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Old 09-04-05, 04:01 PM   #1
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Do Bicyclists "Get It"??

went on a bike club group ride today. Since the start was five miles from my house, I decided to ride my bike over (seemed logical).

1. On the way over, I was cut off by motorists five times, including one who gave me the finger and cursed at me for being ahead of him in a left turn lane at a red light. ALL five of them were members of the bike club on their way to the ride (confirmed -- I saw them at the start).

2. The riders were incredulous that I had ridden my bike all of five miles to get to the ride. The comments (all serious) were similar to those one hears from the average couch potato. For example, "Why would you want to do that?" "Isn't it a lot of work?" "Fanatic". "Idiot". All from people who were there to ride between 20 and 40 miles.

3. After the ride, there was a picnic at the home of a club member. The host specifically asked that we leave our cars at the ride start and ride to his house (8/10ths of a mile) because of limited parking in his neighborhood. Almost every last person took their car to the picnic, and then spent much of the picnic complaining about the difficulty in parking. A number of them wound up parking in a No Parking zone on a busy street, and a bunch used a nearby church parking lot despite signs asking people not to. At least 3 people wound up skipping the picnic because they couldn't find close enough parking spaces.

What am I missing??
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Old 09-04-05, 04:10 PM   #2
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You should get in touch with Jeff Foxworthy. He's got a sign you can give to people like that.

I have goten the same comments when I ride to a starting point. I usually just give some smart a$$ remark back. Only time I did not was when I road 30mi to the start... actually, I did then also


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Old 09-04-05, 04:13 PM   #3
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....What am I missing??
Sounds like they're the ones missing something.
1) Courtsey and patience
2) Ambition
3) Common sense
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Old 09-04-05, 04:47 PM   #4
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You should get in touch with Jeff Foxworthy. He's got a sign you can give to people like that.
[nitpick] you mean Bill Engvall. [/nitpick]

back to the topic: are you sure they were cyclists? i mean really sure? and maybe they can't read.
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Old 09-04-05, 04:50 PM   #5
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Sounds like a very self centered group of people. Not the type that would be fun to hang out with.
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Old 09-04-05, 05:22 PM   #6
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Bunch of whiners. I'd ride fast just to rid myself of them. I bet the guy hosting at his house got pretty irritated as well.
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Old 09-04-05, 05:57 PM   #7
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Those guys sound like tools. I would ride alone if all the roadies in my town were all conceited idiots like that. Oh no wait, I already do.
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Old 09-04-05, 06:03 PM   #8
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No you are not missing anything. They are just bunch of idiots, that lack common sense and manners.
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Old 09-04-05, 06:10 PM   #9
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Why are you riding with people like that?
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Old 09-04-05, 07:40 PM   #10
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The last two days I have ridden my mtnbike to the tails( 10 miles to Pisgah Ntl For. and 5 to DuPont St For.) and have gotten buzzed by people hauling their bikes. I get the same reaction. Someone ask where did you park ,I say I rode from home and they can't believe it.Heck my son whos 12 did the Pisgah ride with me on sat. 30 miles total.I thought riding was the point!
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Old 09-04-05, 07:55 PM   #11
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Old 09-04-05, 08:27 PM   #12
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The riders were incredulous that I had ridden my bike all of five miles to get to the ride.
What area of the country is this? I routinely ride with a club here in the Boston area; there's usually a half-dozen or so people who ride to the start of every ride. Different people naturally depending on where the ride starts from, but I'm actually shocked on those occassions when nobody rides to the start.
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That is REALLY weird. I've never even been on a group ride, but I would never have thoguht of such a thing.
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Old 09-04-05, 08:38 PM   #14
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Hey leave me alone I had no idea that was a no parking zone.!

Just kidding.
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yeah i would drop that club or just not ride with that group. Bad karma from them will pull you down.

I can't say i'm buddies with everyone on my weekly group ride, but at least when someone rides to the start people are always saying "why didn't you tell me you were riding and we could have rode together?"

i'm sure this group has it's benefits even if they are few. I would weigh the pros and cons though if this is how it is on a weekly basis.
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1. On the way over, I was cut off by motorists five times, including one who gave me the finger and cursed at me for being ahead of him in a left turn lane at a red light. ALL five of them were members of the bike club on their way to the ride (confirmed -- I saw them at the start).
Hard to believe.
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Old 09-04-05, 09:51 PM   #17
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I believe it, it's the "bikes are toys" mentaility.

Just bask in your intellectual advantage for understanding that bikes are vehicles, not toys. Then pity those fools that just can't get it.
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Old 09-04-05, 09:57 PM   #18
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This is like no cyclists I ever met...The whole club can't be like this..I have never met a cyclists who does not find ways to add extra miles to a ride...Most obvious way. Ride to the start line.
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I think these must be the same people at my gym who take the elevator up to the third floor to get to the cardio equipment.

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I think these must be the same people at my gym who take the elevator up to the third floor to get to the cardio equipment.

Ha, is this the 24 Hour Fitness off of Sunset?

Yeah, the guys you rode with are totally conceited, self-absorbed idiots. Someone needs to put a banana in their tailpipes -- don't know if it really works (like in Beverly Hills Cop), but their cars either stall or won't start
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Strange group of riders. Doesn't sound typical to me. The vast majority of folks who show up to our club rides ride their bikes to the ride.
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Ha, is this the 24 Hour Fitness off of Sunset?

Yeah, the guys you rode with are totally conceited, self-absorbed idiots. Someone needs to put a banana in their tailpipes -- don't know if it really works (like in Beverly Hills Cop), but their cars either stall or won't start
It works.
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Bunch of whiners. I'd ride fast just to rid myself of them. I bet the guy hosting at his house got pretty irritated as well.
That, and lazy whelps too.
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It's just their way of telling you to find a new club.

You'll thank them, in the end......................
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Well, I've been riding with 4 clubs, and never ran into any of the issues you ran into. It's normal to ride to the start of the ride ... I typically will ride to the ride start if it's less than 10 miles. The club you were with is not normal. I agree with just about everyone else ... you should look for a different club, or just try riding with friends, or just not with that club.
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