RWC: Seven Deadly Sins of Cycling

Lust (Latin, luxuria)

To covert thy neighbors bike, to stand with your mates in the LBS and drool collectively over the new shiny thing, To be so consumed by the thought of the bike that the sale of non essential / redundant body parts sound like a reasonable option in order to procure the bike to end all bikes,

For a good example see my previous posts about the langster Here Here and Here shameful lusting all of it!

Gluttony (Latin, gula)

In days gone by there was the bicycle, that was it it was just a bicycle just one for everything. Then the gluttony hit and gluttony for cyclists comes second only to air! we would have bikes for every day of the week, every possible surface and type of riding if we were not kept in check by those minor things in life.:

Significant other – She/He who must be persuaded that this new bike is a life essential

Bank Balance – I could get away with just beans on toast every day but I fear that the kids would complain, money has to go else where, and no matter how pretty the bike it can’t feed the family. (selfish buggers…..Joke)

Greed (Latin, avaritia)

One simply word will describe all the greed for a cyclist….. accessories. Some will tell you that cycling is cheap and inexpensive. This is a lie and because the greed takes hold, I need another pair of gloves, more tubes, well this multi tool is loads better than the last one, tools, lights, tubes, tyres, helmets, clothes, wet clothes, dry clothes, lube, cleaner, replacement parts…….. its a long list that greed plays with between it’s fingers toying with you, convincing you that you need this, that…. two of everything.

Sloth (Latin, acedia)

This is to cycling what kryptonite is to superman, allow but a little sloth into your life and all the fitness you spent 6 months gaining will disappear,your waist line will expand, legs loose defenition. The sloth cycling is to not ride, to polish ones bike, and never use it, allow it to go unridden. Sloth can take you any time, any where and take a lot of pain to recover from.

Wrath (Latin, ira)

Wrath is a friend and an enemy to every commuter, it can spur you on to race the traffic and that bastard who just cut you up, but it can also lead to you spewing wrath and rage at those cagers who do not see, look, care that you are there. Wrath leads to Hate, Hate leads to Suffering, This is the path to the Dark Side….. hang on this isn’t Star Wars…

Envy (Latin, invidia)

OMG How cool is “Billy Bob McFudgen’s New Bike” (made up name) Envy of thy mates bike is a dark path to tread this leads to ” can I have a go?” which leads to “This is awesome, loads better than my bike” and in the end you and your mates all have the same bike. I know it happens at the LBS every 6months!

Pride (Latin, superbia)

Pride for a commuter is intrinsically linked to the Silly Commuter Racing. Being passed of seeing someone half a mile down the road causes an instant twang of pride, “I must catch them!!” or in my case the 1st thought that comes into my head is ” Ello W’abbit” This pride has burned more calories than any motivational music in the world.

Don’t believe me? 595 page thread on the issue should convince you that it is a disease…. and spreading.

How many sins have you commited lately?

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One Response

  1. I must be in the sloth category right now, boo!

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