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Old 01-19-10, 02:09 AM   #1
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Help! I Am A Snobbish Prick!

Ok, someone had to say it

Seriously though, I bicycle commute every day, regardless of the weather/temperature. I am frequently accused of being insane, and deep down I probably am to some extent.

When walking back to the office from a conference room today our group spotted a cyclist. A few pointed out how he looked just like me, only thinner. Well, he was a lot thinner, but the thought that went through my mind was something akin to, "I don't look like that dork!"

But, I really do look a lot like that dork, only he is thinner than me.
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Fine but the word could be edited.
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DORK??? Besides....maybe he is.....I know I am
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You can't be a snob. Your post count is too high....
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well the first step is admitting it
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Why do you think cyclists look like dorks? Was this cyclist you saw wearing full kit? Or street clothes? Was it the helmet, or lack of, that bothered you? Lie on the sofa and tell us your feelings......
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We have a guy that shows up to our group rides with his helmet already on. In his car, before he takes his bike down off the top.

I may look like a fat dork in my bike clothes, bt I take pride in the fact that I'll never be that guy...
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I left the house this morning with 2 reflecty ankle bands, my reflecty Amphib harness, reflecty taped helmet, 2 headlights, 1 steady taillight and 2 blinkie taillights all a-blazin'.

I make a concerted effort to be "that dork".

(knickers and striped knee-socks help a lot!)
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I think it's pretty hard not to look dorky while wearing spandex and a styrofoam hat.
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No truer words have ever been spoken. :-)
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I think it's pretty hard not to look dorky while wearing spandex and a styrofoam hat.
For winter or night time riding add to that some hi-vis clothing such as my ANSI rated vest... yes I AM a dork, but hopefully I'll outlive all the cagers that have a problem with me looking like a dork... then I'll have the last laugh.

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You just have to embrace the dorkiness.

(It gets easier once you realize just how amazingly effective helmet mirrors are.)

You can always solace yourself with the fact that you're not on a recumbent. Yet.
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We have a guy that shows up to our group rides with his helmet already on. In his car, before he takes his bike down off the top.

I may look like a fat dork in my bike clothes, bt I take pride in the fact that I'll never be that guy...
Yeah, I'll never be that guy, either. What a disgrace, driving to the group ride. C'mon, man!
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We have a guy that shows up to our group rides with his helmet already on. In his car, before he takes his bike down off the top.
This is so his cellphone won't hit his head and kill him.
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We're celebrating dorkdom? I'll play. The basket on my handlebars has yellow reflective ankle bands hooked through the wire in 6 different places. My summer helmet has stickers of cats on it (ok. mostly Roman Dirge's cats cut in half collection. But still, they're cat stickers). Dorky can be fun!
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Yeah, I'll never be that guy, either. What a disgrace, driving to the group ride. C'mon, man!
So you ride in the same area all the time? We do some rides where guys stop on their way home from work to do the tire. Sometimes we drive 40 or 50 miles to get in 5000 ft of climbing or a 70 mile ride. You telling me you don't drive to go ride anywhere other than out your front door?
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So you ride in the same area all the time? We do some rides where guys stop on their way home from work to do the tire. Sometimes we drive 40 or 50 miles to get in 5000 ft of climbing or a 70 mile ride. You telling me you don't drive to go ride anywhere other than out your front door?
I can't believe you took me so seriously.

Although... I do ride to the group ride (@7miles), and I commute most days, and train out the door more often than not. But, I drive to brevets and centuries and such when it makes sense, of course.
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I can't believe you took me so seriously.

Although... I do ride to the group ride (@7miles), and I commute most days, and train out the door more often than not. But, I drive to brevets and centuries and such when it makes sense, of course.
I can't believe you took me so seriously, I was kidding too!
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Yaaaa Sure you were Mr. Breanz. Your reputation precedes you. Not a kidding bone in your body. I remember how far ahead you were on the last ride. Sheeeeeeeet. LOL
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OK, the guy who wears his helmet to drive to the ride would be definition 1 under 'dork'.

At my job, we have definition about, I'd say, 4.

We are REQUIRED to wear hi-viz vests when operating the electric 'cherry picker' on the sales floor at work -- as if the bright yellow machine the size of a Goodwill donation station box that BEEPS as it moves in ANY direction would be hard to spot, and that the vests will make the difference in that equation.

We call 'em 'dork vests'. And no, they don't help. Idiots couldn't possible be more self-absorbed....
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Yaaaa Sure you were Mr. Breanz. Your reputation precedes you. Not a kidding bone in your body. I remember how far ahead you were on the last ride. Sheeeeeeeet. LOL
I was just trying to get ahead of you for a good shot with the camera!
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I think it's pretty hard not to look dorky while wearing spandex and a styrofoam hat.
Thanks. I needed a good laugh to help me get started today, and that did the trick.

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I will go out on a limb and suggest that most cyclists are snobs to some degree. The non-riding public doesn't know the terms "Fred or Poser" or how they apply to our sport. That is something we cyclists have created to delineate those we think less of.
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