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    Why do you ride?

    I'm sure we all rode bikes as kids, but why did you start to ride for recreation/sport? I personally love nature and anything that has to do with outdoors intrigues me. After riding for a month i am still at the level where I'm not focused on going fast i just take it slow and steady and enjoy nature. (the exercise isn't bad for me either )


    Why do you ride?

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    feels good
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    I ride for exercise but that turned into a passion for cycling. Started out mountain biking then went to the road for many a year and now back to mountain biking again. All in all in the past just over a decade I have had 9 bikes....................4 mountain bikes and 5 road bikes which 4 of the 5 were personally built up by myself from hand picked components to my liking. If I look back I must have a total of some $15K I have spent in this sport!

    My latest project is building up my first mountain bike which is a full suspension KHS. I just finished my parts list order to include my personal pick of components on this bike as well. Insanity is my life which I live so this is par for me. No hobby or interest I have ever had was cheap. The only other expensive hobby I had was my telescopes! After 4 scopes and spending some almost $7k in scopes and accessories I took a hiatus. Hobbies are expensive for sure and biking can be a bank buster if you allow it to.

    I still remember my first real good bike. The year was around 1976 when I got a Schwinn 3 speed with the real aluminum fenders and steel frame with a big blue bananna seat! My dad bought my sister and I both Schwinn's that year for Christmas from out local Western Auto store! I still remember that bike and believe my parents still have it in their shop. That was when a bike was built literally like a tank!
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    I started riding as a fun way to get in shape. I had all sorts of back problems & fatigue beforehand, & I'm only 19 years old! NOT a good sign. So I got off my spoiled lazy ass & started riding. Haven't looked back since, & haven't had a pain or ache that wasn't a sign of physical improvement since then.
    just a n00b with an ego

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    So I can hit on chicks that ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    So I can hit on chicks that ride.
    Been on a few bike ride 'dates', but never seen a hot chick out on the trails without a guy close in front of her. Maybe I should move to wherever "T0L0K0" is.
    just a n00b with an ego

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    It's a Canadian postal code: T0L 0K0

    Lots of hot chicks riding here...and it's the same as you go west through BC.

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    Because it doesn't involve a ball (other than my own And I don't have to interact with humans much I am a 52yr old, fat, night riding Ninja. It's hard to find a club.
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    I enjoy being able to go places without it costing me money for fuel. It's nice to just hop on a bike and cruise around town and enjoy the day, evening, etc. It grew from there as I got bored with jumping curbs on my BMX bike and going off of small jumps in the back yard. As I got taller, the bikes got bigger. Now riding a 26" mountain bike is the norm, even if I'm just bumming around town. It's also, of course, a great way to keep in shape, since nothing else requiring any form of energy is that attractive to me, so it works out for me.

    As of recently, I've noticed I tend to forget the everyday grind when I'm biking. If I had a bad day at work, stressed out, girlfriend left me or whatever, it's something I can do to get away from that... mostly because all of my focus is channeled on getting up the hill, what gear I'm in, what cadence I'm pushing at, avoiding obstacles, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roasted View Post
    I enjoy being able to go places without it costing me money for fuel. It's nice to just hop on a bike and cruise around town and enjoy the day, evening, etc. It grew from there as I got bored with jumping curbs on my BMX bike and going off of small jumps in the back yard. As I got taller, the bikes got bigger. Now riding a 26" mountain bike is the norm, even if I'm just bumming around town. It's also, of course, a great way to keep in shape, since nothing else requiring any form of energy is that attractive to me, so it works out for me.

    As of recently, I've noticed I tend to forget the everyday grind when I'm biking. If I had a bad day at work, stressed out, girlfriend left me or whatever, it's something I can do to get away from that... mostly because all of my focus is channeled on getting up the hill, what gear I'm in, what cadence I'm pushing at, avoiding obstacles, etc.
    +1. Also gives me a good sense of accomplishment after a long hard ride.
    just a n00b with an ego

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    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    Lots of hot chicks riding here...and it's the same as you go west through BC.
    They're pretty fast too. I think it's a skill they've developed in order to avoid never.




    I, too, ride for the chicks . . . and the beer.

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    I was so young when I started biking I don't even remember my first bike, and I never remember not having one. I liked BMX and freestyle when I was a kid, then got into mountain biking in college. Road biking always seemed appealing and I borrowed friends' road bikes a couple times to try it but I never caught the bug for that until last year and now that's pretty much all I do. Not sure why I like riding so much, it's just always been a part of my life--maybe that's why.

    Of course I'm also OCD and bikes give me something to obsess about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    They're pretty fast too. I think it's a skill they've developed in order to avoid never.




    I, too, ride for the chicks . . . and the beer.
    I definitely need to move. No hot chicks or beer involved in biking down here. But then again, it probably won't look very good when I get my ass handed to me by a chick half my size with twice the physical appeal. Maybe I could play the sympathy card..
    just a n00b with an ego

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    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    So I can hit on chicks that ride.
    LMAO!
    Ego ago per Murphy's Lex
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    nature
    exercise of the best, most exciting kind. it's almost never boring, which a lot of other stuff always is
    flying in the air
    there is no other better outlet for energy that is as fun in non winter seasons
    it's ever changing, FAST, challenging, and beating the crap out of a bike/pushing your body is fun.
    if i dont im too aggressive and high strung
    great way to take stress and anger out
    you dont need anyone else to do it, unless you want someone else to do it with
    puts kayaking, hiking, road biking, running and conventional sports to shame in terms of the FUN and badassness of physical activity
    and since it's biking, it's a lot easier on your body than running, i think.
    mountain biking is the ****ing **** !!
    the only thing that comes close is hockey, but that's another one of those team sport things..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covalent Jello View Post
    mountain biking is the ****ing **** !!
    Right on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewwonu View Post
    Why do you ride?
    Mmmmm....lap times, watching the clock tick by as I grind, feeling my quads get stiff as my 3rd leg, training, shaved legs, lycra, accessorizing my expensive Trek, counting grams, and then shaving them, climbing, Endurance races, Gu, sports drinks, so I can look at my arse in the mirror and smile.

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    I got my first decent bike in my freshman year at the University of New Hampshire - a '92 Trek 930 Singletrack. It is still hanging up in my garage, in pretty decent shape. After college I didn't ride all that much but I decided to get back into it this spring. I had a back injury last year and my physical therapist, upon my discharge, said something like, "you know Matt, it wouldn't hurt if you got into shape." So in order to get back into the sport, I decided to get a bike that was designed in this century, and ended up getting a Jamis Durango 29. I have been doing two group rides a week since the end of May. I also try to do a solo ride on some railroad beds once a week too. Although I haven't met my fitness goals, I feel a lot stronger and my back has been feeling great. What I like about mountain biking is the physical challenges of making it up serious climbs, getting through gnarly terrain, and so on. What I have also found though is that I really enjoy the social aspect of the group rides. I know this may come as a shock, but after our rides, we often have a beer or two and chat for a while. Our rides are comprised of a variety of folks, who are all there to have fun. I have been an avid skier and the vibe is quite similar. I have also developed some good relationships with the LBS who organizes the rides. I have learned a lot about bikes in general, riding techniques, maintenance, etc... by just talking with these folks on our rides. Not that I like to look back in regret that much, but I now wonder why I took such a long hiatus from this enjoyable sport. All in all, I'm really glad that I got back into it. I also convinced my wife, who doesn't have a mountain biking background but is a runner, to by a used bike to try out the sport. She hasn't had that much time to ride but I hope she gets the same enjoyment out of it that I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covalent Jello View Post
    nature
    puts kayaking...to shame in terms of the FUN and badassness of physical activity
    I disagree on that one. The fun factor is fully opinion, but I don't think you can argue with this kind of badassness:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lez9LNNQWC4

    Skipping forward to 3:30 is advised, unless you want to watch Steve Fisher talk for a few minutes.

    Kayaking is an amazing upper body workout (to keep your core strong, which helps keep you from getting back problems), & to me it's more fun than mountain biking. However, this has a lot to do with location in my case. I'm an adrenaline junkie more than a health nut when it comes to outdoor sports, & the mountain biking in Georgia is tame (though technical) XC trails. Whitewater in Georgia & the general southeast is insane. I still bike more often then kayaking though, because biking alone is only a tiny bit stupid as long as you're on a well known trail & tell someone where you're going. Kayaking by yourself is idiotic. and JohnnyLaw always puts his bike fund ahead of his kayak fund, I'm doomed to forever search for a reliable kayaking buddy.
    just a n00b with an ego

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    I ride for exercise but that turned into a goal to be able to ride 15 miles per day 5 days a week, and a long ride once in a while... Bit hot here in Vegas currently @ 5:30 in the morning, but I shall make this 15 mile goal before the new year... Doing 6.4 miles currently, and it is a struggle, but I believe it can be accomplished... No kayaking for me, I like dry pavement and wind in me face...

    JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Mmmmm....lap times, watching the clock tick by as I grind, feeling my quads get stiff as my 3rd leg, training, shaved legs, lycra, accessorizing my expensive Trek, counting grams, and then shaving them, climbing, Endurance races, Gu, sports drinks, so I can look at my arse in the mirror and smile.
    ^
    just a n00b with an ego

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    Yeah I was thinking more of ocean kayaking [extremely boring]. Rivers are different though, very cool

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    Also I ride because I like decreased sperm count and love for my prostate to hurt and make my roids bleed!
    Ego ago per Murphy's Lex
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    Who needs sperm

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    ^ Ha wow guys

    I started riding as a means of transportation while going to university. I ended up hooked, and ride for fun far more often than for transportation. It's quite fun!

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