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Old 09-26-07, 11:06 PM   #1
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Weird looks

Does anyone ever get weird looks from roadies?
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Old 09-26-07, 11:21 PM   #2
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I do. all the time. Specially from those riding carbon fiber bikes that they believe are 10X more expensive than my toy bike. Specially when I am passing them. ]
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Old 09-26-07, 11:39 PM   #3
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I have never been able to pass a roadie on my D7. Their bikes are made for speed, ours are for convenience and utility.
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Old 09-26-07, 11:50 PM   #4
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Their cardio-vascular system are adapted to office work and weekend rides, and the ones I pass carry with them at least 30 pounds of extra weight. I really cannot pass any serious riders.
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Old 09-27-07, 12:54 AM   #5
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I have never been able to pass a roadie on my D7. Their bikes are made for speed, ours are for convenience and utility.
what's a roadie ? Can women be roadies ? I ask because recently I have been able to squeeze past one or two lady riders, but they do tend to catch me up a little further down the road. More practice is clearly required, then I might even be able to catch up with the blokes.

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Old 09-27-07, 01:33 AM   #6
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I do. all the time. Specially from those riding carbon fiber bikes that they believe are 10X more expensive than my toy bike. Specially when I am passing them. ]
Power is 98% about the engine and 2% about the rest of the machine - give or take a little here and there.
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Old 09-27-07, 04:14 AM   #7
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Power is 98% about the engine and 2% about the rest of the machine - give or take a little here and there.
I agree.....when I took the Wasp for it's 1st bunch ride I got "the looks" and "the comments", but because my engine has years of racing and training experience, I knew where to put myself in the sprints and breakaways and how to hurt myself, so the R20 didn't disgrace itself. There was no way I was going to let the C/F boys ridicule these amazing "small wheelers", just wish it was a bit lighter.
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Old 09-27-07, 04:19 AM   #8
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LOL yes steve but it's weight is but a mere fraction of yours. Which parts of its beautiful frame and accoutrements would you cast away? Personally, I could drop ten pounds of flesh with some advantage. I might even look better, whereas casting off any of that wasp would be a sacrilege.

Right - I have to post fifteen letters for a voluntary association I'm involved with. I'm going to take them around the city on my bike. The Merc today I think - yes, its a 'Merc' kind of a day today.
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Old 09-27-07, 06:41 AM   #9
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Yes...most especially when I'm trackstanding next to them at traffic signals.
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Old 09-27-07, 06:57 AM   #10
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I ride road bikes and my Raleigh 20 folder.
I also enjoy seeing other people out on their folders even if I am riding my road bike.
No folder has ever passed me if I didn't want him to.
And I have never passed a road bike on my 20 although I did pass a three wheeled bike filled with bottles the other day!
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Old 09-27-07, 07:11 AM   #11
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Does anyone ever get weird looks from roadies?
A few weeks ago you started a thread about bike apparrel. I think you said you were more comfortable riding in cheerleader-type shorts or maybe it was skin-colored Speedos. This could be the basis for those looks. Seriously.

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Old 09-27-07, 07:26 AM   #12
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I wear "bike gear" when I'm on my roadies, MTB shorts and bike shirt when MTBing and casual R20 rides or shopping with the tandem and BoB trailer, but for special R20 Wasp rides I wear Red Giro helmet, Team Raleigh yellow/red/black top, black arm and leg warmers with black bibs, red mitts and to top it off...red/black/white bike shoes....quite a classic look?
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Old 09-27-07, 07:45 AM   #13
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what's a roadie ? Can women be roadies ?
Roadies are those guys who hang out behind the stage at Ozz Fest. Women tend not to be roadies. Instead they are called groupies and are often featured in the front row of Bon Jovi concert videos.

But seriously, for every dirty look I see cast my way I get 10 comments about how cool the bike is.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:16 AM   #14
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The good new is that I also got several people saying "cool bike". The bad new is that most of them are kids.

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Roadies are those guys who hang out behind the stage at Ozz Fest. Women tend not to be roadies. Instead they are called groupies and are often featured in the front row of Bon Jovi concert videos.

But seriously, for every dirty look I see cast my way I get 10 comments about how cool the bike is.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:25 AM   #15
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The good new is that I also got several people saying "cool bike". The bad new is that most of them are kids.
The same thing happens to me. Adults just give me weird or curious looks, but never say anything. Kids yell out, "Wow, what a cool bike!" and one little boy who was about 4 years old asked me if it is a motorcycle.

I was the first person to have a folder in my apartment complex, but the other day, I noticed someone else riding one around...so the idea is catching on!
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Old 09-27-07, 08:36 AM   #16
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I get questiond once in awhile as to what type of bike I am riding and I just explain the reason why I ride it. The other day, a roadie tried to catch up with me which he did but after I stopped before the intersection to have a water break. He looked shock to see a folder with 7 speed.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:50 AM   #17
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The good new is that I also got several people saying "cool bike". The bad new is that most of them are kids.
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I also have heard shouts of, 'Look at that daft old ***t on a circus bike.'



One of my neighbours when I first got it, grinned and said, 'Trading down are you?'

I felt like punching him, but then I do tend to get fired up a bit after a good pounding on any of my bikes. Comes in handy in traffic, I just shoot aggressively across roundabouts. Funny how a small wheeled bike with a solid hub gear can spurt acorss a roundabout faster than the cars when all are going from a standing start.

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Old 09-27-07, 10:20 AM   #18
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Funny, I passed by a highschool the other day and there were a few kids on their BMX bikes. I got a few "cool bike" comments and one "WTF is that".
My 18 y/o nephew won't even ride my folder.

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Old 09-27-07, 11:27 AM   #19
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For some reason, "normal-sized" bikes look weird to me now.
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Old 09-27-07, 01:04 PM   #20
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All the time. Roadies are usually more competetive than their folding cousins.
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Old 09-27-07, 05:01 PM   #21
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I got passed by a roadie in full team kit once, me on my R20, but at the next hill he was struggling and I passed him again. I was wearing jeans with a clip to avoid them getting soiled in the chain. I felt sorry for him.
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Old 09-27-07, 06:40 PM   #22
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I live in a small town... so I see the same guys on their road bike every day... now when I road a road bike they all waved... then I went strange and started riding recumbents and folding bikes... they stopped waving.
Did I give up?
NO
I kept on waving...
8years later
99% wave back
But that guy on the blue bike just looks straight ahead
It might be near time for me to give up on him
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Old 09-27-07, 06:46 PM   #23
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re:comments and looks

I get comments and looks. Most are complimentary, but I do get the less than kind comments. Makes me want to ride more.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:15 PM   #24
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I got passed by a roadie in full team kit once, me on my R20, but at the next hill he was struggling and I passed him again. I was wearing jeans with a clip to avoid them getting soiled in the chain. I felt sorry for him.

Fantastic!
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Old 09-27-07, 10:22 PM   #25
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I get looks, but not so many comments. I'm a big guy (280) on a funny little bike (Bike Friday NWT)
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