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Old 04-20-21, 09:43 AM
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1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. E
6. D
7. C
8. B
9. A
10. B
11. C
12. D
13. E
14. D
15. C
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Old 04-20-21, 09:56 AM
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1. How old are you?
- 60
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
- V02 Max is 44, top 10% for men in my age range.
3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 6
4. Typical riding conditions?
- Daylight, not raining, and on paved roads.

5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for?
- I ride a gravel bike as though it's a road bike.
-I ride a mountain bike on single track trails.

6. What would you change about your bike?
- nothing.

7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything?

- fitness and recreation. I drive a great big diesel pickup truck (F350).

8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance?

- weight lifting, strength and agility
- elliptical trainer, stamina

9. How often do you partake in long distance rides?

- once a week, weather permitting.

10. Do you perform your own maintenance?

- Yes, only exception is if it's warranty work.

11. How does cycling impact your nutrition?
- It earns me a slice of cherry pie or chocolate cake.

12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion?

- cardiovascular, balance, and agility.

13. Do you have more than one bike?
- Road bike and MTB

14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc?

-I don't have much stress or any depression, so it's hard to say what the influence may be.

15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather?

-Cold weather yes. I don't ride in the rain on purpose.

16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack?

-Western Michigan has lot's of options. We also take RV vacations to where we want to ride our bikes.
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Old 04-20-21, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Moisture View Post
1. How old are you?
- 23
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
- 8.5
3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 8.5
Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
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This explains so much.
If the dripster can learn to ride 'no-hands' while going around corners, his answer to #3 will rise to 9.1
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Old 04-20-21, 10:38 AM
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1. How old are you?
Yes

2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
1-10 what?

3. Cycling skill, 1-10
All of the above.

4. Typical riding conditions?
On a bike.
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5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for?
Bicycling. Bicycling.





6. What would you change about your bike?
It's a really bad conversationalist.


7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything?
Who's asking?

8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance?
I chase squirrels up trees. It gets them out of the way when I ride.

9. How often do you partake in long distance rides?

Better question-how often do I not?

10. Do you perform your own maintenance?
Define "perform".


11. How does cycling impact your nutrition?
I don't eat cycling, so not at all.




12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion?
My opinion is it's based on rubber tires.

13. Do you have more than one bike?
They have me.

14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc?
I chew on the frames when I'm tense.

15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather?
Intentionally?

16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack?
Friendly as in drivers want to tell me what they think of me on a regular basis?

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Old 04-20-21, 11:10 AM
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Who else would create a "survey" where virtually every response is destined to be TLDR?
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Old 04-20-21, 12:27 PM
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Who else would interview himself and then publish it?
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Old 04-20-21, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
Who else would create a "survey" where virtually every response is destined to be TLDR?

Nothing about this resembles a real survey.
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Old 04-20-21, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
When will we get a statistical annalists of this data?

Here's my analysis:

Useful data 0.00%
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Old 04-21-21, 06:16 AM
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^ these last few posts reflect my initial reaction to this thread. Surveys must be designed for a purpose, to elicit information that may be they correlated to, or shown causation for, some other effect. This list of Q&A's was not designed with any purpose in mind other than discussion and comparison to a very narrow, self-selected sample of the riding population. Anyway. Rant over. That's why I didn't respond...

23 year-olds are best neither seen nor heard, in my experience.
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Old 04-21-21, 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
^ these last few posts reflect my initial reaction to this thread. Surveys must be designed for a purpose, to elicit information that may be they correlated to, or shown causation for, some other effect. This list of Q&A's was not designed with any purpose in mind other than discussion and comparison to a very narrow, self-selected sample of the riding population. Anyway. Rant over. That's why I didn't respond...

23 year-olds are best neither seen nor heard, in my experience.

You had me until the declaration of generational war. Actually, something else was wrong, too. This is just a list of questions, you give it way too much credit when you ascribe a design for any purpose to it at all.
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Old 04-21-21, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
You had me until the declaration of generational war...
I don't mean it to be generational at all. I meant specific to 23 year-olds. By 28 or 29, they may begin to acquire some wisdom and perspective.

I began my career in the aerospace industry as a highly trained engineer. I was, at that time, very bright, inquisitive, abounding in energy, resourceful, dedicated and focused. Thankfully, I had just enough sense to keep my mouth shut, because surrounding me were older and wiser teachers who were every bit as capable as I, but having substantially better perspective. Working hard for five years, I learned when and how to speak, how to contribute positively, but more importantly, how to follow directions and be held accountable for results.

My point being that I was a 23 year-old once, too.
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Old 04-21-21, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
You had me until the declaration of generational war.
Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I don't mean it to be generational at all. I meant specific to 23 year-olds.

My point being that I was a 23 year-old once, too.
I was once 23 years old, too...But I don't then conclude that I understand, much less have a right to judge, all 23 year-olds.

But after a career spent working with young people, I have concluded that they are much like all other ages in this respect: some are more intelligent and wise than others.
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Old 04-21-21, 08:03 AM
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The OP has not been given nearly enough credit for this. All he did was to post questions and his answers. He never asked anyone to complete the survey. He never mentioned anything to give it any context. We don't even know if he is the author of the survey. Yet he has managed to get two pages of responses, simply by posting some questions and responses.

This thread is on auto-troll, which is a quite remarkable accomplishment.
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Old 04-21-21, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I don't mean it to be generational at all. I meant specific to 23 year-olds. By 28 or 29, they may begin to acquire some wisdom and perspective.

I began my career in the aerospace industry as a highly trained engineer. I was, at that time, very bright, inquisitive, abounding in energy, resourceful, dedicated and focused. Thankfully, I had just enough sense to keep my mouth shut, because surrounding me were older and wiser teachers who were every bit as capable as I, but having substantially better perspective. Working hard for five years, I learned when and how to speak, how to contribute positively, but more importantly, how to follow directions and be held accountable for results.

My point being that I was a 23 year-old once, too.

Thanks to the COVID vaccine, I was able to see my 23 year old son in person last weekend for the first time since September. I was rather happy to see and hear him. You're still declaring a generational war, you're just drawing the line at a younger age. I don't think the idea we have nothing to learn from the perspective of 23 year olds is a bit silly, at best.
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Old 04-21-21, 08:33 AM
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. How old are you?
65
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
6
3. Cycling skill, 1-10
6.5
4. Typical riding conditions?
Paved to off road conditions

5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for?
Off road long distance touring

6. What would you change about your bike?
Better wheels, cargo bike

7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything?

Touring, off road, fitness, enjoyment

8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance?
No


9. How often do you partake in long distance rides?
50% of riding 4,000+ miles per year


10. Do you perform your own maintenance?
100% of everything including design.


11. How does cycling impact your nutrition?
I eat more


12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion?
about general fitness and lower stress

13. Do you have more than one bike?
I have an S works Stumpy mountain bike I rarely use

14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc?
Very therapeutic
.

15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather?
Yes


16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack?
Good infrastructure, roads have no shoulders, limited visibility and deep ditches

17. Is your bike one of them!
Yes it's a GD e bike.
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Old 04-21-21, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
The OP has not been given nearly enough credit for this. All he did was to post questions and his answers. He never asked anyone to complete the survey. He never mentioned anything to give it any context. We don't even know if he is the author of the survey. Yet he has managed to get two pages of responses, simply by posting some questions and responses.

This thread is on auto-troll, which is a quite remarkable accomplishment.

If you could be any kind of tree you wanted to be, what kind of bike would you ride?
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If you could be any kind of tree you wanted to be, what kind of bike would you ride?
A tree-speed.
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Old 04-21-21, 05:06 PM
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I just wanted to up my post count like everyone who's posted here
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1. How old are you? 52
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10: Compared to who? I'm an 8 compared to my 10 of 15 years ago. I'm a 2 compared to World Tour pros. I'm a 10 compared to the 3 I was two years ago.
3. Cycling skill, 1-10: Compared to who? There some things on a bike I'm quite good at. Other things, not so much. "Cycling" covers a pretty wide range of disciplines.
4. Typical riding conditions? Urban, suburban, and mountain roads
5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for? Going fast on the road.
6. What would you change about your bike? Nothing. However, a new bike with electronic shifting and disc brakes would be nice.
7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything? I get joy out of the suffering it takes to burn calories off my fat @$$.
8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance? Nope.
9. How often do you partake in long distance rides? How far is "long distance"? My typical rides tend to be in the 20-60mile range.
10. Do you perform your own maintenance? Yes.
11. How does cycling impact your nutrition? It means I can get away with eating and drinking more of the things I enjoy without them killing me quite as quickly.
12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion? Cardio, for sure.
13. Do you have more than one bike? Yes.
14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc? Physical exertion is excellent stress relief.
15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather? So Cal cold - sometimes. MN/WI/MI cold - hell no.
16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack? Whatever your poison, So Cal has it.

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Borrowed format from Eric, thanks!

1. How old are you? 58
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10: 7, haven't done the climbing I used to do after a slacker period on the bike. Still do well into stiff headwinds and group rides.
3. Cycling skill, 1-10: I give myself a 9. No crashes in 23+ years. Very very very few conflict with drivers. I say it's for a reason. Ride in groups who praise my style often. Handling skills, good descender, no hands, probably ride backwards if I tried.
4. Typical riding conditions? Frequent night rides, day rides, city roads, mountain roads, bike trails. Cold weather 45 degrees to hot of 105.
5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for? Distance. Have it set up for comfort that allows for a comfy century.
6. What would you change about your bike? Nothing. I have no desire for tubeless tires or electronic shifting, disc brakes etc.
7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything? Fitness and exercise. Only rely on my bike for fun and exercise.
8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance? When I train for a timed climbing event, I'll do a ton of crunches to improve fitness and diet.
9. How often do you partake in long distance rides? Depends on what is considered LD. Weekend rides 40-60 miles pretty much every weekend. Completed 35+ centuries over the years. 23 centuries in one year max. Don't really think much of a century any longer seeing there is not much too them other than having the time to waste.
10. Do you perform your own maintenance? Yes, built my last couple of bikes and built my last 15 wheels. Not rocket science and the shop can not compete with the quality, TLC, and price of doing my own. I have a better track record building my own wheels vs local shop experts.
11. How does cycling impact your nutrition? I don't eat things that I would if I was not cycling. I don't eat stuff that will make me feel sluggish on the bike. FTR, never drink alcohol due to playing several sports throughout life and carried on to cycling. No fast food or alchohol.
12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion? Cardiovascular. Big guy spinning at 100+. I have enough muscle already.
13. Do you have more than one bike? Yes, 7 fully functional tuned bikes. Max 11 but had to cut back. Bicycle bedroom was getting a bit crowded.
14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc? No stress, retired, house is paid, truck is paid, no bills. I get out to ride 4 times per week. So any emotions that would be undesirable would be cabin fever.
15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather? Try to avoid the rain. In Calif, we hold off one day, rain is gone. No need getting bikes mucky for no reason. Ride at night year round, 40 degrees that is considered cold here. Rain, planned few times just for adventure.
16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack? My area is cycling friendly, many cyclists of all styles. From the mountain to the sea, pretty much got it all as mentioned.
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1. How old are you?
- 57
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
- 6 and moving up
3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- was 9 when younger and decreasing with age
4. Typical riding conditions?
- no lightning, freezing rain or high winds

- mostly road

5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for?

- converted mountain bike for road training until road bike shipped from UK

6. What would you change about your bike?

- everything, it's very old and used

7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything?

- fitness and trails for fun

8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance?

- ideally riding and freeweights

9. How often do you partake in long distance rides?

- starting my training for the HHH100 here in Texas in August so will hit longer rides in a month or so

10. Do you perform your own maintenance?

- as mush as I can since aged 14.

11. How does cycling impact your nutrition?
makes me eat less sugar


12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion?

- cardio

13. Do you have more than one bike?
- One for now with a new one on the way

14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc?

I don't stress, but fatigue/exercise changes my focus away from the little things that don't truly matter

15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather?

rain yes, cold not really--don't have the gear via living in Texas

16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack?
not much for raod. Mountain bike much more diversity
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1. How old are you?
Late 50's
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
According to the health survey that my employer requires, I'm healthier than the average person my age, but that's a low bar, and Americans aren't very healthy overall. I'll give myself a 5.
3. Cycling skill, 1-10
Who am I kidding? This would be like an amateur violinist comparing themselves to Paganini. I've not even attempted some kinds of cycling, such as technical MBT'ing, or mass start racing. I get from A to B in one piece, am courteous, and get reliable use out of my bikes. I'll give myself a 5.
4. Typical riding conditions?
Everywhere but technical MTB trails
5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for?
See item 4. Geometries are designed for comfort.
6. What would you change about your bike?
Less rust, more paint. Space for wider tires.
7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything?
Everything, but I'm not car free.
8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance?
I'm doing some upper body work with little dumbbells. I doubt that it affects my cycling. The hope is to maintain upper body strength, which I don't have a lot of to begin with.
9. How often do you partake in long distance rides?
Every couple of weekends during nice weather.
10. Do you perform your own maintenance?
Yes, exclusively.
11. How does cycling impact your nutrition?
Not.
12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion?
Nobody would mistake me for someone with muscular hypertrophy.
13. Do you have more than one bike?
Yup.
14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc?
Gets me out of the house, lets me think in peace.
15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather?
Yup. Year round.
16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack?
Quite bike friendly. Wisconsin had good paved roads in the past, but today, "pavement is the new gravel." There aren't very many gravel roads. Singletrack is mostly trails built to be challenging for MTB'ers, not real mountains.
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1. How old are you?
40
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
6
3. Cycling skill, 1-10
Who knows? I can go reasonably fast and don't fall off, so that's good enough for me.
4. Typical riding conditions?
Flat paved roads. Usually daytime, but sometimes go out at night as well. Lots of traffic, both two wheeled and four wheeled.

5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for?

Bike was originally a hybrid (sort of like a flat bar road bike) but I've since converted it to a drop bar. Definitely most at home on the road.

6. What would you change about your bike?
Wouldn't mind putting disc brakes on it, but I have no disc brake mount on my fork, which I am not planning to replace as it's got a crown suspension ('head shock') that I don't want to give up.

7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything?

Fitness / joy rides. I mostly work from home except when I'm travelling on business so I don't have to commute,and I use the Metro to take me places if I want to go somewhere else in the city.

8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance?

Just walking.

9. How often do you partake in long distance rides?
Fairly frequently. Usually try to do at least one >80km ride per month, at least in the warmer months, and a minimum 50-60km ride most weekends.

10. Do you perform your own maintenance?
Yep. Do all the work on my bike myself.

11. How does cycling impact your nutrition?
The more I ride, the more beer I can drink. So that's good.

12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion?
No comment.

13. Do you have more than one bike?
No. I live in a small apartment and have to store my bike out in the elevator lobby. I don't have space for a second bike.

14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc?
It's nice to get out on the bike at lunch time to take my mind off of work for an hour.

15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather?
Occasionally to both, but not super cold (only gets down to about 0C here) and definitely not more than drizzle / very light rain if I can at all help it.

16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack?

Most roads have bike lanes, often grade separated. Not a lot of dedicated cycle paths. But lots of traffic in most cases. Gravel and singletrack - not likely. I'm in the middle of a metropolitan area with >25 million people, after all.
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1. How old are you?
- 54
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
- 8
3. Cycling skill, 1-10
- 8
4. Typical riding conditions?
Almost exclusively road. I do have a fat bike, but mostly for snowy days.

5. What sort of riding your bike is best suited to? What's the geometry designed for?
Smooth roads, not too steep,

6. What would you change about your bike?

I need a granny gear. I would like to change my largest gear from 28 to 36.

7. Do you bike for fitness rides? Commuting? Joy rides? Do you drive or rely on your bike for everything?

All three. I use my car for shopping and for going with the family.

8. Do you focus on any sort of specific excersises in accessory to cycling? How does it improve your performance?

I try to focus on core strength, as well as regular stretching.

9. How often do you partake in long distance rides?

I try to do at least one imperial century per year and 2 or 3 metric centuries.

10. Do you perform your own maintenance?

As much as I can. Hydraulic brakes scare me, so I go to the LBS for that.

11. How does cycling impact your nutrition?

I am trying to lose weight and maintain power, so it is always hard finding the right balance. Intermittent fasting with about an hour of fasting riding seems to work the best.

12. Is cycling more cardiovascular or muscular hypertrophy based, in your opinion?

Hypertrophy - my legs get tired sometimes when my heartrate is pretty moderate. In fact, sometimes I have a hard time keeping my heart rate up.

13. Do you have more than one bike?
A commuter with saddle bags, my road bike, my fat bike, and an old hybrid that stays on the trainer.

14. How does cycling help you cope with stress, depression, etc?

I am always 1 bike ride away from a good mood!

15. Do you ride in the rain, cold weather?

Yes. The only thing that will keep me home is winds over 25 mph.

16. How cycling friendly is the area where you live? Accessibility to paved trails? Gravel? Singletrack?

No trails, not much bike infrastructure, but I have had very few bad interactions with cars.
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