Cycling Resourcefulness

Outside the Tool Box

23…the car park of a bike race is a good example of the resourcefulness of your average cyclist.” Barry Meehan, Bike Shop Owner



Parking Lot Criteriums as metaphor for resourceful solutions

Amazing all the uses of parking lots we cyclists discover: toilet, dressing room, skills area, crit course. We can really think outside the box even within a square perimeter. Another example is the race mechanic who doesn’t have the part necessary to get a rider on the road but quickly rigs what’s available. Cycling tends to draw resourceful people because it rewards risk, resilience and self-reliance.

There is gentleness and beauty in our innovative meandering; freedom and infinity in our lifestyles. We tend to despise the stodgy, spoiled and institutionalized. Like the universe, many of our fields of play – race routes- have no edge and no center. Our competitive courses are often random and flowing so when we face our cycling dilemmas within anal, rigid frameworks, we well-rounded cycling people are uncharacteristically thrown into the barriers. We would rather jump curbs than get hacked in a corner.

Sometimes, we may think we know the center of a problem, but in a subculture in love with motion, it is we who need to move and find new tools. We need to change our centers and remember that there are no edges – only separations we create for standoff. Even lack can be bunny-hopped.

This is God’s entry. Connecting to the Infinite not only expands possibilities but tends to help us adapt to the creative possibilities for resourceful solutions to what may seem like an impossible constraint.

The nature of our problems or our disagreements is less important than having agreeable, problem-solving natures. It’s less about what’s right or wrong and more about if we love our neighbors as ourselves. If one loves one’s neighbor as oneself, one comes to a conclusion based on what is best for all and this multiplies possibilities. Unlimited supply of random beautiful road opens up before us, and we can either move out of the rectangular constraint like what’s felt in a parking lot criterium or see aspects of infinity within it.


Prayer for Resourcefulness
“Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.’24Hebrews 13:5-6

We are grateful that God provides where He guides. We ask to be able to deal promptly and skillfully with difficult circumstances and to be imaginative in finding solutions to cycling’s problems. Help us find those extraordinary courses.             

Ponder What are all possible scenarios to solve a problem? Affirm I find a way when circumstances warrant it. Watch every possible and impossible means to create solutions to problems worth solving, and for answers to questions worth asking.



23“The Lynx effect!” posted by Barry Meehan of on February 4, 2008

24New American Standard Bible Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

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