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Old 05-12-12, 12:12 AM   #1
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Interesting observation about lots of cyclists.

I have a bicycle route in front of my house, and I love people watching. As I see a lot of cyclists pass by my house. Some interesting observations, that some people are completely oblivious to some things like... I see people with obviously low tire pressure, wearing their helmets wrong, lots of squeaky drive chains, poor riding habits. I also notice a lot less women ride by themselves, let alone a lot less women. Cyclists that are decked out with bill board bicycle shorts, jerseys, with all the fancy gear with their $1000+ road bikes only come out when it's nice out. (My girlfriend calls these cyclists pantywads )

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First impressions are often wrong.

Hopefully my first impression of you is wrong.
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Hopefully my first impression of you is wrong.
What do you mean?
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What do you mean?
He's trying to imply you're a jerk for "judging" all the people that ride by.

I think they're good observations though and probably pretty accurate.
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pantywads?! LMFAO!! Thats awsome. I personally only ride my road bike when its nice (that includes cycling shorts,helmet, and an athletic tee) but that doesn't mean I dont ride during not so ideal weather, I just take the mtb instead(I dont wear cycling clothes with the mtb). Usually this is cause I ride longer distances with the road bike than I will on the mtb. I am probably guilty of riding on low air pressure in my tires tho.
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He's a she.
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You should see the large local park on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone with a bike shaped object comes out to play. I'm happy to see them enjoying themselves, but I have to wince when the seat heights are all wrong, the brakes don't work because they haven't been cared for, the drive trains are so loud you can hear them a mile away, half of the people ride the kickstand mostly down (god forbid if you actually want to turn!) A few weeks back I saw some dude with those extra bars fitted to the front covered in a dazzling array of lights and a sound system that would be at home in a sound off car. Its a real 3 ring circus to clear to get to the decent bike paths.
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Extra bars are like aerobars? One good thing about them is they caused the development of computer mounts for aerobars. They can also be used for mounting headlights in odd places.
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They look like an extra layer above the normal bars which of course give lots of real estate for extra toys. Saw another guy with what looked like a Small GPS, some kind of smart phone, a sound system, and of course lots of lights along with an electronic horn and speaker (very loud!) That device I can see a use for... scare the **** out of the blind and deaf drivers around here.
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Probably something like a Minoura Space Grip.

http://www.amazon.com/Minoura-Spaceg.../dp/B0064HLNPO
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Cyclists that are decked out with bill board bicycle shorts, jerseys, with all the fancy gear with their $1000+ road bikes
I've been noticing that one too. It's one of the things that still puzzle me. I'd go on an organized century ride, and five or six hours later I'd still be surrounded by cyclists in flashy attire, with matching shorts and jerseys and every square inch covered with ads, looking like they are on Tour de France. (I can't always tell how expensive their bikes are, but I do see a fair share of bikes that I recognize as carbon fiber versions.)

I'm one of the slower participants (I usually finish in the bottom 20%), but I've only been training seriously for a few months. I have a total of one pair of bike shorts and two jerseys (short-sleeve and long-sleeve), all of them completely plain. I don't understand why a person whose shape is comparable to mine would get decked out in faux pro clothing. Or where he would even get that kind of attire.
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Its common here as well. Everyone has to wear all the fanciest clothes with logos all over them. I understand wearing cycling shorts and Jerseys for comfort,but I don't get the need for the logos. I tried to get plain shorts and its almost impossible, you have to go with hiking gear to get away from the image. I suspect its just the latest fashion.
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I'm desperately looking for that face-palm emoticon. Where the damn hell is it???????
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Its common here as well. Everyone has to wear all the fanciest clothes with logos all over them. I understand wearing cycling shorts and Jerseys for comfort,but I don't get the need for the logos. I tried to get plain shorts and its almost impossible, you have to go with hiking gear to get away from the image. I suspect its just the latest fashion.
Around here, unless you get a jersey for completing an event or at work or you buy one from your favorite brewery, you really have to go out of your way to get "decorated". Reasonably priced jerseys might have the logo of the manufacturer and maybe a word or two. This is about as garish as you can get under $100 at my local bike shop. And it doesn't hold a candle to designs I see out there in the real world.
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Around here, unless you get a jersey for completing an event or at work or you buy one from your favorite brewery, you really have to go out of your way to get "decorated". Reasonably priced jerseys might have the logo of the manufacturer and maybe a word or two. This is about as garish as you can get under $100 at my local bike shop. And it doesn't hold a candle to designs I see out there in the real world.
Have you ever heard of ... the internet???


Yep, Rowan needs to find that facepalm.

This thread is hilarious in a kind of way.

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Have you ever heard of ... the internet???
Are you referring to the rule 34 of the internet? The phenomenon seems too widespread to be explained by that.
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I have a bicycle route in front of my house, and I love people watching. As I see a lot of cyclists pass by my house. Some interesting observations, that some people are completely oblivious to some things like... I see people with obviously low tire pressure, wearing their helmets wrong, lots of squeaky drive chains, poor riding habits. I also notice a lot less women ride by themselves, let alone a lot less women. Cyclists that are decked out with bill board bicycle shorts, jerseys, with all the fancy gear with their $1000+ road bikes only come out when it's nice out. (My girlfriend calls these cyclists pantywads )

Just thought I'd share...
This would apply to most things, not just bicycle riders.

Look at the cars on the road, or motorcycles, or boats, or people walking on the sidewalk.
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Are you referring to the rule 34 of the internet? The phenomenon seems too widespread to be explained by that.
I'm referring to online shopping. There are lots of places you can buy cycling gear online. "Around here" my cycling stuff comes from England, New Zealand, and Australia. The global economy.
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Ben4345 didn't mention seeing any Zombie Apocalypse riders
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Ben4345 didn't mention seeing any Zombie Apocalypse riders
Maybe he is one
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Yep, Rowan needs to find that facepalm.

This thread is hilarious in a kind of way.

I think we might need Bongo.
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And no mention of ninja riders, but maybe Ben4345 isn't observing after dark....
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Its common here as well. Everyone has to wear all the fanciest clothes with logos all over them. I understand wearing cycling shorts and Jerseys for comfort,but I don't get the need for the logos. I tried to get plain shorts and its almost impossible, you have to go with hiking gear to get away from the image. I suspect its just the latest fashion.
This is common in lots of recreational activities. Go out to the launch ramp at a popular fishing lake some Saturday morning, and see how many guys launching flashy boats are decked out like the dudes on those fishing shows, advertising every brand of gear under the sun. Or go out to the golf course and see all the guys wearing shirts and caps with their brand of clubs.
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On the topic of wearing PRO kits, I've only got one (all my other stuff is plain, local club, events I've done) and the reason I have that is because I share a name with a pro rider from that team and I have been randomly confused with him (no in person - I'm too fat on a bike!) a few times. It's good for a giggle when I tell folks that they have met/ridden with XXXX.
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