This is so exciting to watch, each and every time.  It's hard to put into words, but if you can imagine a 12-year old boy from Ohio that's trying to learn bicycle tricks, this is where you'd start.  Aside from a foot-in-the-fork endo, I couldn't do much.  I did once manage a partial wheelie in a neighbor's driveway. And for those of you that have been with us for a few years, this is usually where we start.  We spin Rad , have a laugh, and then come back to it every so often.  This also ties into what I like to call the Drew Barrymore challenge, that is working your butt off at 40-ish to lose any unwanted weight.  She did this a short while back and I was really impressed.  Wow!  This is going to take work? It's also reassuring to see that the professional riders of the '80s now have a social media presence.  Young idols such as Mat Hoffman and Dennis McCoy or GT Bicycles for that matter, all now have Twitter feeds to help promote their ambitions.  ...
As some of you know, or as many of you don't, I quit using tobacco a few years ago.  After 10 years of smoking that transitioned into another 8 years of chewing tobacco, I finally quit.  It took a while, it definitely took more than one attempt, but when the time was right I let go of the snuff in my lower lip.  Not that chewing tobacco was any better than smoking, it's pretty disgusting actually, it's just that when you decide to stop using tobacco, in my case at least, you also have to decide how much weight you're going to gain.  If you're one of the lucky few that have quit using tobacco and didn't gain any weight, then this doesn't apply to you.  If you're on the fence with quitting, you'll have to make up your mind on how much time it will take to work off the extra weight and if that effort outweighs the health consequences of using tobacco in the first place. Anyways, in the years after 2013 when I quit chewing, I ballooned up to just an ...