A might bewildered...
Join Date: Oct 2011
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
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Wow. I really couldn't read some of the posts because I have labile hypertension and my cardiologist says its not good for me.
Back to the OP point, I think.
I have converted around a dozen people from dedicated couch potatoes to cycling. There have been a few relapses, but in general they are having fun.
I really should be getting a commission from the LBSs.
This is in spite of the facts that I have unimpressive biometrics (5'10", 205#), am slower than Christmas, and frankly am pretty stupid looking.
I never guilt or shame anyone. I don't tell them they need to reduce their carbon footprint or save rain forests, or promote Community or refute Capitalism.
I don't tell them they're lazy lazy lazy slobs if they don't ride, or that they will die slow miserable deaths if they don't take better care of themselves.
I just tell them how much fun it is, and interject stories, occasionally somewhat embellished, about my own experiences.
It works. Try it.
Signature line for rent.