To make it to the Tuesday group ride the Wheelsucker carefully packs his bike and cycling clothes in the car the evening before, sets his alarm for 5:00am, and after waking, showering, shaving and dressing, drives his car to the Davidsonville Park & Ride, and rides 6:00am or 6:30am 260 commuter bus in to DC.
After work he catches the 260 back to the Davidsonville P&R.The 260 bus was late last Tuesday afternoon, and the Wheelsucker was wondering if he was going to get to the P&R in time for the 6:00pm rollout. The bus made it to the Davidsonville Park & Ride with just minutes to spare, but the Wheelsucker was short of time to change and put his bike together.
As the bus rolled to a stop in the P&R at about 5:50pm a woman sitting near the front of the bus noticed the group of cyclists gathering and loudly — and somewhat contemptuously, thought the Wheelsucker — asked the question, “I wonder what those guys do for a living?” Her tone suggested some condescension to the Wheelsucker and seemed to imply that people with real jobs wouldn’t be able to go for a ride at 6:00pm.The Wheelsucker would have loved to have had the time to tell her that they were:
- an Anne Arundel County police officer
- a client engagement manager for a “big six” IT consulting firm
- an elementary school teacher
- a technical specialist for Cisco
- a lawyer
- a welder
- a transportation consultant
- a rocket scientist
- a statistician
And more …
But didn’t want to risk missing the ride, so let it pass, got off the bus, and headed for his car to change. It turned out he did not have any time to spare, as he was the last rider out of the P&R and had to chase down and catch the group at the first traffic light.
Besides, the woman was rather hefty and pointing out to her that she could benefit from some bike riding herself might not have been received well.
The Wheelsucker Report is written by Alexander Meller. He rides a 2009 Cannondale Hi-Mod SuperSix out of Annapolis, MD. You can read more of his posts on ABRTCycling.com.