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    Observant/Orthodox Jewish Cyclists

    I curious how many other Jewish cyclists out there are observant in regards to such things as Shabbat and Kosher. I would love to hear from other riders like myself who experience things like missing the good riding weather on Saturdays, wondering if your waterbottles and Camelbacks are Kosher l'Pesach, putting on Tefillin while wearing full lycra, or might even have a pair of Tzitit sticking out of a riding jersey and flapping in the wind.

    And if you're replying to this thread, then you're probably in the process of cleaning your house for chametz in preperation for Passover/Pesach. If so, be sure to clean the Clif Bar crumbs out of your drivetrain and have a Chag Kosher v'Sameach.
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    I am not Jewish, but as a former follower of the Christian faith, I can tell you that the scheduling question was virtually the same. The Sunday mornings in Church, and the other activities of the sabbath were hard to focus on when I really wanted to be out riding.

    You do bring up good questions, and I like learning about different cultures, so I hope there are others that can join you in discussion of your specific beliefs and practices.

    I hope you and your family (and any other Jewish readers) have a fulfilling seder! It is a wonderfully rich tradition I have admired for years.
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    I thought MTB races were held on Sunday because all the MTBer's were Jewish. They're not?
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    We are everywhere

    From birth we all have heat special Jewdar. Even if Moshe Rabbeinu got a bit lost in the desert (bad GPS signal) we can find each other.

    It's really quite simple, we are the people of the clock.
    As I always say, tommorow is another day to ride.

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    Ez enuff, take along a prist/rabbi cyclist and conduct service while on saddles!

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    Lets ask the Rabbi
    (I love that video)

    Being reformed ,I get a bit more slack except for the holidays or when I am "volunteered" by my wife for a committee. Regardless, giving up some saddle time is a small sacrifice to uphold our traditions.

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    It could work , but...

    Ez enuff, take along a prist/rabbi cyclist and conduct service while on saddles!

    Thats a possibility, but how do you ride and sleep at the same time???
    Falling off my bike is tough enough when I'm awake!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by velonomad View Post
    Regardless, giving up some saddle time is a small sacrifice to uphold our traditions.
    I completely disagree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisitsa View Post
    I completely disagree.

    LISTA, If I am reading this correctly you are saying one
    should NOT give up saddle time for ones beliefs?

    Well, we all have to do what we believe in.
    Some people just beleive in Family time and set aside a day
    just for that.

    In any case the body does need rest.
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    Everyone needs a day off a week anyway- it's work, not Shabbat, that is the problem! Living here in the land of 300 sunny days/year helps, too. The bigger problem is missing the Saturday powder days in ski season.
    Kativa v'chatima tova!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmp View Post
    Everyone needs a day off a week anyway- it's work, not Shabbat, that is the problem! Living here in the land of 300 sunny days/year helps, too. The bigger problem is missing the Saturday powder days in ski season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lisitsa View Post
    I completely disagree.
    I love this reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    LISTA, If I am reading this correctly you are saying one
    should NOT give up saddle time for ones beliefs?

    Well, we all have to do what we believe in.
    Some people just beleive in Family time and set aside a day
    just for that.

    In any case the body does need rest.
    Seems to me a lot depends on why one is giving up riding time. For family time? Fine. Observing the Lords day? Fine. But if for this you allow a walk in the park for your own enjoyment but do not allow a bike ride for the same thing I start to wonder.

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    I put off riding until the kids were in high school, like seniors in high school. We all have to sacrifice things.

    I go to Sunday Mass at 10:30 am so that means I ride at 6 am for a couple of hours maximum. If I suffer on the ride, I offer that up.

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