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Blowing the lid off Mother's Day


One of the best things about being Lawrence’s preeminent, longest-running bike blogger is all the cool schwag that comes my way.

OK, that’s not entirely true.

For one thing, preeminence is subjective, even if, as far as I know, ever since Fat Man Biking hung up his keyboard a couple of years ago, I’m the only regular bike blogger in town. But there must be somebody, because all the schwag — all the promotional doodads and P.R. “samples” and outright bribes — that generally goes to the “working” press hasn’t yet come my way. That’s right: Not a single company, large or small, has attempted to get me to write about its lifesaving new geegaw by trying to buy my blog.

I’ve had a couple of offers to attend Interbike, the huge bicycle trade show, and a few cycling destinations — mountain and road — have invited me to come ride, but only on my dime.

But no freebies have been forthcoming, and I’m not at all happy about it.

However, I must give props to Nutcase Helmets, but not because it has sent me anything yet (I have to admit I’m rather fond of the “diagonal stripe” style in size S-M; just sayin’.)

Nutcase deserves some love because of the way it consistently pings my inbox with regular emails touting its lids (Nutcase Helmets designs and markets fun and funky bike, skate, snow and water sports helmets — and for the little loves in our lives, a special kids’ line — Little Nutty by Nutcase.) Each features a nifty magnetic buckle (each helmet, that is, not each email).

All the emails wish me a “nutty day!” and suggest I reply should I want additional info or samples.

Those Nutcase nutcases outdid themselves about a month or so ago with this gem in the subject line: Protect Mom This Mother’s Day With a New Bike Helmet.

Seems they think a brainbucket (Did I mention the magnetic clasp? The convenient adjustable spin dial?) is the perfect gift for mom.

At first, I thought they were suggesting cyclists should get lids for themselves to put dear ol’ mom’s mind at ease. I know my mother — a professional worrier, bless her heart — probably would feel better if I helmeted up every time I left the house, whether I was cycling or not. Come to think of it, she’d probably prefer I don a full suit of armor.

I read through the Nutcase release as saw that, no, they were suggesting a helmet for mom.

Unfortunately, my mom doesn’t ride.

So if anyone has any ideas for me for Mother’s Day, feel free to PM me. The woman is impossible to shop for and has everything she really needs, including the best son in the world (my brother).

I’m certain, however, she does not need a helmet, no matter how fun or funky. Even if it has a nifty magnetic buckle.


RoeDapple 5 years, 11 months ago

Get yourself the suit of armor. Her peace of mind is a greater gift than getting a piece of her mind.

unrents 5 years, 11 months ago

I am a worrying mom, and I like the way you think!

unrents 5 years, 11 months ago

Moms are born to worry, not ride. You might not be with us today if it weren't for some worrying.

ehartsock 5 years, 11 months ago

You've never been prone to exaggeration, but saying I'm the world's greatest son is kind of like saying David Hasselhoff is the best actor since Sir Laurence Olivier. Btw, does the Garmin GPS count?

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