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    Could jealousy be a factor

    We all know that the DF boy racer crowd seem to look down on or hate bents. Could jealousy figure into the mix. Who of us while out riding hasnt heard kid yell "cool bike". Even a lot of adults will comment "nice bike". And when stopped a lot of people want to ask questions.

    At a recient bike race (parking lot) I rode out to watch. I might point out here I like and approve of all types of cycling. While setting there watching, a race finished, and one of the racers rode up and stopped by me. His son ran over, looked at me and my bike, and said "Dad wouldnt it be cool if you could get a bike like that one, pointing to my Rans. The guy was on a VERY expensive carbon frame race bike. He mumbled something, and the look on his face was interesting. I guess what im saying is that no matter how expensive almost any DF bike is they seldom get the attention that a bent gets. At rides and races, the DF crowd cant help it but notice, therefore it may add to the hate because of jealousy.

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    The guy was probably embarrassed that his kid thought they were cool. Probably a Cat 4/5/C, because the Cat 3/2/1 guys usually don't care. I doubt it's jealousy. Remember, in their world recumbents are illegal.

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    I think some people are overly sensitive and take the razzing between wedgie riders and bearded hammock sleepers a bit too seriously.

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    i dont care what you ride, as long as you ride. i prefer the competitive feeling of sitting up and having an aggressive stance. to each their own, but i assure you when im looking at a bent, im not jealous.

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    Jealous? Of bent? I think not. From what I see and hear and read, recumbents have two primary applications: Old guys with back problems, and extreme touring. I think most people grew up with the classic butt-over-crank geometry and wouldn't even consider the awkward-looking geometric of a recumbent unless there was a compelling reason.

    People give them attention because they are unusual, not because they prefer them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    People give them attention because they are unusual, not because they prefer them.
    Yeah, right! That doesn't even begin to explain all the "cool bike" comments being thrown my way at the local Critical Mass. Even better, I've been getting more and more cute smiles from the cargonistas on their single-speed basket bikes. Go ahead and hate. Life is better with a cool bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplepeople View Post
    Life is better with a cool bike.
    So when are you going to get one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplepeople View Post
    Yeah, right! That doesn't even begin to explain all the "cool bike" comments being thrown my way at the local Critical Mass. Even better, I've been getting more and more cute smiles from the cargonistas on their single-speed basket bikes. Go ahead and hate. Life is better with a cool bike.

    ensen.
    if you think your bike is cool and people give you compliments, then awesome. just not for me. i dont see too many bents descending the steep grades in Mountains every weekend so, not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    The guy was probably embarrassed that his kid thought they were cool. Probably a Cat 4/5/C, because the Cat 3/2/1 guys usually don't care. I doubt it's jealousy. Remember, in their world recumbents are illegal.
    Cat 3 racer here: I'd go so far as to say most racers think of recumbents as bicycle-like machines, but not really bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    So when are you going to get one? :innocent:
    My sig shows the old one. Here's video of the one I'm riding now. Look for me doing loops about 2:35 into the video.

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    It's practically a guarantee that my ride will get more interest than a Madone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopsing08 View Post
    if you think your bike is cool and people give you compliments, then awesome. just not for me. i dont see too many bents descending the steep grades in Mountains every weekend so, not for me.
    Descending steep grades in mountains is what bents do best. Apologies to Tigger.

    It's like driving the coolest little great-handling sports car ever. My bent might be a little slower going up those mountains than a DF, but instead of bending over the handle bars and starting at the road while climbing, my head is up and I'm enjoying a good look at all the beautiful scenery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplepeople View Post
    It's practically a guarantee that my ride will get more interest than a Madone.
    but that don't make it 'cool'...just an oddity...like my Big Dummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Descending steep grades in mountains is what bents do best. Apologies to Tigger.

    It's like driving the coolest little great-handling sports car ever. My bent might be a little slower going up those mountains than a DF, but instead of bending over the handle bars and starting at the road while climbing, my head is up and I'm enjoying a good look at all the beautiful scenery.
    Yup. I was descending a hill on my 'bent when a DF rider tucked into his aero position. I laughed and said "this is my aero position".
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    Yup. I was descending a hill on my 'bent when a DF rider tucked into his aero position. I laughed and said "this is my aero position".
    Yup I was descending a hill on my wedgie, sitting up munching on a banana, when a bearded hammock driver woke up and noticed I was passing him. I laughed and said "this is my aero position" as I rubbed my belly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Cat 3 racer here: I'd go so far as to say most racers think of recumbents as bicycle-like machines, but not really bikes.
    Well, that's their problem, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Yup I was descending a hill on my wedgie, sitting up munching on a banana, when a bearded hammock driver woke up and noticed I was passing him.
    Note: THIS NEVER HAPPENS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Yup I was descending a hill on my wedgie, sitting up munching on a banana, when a bearded hammock driver woke up and noticed I was passing him. I laughed and said "this is my aero position" as I rubbed my belly.
    You just brightened my day Chip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
    Note: THIS NEVER HAPPENS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    You just brightened my day Chip.
    The more I rub my belly, the brighter things seem to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    The more I rub my belly, the brighter things seem to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Chip = Budha?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    ...I doubt it's jealousy. Remember, in their world recumbents are illegal.
    Yeah, he probably just told his kid they aren't legal in his races.

    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    I think some people are overly sensitive and take the razzing between wedgie riders and bearded hammock sleepers a bit too seriously.
    Now THAT was funny!


    It took poor balance for me to discover recumbent trikes and get a Catrike, but if my balance had been good I think I would have liked a bent anyway (but with two wheels). Riding a DF isn't exactly good for the male anatomy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onus View Post
    It took poor balance for me to discover recumbent trikes and get a Catrike, but if my balance had been good I think I would have liked a bent anyway (but with two wheels). Riding a DF isn't exactly good for the male anatomy.
    Excuse the pun, but there's the rub...riding a wedgie doesn't bother my male anatomy at all.
    Different strokes for different folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    The more I rub my belly, the brighter things seem to get.
    OK, Chip - are you sure that what you are rubbing is what the rest of us would call a "belly"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Excuse the pun, but there's the rub...riding a wedgie doesn't bother my male anatomy at all.
    Different strokes for different folks.
    well actually it's a very similar stroke for most folks.
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