Monday, May 14, 2012

Kinfolk

This is one of the stories that speaks to the essence of mountain biking, even though it doesn't involve any "epic" pictures or "gnarly" video. No, just a testament to how rad mountain biking is as a lifestyle and community.

I've enjoyed going to book stores and reading magazines for years and years. From snowboarding to music to biking, the topics have changed but the pleasure I take in a few minutes perusing mags amidst the smell of fresh books is one of my favorite things.

This past Mother's Day weekend, I accepted the fact that I can't choose gifts for my wife and dropped her off at one of her favorite shops with a bit of cash while I headed for Barnes and Noble with the kids. With the addition of children to the family, by bookstore routine has only been interrupted slightly: I still grab a couple magazines, but instead of heading for a cushy chair, we march back to the kids section where I sit at the little kiddy table, soaking in the latest while keeping a semi-watchful eye on the little ones.

Our arrival at children's section was quickly followed by a mandatory bathroom trip, so I stashed my copies of Decline and Dirt on a shelf and we made the voyage. When we came back, what did I find to my surprise (much like Goldilocks) but a guy sitting at the kiddy table with two bike mags. At first I thought he had found my stash, but no, there they were where I left them. I grabbed them off the shelf, sat down across the way and said, "I'm glad I'm not the only one"  as I held my magazines up.


The conversation caught and then snowballed. We talked trails, shops, injuries, adjustable seatposts, 29ers...about an hour later I had a new friend and I had no idea where my daughter was. (Don't worry. I found her.) I've been involved in a number of hobbies and pursuits, but none of them seem to elicit the instant kinship that mountain biking does. I love that.



1 comment:

  1. Totally agree. I met a new guy at church on Sunday. He is a spine surgeon and has 4 kids so we are super different, however after I found out he bikes we spent an hour talking about bikes and then became friends. We are going to go riding together now.

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