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    Do you ever feel bad talking about cycling?

    I commute on my bicycle as much as possible. One day last week, I wound up meeting my wife at her work for lunch. True to form, I rode my bike that day. Well, after lunch, we went around the museum to meet some of the folks that she works with, one of which was a guy named 'Steve'.

    Steve noticed that I was wearing my cycling jersey and MTB shorts, and asked me about riding. As it turns out, he rides every weekend with his father, and they usually do about 15 miles, and since the weather had been exceptionally nice that past weekend, they rode 20. At this point, I had not said anything about the distance I normally ride (20 miles, round trip to work, more if errands are included). This particular day, I had already ridden about 22 miles, and still had a few more to go. So, I was trying to be encouraging about the fact that he was riding, and to not mention the fact that his long ride is less than what I do most days. I'm rather proud of the fact that I'm a commuter, but I also want to encourage others to get out and ride. I definitely don't want to make others feel that "if I can't do what he does, then I just shouldn't bother."

    Of course, Steve asked me "So, how long is your ride to work?" So when I answered, I felt like I needed to downplay my usual distance, just because I didn't want to put him off of riding.

    So, I love riding a bike and I try and encourage other to do so (or at least to get out and move), probably like most of you. Do you all ever downplay the distance you ride or feel bad about telling others how much you ride so as to not make them feel guilty that they don't do what you do?
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    I don't know. I blew off 6 miles to work the other night at the movie theater with a friend of mine and you'd think I'd scaled Mt. Ranier. I rode 12 over the weekend and someone at work asked me what I did and I said so, and they spent the next 30 seconds asking me if I was 'hot' (it was), "okay", if it was 'healthy' for me to do all that way at once, etc etc.

    I think people don't perceive a mile anymore. It's not THAT far.
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    I get some of that, although most of my friends and family have some perspective about what a long ride is to me. Folks at work seem to be getting the gist as well, at least the people I see every day.

    I'm more concerned that I tend to run off at the mouth about cycling.
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    I feel bad talking about cycling because it is 'new' to me, and I find myself gushing/bragging about all the 'new' stuff I've learned to a coworker who's been riding/touring for many years now. He has the patience of a saint and does a good job of smiling and nodding when I repeat something he's obviously known for quite awhile. I did surprise him by showing him a few sites detailing future greenway bike paths around the north side of our town, so I sometimes manage to sneak one past him.

    As far as distances are concerned ... I told a coworker casually that Mrs. Zoxe and I were riding 5-6mi per night, 6-7d a week and he was visibly shocked. I didn't know if it was because he didn't think a big guy like me could ride that far without croaking, or if he undervalued how far a mile was on a bike. Either way, it still made me feel good.

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    The poor target girl who almost fainted when the wife and I said we had ridden 1 whole mile to get there. OMG. And to her 1 mile was OMG, not that she wasn't fit just probably never cycled more then on her street as a kid.

    When I'm asked how far I commute I have been saying Flower Mound to Irving and most people vaguely know how far that is.
    Both city/towns are pretty big and since people are used to highway only mentality they think what they want. The might think when they hit the border of flower mound to the border of irving on the highway takes 10 minutes so that can't be too far. If they press I'll tlel them they just doubled my commute to ## miles roundtrip and I'm still getting used to it which I am.

    Course some people I know when I'm talking about really being worried about whether to ride in the 6/12 hour or 200 mile at the Texas Time Trial think I'm being a wuss and saying I should do the 24 hour. oy..

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    Im starting to get some of the runners at work to want to start riding with me. Hopefully they can keep up, lol. Im so glad that they havent asked me to run with them????

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    Quote Originally Posted by evblazer View Post
    The poor target girl who almost fainted when the wife and I said we had ridden 1 whole mile to get there. OMG. And to her 1 mile was OMG, not that she wasn't fit just probably never cycled more then on her street as a kid.

    When I'm asked how far I commute I have been saying Flower Mound to Irving and most people vaguely know how far that is.
    Both city/towns are pretty big and since people are used to highway only mentality they think what they want. The might think when they hit the border of flower mound to the border of irving on the highway takes 10 minutes so that can't be too far. If they press I'll tlel them they just doubled my commute to ## miles roundtrip and I'm still getting used to it which I am.

    Course some people I know when I'm talking about really being worried about whether to ride in the 6/12 hour or 200 mile at the Texas Time Trial think I'm being a wuss and saying I should do the 24 hour. oy..
    Lucky for you I know exactly how far that is! I grew up in FM and live in Las Colinas...

    I would really say it depends on from where in FM to where in Irving that would be my main question. If you are talking about 2499/1171 to 635/Beltline (that's the border to border highways that I can think of), I'd say you do pretty well, if it's more than that, I'd say you're doing great!
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    I get kinda tired of the ol " Oh, did you ride to work today??" " Gonna be awful hot on the way home...", or "It might be a rainy ride home...", blah, blah,...

    It's gotten to the point where I just ignore them and change the subject. I lead by example.
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    I don't know if I think enough of my cycling to believe that I might be able to dissuade someone from ever biking again simply by mentioning how far I'd gone that day...

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    I ride 2 or 3 times a week, usually the distances I ride are between 15 & 18.5 miles. I live in a county of about 24,000 people and I know of only one other adult in this county who rides a bicycle (though there might be others at the other end of the county from me, just a few months ago I learned on a news broadcast that an adult cyclist was hit and killed by a car about 9 miles from my home). Most of the people here rode as children, but left the bike when they learned to drive cars, and cannot fathom that someone would choose to ride a bicycle more that a few miles. Workmates, friends, and family know I ride but I usually don't talk a lot about it unless they ask me questions. Right now, cycling is one of the few things in my life that I truly enjoy but the people around me have very little interest in it. I don't want to be seen as a weirdo who's life is consumed with cycling. I usually don't enjoy seeing the "your crazy" look on peoples' faces when I tell them how far I ride. I want to portray cycling as "no big deal," just one facet of my life, that doesn't require superpowers, or an inordinate investment of money, time, energy, etc.. I have no hope that more adults will ride here, but I think the best I can do is make biking look as close to "normal" behavior as possible. I usually don't bring up the subject, but when asked about my cycling I freely talk about it.

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    Nope, I never downplay how much I ride or how far I go. In fact, I get a lot of joy out of telling people about all my escapades on the bike. If it was a really tough ride and I was bonked out of my mind, I tell them so. I also tell them about how it has changed my life, and where I used to be just three years ago. Sometimes I see the glimmer in their eye that might mean they will start riding too; sometimes I just get a blank stare of wonderment. But if I can inspire people to do what I do, then that is the best thing. And downplaying it isn't going to make that happen.

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    Someone expressed amazement the other day that I ride a 20 mile round trip to work as often as possible. They mentioned that they were biking with their wife and they couldn't imagine riding in from where I do.

    I didn't say anything but thanks. However, I figure they are probably riding a 50 pound Xmart bike that doesn't fit them at all and has under inflated, big knobby tires and probably doesn't shift or roll very well. I am not saying that in a snobby way. I just know some of what I do easily is because I have a decent bike that fits me, is maintained and is set up to ride back and forth to work in relative comfort and safety. It is really an easy, enjoyable ride.
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    "How long is your commute?"

    "30 miles."

    "Both ways?"

    "No, one way. That's why I take the train in the morning, 60 miles twice a week doesn't leave me enough for the big weekend rides."

    "Damn, that's insane."

    "Nah, it gets easier. You just have to work up to it. It's so fun I don't mind."

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    Quote Originally Posted by atcfoody View Post
    I commute on my bicycle as much as possible. One day last week, I wound up meeting my wife at her work for lunch. True to form, I rode my bike that day. Well, after lunch, we went around the museum to meet some of the folks that she works with, one of which was a guy named 'Steve'.

    Steve noticed that I was wearing my cycling jersey and MTB shorts, and asked me about riding. As it turns out, he rides every weekend with his father, and they usually do about 15 miles, and since the weather had been exceptionally nice that past weekend, they rode 20. At this point, I had not said anything about the distance I normally ride (20 miles, round trip to work, more if errands are included). This particular day, I had already ridden about 22 miles, and still had a few more to go. So, I was trying to be encouraging about the fact that he was riding, and to not mention the fact that his long ride is less than what I do most days. I'm rather proud of the fact that I'm a commuter, but I also want to encourage others to get out and ride. I definitely don't want to make others feel that "if I can't do what he does, then I just shouldn't bother."

    Of course, Steve asked me "So, how long is your ride to work?" So when I answered, I felt like I needed to downplay my usual distance, just because I didn't want to put him off of riding.

    So, I love riding a bike and I try and encourage other to do so (or at least to get out and move), probably like most of you. Do you all ever downplay the distance you ride or feel bad about telling others how much you ride so as to not make them feel guilty that they don't do what you do?
    There are two possible scenarios, once you tell someone who thinks 20 miles is a big deal, that you just rode 22 miles to get there, and will probably be over 30 by the time you get home.

    1) They get discouraged, and quit riding all together....

    2) They get encouraged, that if you can do 30 miles, especially if you are heavier, older or both, they so can they, so they push themselves to go further.

    It's kinda like here, I have had a bad year, my distance is less then last year, and it doesn't look like it is going to improve much any time soon, especially since we have only had two dry weekends since April.... I see guys like Tom, who has 5 times the distance I do for the year, I don't find that discouraging at all, what I find discouraging is that it's going to rain 3 out of the next 4 days, so I can't build my base up, because as soon as I get up a litte, it thunderstorms for 5 days, and I end up back where I started.....

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    There is a women at my office that keeps telling me, "riding the distances you ride is not good for you, being over weight an all. You are probably straining your heart. You should walk instead." Um, yea. Hey skinny woman, I rode 47 miles on Saturday and it was hot and humid. Yea I had massive thigh craps at 42 miles, but I finished and did not have to call for help. So bite me.

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    Remember one thing, though......I use the US Postal Service motto: "Neither rain nor snow, nor gloom of night........."

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    Nope! I average over 4,000 miles for the last 10 years, did 23 centuries and 7300 miles in 2005 and I want everyone to know about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by atcfoody View Post
    Do you all ever downplay the distance you ride or feel bad about telling others how much you ride so as to not make them feel guilty that they don't do what you do?
    I consider myself to be a recreational cyclist as I usually average approx 30 to 40 miles per week. I try to do 10 miles everyday, however, due to a hectic schedule I often can only squeeze in 6 miles per day....and it's very rare that I can devote a full 7 days/week. However, when I speak to other cyclist, or see other cyclists on the road, I'm always more motivated to push harder and farther. I'm looking forwarded to the day when I can devote enough time.....and more importantly, have enough stamina to keep up with a hardcore cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dallasmike View Post
    Lucky for you I know exactly how far that is! I grew up in FM and live in Las Colinas...

    I would really say it depends on from where in FM to where in Irving that would be my main question. If you are talking about 2499/1171 to 635/Beltline (that's the border to border highways that I can think of), I'd say you do pretty well, if it's more than that, I'd say you're doing great!
    Las Colinas EH. Curse my luck and you have knowledge that bicycling isn't as short as a highway trip around these parts. Mi plan has been foiled!
    So know where they play the Byron Nelson? I commute up from 407/1171 in that little town of Double Oak right near downing middle school. I end up down at the Verizon (former GTE) building right on the byron nelson which is right near North Lake College (south of the 161/114 cross).

    Most people dont' think it is that long though because their car trip is so short.
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    I get a chuckle because I'm starting to get to know some of the people at the convenience stores on my longer loops and they know I live 30 to 60 miles away from them. They all think I'm absolutely nuts!
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    It gets to me when someone asks a straight forward question about cycling then you see their face shut down when you give more then a sound bite of an answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Nope! I average over 4,000 miles for the last 10 years, did 23 centuries and 7300 miles in 2005 and I want everyone to know about it!
    Good for you, and I don't mean that sarcastically! If I had those numbers, I'd want all my friends and family to know also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5kdad View Post
    Good for you, and I don't mean that sarcastically! If I had those numbers, I'd want all my friends and family to know also.

    It's cool! Some people think you're a supoerhero when you tell them of the rides one has done. I tell the young guys at work about my bike ride stories. They look at me like Opie and his buddies look at Andy Taylor while he tells ghost stories around the campfire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    I'm more concerned that I tend to run off at the mouth about cycling.
    I'm guilty of that one too , fortunatly we have the forums.

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    I have friends that think I am insane. I have some that cycle that do way more than I do. I also have a few friends that have gotten interested enough to start riding too. I do ind it funny when people ask what I am doing to lose weight, and I tell them. The expession of disappointment on their face is usually priceless. Then they so oh. It is not worth that.

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