Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 31
  1. #1
    Don't Believe the Hype RiPHRaPH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    chicagoland area
    My Bikes
    1999 Steelman SR525, 2002 Lightspeed Ultimate, 1988 Trek 830, 2008 Scott Addict
    Posts
    2,585
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    what if you never improved anymore...satisfied?

    just for a moment, say your endurance, speed or recovery goals never advanced past where they are right now. would you be satisfied? would you still enjoy your riding and training?
    I have enough words to get me into trouble, but not enough to get me out of trouble.

  2. #2
    cut my gas use in half Jessica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    My Bikes
    walmart beater, Dahon boardwalk, A bike, schwinn tandem
    Posts
    324
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My transportation is my bike. Yes, if i never get faster, 7 to 10 mph gets me there...
    And I am sure there are other choices I haven't thought of, yet...

  3. #3
    He drop me Grasschopper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Central PA
    My Bikes
    '03 Marin Mill Valley, '06 Cannondale Rush, '02 Eddy Merckx Corsa 0.1, '07 Bottecchia Euro Sprint Tour Comp Elite Pro 1000
    Posts
    11,436
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yes I think I would be fine. For me it isn't REALLY about going faster or even longer but I do have goals in both areas. I just want to ride and use riding to loose weight and spend time with my wife and son. The reality is that I am overweight enough that as I loose weight there is almost no way I am not going to improve my avg. speed especially with our topography.
    The views expressed by this poster do not reflect the views of BikeForums.net.

  4. #4
    bac
    bac is offline
    Senior Member bac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    My Bikes
    Too many to list!
    Posts
    7,487
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RiPHRaPH
    just for a moment, say your endurance, speed or recovery goals never advanced past where they are right now. would you be satisfied? would you still enjoy your riding and training?
    Age is beginning to run me up, and over that improvement-curve right now. I will, however, not go out without a serious fight! Regardless, when my performance does start to decline more rapidly with age, I will still have my own personal goals, and challenges to keep me motivated, and keep the experience enjoyable.

  5. #5
    Immoderator KrisPistofferson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    POS Tennessee
    My Bikes
    Gary Fisher Simple City 8, Litespeed Obed
    Posts
    7,596
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I use my bike primarily for transportation, so I don't think of riding in the same performance oriented terms as running or weight-lifting. I'm pretty satisfied with my abilities to ride long distances to see friends who marvel at the fact I got there on a bicycle. I could lose a few pounds, but I'm one of those people who could ALWAYS lose a few pounds! So I guess I'd be satisfied, I just love to ride and love bicycles, and the design and concept of bicycles. Truly the most efficient, practical and fun inventions humans have ever come up with!
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikeforums
    Your rights end where another poster's feelings begin.

  6. #6
    Meow! my58vw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Riverside, California
    My Bikes
    Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
    Posts
    6,025
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I will be the decenting opinion here... no I would not be satisfied if I could no longer improve. I am a strong rider now and I could stay where I am but I have so much potentional right now.

    It all depends on what you do on your bike. When you want to race the minute you stop improving you are stuck in you catagory or you lose...
    Just your average club rider... :)

  7. #7
    Immoderator KrisPistofferson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    POS Tennessee
    My Bikes
    Gary Fisher Simple City 8, Litespeed Obed
    Posts
    7,596
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    It all depends on what you do on your bike.
    Exactly. That's one of the wonderful things about bicycles, how many different types of people get their needs met by basically the same machine!
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikeforums
    Your rights end where another poster's feelings begin.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Montreal
    My Bikes
    Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
    Posts
    6,521
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My goal is to continue doing it.

  9. #9
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Progression is what drives me. I would likely switch to another discipline. For me I switch between 3 parts of mountain biking, so there is always something improving.

  10. #10
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,160
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Disappointed? You bet. Six years ago I was a 17 mph rider, on a good day. But I've been working on that - a faster bike here, more quality miles there. Each year seems to be a little faster for me. A few years back, I managed to do a half century in 2:16, but I was toast afterward. The thought of a five-hour century was still too much to consider. Well, this year was my first attempt at a sub-5 century. I did 104 miles in 4:31, which is a 4:20 century! Woo hoo! I hope to do even better next year, at 49 I still have a few years left in the ol' legs!

    The other part of the question: would I still enjoy cycling if I didn't improve? Absolutely! I'm in this because I enjoy cycling, not because I have to beat the clock.

  11. #11
    Nut Job jedi_rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    517
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Today, my answer is no...I would not be satisfied.

    Ask me this question again in about 2-3 years time. I've just been riding for a little over a year and I'm still progressing. There are lots of aspects I want to explore both on the road and trails...
    Any time I'm going up a hill, I know I'm headed in the right direction.

  12. #12
    hello roadfix's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Los Angeles
    My Bikes
    thank you for asking
    Posts
    18,502
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RiPHRaPH
    just for a moment, say your endurance, speed or recovery goals never advanced past where they are right now. would you be satisfied? would you still enjoy your riding and training?
    I never looked at cycling from that angle so I was never concerned, although I noticed a general curve in my cycling performance over the years. I figured since I don't race, tracking performance was never an issue for me. My fun and health factors are the priorities here.
    .cinelli.olympic.surly.long.haul.trucker.kona.ku.surly.steamroller.
    .litespeed.classic.litespeed.firenze.bianchi.pista.dean.colonel.plus.more.

  13. #13
    Senior Member 55/Rad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Seven Axiom
    Posts
    11,686
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    At any given age, we all have a certain amount of potential. As long as I haven't maximized this potential (who has?) I will continue to seek improvement.

    55/Rad

  14. #14
    Work hard, Play hard forum*rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    San Diego, California
    My Bikes
    Cannondale super V 500, Bianchi Piaggio(hopefully getting a new road bike when I get some money)
    Posts
    2,596
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wouldn't be satisfied, still feel like theirs some major improving I could do.

    Of course if my improvement just STOPPED, I would keep cycling. It's just so dang fun!

  15. #15
    Desert tortise lsits's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Riverside, California
    My Bikes
    Ibex Corrida LT 4.4 (2003), 2006 Bianchi Vigorelli (Red)
    Posts
    884
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm at an age (49 next month) where I know that I will be peaking soon (if I haven't already) in terms of speed and distance. I've done two centuries and about 12 metric centuries. I think my best average for those distances was about 15 mph. I don't forsee any big jumps in either of those categories. That's ok, as long as there are new places to go and new people to meet, I'm cool with that.
    Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then. - Bob Seger

  16. #16
    'Bent Brian
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Wellington Ohio
    My Bikes
    Trek 1000, Rans Tailwind
    Posts
    560
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Getting from point "A" to point "B" in one piece and having fun while doing it. As long as I can maintian that I'm happy. Of course new personal bests are fun too but not all that important.

    'bent Brian

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Canada
    My Bikes
    Trek Fuel 98
    Posts
    150
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    After a lifetime of training and competing in a few sports, my strength, endurance and recovery are starting to go downhill. My goal is to maintain my peak performance levels (and stay away from injuries).

    So therefore, yes I would be satisfied if my performance remained the same as it is now. That would still let me work on skills and bike handling in technical terrain.

  18. #18
    Wood Licker Maelstrom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Whistler,BC
    My Bikes
    Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002 and specialized BMX
    Posts
    16,888
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I guess for me (and other mountain bikers) it is different. Speed and distance don't mean as much to us and conquering certain sections or doing something new. I don't expect to progress forever in the speed and distance arena. But I can always learn something new or nail a section faster, or climb a technical section I couldn't do previously because my line choice improved. If I stopped being able to get better overall as a rider, I would like become bored (as with all things I have done)

  19. #19
    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
    Posts
    9,622
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by forum*rider
    I wouldn't be satisfied, still feel like theirs some major improving I could do.

    Of course if my improvement just STOPPED, I would keep cycling. It's just so dang fun!
    Ditto. I also ride because it's the superior transport option in my situation, and merely stopping improvement would not change that situation. Of course, there are plenty of parts of the world I've yet to discover by bike, and the ability to simply go fast wouldn't really concern me when I'm touring.
    "I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
    "We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
    My blog.
    My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.

  20. #20
    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    My Bikes
    ariZona carbon fiber tandem & single
    Posts
    10,003
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    At age 72 I can no longer do sub-5 hour centuries back-to-back like I did in my forties.
    However, I still time trial and I am my own worst enemy. Racing the clock lets me improve, however, sometimes I loose!
    Pedal on!

  21. #21
    By-Tor...or the Snow Dog? hi565's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Ma
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Cross Concept, Flyte Srs-3
    Posts
    6,481
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by RiPHRaPH
    just for a moment, say your endurance, speed or recovery goals never advanced past where they are right now. would you be satisfied? would you still enjoy your riding and training?
    I dont think i would be happy , it hink it would work, i think if i worked my muscels toa more fit shape and lost some weight then i would have no problem stopping
    ----------------------------------------------------------

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Philadelphia suburb
    Posts
    911
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm with The Fixer and Isits and some others: for me, cycling was never about competing, even with or within myself. It's about my mental and physical health, moments of serenity in a pressured life, enjoying the beauty of the countryside around me on rides, the companionship of others on group rides, the rhythm of my heartbeat and breathing on solo rides. These are lessons I learned after realizing how unhealthy my hyper-competitiveness was for me, but I can understand others having other points of view and priorities.

  23. #23
    . . . rosebud . . . Diggy18's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Arlington, VA
    My Bikes
    Diamondback Outlook
    Posts
    875
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I never had any performance goals.

    When I get out there, depending on the day I will do some sprints, or try and spin like crazy going up hill in low gear or maybe creep up a hill in high gear.

    But mostly I just like being outside, and get caught up looking at the scenery and what not.
    "There'll be time for complacency when I'm six feet under. "

  24. #24
    Toyota Racing Dev. PWRDbyTRD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Knoxville, TN baby!
    My Bikes
    2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux
    Posts
    3,336
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What about weight? If I couldn't lose weight and get some for of exercise I'd stuff my bike in a closet and sit on the computer Part of my motivation to bike is my health
    Linkage...My 2004 Kona Hoss Dee-Lux My Mindless Banter
    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Desert
    My Bikes
    Colnago, GT Team
    Posts
    271
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris L
    Ditto. I also ride because it's the superior transport option in my situation, and merely stopping improvement would not change that situation. Of course, there are plenty of parts of the world I've yet to discover by bike, and the ability to simply go fast wouldn't really concern me when I'm touring.
    Do you race ?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •