It's time for the fourth installment of A Whole Crapload of Ways to Know You're Addicted to Cycling. Sit back. Enjoy it. And pace yourself, because we have one final episode coming up next ... well, whenever I feel the need to toss up a post and don't have much to say.
This week's list includes a couple of items that struck home for me, such as No. 31. A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a really nice Toyota pickup and got serious about buying it. Fortunately, the used-car dealer was cool with it when I asked if I could take it for an hour or two to drive it home to see how well my mountain bikes fit inside the cap over the bed.
Even my son rolled his eyes when he went out in the driveway and I explained why I was rolling one of my bikes into the bed of a strange vehicle. But not the guy who sold me the truck. He didn't bat an eye when I told him what I needed to do.
And away we go ...
31. You take your bike along when you shop for a car—just to make sure the bike will fit inside.
32. You start yelling at cars to "hold your line."
33. You're comfortable bumping elbows with step vans.
34. You view crashes as an opportunity to upgrade components.
35. You clean your bike(s) more often than your car.
36. You're on the board of directors for a bike club.
37. You spend weeks during the summer spraying arrows on the sides of roads.
38. You and your significant other have and wear identical riding clothes.
39. You mount a $600 cap on a $1,000 pickup so your $3,000 bike doesn't get wet.
40. You can't seem to get to work by 8:30 a.m., even for important meetings, but you don't have any problems at all meeting your buddies at 5:30 a.m. for a hammerfest.