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    Where have all the punters gone?

    You know those people. It's spring, they have a brand new expensive bike and they are wearing a yellow jersey. They go tearing past you riding the chain. I call these people punters, as in someone new and inexperienced. Around this time of year (autumn) they start to disappear and I have the road to myself again.

    Has anyone else observed this phenomenon?

    As a year round bike commuter I've also observed those people (usually teenage males) who go tearing past you then after several minutes turn around to see how far back you are. If you are still on their tale, they usually make a right hand turn down a side street. I assume they do that so they can catch their breath and save face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stokell
    You know those people. It's spring, they have a brand new expensive bike and they are wearing a yellow jersey. They go tearing past you riding the chain. I call these people punters, as in someone new and inexperienced. Around this time of year (autumn) they start to disappear and I have the road to myself again..
    I must admit that I do get a bit narked at how crowded the trails get in the summer. You can't take a fast downhill offroad, without finding an inexperienced rider coming up the track slowly and right where you want to take your line. If its not a Biker, its a bunch of walkers and loose dogs, or a tractor.

    Then come the first of the cold weather and you get the trails back to yourself again. Unfortunately, you then realise that it is lonely. Theres no-one about at all, but its not long till spring and those fairweather riders are back again. Then you find out that they are very fit, normally in the late 20's, have bikes that you could not dream of affording, and have a skill that leaves your 10 Years of mud plugging to shame. I don't what they do in the winter, But If a winter layoff means that you can retain that fitness, Then I'm going to hibernate till April.

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    Wow, our forum is in a time warp. All I can see are threads from '04 and grumpy people!!
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    I guess there was a lot more to complain about back in '04! Not too many grumpy folks left on this forum anymore. Some things do improve with time!


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    What is "riding the chain?" Some obscure term from the '04?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    What is "riding the chain?" Some obscure term from the '04?
    In keeping with the grumpiness of the OT, my guess is that it means a front derailleur needing trimming.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    I guess there was a lot more to complain about back in '04! Not too many grumpy folks left on this forum anymore. Some things do improve with time!


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    Maybe some of them ***AHEM*** "moved on".
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Maybe some of them ***AHEM*** "moved on".
    Do I sense an implication that maybe the Mods. encouraged them to move on?

    And Vic (Biker395), thank you for showing us the other side of this issue, i.e. grumpiness can be amusing too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    Do I sense an implication that maybe the Mods. encouraged them to move on?
    You just never know in this forum. I see he hasnt posted in 3yrs. Hopefully he is still with us.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stokell View Post
    You know those people. It's spring, they have a brand new expensive bike and they are wearing a yellow jersey. They go tearing past you riding the chain. I call these people punters, as in someone new and inexperienced. Around this time of year (autumn) they start to disappear and I have the road to myself again.

    Has anyone else observed this phenomenon?

    As a year round bike commuter I've also observed those people (usually teenage males) who go tearing past you then after several minutes turn around to see how far back you are. If you are still on their tale, they usually make a right hand turn down a side street. I assume they do that so they can catch their breath and save face.
    I guess the only thing lamer than a punter would be a bearded, disgruntled fred taking issue with other freds while riding an electric bike

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    After 5 minutes of Internet Stalking I found this video that he posted last month:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZsu_eal2q4

    Looks like he's doing just fine and still riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    Do I sense an implication that maybe the Mods. encouraged them to move on?
    It's the 50+ forum. Maybe they...errr...moved on...
    Last edited by woodway; 01-12-16 at 02:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    It's the 55+ forum. Maybe they...errr...moved on...
    Yeah, I was trying to be tactful with that thought, too.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reverborama View Post
    After 5 minutes of Internet Stalking I found this video that he posted last month:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZsu_eal2q4

    Looks like he's doing just fine and still riding.
    Good grief. Leave it to this generation to categorize "camping".
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    Sometimes I feel like a punter. It takes such a long time to get dressed and ready to ride as opposed to 70 degree days, it doesn't seem worth it at times. But I still go out. If I don't, I don't feel right the rest of the day.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Yellow jersey? Aggg hopelessly dated bike-wear fashon. All the fashionable punters wear lime green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    What is "riding the chain?" Some obscure term from the '04?
    riding the chain = riding in a paceline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    I guess there was a lot more to complain about back in '04! Not too many grumpy folks left on this forum anymore. Some things do improve with time!


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    Quote Originally Posted by reverborama View Post
    After 5 minutes of Internet Stalking I found this video that he posted last month:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZsu_eal2q4

    Looks like he's doing just fine and still riding.
    Heh, heh, heh...he said pitch a tent
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
    riding the chain = riding in a paceline
    Gotcha. Thanx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Good grief. Leave it to this generation to categorize "camping".
    LOL, I watched part of the video. I guess I am missing something. For this old country boy camping does mean in the middle of nowhere with no one else around for miles. I don't consider camping at an established place to be real camping at all and avoid it at all cost if possible. Never knew I was "stealth" camping, I just thought I was REALLY camping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bargeon View Post
    Yellow jersey? Aggg hopelessly dated bike-wear fashon. All the fashionable punters wear lime green.

    This ↑ said just after I visit the Team Cannondale blog and see their new kit for this year - secretly thinking in the back of mind that I'd like one of their new lime green jerseys to wear when I'm riding the Cannondale! Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
    LOL, I watched part of the video. I guess I am missing something. For this old country boy camping does mean in the middle of nowhere with no one else around for miles. I don't consider camping at an established place to be real camping at all and avoid it at all cost if possible. Never knew I was "stealth" camping, I just thought I was REALLY camping.
    Stealth. Like you're trying not to be seen. I guess I've been stealth backpacking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
    This ↑ said just after I visit the Team Cannondale blog and see their new kit for this year - secretly thinking in the back of mind that I'd like one of their new lime green jerseys to wear when I'm riding the Cannondale! Sigh.
    Funny thing, when I ride with my partner, he wears that hi-viz green. We both ride vintage Cannondale Criteriums ('88) and with my bright orange UA jersey we are confident people will see us two zip codes away.
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