Four-hundred and forty seven is not an auspicious number. Literally zero numerologists are busy breaking it down and assigning its digits celestial significance. It’s not prime, and it’s not divisible by 52, meaning this isn’t any sort of anniversary.
I was just sitting on my couch the other day thinking about the time I’ve spent writing the Friday Group Ride. It’s worth saying that I have a poor sense of time. Much the same way people with poor sense of direction get lost geographically, I get lost temporally. I forget when things happened. I have trouble conceiving when future events will take place, even when I have them on a schedule in front of me. And so, just sitting there thinking about 447 weeks, and the number of ideas, and all the questions and feedback, I suddenly became aware that it’s been a long time.
I also felt a flood of gratitude. The FGR has been an anchor point in my week for more than eight years. I’d like to write more, but real life intrudes. The FGR gives me that one (mostly) guaranteed shot to get my thoughts out into the ether. Your answers to our weekly questions have been an invaluable reality check for me, too, helping me evolve my own thinking about bikes and cycling.
So thank you for all that, and thanks for reading. I really appreciate it.
I’ve been adventuring through cycling media this week for my day job, and it struck me how much things have changed over the last eight years (even, obviously, here at RKP). Magazines are maybe more marginal than they were. Podcasts have come to the fore. Video has taken the place of writing in a lot of cases. The dominant players back then have shrunk. YouTube and Vimeo channels have changed the type and style of content cyclists are consuming. It seems much more scattered and incoherent, but that might be me.
This week’s Group Ride asks how are you consuming cycling now that you weren’t eight years ago? Do you listen to cycling podcasts? Which ones? Are you still reading websites? Which ones? Do you still get magazines? Do you subscribe to any cycling-related YouTube channels?