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    the things non-cyclists say!!!

    It never ceases to amaze me, the things non-riders say to you as you pass .
    In winter, even though I may have a steady sweat worked up:
    "You gotta be freezing!"
    or the converse of that in weather like what we are having now ..."Aren't you hot?"

    My personal favorite, with rain clouds in the west and me already running with sweat..."hey, you're gonna get wet!" Doh.



    Let's hear em, I know you have some of your own!
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    "Wyatt, I am rolling."

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    Sumanitu taka owaci LittleBigMan's Avatar
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    Group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus:

    "Getting your workout?"

    Yes, and going to work, too...

    (I gave 'em the thumbs-up.)
    No worries

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    ... Or when you sit at work, talking about your big plan to ride the Elephant Rock and one of your coworkers screams, "You're crazy to bike 60 miles through Douglas County!" (And then another coworker says, "But Douglas County is beautiful!")

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    My fave is when my landlord's wife pulls up when I'm just going out for a ride [her mother lives next door to me].

    "Are you going for a ride?"

    Let's see... I'm wearing funny blue shoes, tight lycra shorts, a colourful jersey with the logo of a bike shop, a helmet, half-gloves and I'm astride a bike, rolling doen the lane to the road...

    No, I'm working in the garden.
    when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

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    "Did you ride your bike again today?"

    "You CAN'T ride home! It's (starting to rain/getting dark/ too far/ insane)!"

    "Can I give you a lift? Are you SURE?"

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    When you turn up at the office in lycra shorts and top, carrying your cycling helmet, wearing cycling shoes and holding a pannier and they say "Did you cycle in today?"

    I always want to say "No I've got a lycra fetish and this is how I cope with it"
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    yesterday i got f-bombed out of nowhere. there was no one on the road. me & this old dumpy car - and he just yelled. it was shocking.

    other than that, the most often comment i get from neighbors no matter where i've lived is either

    -i used to ride a lot

    -how far did you go today?
    I have enough words to get me into trouble, but not enough to get me out of trouble.

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    "Wow, ten kilometres, that's far!"
    when walking, just walk. when sitting, just sit. when riding, just ride. above all, don't wobble.

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    I like it when I ride by a group of youngsters (grade school ages) and they say "Hey nice bike mister" or "Cool bike - how much does it weigh?" or "How much does it cost?"

    Kids are appreciative of cool looking bikes and are generally fascinated by an adult that rides to work or races. They haven't gotten that adult prejudice against people that are "different" built into their minds yet. - Just Wait.

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    I was doing some stretching in my office (toe touches) and was bent down when a co-worker passed, stopped and inquired, "What in the hell you be doing?". As if the appearance of someone exercising has become so foreign it can't even be recognized. Still bent over, I responded: "The boss is coming. I'm just assuming the position".
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    In the winter I ride early, with a light.
    One neighbor woman asked my wife suspiciously "What's mike DOING riding around in the dark?" like I'm some kind of pervert or something.
    It's better to cycle through life than to drive by it.

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    Chewa, you stole my line!

    The other day, as I'm standing in the foyer in full kit and holding my backpack and helmet, a coworker asks me, "So, did you ride your bike in today?"

    I said, "I hope you don't think I dress like this to ride the bus."
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Originally posted by LittleBigMan
    Group of schoolchildren waiting for a bus:

    "Getting your workout?"

    Yes, and going to work, too...

    (I gave 'em the thumbs-up.)
    Dude that's a cool one, at least you gave the kids something to think about.
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    I would also hear girls saying you look gross?????, well maybe because I am an old gizzard on a thight fitting cycling short, but when I am cycling with my 21 one year old son I don't hear that comment, what gives????? , I only hear ohhs, and ahh with this teenagers,
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    The funniest thing anyone ever shouted at me from a car was... "Hey you know its illegal to peddle (pedal) ass in this town." I couldn't help but laugh along.
    Coworkers and others upon hearing where I live and where I ride to usually respond somehting like... "You HAVE to ride THAT far!"
    They simply cannot comprehend that I actually enjoy riding a bike... crazy.
    Last edited by karmaceutical; 08-05-02 at 10:20 AM.

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    A lady once asked me, "Can you see behind you with that little mirror?"

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    Oh yes, I forgot my other favorite...

    "Gosh, you are really sweating!"

    It's as though the concept of any physical activity that might actually lead to perspiration is totally foreign to these people.
    "No really mister, I'm making those wheels turn ALL BY MYSELF..."
    providing a dependable source of aggravation for the motorists of Little Egypt

    "Wyatt, I am rolling."

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    Last year I had this conversation with a lady I worked with:
    "I passed you on the way home yesterday", she said.
    "Cool", my reply.
    "How fast do you go?"
    "I averaged just under 26 miles per hour yesterday", I said arrogantly.
    "That's why I don't ride, she said walking away, "it's just too slow".
    I just stood there with fully deflated sails.

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    "Why walk when I have a car?" My dad said this just on the weekend, I know its not bikes, but had I mentioned bikes I'm sure I would have got the same response with the work bike replacing walk.
    http://www.cyclistsroadmap.com/eng/ - Cyclists' road map. Checkout which roads are good for cycling and rate roads in your area.

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    Originally posted by Bikes-N-Drums
    I was doing some stretching in my office (toe touches) and was bent down when a co-worker passed, stopped and inquired, "What in the hell you be doing?". As if the appearance of someone exercising has become so foreign it can't even be recognized. Still bent over, I responded: "The boss is coming. I'm just assuming the position".

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    I always like the inspiring shouts from the smart-a$$ little kids in my neighborhood. "Come on! You can do it" "Pedal faster, faster!" "Can't you go any faster than that?" All of this when I am going up a huge steep hill!!!!

    However, I love the little teenage boys that say, "Wow look at that chick on the cool bike!" I love that!!!!!!! I guess I don't look my age yet!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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    Gee that's weird, Redhead. The little wankers around here are suspiciously silent anymore. I assume it's respect, but it could be fear of the unknown. When I first started riding there would always be one or two sally forth to test me,you know how it is, a few kids trailing along behind for a few blocks giggling.They probably thought they had me Then they would see me coming back through later, headed for home with a ponytail absolutely PLASTERED with mud. That's just not something most kids can easily categorize, a grinning 32 year old mud-encrusted chick on a mud-encrusted bike.
    I have to admit I do bask in it a bit when they come up and ask questions, like what the cyclocomputer does, or how you turn your headlights on.
    providing a dependable source of aggravation for the motorists of Little Egypt

    "Wyatt, I am rolling."

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    Once a cop asked me after a decent into Hoggs Hollow... it is a fairly steep grade

    "Hey how fast did you get going there.....?"

    *grin*

    I asked if He could give me a ticket, he said if I had a driver's licence he could...

    I pulled a Sgt. Schults.... "I know no-thing! NO-THING!!"

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    Redhed, you're born in 73 and you're worried about looking your AGE? What is this, Dawson Creek???

    Actually, a couple of times, kids have commented on my bike. Once this kid called out, Cool Bike! when I was on my mountain bike. However, I have to confess I haven't yet had too many clueless remarks from civilians. However, we have a friend whose conventional, european-born jewish parents don't really understand his passion. To this day they still say, "What kind of grown man rides a BIKE??" He says they don't say it as often anymore. He does have a car, however.

    And my brother in law the couch potato, used to ride but seems to have lost interest. "Why bother?" He says of group rides. "It's just staring at someone's wheel." This from a guy whose idea of fun is spending entire weekends hanging out with his parents.
    You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.

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    I hate Dawsons Creek!!!! I am almost 30!!!!!!!

    The worst thing is I went to a wedding about a month ago and I saw 16, 17, 20 year old kids that I changed their diapers!!!! Then my age sunk in a bit. I don't even have my own kids yet and those kids are already having kids!!! Scary isn't it??

    When I was a kid I enjoyed Speed Racer, Johnny Quest, Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo (Scooby has been around longer than those young-uns think). Does anybody remember Dr. Who? I used to watch Mash, Dr. Who, David Letterman, and the Three Stooges with my Grandpa. We also watched the Fugitive and Perry Mason together. Now I really feel old, Thanks Wabbit!!!!!!

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