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Old 05-06-05, 11:33 PM   #1
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What's the best cycling related compliment you've ever received?

Seriously. Being pretty much a newbie to cycling, to have my LBS wrench tell me that he loves my bike and is impressed with the dedication I've put into re-doing her was great. Really made me feel good about what I had (I was in one of those "my bike sucks cuz it's not this, or it doesn't have that" moods at the time). So, let's here 'em!
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Old 05-06-05, 11:34 PM   #2
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Old 05-06-05, 11:39 PM   #3
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"Your getting faster", from a cat 3 guy that I beat in a practice crit in a sprint who never compliments.

"What the h#@l" after I just bridged a 100 yard gap at 33 MPH to catch the lead pack in a crit

"Your bike is nicer than mine" from my LBS mechanic who has a 16 pound tcr (now a 14.5 pound tcr advanced)

"You are definitly an A Rider", a club member after my first ever itt.

I could go on but my all time favorite... from a certain race promoter we will not mention

"You are now a bike racer!" after completing a cat 5 crit with the lead pack.
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Old 05-06-05, 11:57 PM   #5
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When girls tell me I have nice legs

My favorite from a fellow rider was "Damn your fast!" This was after I started an impromptu race with a cyclist from the UCSD cycling team. We dragged that race out about 80mi, and then we called it a draw because we were getting WAY off of our normal routes.
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I had a guy yell "Flaco!" at me, lol!
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Old 05-07-05, 12:45 AM   #7
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"Who's the madman on the fixed surly?"

Me? A madman? Aw, shucks!
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Old 05-07-05, 07:11 AM   #8
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When girls tell me I have nice legs

My favorite from a fellow rider was "Damn your fast!" This was after I started an impromptu race with a cyclist from the UCSD cycling team. We dragged that race out about 80mi, and then we called it a draw because we were getting WAY off of our normal routes.
You had an ad hoc race for 80 miles with someone you met on the road? That deserves compliments.
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Old 05-07-05, 08:19 AM   #9
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Whenever I go cyclotouring, loaded with panniers and camping equipment for long journeys, I'm treated like a Barnum & Bailey roadside attraction by a lot of very very nice people in any state parks I visit. I get a lot of them coming up to me and striking up conversations when I'm relaxing at a picnic table somewhere out there.

I can't really think of a single comment that was any better than the others, but the conglomerate "I think what you're doing is so neat!" that I frequently get is always my favorite thing to hear. I do aim to inspire interest in travel-by-bike, and it's infinitely better when I can do so by example, without getting on a pulpit about it.
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Old 05-07-05, 08:32 AM   #10
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Is that a tattoo or is it a permanent amatuer mark?
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"oooooooh! Is that a new bike? It's so shiny! Cooooooooooool!"

That's what my 5 year old nephew said when he saw my DeRosa.

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Old 05-07-05, 10:21 AM   #12
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You had an ad hoc race for 80 miles with someone you met on the road? That deserves compliments.
Thank you.

Let it also be known that I could barely make it home after that race. My whole body was trembling from the effort of chasing/attacking that guy.
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Old 05-07-05, 11:33 AM   #13
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"oooooooh! Is that a new bike? It's so shiny! Cooooooooooool!"

That's what my 5 year old nephew said when he saw my DeRosa.

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Yeah, some 8 or 9 year old kid at the soccer field checks my shiny, red, bikerack and trunk equipped, double water bottled and loaded with a frame pump and cyclo computer bike out as I ride up and dismount and tells me "cool bike". I think he liked all my bells and whistles. A cheap thrill, but I like cheap thrills!
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Old 05-07-05, 12:12 PM   #14
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"Nice legs."
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Can't remember the exact words, but the comments from people at work when I've ridden in either extreme cold (-20F or below) or massive snow are always nice.

I like it even better when they call and say they're running late because of road conditions and I say 'Hey, you should ride a bike - I got here 10 min early!'

My bike gets more compliments by far than I do, though....
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Old 05-07-05, 01:04 PM   #16
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After my first RR, where I barely avoided two crasehs infront of me, and when I fisnished I had hard time breathing. "Congrats on finishing."
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Old 05-07-05, 01:23 PM   #17
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-"Damn, you got enough rubber on that thing?" My courier friend.
-"Is that bike a custom?, did you build it? Cool!" Kids at a school doing tricks.
-"Is that bike a _______? The stem is? Really? Bla,bla,bla...." guy on the street.
-"Wow, is that an Ultra?, I started racing on a _______, wish I still had it, they are great bikes!" Mechanic at an lbs.
-"No, don't bother. That bikes has the perfect fork, really no reason to swap. Take care of it, it will last you a lifetime, nice score!" Mechanic at an lbs.
-"The big tire is supposed to be on the rear!" Some guy yelling at me while riding up a hill.
-"You're hardcore!" Co-worker commenting on me commuting in bad weather.

I like them all.
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Old 05-07-05, 05:06 PM   #18
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I've had so many "you're riding from where???" type comments that I can't even begin to remember all of them. But there are two that stand out in my mind. I don't really know which one is "better", but here goes.

1) I was doing the MOOSA (Maine's Original Outstanding Super Adventure) a few years back. It's a supported tour (i.e., your luggage is carried in trucks). There were a group of us riding into Rangeley, where we were going to end that day. There's a long climb to get into Rangeley and I had dropped the two others that I had been riding with that day as we worked our way up. I didn't realize how far back they were though until a car pulled up beside me. The driver rolled down his passenger window and called out "if this is a race, you have got an enormous lead !".

2) Anybody who has ridden in New England can attest to the fact that the roads are rarely straight. There's a twisty narrow road right near where I live with just a couple mild rolling hills. Perfect for hammering in the big ring. Anyway, I could hear that there was a car behind me just patiently waiting for a straightaway to get past. The straightaway finally came and a Ferrari came around me. Me and my bike were holding off a Ferrari! That doesn't happen every day! A few hundred yards later the Ferrari was idling waiting to turn left, so as I was squeezing by on the right I yelled "NIIIIICCCCCEEEEEEE CAR !". And the driver -- a mid 40s female -- yelled back "NIIIIICCCCCEEEEE LEGS !".
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Old 05-07-05, 05:34 PM   #19
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After gapping a large stair set in front of my sons mtn bike club."Nice",from a group of 7th and 8th graders in unison.
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"Wow! You can ride twenty-five miles non-stop?
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"I bet you he looks sexy in all those clothes." me and my moms gay friend michael. The guys a HOOT!

"Nice bike dude" from some kid on a BMX bike, his chain came off and I helped him(damn its hard to bet a chain back on a fixed gear Bmx bike!"
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During the complimentary massage after last weekends ride, the masseur told me he was impressed by my muscle tone. I guess I must be doing something right. Not bad for a 50 yr. old fart.
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Old 05-07-05, 06:28 PM   #23
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Yah same here, my friends try to make fun of me ALL THE TIME. It annoys the hell out of me, one of my friends said "How do you get tired from that, I went 6 miles and didnt get tired" I said"now try going 30 plus miles, and every couple or minutes or so sprint at about 25+ MPH! then well see if you got tired" No answer, the convo changed pretty quickly
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Yah same here, my friends try to make fun of me ALL THE TIME. It annoys the hell out of me, one of my friends said "How do you get tired from that, I went 6 miles and didnt get tired" I said"now try going 30 plus miles, and every couple or minutes or so sprint at about 25+ MPH! then well see if you got tired" No answer, the convo changed pretty quickly
Most of my friends couldn't ride a bike around the block, so they think I'm some kind of wacko iron man (like 25 miles is a big ride). Their eyes roll up in the backs of their heads when I start talking bikes. You're right... they change the subject pretty quickly.
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