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View Poll Results: What kind of cyclist are you?
I'm hardcore 10 13.89%
I'm an enthusiastic sport or fitness cyclist 35 48.61%
I like to get out and ride when the weather's nice, but I don't push it 10 13.89%
I cycle occasionally, on weekends, you know, that kind of thing... 0 0%
Cyclist? This is a cycling forum? 2 2.78%
I'm a bicycle commuter. 13 18.06%
I'm a bike freak 2 2.78%
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Old 03-07-02, 10:12 PM   #26
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I commute 28 km (one way) 2 or 3 times a week from the beginning of April to the end of Dec. The bridge over the St Lawrence river is closed to bikes during the winter because the sidewalk is too narrow for snowplows. However I also have a keen interest in other aspects of cycling, but dont do much except in my dreams.
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Hey Andrew... I'm a Montrealer, too. What side are you on, and which bridge is it? Sounds like the Champlain to Nuns Island, or the Ice Bridge to the South Shore...
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Hardcore!
Uhhhh... yeah... You don't REALLY get much more hardcore than a stars-and-stripes jersy, now do you?
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Old 03-08-02, 06:38 AM   #29
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Another Hardcore here. Eat, sleep and dream bikes when not riding and racing them

Buddy Hayden - what a marvellous life you have :cool:
Rainman - you are Hardcore! :thumbup:
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Hi,

I fall between the enthusiast and the guy that doesn't push it...but I voted the latter, for reasons of form.

I go to a gym in foul weather (read very cold, snowy)but I always long for the smooth intensity of our sport.

There should be statue of the guy who invented the bicycle. Who did by the way?

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Old 03-08-02, 08:35 AM   #31
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I like to pootle to the shops on my bike and pick up the daily newspaper...

I guess you could call me a fair weather rider!

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There should be statue of the guy who invented the bicycle. Who did by the way?
It was really an evolutionary process more than anything else. There were two-wheeled scooter-type vehicles [toys, really] as early as the late-17th century. In 1779, a couple of Frenchman names Blanchard and Masurier announced a velocipede, but no one knows exactly what that ws like, except that it was probably a variation of the "lazy walker" concept [the "rider" is supported on two wheels and pushes himself along by his feet]. The bicycle ancestral line seems to begin definitively with le Comte de Sivrac's velocifere in the 1790s, followed by Karl von Drais's draisine shotly after the Napoleonic wars. The draisine was significant in that, unlike previous velocipedes, it could actually be turned... but it was still driven by running your feet along the ground. A Scot named Kirkpatrick MacMillan devised the first pedal drivetrain in the 1830s, though it took a Frenchman named Michaux, in the 1860s to develop a rotary pedalling system. From that point, the velo really took off, with innovations coming every couple of years. The "modern" bicycle owes its immediate ancestry to the "ordinary" or "penny-farthing" machines and H.J. Lawson, whose "safety bicycle" was the first in 1874 to use differential gearing so it could have the maximum gear inches on equal-sized wheels. I suppose it's also worth noting John Boyd Dunlop, who invented the pneumatic tire in 1888. Without pneumatics, the bicycle would never have become as successful as it has.

By about 1895, by the way, the bicycle had pretty much attained the form that we know today. A cyclist from 1895 would be mystified by shifters and derailleurs, but he'd recognize your bike right away... And considering that he was used to riding a 50-lb machine, he could probably ride circles around you.
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Wow...

I tip my hat to you sir!

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Id have to say im hardcore, I race every chance I get and train every chance I get.
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It was really an evolutionary process more than anything else....
A cyclist from 1895 would be mystified by shifters and derailleurs, but he'd recognize your bike right away... And considering that he was used to riding a 50-lb machine, he could probably ride circles around you.
Well done, Velocipedio!

I'd argue for Kirkpatrick MacMillan as the inventor of the Bicycle, since he was the first to put reciprocating cranks on a two-wheeled vehicle. Besides, I just like saying "Kirkpatrick MacMillan."

The chain driven "safety" bicycle was a great advance and fueled a boom in bicycle manufacture and sales in the 1890s. I have long stood in awe of those hardy souls who rode centuries...and even coast-to-coast rides...on heavy, single speed bicycles with no brakes over unimproved roads.

And to think I feel tough when I complete a century.
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Uhhhh... yeah... You don't REALLY get much more hardcore than a stars-and-stripes jersy, now do you?
Nah, not quite old enough to go for the rainbow-colored jersey yet...
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I think we are almost neighbours - I ride from Mo-West to Atwater market, along the Lachine canal, St Helens island, Jacques Cartier Bridge, to the far side of St Hubert airport.
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Andrew... Cool! I'm in NDG... Monkland Village. What kind of cycling do you do?
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I didn't know what to vote either(like a few people have mentioned).

I ride my bike to ride my bike.
I ride my bike to work and to run errands.
I ride with groups.
I ride alone.
I ride on dirt.
I ride on pavement.
I race.
I'm on several bike-related-issue committees.
I work in a shop.
I live with a bicycle designer. We have three workstands and a Tig welder in our house. We pretty much live, eat and breath bicycles.

I didn't see "bike freak" listed....
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Velocipedio,

Thanks for the history lesson...

This argues for statues in France , Scotland, England and other places where significant developements to the "vélocipède" occured, followed by the organization of an annual pilgrimage linking all the dots on the European map...

Each year, at a given time to be chosen for the Celebration of the Cycle (along the lines of Canada week), thousands of cyclists would clog the highways and byways leading to the pilgrimage sites and give motorists a snub for a change...

Imagine...
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I am like between hardcore and enthusiatic. More than just enthusiatic, because if I miss more than I set as a minimum goal, I am miserable to live with.
Almost an addiction, but not quite. Hardcore, would I get out in a blizzard, no. Entusiatic, not quite strong enough for my needs. But then I live in an area, where cycliing is so compatible to the environment and climate.
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This argues for statues in France , Scotland, England and other places where significant developements to the "vélocipède" occured...
How about a statue high atop Mt. Tamalpais (California)? Home of the mountain bike!
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I guess I'm a bike freak. Anything to do with cycling and I'm there. Whether on the road solo or in a group makes my adrenaline soar --I just have to ride. This will be my main focus of my upcoming retirement. I'll still be young enough to race with many years ahead! Ahhhhh1 The joys of early retirement -- now I get to be a kid!!!
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Velocipedio - most of my riding is commuting on a Peugeot hybrid. Occasionally I will go for a solo ride to the west island, or even the Oka Hudson circuit. I usually cruise along between 25 and 28 km/hr. My average is a lot lower because I am incapable of putting on a blast of power to get up hills. I have taken a few short rides in the last few weeks, when I had to work overnight and had the day free, just to enjoy the feel of the bike again. Up to Summit Circle Westmount, and up Clarke in Westmount. On the latter I had to stop half way and get my breath back, before I had a heart attack. I only ride Marinonis in my dreams. Call if you want to meet - I'm in the phone book under Purves.
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I ride my bicycle because I like to ride my bicycle; I ride my bicycle when I want to ride my bicycle, which is most of the time, because I like to ride my bicycle; I ride my bicycle even when my knees tell me that it isn't such a good idea to ride a bicycle...because I like to ride my bicycle; I ride my bicycle even when motorists let me know that it isn't such a good idea that I ride a bicycle and apparently get in their way...because I like to ride my bicycle; I ride my bicycle even if it is raining upside down...because I like to ride my bicycle.

I'm not hardcore; I just like to ride my bicycle...and I'm a little bit weird.



WOW...are you me? that sounds like something I would say.

I voted "I'm an enthusiastic sport or fitness cyclist" WHY? because I like to ride my bicycle!!
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I say "hardcore"...
cause there was no cat. for"crazed, fanatical, sleep in cycling shorts and drink chain lube for breakfast".

hey joe, where is the "Maniac" smiley.

And to illustrate; I ride every day I can...
A LifeCycle in the bedroom for those cold and wet days (hardcore or not, I don't like winter), next to the weights and bench to give me the strength to be a better, stronger rider, and owner of two road bikes, and a mtn. bike , cause you never know how you're gonna feel when you wake up.

... and there are many more like me out there... I've met a few.:fun: :fun:
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