The humble brag

Hum­ble brag (n) — to brag about how hum­ble you are.

I often fall into this trap. Read­ers of this blog have seen me brag about how hum­ble I am, many times. “I save money this way, so I’m bet­ter than those who don’t.” “I’m more envi­ron­men­tal than the peo­ple who drive that kind of vehicle.”

Humble-bragging is obnox­ious to any­one who detects it. And as T Bone Bur­nett sang, (“http://www NULL.metrolyrics NULL.com/trap-door-lyrics-t-bone-burnett NULL.html) “It’s a funny thing about humil­ity, As soon as you know you’re being hum­ble, You’re no longer humble.”


Hav­ing said that, let me launch into a hum­ble brag.

an entry-level bikeA recent Wall Street Jour­nal arti­cle on triathlons had a side­bar fea­tur­ing rec­om­mended equip­ment. the “entry-level” road bike was $1,449. that freaked me out a lit­tle until I real­ized that their nor­mal read­ers are in a class where that price is entry-level.

Across the page, the fea­tured moun­tain bike (http://www NULL.spe­cial­ized NULL.com/us/en/bikes/road/venge/sworks-venge-duraace-di2) cost $11,000 (with an inte­grated hydra­tion system).

My hum­ble brag: my road bike is worth a lot less than $1,449. But I know that hav­ing both a road bike and a moun­tain bike puts me into the 1%. So there goes my humility.

2 thoughts on “The humble brag”

  1. Brother Bill (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A4OSXRZR2BMX8/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-0851235-0042412?ie=UTF8) says:

    I think it takes more than more than hav­ing both a road & moun­tain bike to get you into the 1%. Or maybe you were just talk­ing about 1% o bicy­cle owners.

    1. Though it sounded like I meant “the 1%” in the tra­di­tional sense of the phrase, I meant that less than 1% of the world has the lux­ury of own­ing both a moun­tain bike and a road bike.

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