And about that December Letter from the Editor …

December 12, 2012

I sincerely apologize for the foolishly stated words in my column from the December/January issue of  Adventure Cyclist magazine. These were my own words entirely and do no reflect the views of Adventure Cycling Association.

I did not mean to insinuate that people who work in the financial industry should be considered crooks. In fact, my mother worked in for Merrill Lynch and Legg Mason for about 20 years, and I appreciated all her good work. When I wrote my column, I was thinking of some of the financial sector leaders who testified before Congress and seemed to show little remorse for activities that occurred under their watch — but that was no excuse for what I wrote. As more than a few readers have pointed out to me since my column appeared, people don't read  Adventure Cyclist for social commentary.

It was my intention to put a little perspective on the situation surrounding Lance Armstrong, who, although not in the bike-travel realm, looms over American cycling as surely as the moon orbits the earth — but in the future, I'll figure out a better way to offer perspective.

Again, my apologies to anyone I may have offended.


Director of Publications
Editor, Adventure Cyclist Magazine
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Apology accepted. Carry on.

December 12, 2012, 4:07 PM

That's OK, Michael. Many of us think they are crooks too. Not the folk who work on the levels that your mother did, but certainly some of whom are responsible for the larger decisions of their industry.

December 12, 2012, 4:51 PM

You have nothing to apologize for.

December 12, 2012, 5:11 PM
Emon Bikes

I read the article just a few days ago and it was perfectly clear to me what you were trying to do, and I think many americans would agree with you. Thank you for the fantastic bike community created by adventure cycling and the awesome magazine! Carry on with the great work and dont sweat the small stuff!

December 12, 2012, 6:45 PM

The people you were referring to ARE crooks, it's a known fact and no one should really have to apologize for re-stating already known facts. I seriously doubt anyone could have honestly misread your letter as referring to EVERYONE in the financial industry....but, whatever, sometimes you have to spell it out for folks.

December 12, 2012, 6:59 PM
Ralph Emmons

I've been looking for any kind of concrete data to prove/disprove my own opinion about the political leanings of fellow cyclists, and I suspect this blog will help me in that regard. So keep the posts coming, please, and if I get a chance I'll publish the statistics!

December 12, 2012, 8:40 PM

It's a stretch to see how taking a jab at the finance industry could be construed as offensive. I'm sure we'd all agree that a society where lively discourse and bold opinions are stomped out is hardly a sign of progress.

December 12, 2012, 8:53 PM

Shouldn't some of the blame be placed on the crooked politicians who are in bed with Wall Street?

December 13, 2012, 8:03 AM

>> I did not mean to insinuate that people who work in the financial industry should be considered crooks.

You didn't insinuate that and have nothing to apologize for. There are financial crooks, but your words were not a blanket statement about the entire industry.

December 13, 2012, 12:00 PM
Justin Speers

Never apologize for speaking the truth.

December 13, 2012, 5:05 PM
Alison Riley

Thank you all for giving Mike your support, feedback and criticism! Your opinions are invaluable to us! - Alison

December 13, 2012, 6:23 PM
Ralph Emmons

Two questions really:

1. Does political discussion belong in a cycling mag?

2. If it belongs, what does the discussion reveal about cyclist political pursuasion?

The data's too thin on either question for the answer I had hoped for. (But you're a brave & honest guy, Mike, to put yourself out there.)

December 14, 2012, 1:45 PM

The media has been very good at bashing the financial industry and convincing the general public that they are criminals deserving nothing less than demise.

The source of this bashing stems from the recent real estate crisis and the resulting economic tailspin.

In reality, the financial industry, like many other industries (schools, hospitals, postal services etc.) are over-seen, over-regulated and driven by government policy. The financial industry responds to regulation as can be expected - staying within the law and with the oversight and approval of government regulators.

Sadly, many in the industry saw and attempted to alert our elected officials of the coming crisis but were ignored for political reasons.

Blaming the financial industry in this case is like blaming a child for choosing ice cream over string beans when it's actually the parents that knowingly gave them the poor choice.

Through shameless misdirection and misinformation the general public now believes the financial industry is entirely to blame for our financial crisis and as a result I'm forced to read ill-informed references about it IN A CYCLING MAGAZINE. Sheeesh.

I'd prefer to keep my cycling world and the political world seperate and free from the divisive noise. Thats one of my primary reasons for riding - to get away from the noise.

See you on the road.

December 19, 2012, 10:01 AM

Sadly, you are mistaken. The financial industry is over regulated? My god man/woman? You are crazy.

February 2, 2013, 8:30 PM

Much ado about nothing. No apology necessary. It's an editor's prerogative to express his/her opinion.

February 8, 2013, 6:37 PM
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