So I got a bike for Christmas from the Boyfriend.
Those of you that know me, or read this blog regularly, will know that I’m a keen mountain biker. So this is not just any bike, but a high-end mountain bike frame. A 2007 Yeti ASR-C, in White/Silver, to be exact.
The problem with being such a keen cyclist, and doing a lot of Mountain Bike photography, is that I have a lot of MTB friends, and I’m a member of a lot of online mtb communities. As with any sport, these communities can be incredibly judgemental, and theres always the odd person with a ‘holier than thou’ attitude and a massive ego. These people exist to crap all over your dreams, and criticise everything you post or upload. Especially when you are a woman, and your hobby is one predominately entertained by men. There’s a lot of snide comments and bitchiness created simply because some men are jealous of women ‘intruding’ and knowing more than them.
None of this bothers me. I’m not interested in those bastards that exist to be snide, jealous or critical. I’m grateful for those that realise you might not have the best set-up in the world, but appreciate you’re trying, and want to offer supportive comments, and appreciate that everybody has to start somewhere.
I haven’t had many haters yet, though I’m sure they will come. I’m also looking forward to the sexist ones that assume that just because there is a girl on a bike, it must be her boyfriends. To these people: Fuck You. Nothing you can say or do, will dent my happiness, or ruin my fun. If you really took the time to know me, you would know how much this bike means to me, the sentimental value of getting a frame I have dreamed about for several years, and the excitement of buying all the components, and building it up myself, albiet with the guidence of the boyfriend. He, however has vowed to simply instruct me, and not to touch a single spanner.
Bring it on.
The frame has come from Ohio USA, via Chicago USA, Coventry UK and Norwich UK… so it’s well travelled! and I’m sure we’ve got many more happy miles ahead!