14“You can never be too rich, too thin, or if you’re a serious cyclist, have too much bicycle schwag.” fatguycycling.blogspot
Actually you can, especially if your bike storage area is bursting, but that’s what swap meets are for – to exchange your schwag for money or better yet, someone else’s schwag. The best is those mystery bags of schwag one wins for premes. Sometimes you get the stuff too ugly, too cheap and too out of size for a shop to sell; but sometimes you get the best of the best and something a needy racer can really use. I was always frustrated by amateurs with professional jobs who rode better stuff while I suffered on my bent frame from crashes or a few months without proper eyewear during one particularly prizeless period. Poor me suffering need for an unnecessary albeit healthful activity, even if it was my job at the time. Yes, professional racers do suffer need. Only a few of the world’s teams are fully sponsored. Most of the pro peloton live in lack. Wouldn’t hurt to have a conversation with your local pro to see if they would accept some charitable piece of equipment.
There are a number of other good causes which send our materialistic excesses abroad to those who need cycling-related stuff starting from the generation of seven-speed. Your local juniors may need it but they may be bank-rolled by a garage-packed parent. College students are a worthy people group in need – financed parentally or not, they almost all seem poor in collegiate racing. Not that I believe excess is a sin. If you believe in God as creator, all you have to see is the Grand Canyon or the stars to know that His intricacy and excess beauty borders on the obscene! Great cathedrals pay homage to this abundance. We are abundantly blessed in most of our racing nations. There’s plenty to go around and more for those in need.
Prayer for Equipment Stewardship
“…and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away.
There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it.” 152 Chronicles 20:25
Wouldn’t that be sweet – a warehouse for your schwag? Some have it. Thanks, Lord, for bountiful provision. Show us who lacks among us.
Ponder Whom can I give to in need of practical cycling supplies? Or whom do I know who can help me in my need? Affirm I enjoy my luxuries and share with those less fortunate. Watch your cycling expenditures and allocate some toward charitable donations.
14“Die-Cast Bicycles!” posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 www.fatguycycling.blogspot
15The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society