So after attending the 2013 Bearded Lady Motorcycle Freak Show, I once again learned some things about myself. Here they are. There is absolutely no reason for me to spend six hours in the sun 150_Hipwalking around looking at the same bikes over and over again. Just because I have a 40 year old motorcycle doesn’t mean I have to enter it in every motorcycle show that I possibly can. And finally, I have never been and will never be a hipster.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the BLMFS. I just don’t need to spend more than a couple of hours there. The bikes and the people are always very interesting. The common mistake I make at these events is that I stay way too long. I think it has something to do with not wanting to miss anything. Well I’m hoping I’ve finally learned, that after six hours, I’ve seen all I’m going to see.

My 40 year old chopper “show bike” is probably more just old than it is a show bike. I had a lot of fun putting it together last winter and it’s interesting to ride but it’s not even close to spectacular. I think a bike has to at least be amazing to be entered into contests. I’ve decided to ride it to certain events and retire it from it’s short life of competing. I think I’ll enjoy it more this way.

My final revelation yesterday was how much of a non-hipster I am. I’m sure it has a lot to do with my age  but I did see some 50-something guys sporting their best hipster look. I guess I just don’t get it. Skinny jeans look really uncomfortable and stocking caps in July would cause me great discomfort. Then again, my wardrobe hasn’t changed much in the past 30 years.

The music was great and the people were fun. I’m pretty certain I’ll be there again next year. I’ll do my best to ride an interesting bike that won’t be entered in the show, and I’ll probably leave after two or three hours. This is my plan today but who knows what’s going to happen over the winter.


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