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jeff williams 01-12-06 03:18 PM

Seems few members cross into other disciplines, commuters are commutering, racers race.
Offroad or onroad, gears or not.

Many divisions.
I like most any human powered, 2 wheel thing going.

My cycling is recreational, exercise\sports and commuting.
I'm to build different styles of bikes for other riding types, it's a sport\lifestyle thing with me.

?

Bikemiker 01-12-06 03:38 PM

I'm a MTB XC,DH, & FRer/Commuter/Cruiser, with BMX/Flatland/Street roots. The next bike will be a tourer. The next one after that, maybe fixed, and so on and so on... There will always be a next bike for me. Discovering new ways of riding and new things to do on a bike is one of the things that keeps me going (pun not intended, but apt).

SpiderMike 01-12-06 03:48 PM

My first love is Dirt. Went from BMX to Mt bike. For a long time I just had just one bike. That changed when I started commuting. From commuting so much, I made the change to Single speed. After commuting on a SS MTB, I got a road bike to convert to SS/FG so I coud run a bigger gear ratio.

Just signed up for the MS150, and getting a geared road bike (don't tell my Mt bike). Doing so to ease my wife's mind. She doesn't want me to kill myself on day 2, where the hills are.

IMHO, techniques in one discipline tend to help in others. Distance riding of course helps endurance, and mt biking helps gain confidence with handling. "I ride more, to I can get better, so I can ride more..."

FarHorizon 01-12-06 04:00 PM

I'm BI, I'm BI !!! Wait - that didn't come out right... :roflmao:

Well, maybe "omni?" I ride mostly road, but take the dirt road every chance I get too. Wait - still in the double-entendres... :rolleyes:

I've answered this question - don't ask again! :p

jeff williams 01-12-06 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SpiderMike
IMHO, techniques in one discipline tend to help in others. Distance riding of course helps endurance, and mt biking helps gain confidence with handling. "I ride more, to I can get better, so I can ride more..."

And "Discovering new ways of riding and new things to do on a bike is one of the things that keeps me going (pun not intended, but apt)."

I couldn't agree more.
I mtb off\onroad, am learning trials and would like to start cyclocross.
It's going to be pricey to have 3 good horses.

caloso 01-12-06 04:16 PM

Interesting question. I started riding seriously as a tri-geek. I discovered it was a lot more efficient to ride to the pool for swim workouts, and then I started riding to work so that I could do my long rides right from the office. So that's when I became a commuter.

Then I started riding with a buddy who was a former bike racer and I started going on group rides and doing the occasional crit and century. So now I'm a dedicated roadie.

Except that I became a father 22 months ago so I'm also a trailer-hauling family rider.

But I've got my eye on a cyclocross bike so I can hit the trails in Tahoe. Oh, and I've been chatting with the messengers in my building and I've got a hankering to build a fixie. And I keep my eye on Ebay for that elusive Masi Soviet Olympic bike.... Ah, the possibilities....)

mcoine 01-12-06 04:18 PM

Got started in racing bmx in '83, moved on to freestyle trick riding, then trail riding my bmx bike, then road riding in '88, then mountain by '91. I would do all these now if I had the cash for all the bikes. I really want to get an old school freestyle bike, I still know some tricks. I will buy another road bike eventually.

caligurl 01-12-06 04:52 PM

i'm a warm weather roadie.. that gets dirty occasionally!

stapfam 01-12-06 05:05 PM

I ride Mountain XC and do the occasional road ride, but only under sufferance. Thing is On XC there are different types of riding. A normal ride for me is around the Bridleways on the range of hills we have called the South Downs. Bridleways ways are open to Horses, walkers and bikes with priority in that order, but not motorised vehicles.
These bridleways are generrally on rutted tracks on the Hills but in the summer they can be a bit plain and boring, so true offroad is done as much as possible in the Wooded areas. Since September my riding has mainly been on the Bridleways, but last Sunday we went true offroad. Monday I was as stiff as a board around the upper body. It took a lot of bike skill to tackle 30 miles on mud tracks, wet leaves and rooty paths. That skill meant the upper body got used severely- hence the Pain in the shoulders etc.

About time I got down the Gym to work those weight machines to build up the muscles that are not being used on the bike. The attachment is one of the Bridlepaths so you can see what sort of terrain they are made of. What the pic does not show is the 15% gradient that goes on for 1/2 mile that saps the legs going up, or shakes the teeth on the descent

Brad M 01-12-06 05:52 PM

I won't stop until I have one of every type of bike.

AndyGrow 01-12-06 05:56 PM

Started out road racing...about 15-20 years ago. Then raced mountain bikes, road bike for training. Now we road bike, mountain bike, and ride our road tandem. I also ride a fixed gear for commuting and fun in the summertime.

NzAndy 01-12-06 06:04 PM

My road bike gets the lion's share of the riding time, but my MTB covers as a commuter, trail bike, and bmx (when I take my son to the local track). Of course, the roadie gets used at the local velodrome too so I vote for being 'omni' too.

Sticking to one kind of riding would be like eating one flavor of food all the time. Variety is the spice of life and I feel sorry for people who won't try something new.

Bikemiker 01-12-06 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Brad M
I won't stop until I have one of every type of bike.

Ha! I actually have that same goal. It's harder than it sounds though, every type of bike can usually be divided into several subcatagories, and again, and again. Guess that means I won't ever have to stop... Although, there is the little matter of money and space and passing myself off as sane in normal society. Oh well, you can't take it with you, space is infinite (right?), and those people are jerks anyways. ;)

Bekologist 01-12-06 06:32 PM

I'm supposed to be disciplined about this biking stuff? jeesh, I've been bad -

I like to be able to ride my bike anywhere I want to pilot it. I've been into human powered transport for years, being able to cover serious terrain, travelling by bike, skis or kayak.

My favorite type of biking involves leaving my doorstep with a loaded bike and riding out into the sticks and the wilderness and ride deserted forest roads and trails and get way out there. I also like to ride super fast, on a road bike, and love to ride my schwinn cruiser around the city like I was 10 years old again...

I guess I cross disciplines a little bit, but disciplined about it, like 'road,track,cyclocross,' well, no.

Halfstep 01-13-06 09:42 AM

Change has to be planned for me to accept it. I'm too easily sucked into a singular fanaticism to try something new. After I bought my newest road bike, I totally fixated on gearing; reading and researching and experimenting and finally spending almost a year creating my own gear-inch calculator and graphing program so I could plug in different rings and cassette combinations until I found one I liked. Hence, the "Halfstep."

I'll have to think about trying off-road or trail biking and work myself up to a point where I can finally step out and change my habit. Is having a routine really such a bad thing? You know, just . . . fine! I'll admit it's not just a routine, okay! Damn these anal-retentive genes!

DataJunkie 01-13-06 09:53 AM

I am primarily a commuter. My son and I take recreational rides on the weekend using my bike and his trailer. He is 2 years old.
I plan on expanding into touring, a straight roadie, and mountain biking eventually.

SteveE 01-13-06 10:42 AM

Weekday commuter. Weekend recreational rides and racing. Tandem rides. Roadie only.

lemurhouse 01-13-06 11:31 AM

You doing the Houston/Austin thing Mike? See you on the road.

lubes17319 01-13-06 11:35 AM

XC-ing
DH-ing
Commut-ing
Roadie-ing
Freerid-ing
Keirin-ing

That's the biking I done did & liked....but doing it in the dirt is my 1st choice.

Flaneur 01-13-06 05:16 PM

Toured, Commuted, Cyclo-Crossed, Time Trialled and Road Raced before Mountain Bikes were invented.
Bought an MTB almost immediately (84)-raced, toured and commuted on it. Still ride it.
Too old for BMX. Found faired HPVs too claustrophobic. Respect my limbs too much for downhill racing;-) Lacked the punch for track racing.
Converted my first fix in 1973; still ride it in winter.

Tried most things I wanted to, in other words.....P-B-P, Paris-Roubaix Cyclo, 24 hour TTs, touring in the Pyrenees and Alps.

Didn't own a car until I was 39. Don't believe in status symbolism and bike snobbery. Love the look on the local BMX kids' faces, when I put their rides in my Blackburn workstand.........................all bikes are real bikes, all bikies are our brethren!

FlatTop 01-13-06 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Flaneur
... Don't believe in status symbolism and bike snobbery. Love the look on the local BMX kids' faces, when I put their rides in my Blackburn workstand.........................all bikes are real bikes, all bikies are our brethren!

Well said.

As a self-proclaimed ratrodder of bikedom, it is my pleasure to enjoy all the disciplines equally. I can get as excited about a cruiser as a vintage lightweight. And the technical innovation of the newest bicycles is always interesting.
Having a bunch of bikes at once is liberating, as you can slack off on maintenance chores and still have something to ride.

jeff williams 01-13-06 07:03 PM

[QUOTE=Flaneur] Didn't own a car until I was 39. QUOTE]

Excellent!
Congratulate yourself on the tons of solid carbons YOU didn't send floating in the atmosphere.

bitingduck 01-14-06 01:30 AM

I commute to work by bike (for the last 15 years or so), race track, used to race road and will probably do some crits again this year. I usually do at least one multi-day tour a year (the San Diego Christmas Bike Ride), ride on the road for fun, and occasionally mountain bike. I used to also do cyclocross in the winter, but haven't done it since I moved to California.


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