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Something to Think About

By Ellie Einhorn

These thoughts first appeared in the "Western Reserve Wheelers" section of Crank Mail, a Cleveland-based magazine of bicycling news in Northeastern Ohio.

Some things change, and "What goes around, comes around" as the cliche says. Somewhere along the way in his notorious lifetime, Leon Trotsky is credited with the following comment: "Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain--at least in a poor country like Russia--and his vanity begins to swell out like his tyres (sic). In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect."

Well, Mr. T., wherever you are, it's really too bad that you can't see America's bicyclists today. Those "two wheels with a chain" gadgets are the rationale behind "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for a growing number of American citizens...and slews of us care more about our bicycles than our automobiles (which, after all, are necessities to get us to our jobs which support our bicycle vanities)!

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