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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    They laughed at me.

    I did a group ride this morning. Pretty nice group, roughly my age group, roughly my speed.

    At one of our potty stops they laughed at my baggy knickers and they laughed because I had brought along a bag of peanuts in the shell instead of some processed food bar. This is the first time that men wearing tights have laughed at ME.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    Well you got to admit....an old man in baggy nickers eating a bag of peanuts in the shell while going to the potty is kind of funny.

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    In the SHELL??
    I love peanuts-almost any nut actually-but I only eat in the shell peanuts in a bar.
    Just a guess, but many many folks here are full time "cheapskates"-(they pretend they are green-but they are more cheap than green)
    Why in the shell?? Are they cheaper?
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    PS Oh I HATE boiled peanuts-disgusting abuse of peanuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piratebike View Post
    Well you got to admit....an old man in baggy nickers eating a bag of peanuts in the shell while going to the potty is kind of funny.
    You have a point, at least nobody mocked my recumbent. Is it possible I'm on the outside of the bicycling mainstream?
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    You have a point, at least nobody mocked my recumbent. Is it possible I'm on the outside of the bicycling mainstream?
    Oh well you didn't say you was riding a recumbent.....that's why they were laughing.

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    I'm surprised they held it back as long as they did!

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    They'll laugh until they hit a pothole or stretch of gravel and take a spill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    You have a point, at least nobody mocked my recumbent. Is it possible I'm on the outside of the bicycling mainstream?
    It is possible indeed. However, do you really want to be 'mainstream'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    You have a point, at least nobody mocked my recumbent. Is it possible I'm on the outside of the bicycling mainstream?
    They where just gauging how you react. Next time expect a full on assalt.
    If you don't know the way, you shouldn't be going there.

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    You could have really impressed them all by gathering leaves together, and burning them to roast a sweet potato on the spot! Then put out the fire in the obvious way instead of using Johnny on the Spot... You can't get more mainstream than that, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I did a group ride this morning. Pretty nice group, roughly my age group, roughly my speed.

    At one of our potty stops they laughed at my baggy knickers and they laughed because I had brought along a bag of peanuts in the shell instead of some processed food bar. This is the first time that men wearing tights have laughed at ME.
    Cant you eat those peanuts on the move?? No stoppie no laughie.
    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 Retro Grouch View Post
    Is it possible I'm on the outside of the bicycling mainstream?
    There's a cycling mainstream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piratebike View Post
    Well you got to admit....an old man in baggy nickers eating a bag of peanuts in the shell while going to the potty is kind of funny.
    Ya think? If we're honest with ourselves, we gotta admit that we look pretty ridiculous sometimes.

    Thanks for the laugh, RetroG.
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    Just take of the baggy knickers . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    There's a cycling mainstream?
    My thought, too.

    If I spot one, I usually veer away from it. That's half the fun of cycling for me... is being different.
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    Actually, some of the wiriest, wyliest and fittest 50+ cyclists have worn baggy knicks. I'd wear them as a badge of honour.
    Dream. Dare. Do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Just take of the baggy knickers . . .
    Oh sure. That'll work well. I mean, nobody would laugh at a half naked man riding a recumbent...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
    Just take of the baggy knickers . . .
    Wait one, please don't unless you are wearing som...................aw crap, no pics please what ever you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
    It is possible indeed. However, do you really want to be 'mainstream'?

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    Mainstream isn't all it's cracked up to be. They laughed at Columbus. They laughed at the Wright brothers. They laughed at Edison.... Let them laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    If we're honest with ourselves, we gotta admit that we look pretty ridiculous sometimes.
    I had a book many years ago (forget the title - it was about cycle touring). There were cartoon illustrations all through it. There was one with a gopher rolling its eyes while looking at a cyclist in full kit... complete with helmet and little twisted mirror hanging from the corner of it.

    It's important for people to learn to laugh at themselves.
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    Let me get this straight. You were laughed at for wearing baggy knickers by a bunch of men wearing skin tight sissy lycra shorts? Takes all kinds!

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    One of the recumbent riders in my club showed up in red tights. He's skinny so they were loose and everyone teased him about his "pajamas".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMaguire View Post

    It's important for people to learn to laugh at themselves.
    Yes, and all the while enjoy laughing at others.
    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 rydabent View Post
    Let me get this straight. You were laughed at for wearing baggy knickers by a bunch of men wearing skin tight sissy lycra shorts? Takes all kinds!
    My point exactly. They weren't wearing skin tight sissy lycra shorts, however, they were wearing skin tight even sissier lycra TIGHTS! IN PUBLIC!

    They were eating those plastic food bars too. At least nobody was sucking on those "super snot" power jell thingies.

    I like the group, by the way, lots of carbon fiber, lots of titanium, lots of rear view mirrors. I almost fit in.
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    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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