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  • Performance Road biker. I like to race, do group rides, and go fast.

    14 10.53%
  • Recreational Road biker. I'm really not very fast. I am a recreational rider who doesn't push it.

    41 30.83%
  • Performance Mountain bike rider that rides single track, XC etc.

    6 4.51%
  • Recreational Mountain biker that just gets on and rides. Some street, backroads, trails. No singletrack.

    4 3.01%
  • Bike rider. I just ride bikes. I don't care what kind or how fast.

    68 51.13%
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    Are you a cycling misfit?

    I wonder if anyone else finds themself in a similar position to me? For nearly 2 years i have been riding my Mountain bikes nearly every day, racking up over 9000 miles on backroads, city streets, etc. Although i have two mountain bikes, i have ZERO interest in technical trail riding, racing or any of that. I just always enjoy the time alone, and the feeling of pedaling fairly aggressively and taking in a lot of clean, fresh air and enjoying the scenery.

    As with all things, this sort of started to get a little old and i kept thinking that i ought to get a road bike. So i picked up a road bike a couple weeks ago, and it seems like everything changed. I started looking at all of the times in the road cycling forum and getting all caught up in speed, etc. So most of the rides i have had have been pretty brisk and not all that relaxing.

    I have pretty much left the mountain bike hanging in the garage for the last couple weeks. I have abandoned her in favor of the sleek road bike. I even went so far as to go on my first group ride on the road bike the other night. There was a whole lot of testosterone in the air. The riders were super nice but I don't think this is for me. I made the mistake of pushing myself too hard as well as riding 30 miles in the morning before the ride. I tried to keep up with all of the good road riders, which i was able to do relatively well.

    However, most of the ride I was pretty uncomfortable. I was pushing myself WAY beyond what i normally do. Turns out i end up with a swollen ankle that is probably related to this group ride. So now i am off of my bike and waiting for my ankle to heal. This is my first injury ever from riding even though i have ridden thousands of miles on the mountain bike. Every time i walk by my mountain bike i swear i here her call me a moron. I am starting to think the bike is right.

    So i guess, my point is that i really don't fit into a category. The people in the mountain bike forum seem like all of them race or do single track etc. The members in the road forum are all riding 30 mph averages and popping gel packs like zits on a teenager.

    I think I need a new category. Maybe just "bike rider." ANyone else feel like they don't fit anywhere?

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    I'm in


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    I just like to ride.

    I have a Dahon folder that I ride everywhere. I want to get a BMX so I can do the urban thing, as I live in Austin, TX. Next would be a dirt rider - MTB.

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    I dont think most in the mtn forum race. I think most seem to be into all mountain/free ride. I know for me i dont know if i have a real label for my riding. I ride for the heck of it around backgrounds for a few horus on the weekdays. THen on weekends i go on trails, trails and more trails. I dont do big drops or anything, no interested in jumps or whatnot. I just like to go, but much of my riding is also on the road. I dont like the road forum for some reason, i dont have a road bike so i guess its hard to relate to the threads there.
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    I play curb hop, ride some rock tech, some trails -nothing close to freeride.
    Make little jumps -generally amuse myself.
    When I get more skills I will progress to dj\ freeride bikes. I've only been riding as a persuit of skill for 2 yrs, I'm pretty happy so far, XC is a breeze, now I need a different frame to advance into more extreme offroad.
    I ride solo mostly.
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    IM a recreational road rider, but I push my self to the MAX sometimes.
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    I like to describe myself as an adventure cyclist which means I simply like to see and experience different places on a bike. This includes both road and offroad. I approach both with the same attitude.
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    I think more of us are misfits than we'd like to admit.

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    I ride my bike maybe 2 mph. "My husband says, 'Let's ride at pace!'" I say, "This IS my pace!!!!

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    I too just ride. Commuting, exploring, racing against myself and getting a good workout at the same time.
    I don't go offroad, and I avoid dirt roads (to save my drive train), so I guess I'm a road biker in that sense, but I ride an MTB with drop bars and it's heavy (16.5 kg/36 lbs), so I'm not really either...

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    and I make sure to ride slow enough so everyone can see my funny-looking recumbent trike and I can hear their comments and see their smiles-and smile back. (Usually I just wave back to avoid any bugs on my teeth!)

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    I love all two wheels, but I think I should sell my scooter. The weather just isn't good enough, long enough to pedal -and- motor on the same day and I'd rather pedal pavement or dirt.

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    Just ride and enjoy it, I see the serious roadies go flying past me, I don't care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
    It's sooooo hard to be a mountain biker in S Florida.

    We have Mt. Trashmore but I'm not sure that counts...

    CE
    what about quiet waters park?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
    It's sooooo hard to be a mountain biker in S Florida.

    We have Mt. Trashmore but I'm not sure that counts...

    CE


    Hard!! nigh on impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    I think more of us are misfits than we'd like to admit.

    Koffee

    I resemble that remark......


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    I don't fit into any category of biking, but right now I would probably call myself a roadie. I do like to push hard most the time while on my road bike. On the other hand I just bought an freeride hardtail to just go out and have fun on my bike, dirt jumping, street riding, park. Also, when I get money saved up I'm buying a cross country bike to do some mountain biking. I guess I just like to ride my bike.

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    I am mostly a "utilitarian" commuter and errand rider.

    Except when I take a road bike on a little jaunt...20 miles down the road!

    Or, take a mountain bike out into nature...and get to play in the dirt!

    Or, just doodle around town on a "cruiser.

    Or just go out and ride...doesn't everybody???
    A bad day on the bike is better than a good day at work!!

    My discussion board, another resource for the "utility" and commuter cyclist: "Two Wheeled Commuter: The Everyday Cyclist"

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    I don't really fit into any of those categories, but chose Performance Road Rider. I use my commute as workout so go at about 80% effort and go reasonably fast, don't do any official racing or training, and do the occasional group ride. My bike is a cheap heavy department store bike.
    Last edited by steel_is_real; 05-08-05 at 05:51 PM.

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    I like to race

    Performance MTB'er is the closest category that I fall under. I like to ride road too, hammering it as well, although I've yet to race on the road. XC racing = goodness though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koffee brown
    I think more of us are misfits than we'd like to admit.

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    Anyone who rides a bike in the US is a misfit.

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    I refer to myself as an "all around" rider.

    XC
    FR/DH/Urban
    Singletrack
    Fireroads
    Roadie
    Singlespeed

    Just have to get a cyclocross bike and I'm complete...

    But in every of those categories I like to push myself. Go fast, go big, go hard, or go home.

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    Self-supported tourer/camper. I'm enough of a misfit that I can't even vote in this poll.

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    We all fit into the same category....bike rider. I ride a fake mountain bike (according to the "purists" here, it came from a department store) and my wife and I ride a Kent tandem. We ride on dirt roads, paved streets, park paths, trails etc. When we go on vacation we take the bikes, park the car and tour the town on 2 wheels. Sometimes the tandem, sometimes on our singles. Any of you ever go to Branson, Missouri? Highway 76 is the world's longest parking lot. You can buy t-shirts there that say so. You can get around a lot faster on bikes than in your car.

    So, any body going to Branson this summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    I think I need a new category. Maybe just "bike rider." ANyone else feel like they don't fit anywhere?

    I have many bikes that I ride for no other reason than "I feel like it".
    I commuted on a chopper bike and I ride technical single track on
    a dirt jumping bike and I pop wheelies on roadbikes...Its all fun , who cares?
    I only ride with a few people and feel like a weeny trying to be a 'serious' biker....
    I dont fit in anywhere but I fit in everywhere !
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