Well done @kolotc & thanks for pointing out @cxhairs I like this version
The rest of them are really good too.
YES! I’ve been meaning to post about ‘The Rules’ because while I believe that rules about safety and courtesy are really important, I despise rules that are designed purely for snobbishness and to ridicule people who are innocently ignorant.
OK. I confess, I wear the arms of my Jawbones over my helmet straps for no good reason other than conformity. I don’t wear black socks because personally, I’m not keen on black socks with shorts. But if I liked them, I’d wear them.
But I wear a visor on my helmet because I live in a searing sunny climate and my mother died of melanoma. To put on a cap under your helmet, therefore blocking the air vents and boiling your head because that’s what ‘The Rules’ say, is plain stupid.
And guess what? I use SPD cleats with my sleek pewter-coloured Sidis because I’m just a recreational rider who does CycloSportifs and Challenges and I find them convenient. I can walk in them and RUN if I have to. (Like the time I laid down my bike and ran to rescue an old lady who’d stranded her car on a median strip and was blocking traffic and panicking - and not a soul got out of their damned cars to help.)
If I lived in a climate where it teamed with rain all the time, I guess I’d have to deal with cleaning sand out of my chain and road filth off my bike after every ride. But I live in the sun so I don’t choose to ride out in the pissing rain. But if I’m caught out in it, that’s life. Am I a pussy? Well, I went through the punishing process of getting a black belt in Zen Do Kai Freestyle Karate, so no. I think I’m smart.
So, I’ll go with the simple rules above, and the rules about safety and courtesy, and the laws of the land. As for the rest, I’ll do as I please.