hold the grease
July 17, 2009
In cycling circles, the kind I don’t actually travel in, this is called a Cat 5 tattoo:
A Cat 5 in cycling is a newbie, an amateur. Higher ranked Sneetches, with stars on their bellies, call it the Cat 5 Tattoo, as they roll their eyes.
So I have a question and an assertion.
First, is that mark emblematic of newbies (or cat 5s, or amateurs) because newbies lean on their bikes more than really really really good Sneetches when they’re stopped at the top of a big hill, or because true road connoisseurs don’t have any grease on their chains? I would like to conduct some grease testing. Kind of like the lineup proposed in Porkys. But with legs. And grease.
Second, here is my assertion: I want a tattoo. I don’t want a skull and cross bones, I don’t want a picture of my kids on my arms (all three of them), or anything in Chinese. I don’t want a sleeve.
No, I want that grease mark on my leg. Someday, I will get to the top of American Fork Canyon, lean my leg hard against my chain, and then go straight to the tattoo parlor (parlor? really?) and get it done. That’s my legacy–the newbie grease mark.