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Old 09-29-05, 07:28 AM   #1
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Stereotypes on the Trail Today.....

What stereotypes are there in your area that you see on the trails (yes, I do trails because roads are NOT SAFE around here).

1. Old People walking dogs (who don't know that they aren't supposed to take whole trail up)
2. Cute yuppie 20 year old jogger girls with matching shorts/shirt/hat/iPod.
3. Cute yuppie 30 year old women with matching shorts/shirt/hat/iPod/baby stroller.
4. Shirtless redneck fishing off the tiny little bridge
5. Fat guy on a hybrid in full bike apparel thinking he looks like Lance Armstrong (actually, I'm much BETTER looking).
6. Desperate Houswives club who walk 1/4 mile to park to chat at picnic table for an hour to get their "daily exercise".
7. The family who takes their first "family walk" and thinks they need to walk abreast and take up entire trail.


By the way.....#5 is the best trail user. He's absolutely GREAT in fact....the world would be better with more #5's around!!

What are some of YOURS?
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Old 09-29-05, 07:38 AM   #2
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Not many walker/hikers on the trails around here(that I've seen), but:

1. Silver-haired(older) dude on high-end bike who says, "Hi, how ya doin'!" as you're chuggin' along and then drops you like a bad habit. You don't see him again that ride.
2. Fit guy(roadie?) on hybrid(with racks) whom you expect to never see again after he starts a highly technical trail. He's back in the p-lot before you leave.
3. Spiders....
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Old 09-29-05, 08:42 AM   #4
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I spend too much time focusing on the various yuppie females to notice anything else.

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I don't ride trails so most of the people i see are flying by at 70 miles an hour or are stopping or going through an intersection. Could definitely use some cute 20-30 year old joggers though if i wantto see them i just gotta hang out by 1604 all saturday morning
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Old 09-29-05, 09:08 PM   #6
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My pet peeve is people on bikes on the track at the local high school. The 400m running track. *sigh*
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Old 09-29-05, 09:43 PM   #7
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What stereotypes are there in your area that you see on the trails (yes, I do trails because roads are NOT SAFE around here).
All of yours are great, but you forgot the two geezers who pause to rest on the bench with the beautiful view of the river, but LEAVE THEIR BIKES ON THE TRAIL! And they're hard of hearing...

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Old 09-29-05, 10:58 PM   #8
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4 year olds learning to ride without training wheels struggling to keep upright whose mother screeches, "MIKEY!! GET OUT OF THE WAY OF OTHER PEOPLE! WATCH OUT FOR THAT BIKE!!". Poor kid coming straight at you wobbling freaking himself AND you out as you slow nearly to a stop to avoid him - (although you were already going slow) - then last minute he turns away to safety as you almost wipe out to get out of his way. What's really sucky is that the parent says "See what you made her do?" When all along it was the parent that caused everyone to panic. Poor little guy. Poor me.
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You can get an iPod to match what you wear....where?

The only stereotypes I see are semi-trailers taking up two lanes...mind you it is a highway.

That and team/club riders in full kit that never smile and don't know how to wave/nod.

Same colour...really?
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All of yours are great, but you forgot the two geezers who pause to rest on the bench with the beautiful view of the river, but LEAVE THEIR BIKES ON THE TRAIL! And they're hard of hearing...

Betsy
One of my ride partners (luckily she's "not having time to ride" much anymore) was THAT stereotype...sort of. No matter how many times I yelled at her, she would stop her bike right smack dab in the middle of the trail. If she got off her bike, she would leave it right smack dab in the middle of the trail. And she stopped ALL THE TIME. It wasn't until our last ride (about 3 weeks ago) that I realized that she couldn't ride and drink water at the same time....she was actually stopping just to drink (in the middle of the trail).
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[QUOTE=KingTermite]One of my ride partners (luckily she's "not having time to ride" much anymore) QUOTE]

Maybe she finally took the hint...?

Then there are the riders who (just one time in my experience, so it may not be a stereotypical occurence) scream to "GET OFF THE TRAIL" in an obvious emergency situation. Someone had fallen off his bike moments before and was in obvious trouble (blood, legs caught in chain, crying, etc.) and I was the first one to find him face down, in need of help. My bike was off the trail, but we were taking up 1/3 of the trail, I guess, for a few minutes. They were there for their ride, and all they knew was that something was blocking their progress.

...I think they were on road bikes...

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- Dog owners who let the leash extend across the trail.

- Dog owners who don't think their dog needs a leash.

- Mountain Bikers (usually) who barrel down the trail two-abreast and insist on staying two-abreast regardless of who they're passing.
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Old 09-30-05, 07:27 AM   #13
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For a while a couple of years ago, there were gang members on our bike trail. Scared the sh1t outa me one time. I have not been back to the trail since then, but I hear it has been cleaned up.
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Old 09-30-05, 07:28 AM   #14
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- Dog owners who let the leash extend across the trail.
Yep...that was the 1st one I listed.
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Don't forget the people (bikers and rollerbladers) who do lazy curves from one side of the trail to the other oblivious to you wanting to pass.

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Horse riders who think they own the trail but can't pick up their poop!
We make a point stopping near horses and making verbal contact so as not to freak the horse out but some still insist they are the only ones who belong. One woman even thinks the joggers and hikers shouldn't be here.
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People on MTBs or Hybrids with aero bars
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(Actually not me -- I've managed to lose one of the screws for my aero bars! GGrrrr!)
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2. Cute yuppie 20 year old jogger girls with matching shorts/shirt/hat/iPod.
3. Cute yuppie 30 year old women with matching shorts/shirt/hat/iPod/baby stroller.
You forgot that they are usually in full make up and have their hair done.
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Some that i've noticed:
- the bodybuilder jogger: jogs with his shirt off and has a 6 pack...put a shirt on, your making everyone else look bad.
-the 40 plus year old overweight, fat guy that jogs with his shirt off...
-general group of walkers that stop by to chat with their friends in the middle of the trail and then stare agrily at people having to slow down to avoid them.
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Some that i've noticed:
- the bodybuilder jogger: jogs with his shirt off and has a 6 pack...put a shirt on, your making everyone else look bad.
-the 40 plus year old overweight, fat guy that jogs with his shirt off...
-general group of walkers that stop by to chat with their friends in the middle of the trail and then stare agrily at people having to slow down to avoid them.
Hahaha. There are a few of those here. This onde dude, omg his man breasticles were bouncing around so much while he was jogging. It was soo damn hilarious.
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This onde dude, omg his man breasticles were bouncing around so much while he was jogging. It was soo damn hilarious.
That's ME .... but on the bike.
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I don't think you could ever accomplish what that dude was doing on a bike. Even on a mountain bike riding the trails, you would not have had such a neat and smooth rhythm.
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I don't think you could ever accomplish what that dude was doing on a bike. Even on a mountain bike riding the trails, you would not have had such a neat and smooth rhythm.
You might be suprised.....I've got some impressive man-cleavage. :evil:
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Muscle-shirt/sunglasses/tattoo/walking-a-pit-bull guy who perches on the most visible bench and then gazes distractedly out over the ocean. More "caricature" than "stereotype," I guess. Good for a laugh, after I'm out of pit bull range.
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