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Old 08-11-05, 07:41 AM   #1
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I'm thinking it could be mostly a U.S. problem, since cycling isn't as popular here as it is in many other countries, but perhaps they have the same problem.

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(I'm in a resturaunt)

Waitress: Wow, you look like you got some sun today.
Me: Yep, I rode 80 miles on my bike, mostly hills. Forgive the silly bike shorts tan lines.
Waitress: That'll do it. Can I get you something to drink?
Me: Yeah, I'm beat. An iced tea, and lots of water. I need to rehydrate, and could you bring some bread? I'm starving.
Waitress: Will do. What kind of bike do you have?
Me: Trek OCLV
Waitress: I've never heard of that, but my brother has a Harley.
Me: That's not a bike, it's a motorcycle. Bikes have pedals.
Waitress: Oh.... OH!

Uh, why would I be tired and starving if I'd just ridden 80 miles on something with a motor?? Plus, how many motorcycle riders get "bike shorts tan lines"? How many times have you had someone assume that bike meant motorcycle? For me it's almost every time, unless of course they know me.
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Uh, why would I be tired and starving if I'd just ridden 80 miles on something with a motor?? Plus, how many motorcycle riders get "bike shorts tan lines"?
Ever ridden a Harley? Ever seen what the passengers typically wear?

I like to use the term "pedal bike".
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well, most bike rides of either type tend to be planned around FOOD!!!
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Old 08-11-05, 08:42 AM   #4
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I like it when, after you specify "pedal" bike, they become more interested and smile.
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Old 08-11-05, 08:48 AM   #5
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I like it when, after you specify "pedal" bike, they become more interested and smile.
They usually look at me like I'm some kind of freak, heh.
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I once had a similar thing, except person X was just somebozo (personX) listening in on my conversation with my friend. Now mind you this was at a Tattoo Shop, and person X was waiting to get some work done. My buddy was already annoyed with the guy.
ME: "was able to fix my bike, and went riding over the weekend."
PersonX: "OH you gotta Harley?"
ME: "NO, Mountain Bike."
PersonX: "OH is that like the Motocross, or dirt, or MX bikes?"
ME: "No a MTB is a bicycle."
My buddy: "So how far did you ride?" (I could see it in my buddy's face that he wanted personX to Shut up)
ME: "ehh...about 50 miles."
PersonX: "Your crazy..." From here it was that usual response of how "if I ride that far, I'll just drive."
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Being that my shop name ends with the word "Cycles", I have had to field more than a few inquiries from the public asking motorcycle questions. One day I watched 10 or so motors pull into the lot. A big dude in leather kicked his stand down, got off and came in. All the others just sat around idling and lookin cool. His first question was, "Where are all the bikes?" I looked at him like he was brain dead. He was standing next to a whole row of them.

When I finally convinced him I only sold bicycles, all he said was, "Well, you ought to change that name then". And he left. Maybe he's right. But I can't now. I had too much fun the time he came in. I look forward to another "biker" encounter.
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God, did you hit the nail on the head.

It drives me nuts....I can't say "bike" without somebody thinking I mean a motorcycle. I usually say bike then quickly correct "bicycle".
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"Where are all the bikes?" I looked at him like he was brain dead. He was standing next to a whole row of them.
Priceless.
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The word bicycle seems not to cause confusion.
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Motorcycle = motorbike = bike. Both are commonly called bikes. I do not view this as a problem, but just a need to express what I am saying better. Something similar is a physician is called a doctor, and a person with a docterate of education is also called a doctor.
View this as an opportunity to talk about your enthusiasm, rather than as a problem. I do not expect people to be able to read my mind, even though my writing appears that way sometimes.
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Velocipede!!!!! When Will You People Get It Right?!


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My boss at my workplace knows I ride a road bike, but he refers to it as a "ten-speed." I always picture dangling thin bar tape flapping in the wind and corroding stem shifters when he says that.
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Old 08-11-05, 10:26 AM   #14
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Wow, you guys sure have it rough trying to explain that you ride a bike that doesn't have a motor. I just say bicycle and don't get angry. Life's too short to find hate in something so trivial.
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My boss at my workplace knows I ride a road bike, but he refers to it as a "ten-speed." I always picture dangling thin bar tape flapping in the wind and corroding stem shifters when he says that.
Hey now! My 10-Speed Nishiki does not have flapping bar tape or corroding stem shifters. Just a slight ding on the top tube from the prior owner.
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You know, I know how you feel. Heck, on Tuesdays, when I stop by the local diner to grab take out, the lady there always asks me how far I went on my road bike, she should know by now that Tuesdays are mountain bike days....and on Saturday, when I get back from the 60 miler to the beach, she sometimes asks me if I got dirty by the lake...and you know, that's a road bike day that we don't go by the lake. I sure wish she could get it right.
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When some one askes about my "bike" I always have them clarify since I ride both bicycles and motorcycles so it does not bother me.

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They usually look at me like I'm some kind of freak, heh.
I get the same thing
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On NPR this morning, there was a story about a "bike" convention going on in Arizona. Both my roommate (who hasn't touched her bicycle since moving it into the garage last year) and I (rabid two-wheeled commuter) had a double take when they started talking about the size (large) and age (old) of the "bikers."

As I was trying to picture what kind of bike rally this could possibly be, my roommate mentioned, "You know, when I hear the word bike, I picture a bicycle, not a motocycle." It hadn't even occurred to me that there were multiple versions of "bike" before she mentioned that.
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My boss at my workplace knows I ride a road bike, but he refers to it as a "ten-speed." I always picture dangling thin bar tape flapping in the wind and corroding stem shifters when he says that.
Don't forget the exposed, dry-rotting brake cable housing leading from the tops of the levers down to the center-pull calipers. Or the extension levers on the bar tops.
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Don't forget the exposed, dry-rotting brake cable housing leading from the tops of the levers down to the center-pull calipers. Or the extension levers on the bar tops.

That just described my step-brother's 1984 Murray!
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When some one askes about my "bike" I always have them clarify since I ride both bicycles and motorcycles so it does not bother me.

Me too! I generally specify 'pedal bike' or 'push bike'.

'Course, if I'm talking about riding on the street my cow-orkers generally know it's the bicycle (motorcycle is mostly a track thing)
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Don't forget the exposed, dry-rotting brake cable housing leading from the tops of the levers down to the center-pull calipers. Or the extension levers on the bar tops.
All of my cable housing is in good condition. Ok, I need to replace the stock levers with the extension on the side.
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Yip, happens all the time... partly because I don't like the word "bicycle". Some how to me "bicycle" sounds like a kid's toy, but "bike" sounds more serious.

I had a whole conversation with a friend about wanting to get out riding longer distances & how I'd like a road bike for that purpose. He was empathising with me & said he'd like to as well. As our conversation progressed, he eventially mentioned something about getting his son into riding as well. He said when his son is old enough, he'd like to get him a bike, but he'd probably go for an off-road type rather than a road bike.

I thought some of the comments he was making sounded a bit strange, but brushed it off (he imigrated from Holland several years ago but there's still the occasional term he's not familiar with).

It wasn't till I was home later that day that I realized he was talking about motorcycles! I thought it was odd when he commented that he didn't know I'd be interested in touring on a bike (he knows I commute to work year-round).
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We once had a guy call the shop asking for some part for a motorcycle. I told him we are a bicycle shop and he said, "oh." Then he asked me for the number to a motorcycle shop.
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