Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recreational & Family Ride just to ride? Have a family and want to get them into cycling? Drop in here to discuss recreational and family cycling issues.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-23-12, 09:18 AM   #1
mustang1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mustang1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: London, UK
Bikes: 2006 road bike, 2012 cx bike, 2012 carbon rb, 2014 hardtail
Posts: 2,714
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Would you feel "over-biked" ?

Suppose you are going out for a casual ride with friends and family. They were on their hybrids and dept store bikes, and you were on your road race bike (coz you had no other) but wearing jeans and t-shirt (tho still clipless pedals and shoes).

Would you feel out of place?
mustang1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-12, 10:55 AM   #2
jbrow1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Michigan
Bikes: Old ones.
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Run what ya brung goes both ways. If you're having fun, who cares? Or on the other hand, one can never have to many bikes....so buy a cheapie off craigslist just for these occasions and also the pleasure of wrenching on some old school stuff
jbrow1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-12, 02:03 PM   #3
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,962
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I would not feel out of place. Road bikes can be used for casual riding, too.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-12, 09:26 PM   #4
Wolfvegas
Senior Member
 
Wolfvegas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Nova Scotia, CANADA
Bikes: CCM 21 speed big box special.....
Posts: 237
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
first world problems lol, or an excuse to buy a new bike?
Wolfvegas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-12, 05:08 AM   #5
bclawrence
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Bikes: 2013 Trek Madone 5.1, 2011 Trek 1.1, Trek 4500
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would not feel out of place. I live 1/4 mile from my work and sometimes ride my road bike clip ins and all. We also take our daughter on rides and I will use it then too. She is gonna be 4 and loves to make lots of stops to fill her front basket with all sorts of stuff.
bclawrence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-12, 05:39 AM   #6
jolly_ross
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 621
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you find yourself shouting at a little girl on a tiny pink bike because she's not doing her turn up front then you may be out of place.
jolly_ross is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-12, 10:25 AM   #7
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,962
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jolly_ross View Post
If you find yourself shouting at a little girl on a tiny pink bike because she's not doing her turn up front then you may be out of place.
Thank you for my new signature quote.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-12, 08:42 AM   #8
mr,grumpy 
Senior Member
 
mr,grumpy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Boston Burbs
Bikes: Diamondback Sorrento, 1978(ish) Peugeot PRN10e
Posts: 780
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
The only people who would think you a tool ( if you were riding "normal" for the bike-path world) would be the other "road bikers" riding their more appropriate bike-path bikes who wold probably find your overt display of power pretentious. I doubt that many people who would recognize your bike for what it is would believe that such a serious cyclist had only one, overpowered, bike.
__________________
"I'm built like a marine mammal. I love the cold! "-Cosmoline
"MTBing is cheap compared to any motorsport I've done. It's very expensive compared to jogging."-ColinL
Rides:
1999-ish Diamondback Sorrento (I'm not Dead Yet! I feal happy. I think I'll go for a walk!)
1980ish Raleigh Marathon (Vintage Steel)
2007 Gary Fisher Advance (giving the Sorrento a break)
2006 Trek 820 (Captain Amazing)
2010 Specialized Tricross (Back in Black)


My little bike blog.
mr,grumpy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-12, 08:21 PM   #9
Mondo734
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Denver, CO
Bikes: 2012 Specialized Crux, Schwinn Mesa
Posts: 583
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I dont think you would look out of place but you would probably feel it. Even being normally dressed your gonna be doing a fraction of the pedalling that the rest of your group is.
Mondo734 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-12, 02:58 PM   #10
stuartmalone
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Kansas City, MO
Bikes: 1985 Cannondale ST500, 2012 Redline Monocog 29er, Homebuilt oversize BMX cruiser, early 80s Schwinn Continental
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's your bike, you ride it however you like. I found getting in and out of clips while riding with kids to be such a PITA, I bought a Walmart OP cruiser for $99 to ride with the kids. Besides, the big sproingy seat and upright position are wonderful for taking in the sights along the way. Check your local used bike shop, I bet you can find something that would work for even less.

Stuart Malone
stuartmalone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-12, 11:21 AM   #11
DieselDan
Senior Member
 
DieselDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
Bikes: Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger
Posts: 8,521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
Suppose you are going out for a casual ride with friends and family. They were on their hybrids and dept store bikes, and you were on your road race bike (coz you had no other) but wearing jeans and t-shirt (tho still clipless pedals and shoes).

Would you feel out of place?
No.

Long answer: Not at all.
DieselDan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-12, 02:47 PM   #12
jbiddenback
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I believe you should never skimp on tools if you can help it. Any object that has a job to do had better be at least as dependable and serious about it as you are. So no, I would never feel out of place bringing the most effective transportation tool I have to a transportation job, even if it is just for fun.
jbiddenback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-12, 02:30 PM   #13
delcrossv 
Senior Member
 
delcrossv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Scalarville
Bikes:
Posts: 1,459
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No. Most folks wouldn't recognize the difference unless it were really fancy, and why work harder than you have to?
__________________
Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard
delcrossv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-12, 02:39 PM   #14
himespau 
Senior Member
 
himespau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Bikes:
Posts: 9,607
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 121 Post(s)
I bought a pair of platforms that clip in to my clipless pedals after the last time I took a ride with the fam to a church outing and had to change my shoes when I got there. Haven't used them yet, but might the next time I find myself in a similar circumstance.
himespau is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-12, 09:40 AM   #15
gcottay
Senior Member
 
gcottay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Green Valley AZ
Bikes: Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
Posts: 3,772
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
. . . . Would you feel out of place?
I wouldn't. Has the situation bothered you?

In that setting you might have fun riding modified sweep. As the route allows, do a U-turn, sprint for a bit, repeat the U and catch back up with the group.
gcottay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-12, 09:46 AM   #16
epiking
Senior Member
 
epiking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Arizona
Bikes: '86 Miyata 1000, '85 Raleigh Elkhorn (retired), 2000 Specializer HardRock
Posts: 90
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When all I had was a road bike, that was what I rode. I didn't feel right unless I was clipped in...didn't worry about the image. What else you gonna do...walk? :-)
epiking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-12, 10:07 AM   #17
Stealthammer
Still spinnin'.....
 
Stealthammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Whitestown, IN
Bikes: Fisher Opie freeride/urban assault MTB, Redline Monocog 29er MTB, Serrota T-Max Commuter, Klein Rascal SS, Salsa Campion Road bike, Pake Rum Runner FG/SS Road bike, Cannondale Synapse Road bike, Santana Arriva Road Tandem, and others....
Posts: 1,208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
.....Would you feel out of place?
Never. I usually ride either my FG road bike, the SS 29er MTB, or the Fisher Opie MTB though because with e lazier and more casual pace I look for different way to have fun on the ride.
Stealthammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-12, 09:20 AM   #18
Turbo231
Senior Member
 
Turbo231's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Stettler, Alberta
Bikes: Trek 800, Free Spirit Town and Country, 80's Norco Nomad
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mondo734 View Post
I dont think you would look out of place but you would probably feel it. Even being normally dressed your gonna be doing a fraction of the pedalling that the rest of your group is.
Been there...this is right on. Compared to Cruisers and the like, you'll be doing a lot of idle coasting which can remove some of the fun. This might be a case where you want to find something crazy inefficient in pedal power for your own sake of not getting too bored.
Turbo231 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-12, 02:12 PM   #19
HighTopFade
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: San Francisco
Bikes: 1997 Klein Attitude Race 2012 Masi CX
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
On a road bike, the frequent stops and pace might bug me.
HighTopFade is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:27 PM.