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【外国語学科】“What I Learned from Cycling to Wesleyan” part 3: The bicycle:

2020年11月20日 (金曜日) 09:30 | 投稿者:【nwuadmin

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 As for the bicycle I ride, although I am a fan of brands such as Canyon, Trek, Pinarello, and Colnago; however, I figure that all these brands are “small things to a GIANT”. I ride the Giant’s most popular Total Compact Road (TCR) model. It is a mid-range road bike not to deflate my wallet and put a strain on my marriage and family. Perhaps it is superstition or romanticizing, but I tend to feel some kind of connection to things that are my age. The TCR model began the year I was born in 1972 and is considered the most significant road bike design as it was the TCR series that standardized road bike sizes making them available to the general public. Most all other bicycle brands have also followed suit to the TCR model by standardization of frame size. The TCR is known for its smaller front triangle and for being both lighter and stiffer than a traditional frame with a horizontal, non-sloping top tube. The lower top tube on the TCR road bicycle makes the adjustments for frame/rider size to be primarily in the saddle height and handle bar reach. This is easier to conform to than having to manufacture the top tube to the specific height of each rider as in the case of road bicycles before 1972.
 From calipers to derailleurs, the vocabulary associated with cycling also sparks my interests. To say, “I trimmed my braking time by forward-adjusting the grasp on my brake calipers” sounds poetic to me. Perhaps only cyclists can truly appreciate the meaning to such terms as “cadence”, “drafting”, “skitching”, “slam”, “aero”, “fixie”, “shrader”, “drops”, and “peloton”. These words resonate to me. If I were to have another daughter, maybe I would name her “Cadence”—just because this word has such a nice sound to it. Then again, the poor child would be forever branded as the daughter of a parent that was an “otaku” for cycling. …I could go on a rant about my choice of frame, group set, components and the wheels, but that would no doubt make this short blog into a long essay. Suffice it to say that I have found what works best for me through trial and error and my preferences don’t necessarily match those of other cyclists.
 This the end of the three-part series on “What I Learned from Cycling to Wesleyan”. I hope students and staff reading this found some value even if it is simply for English language study. In conclusion, I would like to mention that perhaps the single best thing about cycling is the comradery shared with other cyclists. I am always glad to meet a fellow cyclist. I have occasionally met up with teachers from other institutes making the commute along route 34. We all have different reasons to be cycling—for health, stress relief, meditation, lessen our carbon footprint, save for our children’s education, cross-training, etc. No matter the reason, we are making it happen. A quick greetings with a fellow cyclist turns a mediocre day into a great day. There is plenty of road for more cyclists—it is something good we can do for ourselves and the environment. If you also like the feeling of freedom from being on two wheels with the wind in your eyes, let’s go cycling! Hope to see you!
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