My wife says I’m impossible to buy for. She knows what I like bikes, but I’m very particular about the stuff I ride. We also have the challenge that, as someone who works in the industry, I can buy most of the things I want for less than she can, so that leaves footie pajamas and Whitman samplers on my Christmas list.
There are bigger problems.
If I’m honest, most every day is like Christmas in the bike biz. I know a guy who does ad sales for one of the big cycling sites. He hasn’t paid for a bike in almost a decade, and he doesn’t have any junk in his garage either. Neither has he paid for a piece of kit or a t-shirt or a hat. Generally speaking, it’s not quite as freewheeling as that (no pun), but the truth is, being able to play, mostly, for a living, is a gift we’d all do well to appreciate more.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have any bike stuff on my Christmas list. I could use a pair of these, and I like this a lot. I’d like to add one of these to my tool box, and a pair of these to my mountain bike.
Nothing, bike-wise, can top the Christmas when I was 9, when a red Peugot CPX-100 BMX bike was kick-standed in front of the tree. The moment I saw that bike, and the years after, during which I rode, jumped and crashed it, were among the best moments of my life. That wasn’t even a great bike by the standards of the day, but I didn’t care. I’ve never loved a bike so much.
I have parked bikes for both my boys in front of the tree in the last few years, but I don’t believe the effect was the same. These are the perils of trying to recreate your own joy for the next generation.
With Christmas a week away, this week’s Group Ride asks what is the one, best bike thing on your Christmas list? Is it a bike? Are you getting it for yourself? What is the etiquette on Christmas gifts for yourself (asking for a friend)? Is it clothing or something else, a tool, a part, a power meter? I hope it’s not a power meter.