Call it a consortium….like some sort of Motley Crue or something. But all it really is, is a bunch of people getting together to talk about what they have learned about life while being out on their bikes. It’s as simple as that.
A few weeks ago, my buddy @bikerly tweeted me a message about something to do with a #secretevilplan. There was only a hint of seriousness to the tweet, but pretty soon it started getting some meat to it. First, another fellow tweeter, @egggman (yes, three g’s) caught wind of our banter and said he wanted in. Then just over a week ago, on July 31st, @bikerly was out on a run and the #secretevilplan was born.
“Short stories of (real human) lessons learned by bike. Blogged or Twittered using the hashtag #bikeschool – a socio/educational revolution.”
To be honest, none of us are at all that sure what will come of #bikeschool, but I’m very happy to be a part of it. To kick it off, all three of us are blogging about it today, so please be sure to check out www.bikerly.wordpress.com and www.oldsinglespeed.blogspot.com. All weekend long I thought about the rides I had this past week and what sort of life lessons I experienced….and I just kept on drawing a blank. What the heck was I going to contribute to this #bikeschool mega post event? Then it hit me.
I posted in April that my 4 year old Son had just become a cyclist. It was one of my proudest moments as a Dad and a cyclist, but within a few weeks of it happening….one small wipeout happened and he didn’t touch the bike again for months. He reclaimed his cyclist status about three weeks ago and has very soon become my little expert. Where I used to jog behind him as he gained experience, I now have to ride my mountain bike to keep up with him. I’m out there on my bike giving him pointers and tips as he continues to become faster and stronger.
As I teach him how to start, stop, corner, skid……I realize that I’m also learning as well. I’m learning how to relay worldly advice and instill a piece of me in my kids. One of the things a Dad is supposed to do. For the first time in my young career of being a Daddy, I felt like I was actually passing on wisdom and life lessons. My kids learn from my actions each and every day, but this past week has been the first time that I have felt I consciously passed along life skills that will stay with my Son forever. Wow, it took #bikeschool for me to sit here and actually understand that. What a great realization of a life lesson I so proudly experienced while on my bike.
If you have stories of things you have learned about life through cycling, tweet about it using the hashtag #bikeschool. Or why not blog about it? We’re not putting any ownership on this concept….please share in it with us. So many life lessons learned while on the bike each and every day. Let the world hear your #bikeschool story. Just like @egggman said, now that this one has been exposed to the world, I guess we will have to think up another #secretevilplan.