Print Story I. Could. Not. Stop. Grinning.
By ObviousTroll (Mon Jun 05, 2023 at 10:45:20 AM EST) (all tags)
The grand opening of the bike park was absolutely amazing and good news from the surgeon.

Honestly, I had no idea this was going to be such a big deal. Instead it was hundreds of kids - and quite a few adults - from all over the area. I stood in the grass between trails and took dozens* of pictures that I probably shouldn't share since I didn't get model releases. I did post a few on reddit where you can't actually make out enough of the cyclist's face to ID them but my absolute favorite pick is one I didn't post - a pre-schooler on his tiny little bike storming around "Pork Chop's Knock Knock" while his grandmother chased after him on foot. I even met an elementary school teacher of my acquaintance and it turns out she actually coaches a cycling team and was there with the team and was going to do some laps herself.

There was also the moment when a guy looked up and said "You're Porkchop?!?" and led a round of applause for me. Cue the stammering and blushing...

And all I can think of is how I would never have even gotten into cycling if it weren't for the cyclists right here on this site so, Hulver, GZT, WireDog, lm, Herring, and everyone I've forgotten - all you guys own a piece of this. Whether you like it or not you were such a good influence on me that that influence has now extended to a future generation of cyclists.

As for the back surgeon; he gave me a clean bill - everything appears to be fusing nicely and I should be good for many years. His eyes did cross when he thought I might be trying out the new bike park but I explained that, no, I'm sticking to road cycling. 

Absolutely the best week I've had in YEARS.

* It was actually "hundreds" since I was shooting in sports mode but you know how that goes - delete, delete, delete, keep, delete, delete, maybe, delete, delete...

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Oh, that is fantastic! by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jun 05, 2023 at 02:28:24 PM EST
I'm delighted for you. And for everyone who gets to ride on that.

Awesome! by hulver (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jun 06, 2023 at 07:04:23 AM EST
Nice about the back and the trail. Thumbs up from over here.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock
This is wonderful! by clock (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Jun 06, 2023 at 08:51:37 AM EST
Very glad to hear ALL of it! Well done!

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

Won’t have to buy a recumbent! by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Jun 06, 2023 at 10:45:36 AM EST
More money to spend on accessories,

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I'm still looking at an e-bike by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jun 07, 2023 at 06:34:11 AM EST
 Specialized makes one that you simply can't tell is electric unless you study the crank carefully. I wanna buy one and then blow the doors off people struggling up the hills in Manayunk. 

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I'm a good influence??? by gzt (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jun 07, 2023 at 07:22:36 PM EST

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