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    MAMILs: Middle-Aged Men In Lycra

    While not a provocative as MILF, it's nice to know I've acquired an acronym.

    BBC News Magazine: Rise of the Mamils (middle-aged men in lycra)

    Back in the day, when some men with a bit of disposable income reached a certain age, they did some strange things. The grind of the office and home life convinced some that the answer to an expanding midriff lay in a pair of designer jeans and a flashy but cheap Japanese sports car. Teenage daughters ran away screaming. Sons were deprived of the role models seen in adverts for shaving products.

    Gents, our womenfolk were right all along. It wasn't a good look. And did it do anything for the beer belly?

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    The past three years have seen the rise of the uber-techno, super-flashy, full-carbon fibre, bobby-dazzler road bike. The market for these bikes has expanded faster than a 45-year-old's waistline, partly thanks to the success of the British cycling stars at the Beijing Olympics. Marketing departments have produced smart advertising messages that encourage a bit of freedom, elite performance and memories of teenage derring-do.

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    When you run the slide rule over all of this, flash road bikes definitely look like a midlife crisis.

    There's a look to strive for, expensive kit and excuses for weekends away.

    I and my band of hill-climbing brothers disagree. It's about becoming a happier and healthier person rather than sliding towards mediocre oblivion at the bottom of a pint glass.
    And which of us hasn't done this?

    It goes something like this. Man dribbles while looking at £100 bib shorts on cycling website - they're the kind that make you look like a wrestler. Partner says no, think about the starving children. Man continues to look at bib shorts and decides they will help conceal his 36-inch waist.
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    Just what is middle-age? I don't think I fit the definition!
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    All that is, is a way for a mostly obese, out of shape, unhealthy, selfish society to justify their continued myopic view of life by categorizing people who don't fit their overweight, big gut, big butt norm. I have a 29 inch waist, lol and if I was to wear Lycra, I look good in it.
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    Brother Loose, that's your opinion and while some might disagree you're entitled to it. This is one case where pictures are not necessary.

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    How about HOMIL? I'd join.
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    I got my first set of Lycra shorts when I was middle aged. Had to wait 17 years before I got the Flashy Bike though.

    Now about those £100 Lycra Bib Shorts that cut the waistline----- Do they work?
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    Stapfam,
    You dog - when I read the title that was the picture I was going to post. You beat me to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curdog View Post
    Just what is middle-age? I don't think I fit the definition!
    If you plan to live to 150, does that make 'middle age' 75?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    Stapfam,
    You dog - when I read the title that was the picture I was going to post. You beat me to it.
    Some of us that have been on the forum for a few years have collected a few Pics just for situations like this.
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    Now I have no objection to my rear end view- Those £70 Lycra bibs do hold the Butt in quite Tightly.
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    But its when it gets to the waist that I am wondering if the Extra £30 would be worth it
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    But its when it gets to the waist that I am wondering if the Extra £30 would be worth it
    I've been wondering the same. Especially since I found one of my favorite jerseys has a tragically located logo that accentuates the problem.



    I'll be scouring teh interwebs now for bib shorts with extra "core support".
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    MAMIL...not everyone can pull it off.

    At least that's what I tell my kids.
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    Hot Damn! I've got an acronym!
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    Once agian I find myself bucking fashion! In the last few months I've started wearing MTB shorts...I'll find my own way out.

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    But we can still use a pint glass, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
    But we can still use a pint glass, right?
    Only wearing lycra...if I got it right.
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    Bought a pair of Lycra shorts once for a spinning lesson... Made me look like an egg with a rubberband around the middle.

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    No one lives to be 118 so I don't consider myself to be middle aged. It may not be the autumn of my life but I'm pretty sure it's late summer.

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    The way I see it, as a 50+ woman, if my mid-life crisis (for women it is given the term "change of life"), is responsible for my taking up cycling, losing 35 lbs.as a result, going back to college to earn a much longed-for degree, and trading in the minivan for a Yaris hatchback (can carry my bike), then my mid-life crisis is one of the best things that ever happened to me.

    IMHO, MAMIL fall into one of three categories. 1) Men that have it going on. 2) Men on their way to having it going on. 3) Men who have the potential for having it going on.

    The first time I put on a pair bike shorts, I asked my best friend if I looked ridiculous in them. She said, "If you were going to the mall, yes. If you are going for a bike ride--absolutely not." Anyone who thinks that as a middle-aged woman I shouldn't be wearing bike shorts, can kiss my lycra.
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    Middle aged? I don't think so. If I am middle aged, when I pass on I will be the oldest man since bible times.
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    Here's a look .

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    I got my first set of Lycra shorts when I was middle aged. Had to wait 17 years before I got the Flashy Bike though.

    Now about those £100 Lycra Bib Shorts that cut the waistline----- Do they work?

    If you use my picture without my permission again, I'll sue you......

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    Ok, in my 20's I had a 34" waist. My 30's a 36" waist. My 40's a 38" waist. My 50's a 40" waist. Yet I lost 30lbs last year from reducing carbs and riding 100 miles per week. Hmm, I still have a 40" waist. That's middle age.

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    I don't think I look bad, but maybe I'm just vain:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ciocc_cat View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
    IMHO, MAMIL fall into one of three categories. 1) Men that have it going on. 2) Men on their way to having it going on. 3) Men who have the potential for having it going on.
    Thank you for that! Now that we have it on a good authority from a member of the fairer sex, we 'MA'MILs can feel free to squeeze into the lycra. My wife had always said she'd divorce me if I started wearing lycra, but by the time I did, she had developed a fond appreciation for what biking has done for my body.

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