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Old 05-01-06, 09:45 PM
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us marines and bicycle riding

are there any members here in the us marines... even in the military in general. im 19 and am want to join the marines. with that in mind, bicycle riding has had a major impact on my life. i realize that in bootcamp there will be no riding, but afterwards, assuming that i am not infantry and am not drafted to the frontline, will choosing this career affect me in terms of time to ride.

not to be selfish, but honestly if it were so that i were not able to give time to my bike, i wouldnt want to choose this path.

anyone everyone welcome to holler in
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Old 05-01-06, 09:57 PM
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Well, fitness and the military go pretty much hand-in-hand. If you aren't deployed overseas to a combat unit (a mighty big if, these days), you would have no trouble finding time and opportunity for cycling. You would also more than likely find plenty of others that share your interest.

If you did get deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, well...I never liked riding in sand.
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The recruiter I talked to said they have a cycling team at some bsae on NorCal.

They showed me a picture of a team member, he was on a black Specialized S-Works E5, full Dura-Ace 7800, With some Spinergy wheels.

I don't like Shimano anymore, so I didn't join.
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DOD Cycling.


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Originally Posted by gmoneyhobbit
are there any members here in the us marines... even in the military in general. im 19 and am want to join the marines. with that in mind, bicycle riding has had a major impact on my life. i realize that in bootcamp there will be no riding, but afterwards, assuming that i am not infantry and am not drafted to the frontline, will choosing this career affect me in terms of time to ride.

not to be selfish, but honestly if it were so that i were not able to give time to my bike, i wouldnt want to choose this path.

anyone everyone welcome to holler in
Most US duty stations are in areas with a decent cycling environment - California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virgina & Hawaii. If you end up on a big gray boat, you can usually bring your bike along - good riding in both Westpac and Italy. I wouldn't be optimistic about cycling opportunities in the middle east and Africa though.
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Riding on the flight deck of an air craft carrier. Somebody told me about that, but I can't remember if it was something you couldn't do, or shouldn't do. I don't rememeber.
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Originally Posted by TexasGuy
Riding on the flight deck of an air craft carrier.
Maybe that explains the tie to Shimano.
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As a former Marine, I would agree with Chipcom (also a former Jarhead) that if you end up with a permanent duty station, you should be fine, but it will be almost impossible if you end up deployed somewhere. It will all depend on your MOS/JOb.
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Originally Posted by 56/12 and 22/28
Maybe that explains the tie to Shimano.
What do shimano and flight decks have in common?
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Originally Posted by TexasGuy
What do shimano and flight decks have in common?
Have you ever seen a Shimano STI Brifter?

It's the kind of computer that Shimano makes for them.

Like what Campy does with Ergopower and the Ergobrain.

Duh.
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Originally Posted by 56/12 and 22/28
Have you ever seen a Shimano STI Brifter?

It's the kind of computer that Shimano makes for them.

Like what Campy does with Ergopower and the Ergobrain.

Duh.
Nope and still don't get it , but okay.
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Originally Posted by TexasGuy
Nope and still don't get it , but okay.
Fine, you win.
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YES!!!! I WIN! I PWNT FIDDY SIX. GG

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I WONN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAHHHH!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Namenda
Well, fitness and the military go pretty much hand-in-hand. If you aren't deployed overseas to a combat unit (a mighty big if, these days), you would have no trouble finding time and opportunity for cycling. You would also more than likely find plenty of others that share your interest.

If you did get deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, well...I never liked riding in sand.
Yep, pretty much on target.

You won't have much time for riding in boot camp, TBS or MOS training, though the last one will depend on which MOS you're training for.

Once you get to your first duty station, you'll have time to ride. May be only a little or may be a lot, depending on where you are in your work-up/deployment schedule. Even if you're stationed overseas at, for example, Iwakuni, Japan. When you deploy, depending on where it is, you may or may not. And if it is "haze gray and underway", buy a trainer; you'll be able to set it up and spin, but you can't ride on the flight deck of a carrier.

I suppose you could, but trust me, you really don't want to. Running up there is bad enough and riding your bike, dodging tie down chains, arresting gear, slick catapult tracks and aircraft wings, stores and whatnot would make it pretty difficult. Add to that the grease and oil that accumulates over time and the non-skid becomes much less NON. To the point where I've seen the wind or a roll in the ship move 50,000# aircraft with their brakes locked.

No, riding on the flight deck is definately not something you want to try. Running is bad enough. Oh, and getting your bike from your berthing to the flight deck through narrow passageways and steep ladders? Get a trainer for the underway periods. Take the bike out on liberty when you're in port.

As with any full time job, you'll have to find your balance between work and play. But, as noted, you'll probably be able to find several people to ride with at any duty station. If not, recruit them into the sport!
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I think it depends where in the middle east you go... I think you'd be able to ride (on-base anyway) at some of the larger more permanent bases.
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all of the bomb craters in eye-rack might make for some good mtb. or, you could organize the first Baghdad alleycat. one checkpoint could involve taking apart an improvised explosive device, and another could involve shooting someone innocent while trackstanding.
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Originally Posted by skiahh
No, riding on the flight deck is definately not something you want to try.
+1 just because some of us did ride on the flight deck, doesn't mean it was the brightest idea in the world. Kinda like Benjo jumping and drinking Soju - they seemed like a good idea at the time!
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Heheheh I think I've heard a story or 2 about it being done.
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When my daughter was stationed at camp Pendolton Calif. I think there was a marine tri team and a bicycle team.

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I just sent two big boxes of helmets, lights, tubes, tools, Gatorade, and other bike gear over to Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 stationed in Al Asad. They say that they ride mountain bikes as their primary mode of personal transportation especially around base.


Heh...you might have heard of one of them.

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The army has it's own cycling team, including those at West Point:

http://www.west-point.org/academy/armycycling/

In fact, they used to hold a very nice race in Harriman State Park, just south of West Point in Orange/Rockland county...

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Originally Posted by Jay H
The army has it's own cycling team, including those at West Point:
I bet they have a Marine guide to keep em from getting lost on the road.
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