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Old 02-19-05, 10:17 PM   #1
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Real Cyclists

did you to read the March 2005,issue of Bicycling? they gave 250 bikes to different communities to see what would happen (Bike Town). I was/am extremely disheartened by the people, that embraced their bikes, but didn't feel that they were "real cyclists" (because they did not have a expensive road bike and full spandex) So what is a "Real Cyclist"??? To those of you that perform at the top of your class I would say that you are cyclist and an athelete and my hat is off to you, but/yet we need to involve cyclists who wears denim into our corner, and convince them that yes, they are as real, as you, Lance or anyone else. to badly misquote Shakespeare " do we not bleed if you cut us? do we not get road rash if we fall off our bikes?"
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Old 02-19-05, 10:24 PM   #2
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If you ride your bicycle (whatever type it may be) regularly (not just a couple times a month during the summer months), you are a real cyclist.
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Old 02-19-05, 10:32 PM   #3
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I represent the road rash remark! (Fortunately it's almost healed!) I read the article and found it pretty interesting. I agree the more the merrier on two wheels. I can understand the trepidation of some of the newcomers being somewhat of a newbie myself. I always felt the "real" cyclists would laugh and think my mother dressed me funny when I would go riding in shorts, T-shirt and tennis shoes on my shiny new Lemond. Now I finally have all the gear and all the non-cyclists laugh at me and thinks my mother dresses me funny!! Oh well! Anyway, it took a few rides before I just figured I was going to ride and to heck with what anyone else thought. I think the Biketowners will end up the same if they keep at it. Unfortunately, it seemed most of the recipients did not continue to ride.
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Old 02-20-05, 07:53 PM   #4
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Marge, in MY opinion: a "Real Cyclist" is one {cyclist** who commits him/her self to doing a large fraction of commuting with the bike (if not all of it, as I do). Rather than relying so heavily on that suv/motor vehicle. In ADDITION TO dedication/addiction to the hobby/sport.
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Old 02-20-05, 08:42 PM   #5
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I think anyone who enjoys cycling...whether it be once a week, once a month, or everyday, but does it regularly.....then they're a cyclist. Not if you commute, or what not...some people these days i.e. my father live too far (50 miles, 60 if you stay off the interstate) from work to commute.
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Although I'm probably going to ride 5,000 miles this year and rode about 4,000 miles last year I don't really consider myself a true cyclist per se. I consider myself more of a cycling enthusiast. I enjoy the exercise aspect and the training and the challenge of setting some personal bests, but I also enjoy the hardware and the tech. Although I was quick to get into clipless shoes and cleats, I hated the idea of wearing lycra. Eventually tried some shorts and don't know how I ever survived without them now, especially on those three to four hour rides! I'll never wear a jersey though. Just can't do it.
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