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Old 04-22-05, 06:42 AM   #1
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What do you NOT like about cycling?

Okay, okay, for all you nuts that are tempted to say "nothing!", I get it. You're bike loving maniacs and I understand completely.

But I'm curious to know what gripes and drawbacks any of you have about the cycling lifestyle.

Come on, tell me what annoys you, what irks you, what bores you, what you could easily do without...
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Old 04-22-05, 07:05 AM   #2
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Well here in the US my biggest cycling issue is all the a holes in cars. At least once a day I get buzzed by a buss, truck or SUV. The cycling itself is great.
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Just the time involved.
I'd like to ride 2 hrs or more in the morning.
Because I won't ride before dark, day light doesn't come early enough.
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I can't believe how overpriced bicycle accessories and clothing are. C'mon $40, 60, 80 for shorts or a jersey that's ˝ yd of polyester fabric sewed up in a third world country. I spend less on my winter carhart work clothing with numerous times the fabric and sewing, not to mention shipping cost. And they charge you even more to advertise on it, some of them would put a NASCAR stock car to shame. $40 for a rack that is 5 feet of alumininum tube with a dozen bends and 4 welds. I do find and purchase deals but can't believe some of the off the rack prices. Just my rant.
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traffic. cycling has made me very jaded in my attitude toward drivers.
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Old 04-22-05, 08:49 AM   #8
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Good points. Wind and automobiles.
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Cagers with cell phones /// car drivers kill bike riders with impunity police doing nothing about it but blame us ( /// police do nothing about cars paking in bike lanes /// roller bladers with head phones,, roller bladers that take up an entire bike path ,,, roller bladers that ride the bike paths at night with no lights or blinkies and for some reason they can't see my 15watt halagenlight comming at them or hear me yelling /// peeps that walk on the bike path but can't hear your bell or your yell /// the worst is women that push the baby carrage ahead of them from between parked cars with out looking and that is common up here ///week end warriers that don't know how to ride a bike,, yuppie parent twits that pull thier kids in a trailer out in traffic with out looking( scary to see ) /// drunk drivers not being put in jail// and here is a link that you should check out http://bicycleaustin.info/justice/ thats what I hate
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Okay, okay, for all you nuts that are tempted to say "nothing!", I get it. You're bike loving maniacs and I understand completely.

But I'm curious to know what gripes and drawbacks any of you have about the cycling lifestyle.

Come on, tell me what annoys you, what irks you, what bores you, what you could easily do without...

Did you know you were opening up a vent thread?
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Wind, Drivers who pay no attention on cell phones, Drivers who don't give me any room, Drivers who ride my butt, People walkin on the trail who can't seem to move even though they hear me yell, People who ride and take up the trail, or give no notification of passing me, Actually getting all my gear together and making it to the road, Rain, Overpriced gear such as gloves. I think that's it
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Just bugs. I can't stand the bugs. I'd like to get a ten foot tall, six foot wide bug zapper and dangle it in front of my bike somehow.

Other than that, I love biking.
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High priced bling.
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Just bugs. I can't stand the bugs. I'd like to get a ten foot tall, six foot wide bug zapper and dangle it in front of my bike somehow.

Other than that, I love biking.
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Traffic, I can deal with. Brain dead, cell phone users I can deal with. Wind, cold, rain, snow, heat I can deal with. Small mammals running under my wheels , messy, but I can deal with it. Pain, I can deal with. Work interferring with riding, I can deal with. Cost of bike stuff, I can deal with. But the one thing that I absolutely hate about bicycling is having to deal with the terrible Tribulus terrestris.

Oh, and the general lack of pie in the US.
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Everything listed above. When I'm commuting, normal clothes are fine, but for any type of distance, I really notice the differnce between cycling clothes and street clothes. Clothingis just too darn expensive (especially anything designed for cold weather). Bugs are only truly annoying if your not wearing glasses...

Troll: If you going to whine about wind, you might as well add hills to the list too...
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When things break.
Flat tires.
How depressed I feel when I haven't been riding.
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Everything listed above. When I'm commuting, normal clothes are fine, but for any type of distance, I really notice the differnce between cycling clothes and street clothes. Clothingis just too darn expensive (especially anything designed for cold weather). Bugs are only truly annoying if your not wearing glasses...

Troll: If you going to whine about wind, you might as well add hills to the list too...
Hills I don't like, but I can deal with...Wind is something that can totally mess with your ride, like tomorrow there will be a 20 mile headwind for 1/2 my trip, and then a 15 mile tailwind or so for the ride back, due to when I'm riding...so it's going to totally suck balls riding into the wind.
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Wind and hills are not the same! Both we have in abundance in CO!
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I hate trying to explain my passion to a non-cyclist. Even when "THEY" ask!
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Fear of being run over by a car.
Price of equipment.

Other than that, I love cycling!
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WIND, WIND, WIND, oh did I say WIND??? Besides the wind I also hate rude drivers. I'm not taking up that much room dummy and don't honk at me just cause you feel the need to scare the crap out of me.
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WIND, WIND, WIND, oh did I say WIND??? Besides the wind I also hate rude drivers. I'm not taking up that much room dummy and don't honk at me just cause you feel the need to scare the crap out of me.

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Okay, I've whittled my list down to one, which I think you'll agree is pretty good whittling.

In Vancouver we have a lot of bike routes with small roundabouts in the intersections—to calm the vehicle traffic and smooth out the cross traffic. Cars who drive the bike route to avoid traffic (!) will blast past you mid-block—even when you're doing 40 clicks—and then hop on the binders to negotiate the roundabout at a very modest 3 km/h. Then you're stuck behind them for blocks. Can't pass them in the roundabout, and they take off like friggin' rockets as soon as they're back on the straight.

I only hope some of them are lip-readers.
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