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    2 Fat 2 Furious contango's Avatar
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    Apparently I'm a "roadie" now

    I got referred to as a "Roadie" (complete with capital R) by someone who had seen me ride a recent brevet. I must admit it made me chuckle - for all I was using my then brand new SPD shoes and pedals, my hugely expensive (7.99) jersey from the local discount store, baggy shorts over my Spandex (primarily for humanitarian reasons, although the extra pockets are handy) I'm still a fair way the wrong side of 200 pounds and was one of the slower riders around the circuit.

    I had to admit having a bit of a chuckle when I realised the person the guy was describing as a "Roadie" was me
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    I've become a "roadie" sometime in the past year. I'm not sure at what point it happened, exactly. It's tough to tell. I swore I never would be one, and yet it happened just the same.

    Was it when I started wearing spandex?
    Or when I started using clipless?
    Or maybe it was when I bought prescription sunglasses?

    I have no idea for certain but when I switched to SPD-SL's last month, I knew for sure that I was now officially a roadie.

    Still don't wear jerseys though. I want to but I'm unable to find any that fit. Apparently "4x" means "2x" to most manufacturers.

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    I think people who ride road bikes on the roads are roadies. I am, and I don't wear lycra or cycling jersies.
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    You're not officially a roadie until some yahoo in a pick-up truck yells, "Hey Lance" as he guns his engine while passing you.

    Not sure what the UK equivalent is---maybe they'll yell "Hey Wiggo" after the end of the week?

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    I wear lycra.
    I wear cycling jerseys.
    I am a roadie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I think people who ride road bikes on the roads are roadies. I am, and I don't wear lycra or cycling jersies.
    You're even worse - you wear wool! That makes you a crotchety, throw-back roadie. Do you wear spare tires looped around your shoulders and drink wine straight from the bottle while riding? That'll take you up another notch.

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