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    a new breed of cyclists

    these are the cyclists that will ride just to "explore"
    they do not race
    they do not feel the need to go faster when they get passed by a fellow cyclist along the route
    the only time they will give chase, follow or attack to lose a fellow cyclist is when they feel their personal space and isolation become violated
    these are the cyclists that ride for the time to contemplate
    to get their heart rates up and give themselves a natural high through exercise
    these are the cyclists that feel they become more enlightened with every pedal stroke
    these are the cyclists that go out there just to see what is out there
    these are the cyclists that prefer to be on their bicycles to enjoy the scenery rather than use gas and pollute the environment in their automobiles



    this breed of cyclist is rare.



    also this breed of cyclist would never be caught dead in bibs

    this cyclist is out there to enjoy life

    he does not care about his average mph

    he does not care for his ability to punish himself on the mountains

    the only time he goes fast is when he wants to FEEL what its like to go fast, as he cuts through the air and feels the molecules brush up against his skin

    this cyclist enjoys the ride

    and he cares not for competition against fellow man

    for he sees the world to be good enough and beautiful

    this cyclist, whether it be he or she

    is the ultimate zen master

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    It may be rare but it's not new.

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    I don't understand why people feel the need to categorize everyone.

    Are you trying to imply that this "new breed" of cyclists is superior to those who race, or wear bibs?

    Much of that list can describe me at times, and other times not. I train, I race, but I'm primarily in it for the endorphins.

    Sometimes I'll go hurt myself with intervals, and other times I'll just go out and enjoy nature and the ride.

    Life isn't as simple as the little box you want to shove it in.

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    I hate life.

    That's why I have a powermeter. I can track not only average mph, but WATTS! It helps me prepare for competition with fellow man, which I do because the world is terrible and ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollow_Cyclist View Post
    these are the cyclists that will ride just to "explore"
    they do not race
    they do not feel the need to go faster when they get passed by a fellow cyclist along the route
    the only time they will give chase, follow or attack to lose a fellow cyclist is when they feel their personal space and isolation become violated
    these are the cyclists that ride for the time to contemplate
    to get their heart rates up and give themselves a natural high through exercise
    these are the cyclists that feel they become more enlightened with every pedal stroke
    these are the cyclists that go out there just to see what is out there
    these are the cyclists that prefer to be on their bicycles to enjoy the scenery rather than use gas and pollute the environment in their automobiles



    this breed of cyclist is rare.



    also this breed of cyclist would never be caught dead in bibs

    this cyclist is out there to enjoy life

    he does not care about his average mph

    he does not care for his ability to punish himself on the mountains

    the only time he goes fast is when he wants to FEEL what its like to go fast, as he cuts through the air and feels the molecules brush up against his skin

    this cyclist enjoys the ride

    and he cares not for competition against fellow man

    for he sees the world to be good enough and beautiful

    this cyclist, whether it be he or she

    is the ultimate zen master
    I'm happy for you grasshopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    I don't understand why people feel the need to categorize everyone.

    Are you trying to imply that this "new breed" of cyclists is superior to those who race, or wear bibs?

    Much of that list can describe me at times, and other times not. I train, I race, but I'm primarily in it for the endorphins.

    Sometimes I'll go hurt myself with intervals, and other times I'll just go out and enjoy nature and the ride.

    Life isn't as simple as the little box you want to shove it in.
    +1000

    I've never been in a race. And attacking--puleez. I come in last place in a century. But I do wear bibs and sometimes a skort. I like to climb because the scenery can't be matched. In other words, that new breed of cyclist is not new or rare. I see them everyday. In fact I'm one of those riders sometimes.

    People can't always be put in boxes even though we'd try to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    I don't understand why people feel the need to categorize everyone.
    It's the American way. Us - them, cyclists - cagers, blue - red, black - white, demacrat - republican, conservative - liberal, roadie - mountian biker, on and on adnauseam.

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    i thought that was most cyclists. my view of the world has been crushed. although the spandexacons sometimes seem inhuman i'm sure they aren't out there everyday kicking my ass just to kick my ass. they must get some other enjoyment out of it. i'm just happy to see people on they're bikes really. it gets so lonely in the winter.

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    I am with umd on this one as he describes the multidimensional cyclist that most of us are. Oh, my bibs are very comfortable during my explorations.

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    Another one going south.

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    Why do zen masters always turn out to be ********?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Why do zen masters always turn out to be ********?
    Ain't that the truth!

    Too much emo from the OP.

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    What is the point to this thread? People ride because they want to. How hard is that to understand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by travelmama View Post
    People ride because they want to.
    Or because the big meanies at DMV took our license away after the last DUI.

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    I agree that isn't a *new* breed of cyclists. They always have been there, maybe since forever.

    They are called "True Freds".
    res firma mitescere nescit

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    I've been trying to figure out why everyone has been calling me Fred on the SART when my name is Alex. Now I know.

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    meh...

    everyone become's one of those once in a wile...

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    Shocking to hear such a load of crap coming from California .. oh wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexw View Post
    everyone has been calling me Fred on the SART
    I get the samething!

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    hipster kum-bai-ya b.s.

    any philosophy that puts other people down to validate their own is not zen. It's self-righteous.

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    Zen Buddhism is a religion. Spiritual enlightenment through meditation.

    I don't know how much meditation you can really do by a riding style that smells the roses and sweats through the climbs. Or the Zen simplicity of a multi geared bike. I have yet to see a Buddhist monk on the SART.

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    I too have become one of the new breed of cyclist. I achieved this not through mastering my Zen but because I have become old, fat, and slow. When I do manage to pass another rider on a climb, my inner ******* does a victory dance.

    Oh - and for some reason I never liked bibs.

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    LOL funny stuff Bud_E

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    Zen Buddhism is a religion. Spiritual enlightenment through meditation.

    I don't know how much meditation you can really do by a riding style that smells the roses and sweats through the climbs. Or the Zen simplicity of a multi geared bike. I have yet to see a Buddhist monk on the SART.
    You don't remember seeing me pull away from you last week? I spit backwards and laughed as I big ringed it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    I get the samething!
    Ha ha...you ARE a rare True Fred...
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

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