Beached bike challenged cyclist


  “I’ve learned in my life that it’s important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you’re not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do.” —  J. R. Martinez

At this stage of the game I was not certain as to what exactly this person was doing. He might have been multi tasking and found it necessary to repair a flattened bicycle tire or a few bent spokes. His anions to a casual observer seemed frenetic but he also appeared to know what he was doing.

 Editorial Comment

This is the fourth installment of a five-part series illustrating one man’s determined efforts to transport his personal possessions from one location to another. 


As the afternoon wore on I noticed that this month-end-mover varied his plans to include repairing a bicycle wheel that may have had a flat tire or a few bent spokes as a result of the uneven terrain.

He spent one hour of his time inspecting the tire from the cycle chassis and examining both the tire’s insert tube and a good number of the wheels spokes.

After this time he walked away from the scene and took a much-needed stretch on a nearby street corner. He stood on the corner looking up and down the street. I assumed he was looking for a friend to rescue him from this situation.

Ten minutes later he returned to his impromptu work station and continued sorting his possessions and shading himself from the bright afternoon sunlight.

A number of curious pedestrians passing by his location asked him if he needed any help. He thanked them for their concern and waved them on. He seemed to be in control of the situation.


( tomorrow: final installment )

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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

4 Comments on Beached bike challenged cyclist

  1. Goodness, Gerry. I give him an “A” for effort for whatever he is doing. Talk about determination!


  2. I am in awe of this man’s resilience in the face of adversity and your report gives it the eery air of a slow motion car crash, except this time, it’s a bike


    • Thank you for your comment. Much appreciated. His every move seemed to be calculated and extremely meticulous. I thought it only fair to document his efforts in a slow motion state of photographic capture. Enjoy the day.

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