The Interview with Tarik Saleh

I dreamed I had an interview with Tarik Saleh.

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                                                                                              Tarik

“Come in,” Tarik Saleh said. “So, you would like to interview Me?”

“If you have the time,” I said.

Tarik Saleh smiled and said:  “My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; What questions do you have in mind to ask me?”

“What surprises you most about people who ride bikes?”

Tarik Saleh answered:

“First and foremost I am continually surprised how hard it is for people to not be an ass. It really should not be that hard to be civil.

That they get bored of being utility cyclists, are in a rush to be a competitive commuter or randonneur, get themselves a ‘light and fast bike with discs’, and then long to be a simple carefree utility cyclists again…

That they rarely give themselves a chance to own and ride a sweet Schwinn heavy duty cruiser…

Tarik Saleh’s hands took mine and we were silent for a while and then I asked… “As president of the Tarik Saleh Bike Club, what are some of life’s lessons you want your club members to learn?”

Tarik Saleh replied with a smile:

“To learn that they cannot make anyone love them if they behave like an ass. What they can do is to let themselves be loved by not behaving like an ass…

To learn that what is most valuable is not what bicycles they have, but having a bicycle they like to ride…

To not hoard their TSBC pins and to pass them out – share the love!

To wash their TSBC cap once in a while so it does not smell bad.

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most bikes, but is one who needs the least bikes…

To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in supple tires, and that it takes many years of practice to properly boot them…

To learn to not be an asshole by practicing not being an asshole (I know this sounds obvious but)…

To learn that there are club members that really are not trying to be an ass, but simply do not know how to positively express or show their feelings…

To learn that money can buy everything but an Competitive Randonneuring and Commuting Patch (I know I have looked extensively on ebay, but you can get a TSBC patch here)…

To learn that two people can look at the same fork rake and see it in a totally different way…

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others for being an ass, but that they have to forgive themselves for being an ass.”

I sat there for a while enjoying the moment. I thanked Tarik for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, “Anytime. I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is email or text for me, and I’ll answer as soon as I can.”

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