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Old 05-04-21, 12:14 AM
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You Don't Look Like That!!!! :-O

We frequent a little restaurant that hosts many of the same customers as regulars. We have seen quite a few, met a few, spoken with a few but not all though most look familiar. Ran across one old couple, the guy is very friendly with everyone and speaks with most. So one day he stopped by on his way out saying he was sore as he and his friends rode their bikes 15 miles. He is almost 80. He asked if I had ever been out cycling. Oh yeah, of course it ended up in a pretty good conversation about bikes. He has an old bike and asked what we had. I mentioned all our bikes, the old from steel to new carbon. He was surprised that we rode a good amount. He said, "I don't mean to be offensive but you guys don't look like you ride that much!". Well that is the fun of it I pointed out. People don't think you ride then when you go ride with them, they're shocked. I have had plenty of forum members over the years, since 2002 on several cycling sites, struggle to keep up with my wife. Looks like a plain old grandma of 9 but put her on a bike, many guys will have to work to keep up. No names but she's spanked plenty of male forum members over the years.

So though we don't present ourselves like cyclists in everyday life, we have done more than our share. So the guy was really surprised and in somewhat disbelief. He offered his email after I told him I had some videos. Cool, I sent them as well as pics we have taken over the years, the last 15 years of rides we have done. Centuries on singles, centuries on the tandem, pics of riding in the mountains, roads, passes, deserts, other states. He was blown away and the next meeting at the restaurant, he couldn't get enough talking bike rides. We even went in one night and the waiters told us that the old guy Bob went around showing our pics to other patrons telling them we do 40, 60, 100 mile bike rides as well as showing them videos the night before ha ha ha! I enjoy talking bikes so it was funny to me.

So we went from 'you don't look like that" to "holy cow, I can't believe you guys ride like that!".

I/we might not look like that, but get me into a conversation over dinner about bikes, and we'll have a blast! Ran into him again tonight, 2 weeks later, and he is still saying he can not believe we do that kind of riding.

So now, any other stories that relate? You don't look like that stories?
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The irony in your post for me is I try not to share too much info of where I ride because I do not want the usual remarks of how dangerous it is and what happens if I breakdown in the middle of nowhere?
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when you say "struggle" is that generally for the MPH average or the distances usually covered. IMO, the farther the ride, the less folks are able to hang. Seems like the magic number of miles when those that cant hang anymore begins around 25 miles.
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"You don't look like that" is a very common comment said to me when I am on a pair of skis but on a bike? Well, its more like--"You don't look like you need that much bike, isn't that cheating!" I can't win.
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Sounds like the OP just called out the forum to throw down. Talking up his cycling prowess pretty well- maybe it’s time for the “2021 BF Meet ‘n Greet To See Whom Can’t Be Beat”? I’m ready.*


*(I’ve never beat an old woman before, but I’ll give it a shot.)
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No, because I DO look like that. Or used to, anyway.
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"You don't look like that...."

Hmmmm, tough to tell without pics.
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At 6í2Ē and 165 lbs, Iíve been told several times I look like a runner (which I was for 45 years) but never told I donít look like a cyclist. Maybe you need to wear one of these so people wonít be confused.

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Thank God you educated that old sunofa***** as to who you and your lovely wife are! He didn't know he was talking to Davis and Connie? Shhhh........eeeeetttttt.

Ever the hero OP, ever the hero...

Did you brag about this "hail fellow well met"? I mean an 80 year old out riding with his bros (even though it was only 15 miles...rookies amirite?) should perhaps warrant a few "atta boys!" and some bragging in his honor, no?

Of course not...Batman and Robin don't go around talking up the lumpenproletariat do they.
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
when you say "struggle" is that generally for the MPH average or the distances usually covered. IMO, the farther the ride, the less folks are able to hang. Seems like the magic number of miles when those that cant hang anymore begins around 25 miles.

Ride distances of the rides were anywhere some struggled to keep up with the wife were from 45-72 miles. As you say, some struggle about 25, others later than that about 40 on the longer rides. I myself have met several riders that do well up to 60 then fade after that on centuries.
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Old 05-04-21, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by AdkMtnMonster View Post
Sounds like the OP just called out the forum to throw down. Talking up his cycling prowess pretty well- maybe itís time for the ď2021 BF Meet Ďn Greet To See Whom Canít Be BeatĒ? Iím ready.*


*(Iíve never beat an old woman before, but Iíll give it a shot.)

I still ride with a few of them on club rides. We're still throwing down!
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
No, because I DO look like that. Or used to, anyway.

There are quite a few guys/gals that look like THAT. We don't.
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
At 6í2Ē and 165 lbs, Iíve been told several times I look like a runner (which I was for 45 years) but never told I donít look like a cyclist. Maybe you need to wear one of these so people wonít be confused.


Believe it or not, I wear that shirt. Mine is grey though, I have a few but I'm pretty sure even though I wear it, people probably think I got it at the goodwill store.
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Originally Posted by aplcr0331 View Post
Thank God you educated that old sunofa***** as to who you and your lovely wife are! He didn't know he was talking to Davis and Connie? Shhhh........eeeeetttttt.

Ever the hero OP, ever the hero...

Did you brag about this "hail fellow well met"? I mean an 80 year old out riding with his bros (even though it was only 15 miles...rookies amirite?) should perhaps warrant a few "atta boys!" and some bragging in his honor, no?

Of course not...Batman and Robin don't go around talking up the lumpenproletariat do they.

I have nothing but respect for anybody of age who is still riding a bike. He told me of his adventures riding with his buddies so I praised his journeys. I even suggested we go for a ride together, maybe even with his group offering to make a video of the ride and snap a few pics for some great memories. That would be cool, I hope he accepts my invitation.
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As they say, if you don't have any haters, you ain't doing it right!
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
There are quite a few guys/gals that look like THAT. We don't.
I was able to glean that from your OP.
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Heres a post where i can brag a little bit because life rarely gives me such opportunities

I fell in love with cycling in college and loved racing and the high speed adrenaline packed world of criteriums . At 5'8 and a hair over 200 pounds (then ) and built like a short linebacker, i had few problems hanging with the pack and occasionally sneaking in a sprint prime - it was fun but in my area if you were part of a cycling club, you had to train on the road -- hills , heat, a- etrc etc.

I hated that part --- i discovered track and finally found a suitable venue for my body type --- if i concentrated on track and crits, things would be all good ! And it was and over the course of many years, i humbly say i got pretty good at both

Then enter marriage, and the start of a challenging new career , and i quit riding and gained 100 pounds in a few years (it happens) the stocky genetics and lack of exercise lent itself well to carrying a few pounds without noticing until it was too late

I am omn the comeback trail now, but when i heard the Superdrome was closing its doors a few years ago, i had to go for the last laps on a place that given me so much over the years - my weight was at its highest --- damn close to 335. And given the nature of the weather then (below freezing ) - nobody was in attendance but the hardcore -- there were MAsters gold medalists, regional champions, a couple of folks who flew in from England to attend with tears in their eyes -------------------- and me , it was a fit and very fast bunch. I might have been intimidated enough to pack up and go home abd blame the weather, but i drove 200 miles to say goodbye --- i was going to put on a show for the hardcore faithful


The woman i am leading out is a very fast multiple gold medal track and cyclocross champ and it was a pleasure to ride with her (and judging by her size, im sure she appreciated the relaxing draft of a cyclist who was now built like a country gentleman !






And while everyone was packing up to go home -- i wanted to ride the last official lap, so i dusted off a Flying 200 and this is the conclusion _For those not familiar with track , a Flying 200 is a qualifying event and Elite males currently routinely do it in 10 seconds or better, - a good local rider can do those things between 10 and 12 seconds. My attempt probably hovered around 17 -- LOL





Fast forward 3 years and i am slowly losing weight, i am around 275 now and mountain bike quite a bit. It is fun for me to steal the short Strava sprint segments from the current racers who have no idea who the heck i am or my backstory --- they just know i am the chubby guy with the expensive bike who likes to crack open beers and tell jokes at the trailhead when the ride is over !


Life is good ! Ride fast , take chances
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Good thing the old man man wasn't decked out in Trek kit and looked like a geriatric Lance Armstrong! That's it except for this:


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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Heres a post where i can brag a little bit because life rarely gives me such opportunities

I fell in love with cycling in college and loved racing and the high speed adrenaline packed world of criteriums . At 5'8 and a hair over 200 pounds (then ) and built like a short linebacker, i had few problems hanging with the pack and occasionally sneaking in a sprint prime - it was fun but in my area if you were part of a cycling club, you had to train on the road -- hills , heat, a- etrc etc.

I hated that part --- i discovered track and finally found a suitable venue for my body type --- if i concentrated on track and crits, things would be all good ! And it was and over the course of many years, i humbly say i got pretty good at both

Then enter marriage, and the start of a challenging new career , and i quit riding and gained 100 pounds in a few years (it happens) the stocky genetics and lack of exercise lent itself well to carrying a few pounds without noticing until it was too late

I am omn the comeback trail now, but when i heard the Superdrome was closing its doors a few years ago, i had to go for the last laps on a place that given me so much over the years - my weight was at its highest --- damn close to 335. And given the nature of the weather then (below freezing ) - nobody was in attendance but the hardcore -- there were MAsters gold medalists, regional champions, a couple of folks who flew in from England to attend with tears in their eyes -------------------- and me , it was a fit and very fast bunch. I might have been intimidated enough to pack up and go home abd blame the weather, but i drove 200 miles to say goodbye --- i was going to put on a show for the hardcore faithful


The woman i am leading out is a very fast multiple gold medal track and cyclocross champ and it was a pleasure to ride with her (and judging by her size, im sure she appreciated the relaxing draft of a cyclist who was now built like a country gentleman !






And while everyone was packing up to go home -- i wanted to ride the last official lap, so i dusted off a Flying 200 and this is the conclusion _For those not familiar with track , a Flying 200 is a qualifying event and Elite males currently routinely do it in 10 seconds or better, - a good local rider can do those things between 10 and 12 seconds. My attempt probably hovered around 17 -- LOL





Fast forward 3 years and i am slowly losing weight, i am around 275 now and mountain bike quite a bit. It is fun for me to steal the short Strava sprint segments from the current racers who have no idea who the heck i am or my backstory --- they just know i am the chubby guy with the expensive bike who likes to crack open beers and tell jokes at the trailhead when the ride is over !


Life is good ! Ride fast , take chances
Nice! That is what life is about, enjoyment. Sounds like you are doing well on the comeback trail too. Keep on riding!
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My in-laws look at me like I have 3 heads whenever I ride more than 10 miles. Like I might as well have told them I climbed the outside of the Empire State Building.

1) Kudos to you for being such a passionate rider and loving the sport so much

2) BIGGER kudos to the 80yr old riding 15mi--heck ANY miles! That is my inspiration!
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Hi! What's this thread about?
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My in-laws look at me like I have 3 heads whenever I ride more than 10 miles. Like I might as well have told them I climbed the outside of the Empire State Building.

1) Kudos to you for being such a passionate rider and loving the sport so much

2) BIGGER kudos to the 80yr old riding 15mi--heck ANY miles! That is my inspiration!

That is what I say. If I can ride when I'm 80, my life will be complete. MOF, if I can do any physical sporting activity when I am 80, tennis, ping pong, handball, racquetball, ride a bike, my life will be complete.
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
Hi! What's this thread about?

The people with adequate reading comprehension get it. I'm guessing you're another one of the insecure types reading about another's passion for cycling and physical activities. I guess maybe I have been participating in sporting activities my entire life, won and lost so I don't feel that insecurity knowing what it's all about. Maybe you should put me on ignore seeing you will probably not understand any of my posts seeing they are not for the faint of heart.
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