First, thanks for the comments about my decision to stop contributing to cycling magazines, except for the Bicycle Paper. All of the comments were kind save one - written by someone who elected not to identify him/herself. Write me again with your name and mailing address, Anonymous, and I'll send you a can of Proofhide. Can't have too much Proofhide.
I've felt for some years that as a writer I represented fewer and fewer cyclists. In the '80s and into the '90s, before cycling became popular among so many middle-class Americans, you could meet a rider and assume confidently that as bikies you had lots in common.
Scarcely anyone waves back today. Last month a hipster on a fixie waved; I nearly hit the chain-link fence next to the bike path. Club riders don't point out holes and aren't aware that cycling etiquette exists. Guys buy Sevens and Madones and put hi-rise stems and three-speed bars on them. Many Colnago riders can't fix a flat. No one rides to rides.
No one sees anything the matter with the behavior described in the above paragraph.
It was time for me to quit. Certainly the frustration of dealing with editors over the years wore me down. I miss Rich Carlson of Winning, RIP, who cared about my work and tried to make it the best it could be. I knew even then that it would never be that good again...
One more piece of mine will run in the Rivendell Reader. VeloNews has a piece that the editor agreed, months ago, to use. Maybe it'll never happen.
Thanks for your support over the years. You too, Anonymous...