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    The revolution will not be wearing spandex

    The revolution will not be wearing spandex

    Or a Lance Armstrong Livestrong Team Radio Shack jersey.

    I guess you didn’t get that directive from the Central Committee, Comrade.

    From reader 9th District Neighbor:

    Mild weather always brings out the men in tights who bicycle in large groups, usually in the middle of the road. This fellow was spotted in north suburban Chicago about two Saturdays ago. I tried several times to get a photograph, and finally snapped one as he approached a stop sign; I had hoped he would stop, but of course he just blew through. Street signs are so plebeian….

    The irony of the tattoo in combination with his choice of spandex certainly was lost on him; at least the color of the shirt was correct. As I finally passed him, I saw that he was in his late 50s or early 60s. I suppose this is what happens to kids who wear Che Guevara tee shirts.

    Thanks for doing such a great job. Your humble blog grows in influence every day.

    And it won’t be on television either, so no need to dress up.


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    BannedbytheGuardian | June 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

    It may be a great symbol in the advertising world, but if you had ever had to live under it, you would be singing another song. Your comment was akin to Hollywood idiots using the Chinese Communist star or Che Guevara’s visage as a fashion statement,without knowing the story behind it. My parents were lucky to get away, so I take this very seriously and personally and it ticks me off when my fellow Americans, with no idea of what this meant for PEOPLE, try to somehow excuse it. My apologies, as my intention is not to offend, just create awareness that whenever you make inane statements like that, you are dancing on the graves of many.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to MAB. | June 17, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      I have not seen the Hammer & Sickle used as an advertising symbol. You are confusing it with the Che Guevara T shirts & hats .

      Your parents came from the USSR? So What? I’ve got a whole set of Genuine White Russians who can also claim victimhood status from the Chinese Revolution. Thats the Jackpot!

      But they come here & build their Old Rite Orthodox Churches. Then the real Russians -who lived through the whole thing & not fled -came & told them where to jump off & that they were cowards.

      Don’t presume I don’t know the history . Maybe the cyclist does also.

    LukeHandCool | June 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Thank God the revolution will not be televised.

    Just listening about it for a minute is tedious enough!

     0 | June 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I’m a cyclist, so I don’t have a problem with Lycra. I will point out, however, that his cycling shoes and “clipless” pedals (with a pressure release like a ski binding) most likely cost the better part of $200 or more. It’s hard to tell, but the seat post and pedal cranks might be pricey carbon fiber.

    It could be worse. It could be some aboriginal tribe’s sacred symbol on his leg.

    I’m proud to ride a Litespeed, made in Tennessee by folks who learned how to weld titanium making stuff for the Pentagon.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to | June 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      I am quite partial to viewing the bottom & legs of a serious male cyclist . 300k per week gives great definition & I am always ready to share the road . I have my First aid kit ready if they should fall & need a bit of attention.

      My advice to this guy is thanks for the compression pants & lose 30lbs.

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