Phila Biking Scene Shuns Wanderer
Long time Wanderer "Bin Ruiter" caused quite an
uproar last Tuesday on the Philadelphia Bicycling scene. Every
Tuesday night semi-serious Philadelphia bicyclists gather
at the Art Museum for the 34-mile ride.
After the group had struggled their way up the Ridge, Bin
Ruiter spotted the ride in progress and decided to tag along.
But not only is Bin Ruiter's bike older than many of the riders,
he wore a loose, cotton Wanderers Club T-shirt as well as
headphones tuned in to his favorite station. Clearly regarded
as an eyesore, embarrassment and annoyance to the impeccably
outfitted and sociable group, Bin Ruiter stood out from the
As soon as the group entered the hilly Northwestern Phila
suburbs, Bin Ruiter took the lead at the head of the group.
After pulling the group up the hills, Bin Ruiter dropped back
only to find out that the other riders would not let him in.
But rather than descent to the very back of the pack, Wanderer's
pride took over and Bin Ruiter decided to go at it alone.
From that point on, Bin Ruiter was forced to create and ride
in his own (3rd) column besides the very bicyclists that had
shunned him. "The joke was on them really" Bin Ruiter
said afterwards, "when flying down the hill at 40 mph,
it's the guy in the middle that's got reason to feel uncomfortable."
When Bin Ruiter came to Team idol and bicycling legend Paul
Molino for a sanity check on the situation, he received little
support (even though the Wanderers T's proudly don the Bike
Addicts logo on the back). "You can't have idiots wearing
headphones in a group environment" said Paul Molino.
For future group rides, Bin Ruiter plans to leave his headphones
at home but refuses to be seen riding without his Wanderers
uniform. "I think I'll also wear my baggy mountain biking
shorts next time and see how that goes over" Bin Ruiter
We wish Bin Ruiter luck!
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