Categories only limit us, or that’s what Kanye West says, or at least that’s what I imagine Kanye West says, as he does his art that’s better than everyone else’s art. I would know for sure whether he said it or not if I paid any attention to Kanye West, but he doesn’t make music in any of the categories I enjoy, so…
I used to think I was a roadie, except for that part of the ’90s when I was a mountain biker. I was a BMX kid, but a dirt jumper, not freestyler…freestylist? These days I’m a gravel guy, which is the worst category. It just means you want to ride drop bar bikes everywhere.
Actually, if I’m honest with myself, I’m mostly a commuter. There are brief spasms that carry me into other categories, but the one reliable tribe I belong with is the commuters, albeit without the SPD sandals and high-vis safety vest, not that there’s anything wrong with those things.
I like to imagine myself the heavily shaded part at the middle of the Venn diagram, the jack of all trades and the master of none. Categories don’t limit me. Kanye taught me that.
This week’s Group Ride asks how many cycling categories you belong to? Which ones? And are there any you’ve abandoned that you wish you could get back to. Any you’d like to join that you just don’t have time for?
In other news, but still in the interrogative vein, we have some curiosity about those of you who work in the bike business and/or those of you who would like to work in the bike business. Where do you hunt for jobs? There are three or four obvious sources, but we’d like to hear which ones you frequent and why. Asking for a friend. Literally.