Photo #2

Far be it from me to hijack somebody else’s pictures for my own fame and glory.  That would be wrong.  That would also be a copyright violation . . . UNLESS I provide academic-like accreditation to the original photographers.   That’s what I’m doing here:

Featured photo at the top of the page:  Copyright Rich-Illinois

Photo #2: Copyright Old Grumbleface

I couldn’t help but notice that my friends, Rich and Grumbleface, were displaying some biking books from their personal libraries.  As the new King of the Copycats, I couldn’t wait to pull a couple of books from my own bookshelf and post them here.  Check it out!


See — I’ve got bike books too. (By the way, my brother’s name is listed inside The Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair as a “contributing editor.” In the newest edition, however, his name is finally on the front cover where it belongs.) 


Well, I saw something else today that triggered my Copycat instinct.  I am incapable of leaving well-enough alone.  I had forgotten it was a holiday until I saw Rich’s early morning post.  So what does a true copycat do?  He copies Rich and goes out on a Groundhog Day bike ride  . . .


. . . and he copies Old Grumbleface.


Look, a groundhog! The groundhog saw his shadow and is licking his chops at the idea of an early spring.





Hi. My name is Greg and I ride my bike a lot. That is to say, I ride my bike almost every day. I go on long rides and short rides. Sunny rides, cloudy rides, and rainy rides. I like commuting, errand-running, day-tripping, overnighting, and touring on my bike. I ride on city streets, highways, gravel, single track, and snow with equal enthusiasm. Sometimes I ride fast and sometimes I ride slow. I try to keep my feet on the pedals at stop lights and I do not dismount when I hop up on a curb. I have a roadie bike, a mountain bike and a touring bike. I try to accept any challenge a bike ride can throw at me without complaint. But I don't like bugs.

4 response to "KING OF THE COPYCATS, PART ONE: Holiday Challenge"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 2, 2020

    🙂 Copy away!
    Those books themselves are way out of print, and who knows, their copyright may be orphaned by now.

    Great photos, and I think Holly may be a little envious of your groundhog/dog. I asked Max the cat, and being a cat, he replied he really doesnt care.

    Your brother at Park Tool has one of the last Helicomatic freewheel tools know to exist.
    He loaned it to Calvin when he was working on an old Peugeot.

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 4, 2020

    Greg, yesterday I wanted to copy you, so I searched desperately for a big heap of snow upon which I could pose. Unbelievably, despite looking and looking and looking, I was unable to find a suitable icy mound. Dang it! Maybe tomorrow….

    I also wanted to buy a copy of your new book, so I searched for it desperately at Amazon. Unbelievably, despite looking and looking and looking, I was unable to find your masterpiece. Dang it! Maybe tomorrow….

    Finally, I decided to try your Diggity ground-dog shadow experiment. I tired to stuff Sophie the dog into a hole in the ground so she could pop out and look for her weather-forecasting shadow. Didn’t go too well. She insisted on treats and belly rubs and told me to go check

    Man, this copycat business is tough!

    • By: gregblood Posted: February 5, 2020

      Unfortunately, my classic work of literature was placed in the out of print pile just one day after publication. Apparently my publishers were turned off by the book critics who called it “a shameless work of the most embarrassing kind.” What’s up with that?

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