Tim (littlebluedog) wrote,
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small bikes

Kind of like a pet peeve, a small bike is a type of behavior which, when you witness it, prompts an irrational or disproportional investment of negative energy (in terms of paying attention to it, allowing yourself to get upset or frustrated about it, ranting about it to whoever will listen, etc.).

The triggering behavior itself is generally something over which you exert absolutely no control or influence ... this isn't the case with some pet peeves, such as your spouse leaving the toothpaste cap off, your roommate loading the dishwasher the wrong way, etc.

But this distinction renders all of the rage and frustration resulting from a small bike useless -- whereas with a pet peeve, you might cling to the belief that making a stink about it might help correct the offending behavior.

Further, with small bikes, you're aware of the futility of your reaction.  You might even be amused by it, despite yourself.

I have Erin to thank for this term. The genesis of it was her telling me about a friend of hers that launches into apoplectic conniptions whenever she sees "grown men riding small bikes."

Even though in many cases it's like a pet peeve, I like the term because it's a good reminder that you have a choice over your own reaction to things that act as a source of frustration in your life.

In particular, when you see a small bike barreling toward you (and you will, because that's the nature of small bikes), you have these options:
  1. Let it run you right over.
  2. Stand your ground and try to stop it.
  3. Just take a step out of its way.
At least for me, the hard part is remembering that I have a choice, and remembering which option will do me the most good.
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