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View Poll Results: Vote for your primary and secondary motivation for bicycling.
Choose one of 5. Primary reason is meeting personal achievement goals Choose 2ndary reason below. 1 0.69%
Primary reason is fitness. Now, please vote for your 2ndary reason below. 103 71.53%
Primary reason is competition. Now, please vote for your 2ndary reason below. 1 0.69%
Primary reason is personal time and/or fun Now, please vote for your 2ndary reason below. 38 26.39%
Primary reason is social interaction. Now, please vote for your 2ndary reason below. 1 0.69%
Please choose just one of this next five. Secondary reason is meeting personal achievement goals. 5 3.47%
Secondary reason is fitness 41 28.47%
Secondary reason is competition 9 6.25%
Secondary reason is personal time and/or fun. 82 56.94%
Secondary reason is social interaction. 8 5.56%
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Old 06-14-06, 06:16 PM   #1
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Why do 50+'rs Bicycle?

What is your primary motivation for bicycling?

Your secondary motivation?

Take this poll and let us know.

This is not an anonymous poll. Your screen name will show.

Please vote just once in each category (primary and secondary)

If you have another reason not given above, please tell us below!

Thank you.

EDIT:

I am embarrassed that I left out commuting/transportation - something I use my bike for myself.

So, please feel free to indicate transportation below.

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Old 06-14-06, 07:46 PM   #2
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So far, I am amazed at the results.

After all the recent discussion about setting and achieving goals, and time trials, etc., so far it just hasn't been reflected in the poll.

I await further results to see if the trend continues.

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Old 06-14-06, 08:20 PM   #3
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I can't find the category that reads, "To get babes."
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I can't find the category that reads, "To get babes."
Given your "success" at that endeavor, I decided not to include that category.
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Old 06-14-06, 08:23 PM   #5
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Given your "success" at that endeavor, I decided not to include that category.
But what do you think keeps me going? And going? And going?
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But what do you think keeps me going? And going? And going?
A phrase is coming to mind . . . .


























Ah ha!























A fool's errand.
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Old 06-14-06, 08:43 PM   #7
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It's pretty hard for me to separate primary and secondary motives. I selected 1)fitness and 2)personal time/fun. My wife and I wanted to get into better shape thru an activity we could do together. We bought bikes for each other for our wedding anniversary last year. Since then, we've had a great time riding 550 miles together ... and are celebrating our 43rd anniversary this weekend with an overnight bike trip.
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You forgot ' getting to work & back!'
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I am a bit at a loss here so I didn't vote in the poll. The most important reason that I cycle is to get around, i.e. I use it to commute and for many everyday tasks that involve travel. I am a LONG term bike commuter and have been commuting by bike since the 1970's. I view biking as a part of life. In my family when a child outgrows their current bicycle they get a new one just the same as when they out grow their clothes and get new clothes. New bikes are NOT Christmas or birthday presents! Instead you get them when you need them. I am trying to instill in my children the notion that having a bike to get around is a GIVEN in life, like food, clothing, and shelter. I and my children all have bikes for getting around town and having funtional bikes for this purpose is a priority. (My wife doesn't subscribe to this worldview, but she is a goddess and is above all of this!)

Now that does not explain my need for a "road" bike and that vehicle serves a completely different purpose. That bike is for fitness/cross training. If we were in a fiscal crunch my road bike would be one of the first things to go.

If I was forced to have only one bike, I'd probably get a cyclocross bike. A bike like that would make a great commuter bike, something capable of off-road riding, and be a reasonable road bike. I'm lucky that I don't have to limit myself to only one bike.
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EDIT:

I am embarrassed that I left out commuting/transportation - something I use my bike for myself.

So, please feel free to indicate transportation here

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I listed fitness first and competition second. I listed it second because to me, the competition is with myself to get in better shape than ever, to keep learning about biking, and to become a better rider!
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Thought of another catergory: To show off to my peer group, which believes a ten mile ride is an act befitting Superman.
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Thought of another catergory: To show off to my peer group, which believes a ten mile ride is an act befitting Superman.
One of Gary's "peers!"

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fitness first and competition second then just all around fun and the enjoyment of riding
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I would choose: 1.)fitness 2.)fun 3.)transportation (I commute by bike) 4.)a sleep aid (I have trouble sleeping knowing that kids are getting killed and fanatics can get easy recruits just because I want cheap gas) and 5.) enviormental impact( I don't like air polution).
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I can't find the category that reads, "To get babes."
You need some spandex for that, Gary

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I listed fitness then personal fun. For me personal fun is seeing how far I can push myself. I ride frequently, do some interval training and hard group rides. However, I have absolutely no desire to compete with others, I did that when I was younger and it was fun. Now it is not really important to me to be ranked somewhere, I just want to be the best I can be (sounds like an Army recruitment slogan):>)
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My main reason is because I happened to be cycling as I turned 50. I thought I may as well continue in that interest.
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dang! There wasn't a selection for " I like how my azz looks in lycra"
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Primary... Because I still get a rush out of a clean technical run.

Secondary... To keep the traditions and history of cycling strong.
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My first choice was between commuting/transportation and Fitness
I thought not spending money for fuel, insurance and license plates
on a second vehicle would quickly pay for a bike.
I didnít think of all the cool accessories / necessities I just had to have.

My secondary choice Fun.
This came to me by surprise, one ride and I was hooked,
I have only been ridding for 6 week now and in that time I have only driven my truck once,
I couldnít get 12 2x4s and 4 80# bags of concrete on my bike.

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I choose /fun as my primary reason to cycle and, social interaction second. I just love to be out on the open road cycling and I am lucky enough to have a few friends who I can share that enjoyment with. For me it beats every other physical activity I participate in including golf, curling and cross-county skiing.
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You didn't have a category of "I always have". Or as they say in "Fiddler on the Roof",

Tradition, tradition!

I enjoy it. I've almost always cycle commuted. I need the exercise. It gives me time to think. It's cheap and flexible transportation. It supports my moral world view.
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