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Old 12-26-22, 04:57 PM
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Why Do You Ride?

When I first thought of this topic, I was going to address it to the older members of the forum - members who are rather C&V, themselves. After typing it, I realized the responses from younger people would also be interesting. If you are younger, I'd like to hear from you, too.

Why do you "still" ride a bicycle?

Why do you ride C&V bicycles as opposed to modern bikes? Do you also own and ride a modern bike?

After all, what, really, is the point of all of this, from your perspective?
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wait... we're supposed to ride them?
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Because its all so dang cool.
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It started with bicycles, its likely to end with bicycles.
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They told me there wouldn't be essay questions on this test.

I might think of something profaneound to say later, but instead I'll go for a ride tonight and think about it.
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I like riding a bike, old and new. That's all, it ain't rocket science.
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Let me try to give you an answer. I'm not really looking for a performance advantage. Vintage bikes are cheaper.......and easier to work on. They get the job done. The industry is actually heading in a different direction than I want it to go as far as frames and drivetrains. Rear spacing is getting so wide it's affecting Q factor. The frames tubes/stays are getting so wide/thick in certain areas that it might cause some clearance issues for me. I'll just stay with the vintage stuff.
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I'm seventy years old. My first 50 mile ride was on a three speed reclaimed from the town dump in 1965. I still ride because the inertia built up over all these years is so great. I ride modern bikes 80 percent of the time.
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Because the memory.
You know the memory, the first time you were doing it all alone, no one helping. Freedom. The very first taste.
That's why I ride.
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Bikes started out as my first escape vehicle from daily existence, which was pretty bleak at times. After meeting the gal who would become my wife and moving to a location that allowed for much more opportunity, I quit riding for a long time to concentrate on family. I had only started to dabble in cycling again when the diabetes issue crept into the picture. The exercise component of cycling helps deal with a bit of that damage. I have not been a terribly active cyclist the last two years, but my health is dictating I change that.
iIt's still impossible not to feel that sense of escape and freedom when i throw my leg over a bike for a ride. Memories of riding around NW New York state and SW Montana as a youth/teenager coming flowing back into focus.
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Because I still can?

Yeah, that's it

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I ride because I feel like I'm 10 years old when I ride. I also ride because it's good for me and everyone else.
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I also ride for many of the reasons given. As well, being a Clydesdale it is easier on the knees. The main reason, other than loving the feeling of riding, is that I my career has been in geriatrics and I have seen so many times that "use it or lose it" is a reality. I want to keep my ability to keep going as long as possible.

While the oldest bike I have right now is a 2009 or so CAAD9 (some consider it vintage), I also ride Single Speed or Fixed Gear most of the time.
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag
When I first thought of this topic, I was going to address it to the older members of the forum - members who are rather C&V, themselves. After typing it, I realized the responses from younger people would also be interesting. If you are younger, I'd like to hear from you, too.

Why do you "still" ride a bicycle?

Why do you ride C&V bicycles as opposed to modern bikes? Do you also own and ride a modern bike?

After all, what, really, is the point of all of this, from your perspective?
The question really should be "why don't you still ride a bicycle?".
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5 reasons why I ride-

- Rode BMX freestyle growing up and liked the mechanical side of the activity. Getting back into cycling as an adult, the restoration and modernization of c&v frames hits that interest.

- I was a multi-sport athlete growing up, continued into adulthood playing competitive team sports, and cycling has filled the void left by leaving all but one of the team sports. I can't dunk anymore or keep up with younger players on the cpurt6, but I could ride faster and longer than any of those guys!
Typical story- individual transitions to solo endurance activities as they age.

- It was a way to connect with my oldest daughter when she was young and that has continued to this day 15 years later for both kids- we periodically ride to get breakfast or lunch or ice cream. Fun activities.

- Keeps me in a good mood. Call it mental health as a catch all, I guess. Exercise helps people have a better perspective and cycling for 1.5-4 hours does that for me. adter 4 hours of hard solo riding, I go to a dark place for a handful of miles, but then come out of it and it's great again.

- I help run a teen nonprofit mentorship program. that works with kids to handle life's challenges. We use cycling as a way to meet, address challenges, and gain confidence. We meet a few times a week from March thru July and prepare the kids to ride across the state on RAGBRAI. It's a given that I kinda sorta have to ride!




One more reason I ride that's sorta related to a point above- I ride because the other aerobic activity would be running and running is for the devil. I guess I could swim, but that is close to just as miserable.
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Sometimes I ride for cross training when Iím focusing on swimming. Sometimes I ride because Iím preparing for a triathlon. Sometimes I ride as my main exercise.

I guess I ride because I like riding. The focus changes based upon my short term goals, but I love riding so itís always part of my life. Vintage bikes just makes it more fun.
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I ride so I have something to post on BF. 😉
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It feels good when I stop?
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Originally Posted by stevel610

ride...it is easier on the knees...
Amen, brother

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Originally Posted by Schweinhund
Because the memory.
You know the memory, the first time you were doing it all alone, no one helping. Freedom. The very first taste.
That's why I ride.
Originally Posted by 52telecaster
I ride because I feel like I'm 10 years old when I ride.
My answer is similar to what these guys said.
I've talked about it Before in the "where did you ride today" thread.
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