Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-24-12, 10:15 PM   #1
NOS88
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sure I ride a bike, and I'm a cyclist.

I was talking to my niece who rides 1000+ miles a year. She said, I know I ride a fair amount, but I wish I was a cyclist like you. At first I wasn't sure what she meant, but in hindsight I think I am a cyclist. It has become a part of my sense of self. And, I think I know the general time frame of when this happened. I think I first thought of myself as a cyclist in the summer of 1978 when the guys wanted to go out and hit the bars one weekend, and I declined to do so, because I had planned to do a fifty mile ride on Sunday morning. It was at that point when I knew cycling was part of who I was.

So, if you are a cyclist, when did it happen to you?
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831

Last edited by NOS88; 04-25-12 at 05:30 AM.
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-12, 10:27 PM   #2
on the path
Señor Blues
 
on the path's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upstate NY
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD 10, Breezer Venturi Custom Build, IRO Singlespeed
Posts: 1,386
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
So, if you are a cyclsit, when did it happen to you?
It happened to me sometime within the last 12 months. I've been riding, in this portion of my life anyway, for less than 3 years. I think I became a cyclist when I bought my multi-speed roadie last September. I then proceeded to put 1000 miles on it before Christmas. And I live in the Northeast. I became willing to ride in temps less than 40 degrees F. I felt a tinge of sadness when 40 mile rides came to an end. I can think of many things that I think, and do, that make me a cyclist. Perhaps most telling is when I say to my girlfriend, "I am a cyclist". We both crack up when I say it, and we both know it's true.
on the path is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-12, 11:20 PM   #3
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: De Rosa Super Prestige, Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 10,769
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 148 Post(s)
I became a cyclist when I began commuting. I wanted to stop spending thousands on gas. I wanted to get out of the car and into the air. I wanted to lose weight. I wanted reduce my carbon footprint.

What I got was a new and different life. I became more self-sufficient. I became healthier.
__________________
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Barrettscv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 01:02 AM   #4
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I became a cyclist when i did my first ride- a 28miler on a flat route and was my first time on a bike for 20 years. Once i got over the butt ache- I was hooked.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 05:14 AM   #5
bruce19
Senior Member
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Bikes: MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel
Posts: 4,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 98 Post(s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47cGz...eature=related
bruce19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 05:30 AM   #6
NOS88
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
LOL, glad there is more than one type of cyclist. The nail in the coffin, indicating that I was not that kind of cyclist, was at the 4:25 mark.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 05:48 AM   #7
krobinson103
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Incheon, South Korea
Bikes: Nothing amazing... cheap old 21 speed mtb
Posts: 2,837
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Torture? Legs screaming pain, lungs pushing max, about to run out of energy and fall off the bike... what could be more fun? I don't agree with the $10,000 bike bit though. I might spend $800 but never that much. Still, I do get out every morning at 4:45am to "torture" myself, and enjoy it. So I guess I am a cyclist.
krobinson103 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 06:10 AM   #8
bruce19
Senior Member
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Bikes: MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel
Posts: 4,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 98 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by krobinson103 View Post
Torture? Legs screaming pain, lungs pushing max, about to run out of energy and fall off the bike... what could be more fun? I don't agree with the $10,000 bike bit though. I might spend $800 but never that much. Still, I do get out every morning at 4:45am to "torture" myself, and enjoy it. So I guess I am a cyclist.
That's the beauty of cycling....you don't have to spend a lot of money to be miserable.
bruce19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 06:28 AM   #9
NOS88
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
that's the beauty of cycling....you don't have to spend a lot of money to be happy beyond your wildest dreams.
fify
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 06:39 AM   #10
OldsCOOL
Senior Member
 
OldsCOOL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: northern michigan
Bikes: '77 Colnago Super, '76 Fuji The Finest, '88 Cannondale Criterium, '86 Trek 760, '87 Miyata 712
Posts: 11,368
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
I became a cyclist in the summer of '73 when as a junior in high school I purchased my first 10sp, the Motobecane Mirage. There have been spans of time through my 35+yrs to follow where I didnt ride but I've always been a cyclist. Especially now.

When people ask how far you rode yesterday and regrettably it was a little 20mi personal TT....and they look at you like your hair is on fire.....you KNOW you are a cyclist.
OldsCOOL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 06:46 AM   #11
John_V 
Senior Member
 
John_V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bikes: 2012 Colnago Ace road bike, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid
Posts: 4,277
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
It depends on whose definition is used for the term "cyclist". If you go to the 41 and go by their definition, I think very few of us here qualify for that term, including myself.

I became a cyclist after my wife gave me a bike for my 63rd birthday, got hooked and stared riding it everyday. It was her response to my doctor's order that I start doing the "E" word to lose weight or start on several medications. I think the term "cyclist" really became part of me the following year when I purchased my hybrid and then treated myself to a road bike for my birthday and really started increasing the miles. I'm now riding my second road bike 30, or more, miles a day and doing almost every charity event that is in our area (just finished an MS 150, my third charity ride this year). Today, I'll break the 2,000 mile mark for this year's total milage; an increase over last years miles at this same time.
__________________
HCFR Cycling Team
Ride Safe ... Ride Hard ... Ride Daily

2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress

Last edited by John_V; 04-25-12 at 06:50 AM.
John_V is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 07:24 AM   #12
qcpmsame 
Cycling Saved My Life
 
qcpmsame's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Bikes: '12 CAAD 10 Ultegra, '78 Medici Pro Strada
Posts: 9,827
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 178 Post(s)
In 1971, when I purchased my first "10-speed" from Sears. A Puch with Sears badging, a one piece crank, rubber covered pedals, a Troxler saddle, top-tube shifters and plastic Huret ders. I rode everywhere that summer and ventured the 20 miles to my future university's campus to see a girl whose dad was doing Post Doctoral work there. I replaced the bad parts except that crank with stuff from the LBS Schwinn dealer that I saw on good road bikes. it lead to my first "good" bike, a Bottecchia. I learned what freedom a bicycle could provide me and how far I could go when I set my mind to things. That is when I became a Cyclist.

Bill
__________________
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me. Philippians 4:13

"I did not choose to have Parkinson's Disease, I do choose not to allow it to control my life." Davis Phinney

Semper Fi, USMC, November 10, 1775, Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, PA.

qcpmsame is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 07:29 AM   #13
bruce19
Senior Member
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Bikes: MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel
Posts: 4,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 98 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
When people ask how far you rode yesterday and regrettably it was a little 20mi personal TT....and they look at you like your hair is on fire.....you KNOW you are a cyclist.
So true. I can recall saying to a friend that I didn't have much time so I only rode 15 miles. His response: Miles!?
bruce19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 07:44 AM   #14
gforeman 
Senior Member
 
gforeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northern Virginia
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert, Specialized Crux Disc
Posts: 728
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
When I spent more money on a bike and gear than my first car. I knew if I didn't keep riding it, my wife would never let me forget it for spending the money
__________________
Gary F.


2015 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Expert
2012 Specialized Crux Disc
My bike page: http://www.gwfweb.com/bicycles
Build a bike stand! http://www.gwfweb.com/bicycles/stands.html
gforeman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 08:23 AM   #15
leob1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Middle of the road, NJ
Bikes:
Posts: 2,615
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Food for thought;
http://momentummag.com/articles/the-...a-real-cyclist
leob1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 08:35 AM   #16
bigbadwullf
Senior Member
 
bigbadwullf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West, Tn.
Bikes:
Posts: 1,763
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm a cyclist, a fisherman, a golfer, a softball player, a kayaker, a hunter, a skier, a dirt bike rider, a this, and a that. But I don't wear any of them on my sleeve. I don't wear camo except to hunt. I don't wear a cycling jersey except to ride. I don't live thru what I do. I do what I enjoy and put it away.
bigbadwullf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 08:43 AM   #17
wphamilton
rugged individualist
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Bikes: Nashbar Road
Posts: 10,457
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 469 Post(s)
I didn't consider myself a "cyclist" until I had realized that I enjoyed it. Until then, I was just riding a bike.
wphamilton is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 08:43 AM   #18
NOS88
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
I think I disagree with the basic premise, which is we are all cyclist. Rather, I think being a cyclist if first and foremost something held inside of the self. My niece does not define herself as a cyclist, despite the fact that she rides more than most people do. As a parallel example, I walk the dog every day for at least one mile. Yet, I don’t define myself as a dog walker or a pedestrian. So, my original unstated premise is you are a cyclist when it become onf of the ways you self-identify.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 09:00 AM   #19
volosong 
Senior Member
 
volosong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Antelope Valley, SoCal
Bikes:
Posts: 2,731
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
I don't consider myself a "cyclist", just a guy who enjoys riding his bike for fitness and for just being outside and experiencing the world. But, my lady friend says that I'm "a hard-core cyclist". Just because I can go faster and further than her doesn't make me hard-core. She frets when we ride together because she says that she is holding me back. How can I get her to realize that I enjoy riding with her, just because I like being with her and riding together with her? I tell her that when I want to go all out, I'll ride by myself.

Oh, been riding my whole life and was my main mode of transportation in high school. Somehow, I acquired an Atalia 10-speed with Campagnolo. I still use those hubs from that bike, from the late 60's. Good hubs. Perfect for a touring bike.
__________________
Deut 6:5

---

"Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia'".
- Vizzini during his "battle of wits" with the Man in Black
volosong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 09:02 AM   #20
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite, 2012 Masi Evoluzione
Posts: 8,111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
That's the beauty of cycling....you don't have to spend a lot of money to be miserable.
My nomination for Quote of the Day!
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite
2012 Masi Evoluzione

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 09:08 AM   #21
BikeArkansas
Senior Member
 
BikeArkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Maumelle, AR
Bikes: 2015 Fuji Transonic 1.3, 2015 All City Mr. Pink, 2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2009 Jamis single speed, 2012 Scorpion FX trike
Posts: 977
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
It seems that riders that wear street clothes, ride cruiser bikes and consider anything over 10 MPH as high speed are always defending their status as a "cyclist". Do you ever hear or see a lycra wearing road biker having to defend that status? Just something I noticed.
BikeArkansas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 09:14 AM   #22
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite, 2012 Masi Evoluzione
Posts: 8,111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BikeArkansas View Post
It seems that riders that wear street clothes, ride cruiser bikes and consider anything over 10 MPH as high speed are always defending their status as a "cyclist". Do you ever hear or see a lycra wearing road biker having to defend that status? Just something I noticed.
Perhaps that's because they're lycrists.
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite
2012 Masi Evoluzione

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 10:41 AM   #23
AzTallRider 
I need speed
 
AzTallRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Bikes: Giant Propel, Cervelo P2
Posts: 5,550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't think the terminology matters much. I've heard my passion for cycling described, accurately in most cases, using each of these: Cyclist, Bike Racer, Fanatic, Addiction, Pathos, and my favorite: "You know you have issues, right?" Regardless of the terms, it's clear to anyone who has been there what NOS88 is getting at. For some of us, it was a gradual evolution, and for others more akin to being hooked like a fish. While I was gradually getting more into it, and had just acquired my first road bike, I think I can name the event that put me firmly in the "cyclist" camp. After commuting for a year on a hybrid, I got a custom steel Gunnar, and immediately signed up for a 65 mile charity ride. That would have been fine had I taken it easy and cruised through the ride. But I had a bike-racer friend that was there ate the front, and after chatting with him, I never moved back to where the rest of us "Freds" were lining up. I took off with the big dogs. I was immediately amazed to be in a pack, going faster than I had ever gone, while frequently coasting. Wow. Then we got to turns and some climbing. Ouch.

At about the 10 mile mark I was going backwards, watching group after group cruise past. I kept pushing it as best I could, and, while taking a downhill turn in a state of exhaustion, went wide, hit the curb, and woke up in the next zip code with someone staring down at me asking "Are you okay?". If you haven't been there, the most common answer, and one I've used a couple times since then, is: "I don't know." After the paramedics patched me up, repeatedly told me my BP was low (prompting me to tell the really cute EMT to "just stand a little closer"), asked if I wanted to go to the hospital (I should have, but was in no state to make such a decision, having been knocked sensely) and then leaving me to be driven back to the start by the SAG vehicle. Turns out I had cracked ribs, bruises, road rash, but also a clean brain scan, which greatly reduced my faith in the medical establishment.

I was also totally and hopelessly hooked on becoming a "cyclist".
__________________
"If you're riding less than 18 MPH up a 2% grade please tell people Coggan is coaching you."
AzTallRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 10:51 AM   #24
lhbernhardt
Dharma Dog
 
lhbernhardt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
Posts: 2,073
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"I would never join a club that would accept somebody like me as a member!" - G. Marx
lhbernhardt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-12, 11:08 AM   #25
OldsCOOL
Senior Member
 
OldsCOOL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: northern michigan
Bikes: '77 Colnago Super, '76 Fuji The Finest, '88 Cannondale Criterium, '86 Trek 760, '87 Miyata 712
Posts: 11,368
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
I didn't consider myself a "cyclist" until I had realized that I enjoyed it. Until then, I was just riding a bike.
Are you serious? Just riding a bike?? Oh man. Well, keep that to yourself lest you ruin it for all of us
OldsCOOL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:00 AM.