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Old 06-22-06, 04:35 PM   #1
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Does this make me a roadie?

I ride a bianchi brava with a yak pak messenger bag ( saving up for a chrome bag ) I ride with toe clips and I wear pearl izumi launch shorts and a t-shirt and a 2 year old Giro Torrent helmet. Does this make me a roadie that everyone wants to smear or a regular commuter?
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Roidies don't have Messenger bags, So your a commuter.
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Roidies, like it
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Roadies don't use toe clips.

BTW - I started shaving my legs and arms. I guess I'm either a roadie or a very smooth commuter.
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It all depends on whether you still have the ability to smile or not.
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Roadies don't use toe clips.
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BTW - I started shaving my legs and arms. I guess I'm either a roadie or a very smooth commuter.
Arms???
I've been shaving my legs for about six years. I'm a roadie and a commuter.
Commuters get road rash too.
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Makes you sound a somewhat self conscious about the image you project, which in turn makes you sound like a typical cyclist of any type.
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Commuters get road rash too.
Not the commuters who can remain upright on their bike.
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To be a roadie you must first learn to become a pretentious *******.
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The mixed grab-bag of stuff (t-shirt, mess bag, bike shorts) definitely make you a commuter.
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If you gotta ask if you are a roadie, you ain't a roadie.

Seriously, why does everyone worry about what little box they fit in? I ride to roads, so I am a roadie, I ride to work, so I am a commuter, I ride for fun, so I am a rec rider, I ride cross country, so I'm a tourist, I don't dress all fancy-racey, so I'm a Fred, I don't wear a helmet, so I am a organ donor - geeze wtf cares? We all ride bikes, but after that each of us is unique and not easily fit into little boxes.
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To be a roadie you must first learn to become a pretentious *******.
But a cyclist does not need to be a roadie to be a pretentious *******. Read some of the Real Cyclists' pontifications about how the only proper bike for a proper commuter is one with an LBS provenance. And only low life/know nothings or illegal aliens would consider department store product as suitable for commuter/utility cycling.
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It all depends on whether you still have the ability to smile or not.
ahahahahahaha whew let me get my breath, hahahahaha. It's funny cause it's true. I don't think any roadies around here have the ability to smile. At least not when I'm around. Something about passing them on my tank of a steel MTB with 2" wide tires and about 30lbs of gear in my backpack/rack, being fat, and the blue mohawk. It just pisses em of or something, I don't see why.

Anywho, I would think the only thing that makes you a roadie is considering yourself a roadie.
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But a cyclist does not need to be a roadie to be a pretentious *******. Read some of the Real Cyclists' pontifications about how the only proper bike for a proper commuter is one with an LBS provenance. And only low life/know nothings or illegal aliens would consider department store product as suitable for commuter/utility cycling.
You're making me smile more and more when I see your love affair with the mass produced chinese bicycle manufacturers.
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BTW - I started shaving my legs and arms. I guess I'm either a roadie or a very smooth commuter.
Arms???
Actually, I started doing my arms after a mishap with Nair, (I'll never touch that stuff again). Anyway, the evil lotion is sort of hard to control and once it got on part of my arm, it seemed like I should go ahead and just take the remainder too. I kind of like the smooth-arm thing, (so does the mrs.), so I've been staying after it.

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I'm a roadie and a commuter.
I've got nothing against MTBs, but I'm far more comfortable on my old touring bike.
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To be a roadie you must first learn to become a pretentious *******.
I guess you are an honourary roadie.
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I'm a commuter who wears a jersey and spandex shorts with shaven legs.
Plus, my new helmet will be a road helmet.
I ride a touring bike with drop bars. However, I am only mistaken for a roadie when wearing my more race like jersey.
I guess that makes me a.....uh......who flippin' cares?
I have a mountain bike and a touring bike.
I ride recreationaly hauling a toddler.
I haul ass.
I tool along at my own speed.
Now when I add that r700 or felt racing bike to my stable next year......
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I'm a roadie who happens to commute also.
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Heh well if you are a roadie, then I'm a bike messenger cause I just built a fixie ...
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Heh well if you are a roadie, then I'm a bike messenger cause I just built a fixie ...
Then I'm a posenger, because I bought my fixie off the shelf. I think I find something comforting about labelling myself in classifications that seem to be the object of widespread scorn. It seems to keep people's expectations low.

So yeah, I'm a roadie when I'm in the commuter forum. On the ssfg forum, I'm a wannabe messenger. On the car free forum, I am a car apologist. (but don't own one) On the roadie forum,... well I haven't figured that out yet. Paradoxically, despite roadies' reputation as being arrogant, in my experience they are the least likely to have negative hangups with other types of riders.
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Paradoxically, despite roadies' reputation as being arrogant, in my experience they are the least likely to have negative hangups with other types of riders.
Well, to be fair, we're far too self-obsessed to worry much about other people. But you say there are other people on the road? On bikes? You're kidding, right?
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I carry a messenger bag, wear a jersey, sidis (look pedals), flood pants (not cycling shorts) and I have aerobars on a fixie. Also feners sometimes. I think I just got about every group except the fully loaded touring guys with a rack.
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I carry a messenger bag, wear a jersey, sidis (look pedals), flood pants (not cycling shorts) and I have aerobars on a fixie. Also feners sometimes. I think I just got about every group except the fully loaded touring guys with a rack.

That's impressive. But you still need one of these.
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I carry a messenger bag, wear a jersey, sidis (look pedals), flood pants (not cycling shorts) and I have aerobars on a fixie. Also feners sometimes. I think I just got about every group except the fully loaded touring guys with a rack.
I have the rack, but rarely do I use my panniers. And I'd never be mistaken for a silent and invisible cyclist as the loose rack gives away my position and the manner of the potholes I hit.
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Ooh, I want to play too!

So on Monday, I'm going to wear a jersey and bibs (roadie) on my fixed gear conversion (posenger) with aerobars (trigeek) but I'm going to tow my twins' trailer to daycare (family guy) before going to the office (commuter).

That'll make some heads explode.
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