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Old 07-07-08, 04:32 PM   #1
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Am I the only one who...

...rides a bike because it's fun, great exercise, gets my competitive juices flowing and not to save the world? I'm not saying to leave the politics behind or anything like that, but it seems like every single thread boils down to "I'm riding my bike to save the world" these days.

I guess I'm just a conservative with left wing hobbies. I ride a road bike and do woodworking, both of which seem to draw an unusual number of environmentalists wackos...you know, save the rain forests, save the world from greenhouse gasses and save the cheerleader...save the world. Well maybe not the last one, but you know what I mean, then again, maybe not. When everyone is into Newspeak and it's a thought crime to even speak out about the religion of the left, some forget that there are other views out there, like the other half of the country thinks.




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I thought there was a forum on here for posts just like this...
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of course, you are the only one.
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i started riding my bike when i was 5 and i loved it. i knew nothing about global warming. in fact, when i was younger the "expert" scientists were predicting global cooling. i actually rode my bike to prevent snow in los angeles and crop damage, lol.
i had no idea until i got onto the interent that cyclist today are morally superior to non cyclists and are in fact saving the world from fat hummer driving, carbon emitting polluters.
of course i dont know any cyclists who drive cars or buy any products or material things that cause green house emissions.
yes, cylists are better people than everyone else. its true.
oh, and a colorful jersey makes you cooler too
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I thought there was a forum on here for posts just like this...
I thought so too, that's part of the reason for this post. Maybe you should have read the post.
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i started riding my bike when i was 5 and i loved it. i knew nothing about global warming. in fact, when i was younger the "expert" scientists were predicting global cooling. i actually rode my bike to prevent snow in los angeles and crop damage, lol.
i had no idea until i got onto the interent that cyclist today are morally superior to non cyclists and are in fact saving the world from fat hummer driving, carbon emitting polluters.
of course i dont know any cyclists who drive cars or buy any products or material things that cause green house emissions.
yes, cylists are better people than everyone else. its true.
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I don't know. I ride for the pleasure of the pain. Which isn't painful enough at times and then I seek more pain. To get more satisfaction. Which sometimes I simply cannot attain. Like yesterday, I rode to Mt. Wilson from the valley, starting at 10am, riding through the hottest part of the day, which didn't seem to be hot like I've known before, and the roads didn't seem that steep, as they have before, but I was about 10% off my usual pace. I get back home and I felt as though I didn't even ride. The same feeling you get when you laze around and never get a workout in the first place. Like I was being lazy.

On the other hand, I'm working out this whole riding nutrition thing. About 75% there.

So, in short. Yes.
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I confused by the comment that woodworking attracts "environmentalist wackos." They're okay with the fact that you need to cut down trees to get solid wood?
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I ride for the fun and exercise! If you see me drop some serious weight, then I'm riding to kick some ***! That's why I ride!....I'm with you Ralph, oh yeah, and to take pictures!

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What does ***** equal? I know what *** is. I don't understand fun or excercise. I do like to take photos while riding. One of my favorites is the one I took of myself with Mono Lake in the background during the Sierra Double while riding between ruts on Hwy. 395.

Is riding fun? I don't classify it in the same category as "Weee!" fun. It's more of a "Catholic" type of fun. I can't explain it. I like the social aspect of cycling. The immediate recognition from some else who rides that you suffer from the same condition. And that they may be others in the world who might understand.
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I confused by the comment that woodworking attracts "environmentalist wackos." They're okay with the fact that you need to cut down trees to get solid wood?
I think it's kind of strange also, but never the less, look at even Norm Abram, celebrity woodworker; even he is constantly going on about sustainable yield, plantation grown lumber and this and that. I do have to admit that there aren't as many wackos on that site as this one. Don't get me wrong, I do know and like many of the wackos here, but I really don't understand their obsession with destroying our society as we know it.
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I drive 1-3 hrs to do a century ride that gets me back to where I started, doing nothing useful in-between; and where I eat and drink lots of chemically made foods.

I think I can help save the planet (or have less negative impact) if I just stay home and play video games.
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Is riding fun? I don't classify it in the same category as "Weee!" fun. It's more of a "Catholic" type of fun. I can't explain it. I like the social aspect of cycling. The immediate recognition from some else who rides that you suffer from the same condition. And that they may be others in the world who might understand.
You're right, I was being simplistic about it, but what I was really wondering was, why all the political crap outside of the P&R forum. Which brings me to what I believe is the real problem...liberals don't know they are being political because we are so inundated with left wing policy on every media outlet out there, the news (CNN), movies, TV shows and since it is everywhere, they really think everyone thinks like them and don't even consider other points of view.
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I drive 1-3 hrs to do a century ride that gets me back to where I started, doing nothing useful in-between; and where I eat and drink lots of chemically made foods.

I think I can help save the planet (or have less negative impact) if I just stay home and play video games.
Exactly Dave!
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Don't you know? No one would ever ride a bike if it wasn't to save a few dollars to donate to Cindy Sheehan, Al Gore, move on dot org, buy a NYT subscription, or fund a hatchet job on Christians, Jews or gun-tot'n red-staters (not really true of course ... just joking ... most blue cities are unsafe to ride a bike in--most bikers are not leftist wackos and only those pinko commies on the P&R forum even pretend to be bikers).
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I ride for fun.

I post to change the world.

That, and to show just how smart and funny I really am.
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You make some interesting points:

"...rides a bike because it's fun, great exercise, gets my competitive juices flowing and not to save the world? I'm not saying to leave the politics behind or anything like that, but it seems like every single thread boils down to "I'm riding my bike to save the world" these days."

Not me. I ride my bike because it's fun and helps me be somewhat less fat.

"I guess I'm just a conservative with left wing hobbies."

Funny coincidence. I'm a left wing nut with conservative hobbies. In my spare time I enjoy clubbing baby seals and election fraud.

"...some forget that there are other views out there, like the other half of the country thinks."

Now that's just silly. Everyone thinks like me. Everyone.
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Now that's just silly. Everyone thinks like me. Everyone.
Right! What he said.
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.you know, save the rain forests, save the world from greenhouse gasses and save the cheerleader...save the world.
Yes, all of that... except the cheerleader. Cheerleaders should not be saved under any circumstances whatsoever.
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I think it's kind of strange also, but never the less, look at even Norm Abram, celebrity woodworker; even he is constantly going on about sustainable yield, plantation grown lumber and this and that. I do have to admit that there aren't as many wackos on that site as this one. Don't get me wrong, I do know and like many of the wackos here, but I really don't understand their obsession with destroying our society as we know it.
Personally I don't consider people who have a different point of view "wacko."
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Personally I don't consider people who have a different point of view "wacko."
What about Mary?
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Doesn't count. She actually IS wacko.
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You make some interesting points:

"...rides a bike because it's fun, great exercise, gets my competitive juices flowing and not to save the world? I'm not saying to leave the politics behind or anything like that, but it seems like every single thread boils down to "I'm riding my bike to save the world" these days."

Not me. I ride my bike because it's fun and helps me be somewhat less fat.

"I guess I'm just a conservative with left wing hobbies."

Funny coincidence. I'm a left wing nut with conservative hobbies. In my spare time I enjoy clubbing baby seals and election fraud.

"...some forget that there are other views out there, like the other half of the country thinks."

Now that's just silly. Everyone thinks like me. Everyone.
LOL

Of course, I lost my job as a baby seal beater, but I'm trying to get back into election fraud...mostly so none of the three liberals choices get in.
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When I say wacko, it's with love.
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