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View Poll Results: HOW DO YOU PRIMARILY CLASSIFY YOURSELF?
Roadie (could include recumbent) 34 41.98%
Mtn Biker 1 1.23%
Commuter 3 3.70%
Racer 0 0%
Recreation/Casual 13 16.05%
Cross 0 0%
Specialty (Fixie, SS or ??) 0 0%
Mixed 21 25.93%
Other (describe below) 9 11.11%
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Old 04-15-08, 08:04 PM   #1
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Roadie, Mtn Biker, Commuter, Racer, Mixed or ??

50+'rs - It's been too long since we had a poll, and too long since I gave you the opportunity to snipe at me.

So, here goes:

WHAT WOULD YOU PRIMARILY CLASSIFY YOURSELF AS - I.E., WHERE DO YOU SPEND MOST OF YOUR TIME RIDING, OR DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST?

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Old 04-15-08, 08:12 PM   #2
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Kudos for making a distinction between roadies and racers.
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Kudos for making a distinction between roadies and racers.
Wow - a compliment on a Fox poll, and from Chip, no less.

I can hardly stand it!
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I am definitely a mix between roadie (could not include recumbent ) and Mtn biker. I also consider myself a recreational/casual rider. I did not consider myself a racer even during my brief foray into Mtn bike racing last year. But I am confused about the inclusion of those two choices. Seems like racing vs. recreational/casual is a separate question from the others which deal with the type of bike you ride.
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I am definitely a mix between roadie (could not include recumbent ) and Mtn biker. I also consider myself a recreational/casual rider. I did not consider myself a racer even during my brief foray into Mtn bike racing last year. But I am confused about the inclusion of those two choices. Seems like racing vs. recreational/casual is a separate question from the others which deal with the type of bike you ride.
Now I am feeling better.

Whew, I was afraid for a moment there!
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Now I am feeling better.

Whew, I was afraid for a moment there!
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I am neither a racer nor a specialty rider, but I fit most of the other categories. I ride for transportation, for exercise, for camaraderie, and for fun.
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Both my bikes are road bikes, so I guess that makes me a roadie. Most of my rides are commuting, errands, or shopping, but I prefer my road bikes to the upright ones usually associated with utility riding.

And I'll ride a road bike in jeans and business shirt if I want. I've also been known to waltz right into the grocery store in full roadie regalia to do my weekly shopping.
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I'd have to say 'mixed'. I purchased a hybrid because I wanted it to be adaptable. I ride on roads and tracks. I commute around town on it. I ride it for recreation, thoroughly enjoying slower rides with friends, grandchildren or other family. I'm slowly but surely moving toward doing some light touring on it.

Mixed bag, definitely
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I started riding just to control my blood sugar. I now do it for the fun as well. My riding is on roads and a significant percentage of time is spent commuting.

If we had a multiple choice option I would pick Roadie, Commuter, and Recreational.
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Roadie. I love to ride long distances (50 - 120 miles) alone. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow with the occasional detour to a bike trail when I'm on my fendered up Jamis Nova.
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I chose "other" because I consider myself a touring cyclist. Sure, I spend more time doing day rides, either on roads or bike paths, but I live to tour. There is nothing like the challenge of living out of panniers and discovering other provinces, states or countries. My hero is jibi, cycling for months in Australia and Asia.
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I chose "other" because I consider myself a touring cyclist. Sure, I spend more time doing day rides, either on roads or bike paths, but I live to tour. There is nothing like the challenge of living out of panniers and discovering other provinces, states or countries. My hero is jibi, cycling for months in Australia and Asia.
And I left touring out. It was in my mind, but I had a mind f*** between thinking about it and writing it down. I meant to include it - sorry.
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And I left touring out. It was in my mind, but I had a mind f*** between thinking about it and writing it down. I meant to include it - sorry.
You would be banished from 50+ if your memory wasn't fried, like the rest of us.
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There's a difference between what I do most of the time (commuting) and what I like doing most (road riding). So I put road, which is not the same thing as recumbent riding. But I also ride for recreation, and I'm a wannabe tourer, and I definitely don't race. Is all that clear?
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And I left touring out. It was in my mind, but I had a mind f*** between thinking about it and writing it down. I meant to include it - sorry.

Doesn't matter. You gave us two "pie" entries - mixed and other - so both the absent minded and the confused amongst us are catered to!


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'Bent rider, but recreational rather than roadie.
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While it may be a toss-up with commuting as to where I spend the most time riding, Randonneuring is what defines my cycling. Have been a USCF racer (old-fart cat 3 for MANY years) and avid mtb'er, but got the racing bug out of my system 15+ years ago, and haven't even ridden the mtb in over a year. And I don't mind not doing either of those: rando has become, for the foreseeable future, my cycling "thing". And incidentally, my current rando "weapon of choice" a recumbent (RANS Force 5 high-racer w/ 26" wheels, fenders, lights and reflective tape galore).

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Another Other here

I don't know how to describe what I do. maybe tourer, maybe expedition cyclist, or simply a traveler on a bicycle.

I am a cyclist

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Definately mixed...commuter, mountain, fixed, urban/social

with an ultimate goal of adventure cycling/touring in mind.
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I definitely fit the Roadie (could include recumbent) category.
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