8 thoughts on “Brothers. Cimbergo, Lombardy, Italy. 2009”

  1. Donald

    Thanks. I wish I had taken some more photos. I took three as I walked by, but two of them were blurred.

    Tasneem

    Thanks for dropping by with the king words.

    Grasswire

    In my case as a child, I was the one causing things to be fixed.

  2. Tasneem: With all due respect, I disagree with your comment that “cycling is one such thing which is related to childhood.”

    Lance Armstrong (not a fan, personally) was once a guest on the Stephen Colbert show, and Lance was talking about his 2005 retirement from pro cycling. It went something like this:

    LA: “… when I retired from cycling”

    SC: “(interrupting) RETIRING FROM CYCLING? THAT’S LIKE RETIRING FROM RECESS!”

    The audience errupted with laughter. I doubt they would understand how difficult it is, mentally and physically, to do nonstop physical exercise for 30 hours a week or more month after month, away from their families, maintaining an unnaturally low bodyweight. Most people would fall apart if they tried. Pro cyclists are not like normal people. They don’t pedal for three seconds and then coast for five. They pedal for 6 hours with no coasting and then stop.

    Lots of people commute, compete, exercise, or joyride on bikes. I wish you could see people riding their bikes on RAGBRAI, in the Tour de France, or on Asian streets. It’s not a kid’s thing.

    Cycling is especially big as a competitive sport in Western Europe, with its heart being in Italy, Belgium, France and Spain. Cyclists of all ages there are treated with respect. In Belgium, for example, the biggest sports star (Tom Boonen) is a cyclist.

    Cycling is not related to childhood.

    I know you didn’t mean offense by your comment, but I hope you examine why you think cycling is a childish activity. And I hope most of all you have a bike and can get out and ride it. It’s the most beautiful and efficient vehicle ever created. It’s also a lot of fun, which is only the antithesis to adulthood if you’re waiting to die.

  3. Nicolai

    Good to see you dropping by again.

    I think Tanseem was referring how cycling is a part of so many people’s childhood experience.
    I also think that you’re totally correct in saying that most people have no idea how taxing pro-cycling is.

    Years ago I did a 2000km cycle trip in the US and all I managed a day, on average, was about 100km in five hours (I know! I’m soft and weak!).

    My average speed was 22km an hour with panniers which might sound like a lot to most people but by pro standards it was a easy stroll in the park. What I found that limited my time on the bike and the distance covered in a day was my backside just couldn’t take it for more than 4 or 5 hours a day. Every time I see those guys in the Tour de France go over cobblestones it makes me wince!

  4. This photo speaks – of fraternity and youth in the respect that we learn so many new things as we grow up, from so many different people – family, friends, teachers. Then we forget that we had to learn them (tying shoe laces, fixing wheels on a bike) and take these skills for granted until we see an image like this and remember.

  5. Epic

    When I saw this scene in the street, I was reminded of a photo my grandmother took of my grandfather and I, over my scooter he was fixing, and it reminded me of my own childhood. It was such a “Norman Rockwell” type of subject.

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