screwhammer"?)
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