Although I have been riding, racing and speaking the bike lingo for almost 10 years now, I have had my fair share of embarrassing moments. These are my top two, bike related, and highly embarrassing moments.
- In 2014 I had the chance to race the Cairns Downhill World Cup alongside the world’s best. Nathan Rennie is such an admirable bike rider and human being, and the junior team was lucky enough to have Rennie as a staff member. It was leading up to race day and as we were doing the track walk, I attempted to make small talk with Rennie. I am embarrassed to say that I asked the former World Cup Series Winner:
“So, do you ride bikes?”
(I have since learnt that Rennie did, in fact ride bikes and to the highest possible standard. I was relatively new to the downhill scene, but I now make sure that I am respecting and constantly learning about mountain bike royalty and history!) Check out Nathan Rennie racing on one of my favourite Victorian tracks; Mt Baw Baw here.
- I can honestly say that bike mechanics is a field that I need to work on. This next embarrassing moment occurred at Life Of Bikes (my favourite bike shop EVER by the way). My dad had sent me a last minute text meaning to say “ask if they could check the bearings.” As most smartphone users know, autocorrect can be both a blessing and a curse. The message auto corrected to say “ask if they could check the Bee rings” and so, you guessed it, I walked into Life Of Bikes and asked;
“Could you please also check the Bee rings?”
(Lucky for me I know the staff well and they’re super friendly. They had a laugh and then (superbly) fixed my “bee rings.”
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