“A bicycle does not live by one sport alone.” -The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong
Those are words my bike believes deep down into the core of his drive train, and he practices what he preaches. Sure, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong has gotten most of his worldwide fame for having his pedals turned by my feet and for rolling his wheels over pavement, dirt, gravel and snow. But there is another side of The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong that has never been presented in my journals and articles . . . until today that is.
Far from being a one-dimensional pedal machine, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong is an accomplished multi-sport athlete. My bike is a firm believer in the idea of cross-training. His philosophy is simple: The more diversified a bicycle’s athletic endeavors are, the more well-rounded athlete it will be.
Indeed, participation in different sports produce different skill sets. That is true for human beings as well as bike beings.
In a normal winter, The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong and I would be building snowmen and throwing snowballs while on our bike rides. So far, however, this is not a normal Minnesota winter. It’s mid-December and there is no snow on the ground. We had one 8-inch outburst in October, but that snow is long gone. It is starting to look like MY Town is in for a brown Christmas. I can’t remember the last time that has happened.
CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT. Oh yes, I remember my grandma saying that a lot when I was a little kid. Now I can see she was right. My curiosity compelled me to look up the year of the last snowless Christmas in the Twin Cities. Google and its co-conspirators informed me that it was waaaaaay back in the year 2018, a.d.
Reading further, I learned that 29% of our Christmases do not have a coating of snow on the ground. Well, I’m sorry, but that’s not how I remember our weather history. I remember HUGE quantities of snow EVERY Christmas. While it’s nice to know that Minnesota is pretty much on par with California and Australia for 71% of Christmases, I’m still feeling a little jealous of Bob in Vermont who got to enjoy an exciting, 12-inch blast of snowfall this week.
Whatever! I know you didn’t click on this post to read a stupid weather report, so let’s move on to The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong’s cross-training regimen. Here are some videos and pictures of the action. [Since my bike doesn’t talk, I did the narrating.]
It was only about 25-degrees (F) and my feet were cold and I was ready to go home. The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong had other ideas. I just curled my frozen toes and went along with him to the soccer field.
I shouldn’t have mentioned that thing about what us folks in the U.S.A. call football. The Reckless Mr. Bing Bong picked up on that and insisted we go to the football field so he could show off his American football prowess.