One’s expression of “PROness” on the bike is a frequent subject in the local peloton. We road cyclists are a quirky lot, eager to pounce and scrutinize the tiniest of things. Even our friends are fair (if not fairer) game! We had a great time making fun of each other last Saturday on a 4 hour ride. So what is PRO? NOT PRO?
Well for starters, it was inspired by Bob & Steve. Ahhh, the beauty of conversation on long rides. Here’s how it works. I post a photo of a potential PRO? NOT PRO? infraction and you decide for yourselves whether it’s PRO or NOT PRO by leaving a comment below. If it is found to be an infraction the PRO police will issue a citation for 50 Swiss francs immediately.
THE 4 KEEP IN MINDS
1- Keep in mind. You are a fully grown adult human who wears colorful stretchy pants, shaves your legs (males) and rides bicycles over long distances, with other fully grown adult humans, wearing colorful stretchy pants, who also shave their legs (males).
2- Keep in mind. This is not serious & you most likely are not a PRO cyclist.
3- Keep in mind. This is meant to be funny. Never forget the irony of it all!
4- Keep in mind. I will remove your comment if I find it distasteful. Jerk…
PRO? NOT PRO?
It must be noted that this potential infraction occurred on a Cervelo S3. No telling how many watts were used to drag this extra baggage around. Most importantly no one was hurt on this bike ride. What do you think? PRO? or NOT PRO? Comment below.
2 not pro infractions, cut those zip ties and leave the trainer skewer with the trainer!
I didn’t even catch the skewer!
Trainer skewer on old-school Ksyrium SL wheels on a hard core winter training ride is definitely PRO. Bonus points for subtle Lion of Flanders sticker on the inside of the rim!
That one’s super easy. A big fat not pro
All things must be pro! My years spent on the golf course put it all in perspective – you show up to a round of golf at the worst course with the worst clubs, you still don’t wear cutoff jeans! One must make the situation as pro as possible!
Not pro. Not only are the zip ties not cut off, they are not color coordinated. In cycling, image is as important as stength. Its all part of PANACHE. Refit with black and cut at the knuckle.
That chain Definitely does not meet pro standards….chains are silver…not black.
Are those hiking socks?
I’d say the dirty pedal is not pro. If it seemed a bit more fresh it could be given a pass as it is winter…
However, the zip tie tails could be a cleaver wind rudder? Genius perhaps…
Infractions Rule #57 & #65
Bonus pro positive Rule #58 & #60
Rules #57 & #58 cancel each other out in this case though…
Not Pro. Have Steve A. compute the drag coefficient on those zip ties and determine how many extra watts this dude was expending by dragging them around.
Also socks are a violation of Rule #27, unless this guy is a quintessential hard man of cycling:
Rule # 27
Shorts and socks should be like Goldilocks.
Not too long and not too short. (Disclaimer: despite Sean Yates’ horrible choice in shorts length, he is a quintessential hard man of cycling and is deeply admired by the Velominati. Whereas Armstrong’s short and sock lengths are just plain wrong.) No socks is a no-no, as are those ankle-length ones that should only be worn by female tennis players.
Woooa so Not Pro!