During the past year, Blazing Saddles, written by Sam Sylar, has become one of my favorite local cycling blogs. Cerebral but not condescending, irreverent but not rebellious, its writings eschewed the bland “Race Report” and “My Ride” brand of posts that are the staple of most local cycling blogs. From Things I Don’t Care About to Evolution of Style to The Little Tour That Could, Sam provides fresh, humerous takes on the politics, etiquette, and business of cycling. His latest post, Form, Fit, and Function – A Tale of Two Freds, was perhaps my favorite—an unusually perceptive examination of the impact of style and its adherents on cycling.
I’ve waited patiently since September 1 for a follow up to that post, but alas, Sam has fallen silent. Did he become bored with it all? Did he grow tired of wasting his talents on such a local, specialized readership, lacking the collective wit to appreciate his unique talent? Is he still even cycling? Or maybe he’s just gotten more involved with really important things such as Cub Scout Pack 316. I don’t really know Sam – never met him as far as I can tell (though rumor has it his tenure and mine on a local team overlapped), but whatever the reason for the abrupt end to his writing, I hope Sam someday decides that he still has something to say and gives us his perspective at Blazing Saddles.
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