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Old 05-07-21, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
I don't relish looking like a sausage link perched atop a skinny-tire bike huffing up a hill.
What kinda relish we talking with that sausage link? Not the sweet stuff, I hope. Maybe some dill relish. But not the toxic green stuff they use in Chicago. Yeesh.
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Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
How do you prefer to look when you are huffing up a hill?
I want to look like Marco Pantani, dancing up the mountain.

Usually, though, I look more like Mario Cipollini - quitting before I get to the mountain.
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Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
How do you prefer to look when you are huffing up a hill?
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Old 05-07-21, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by PimpMan View Post
I call them "wanna be tour de-france riders" i see every day a few who dress fancy expensive riding clothes and ride bikes that cost more than grand and ride as if they trying to set world record in speed, (often are running trough red light).

They all are skinny and probably would be fast riding any bike, but when they invest in lighter bikes this get's them even faster.

Never understood this what this riders are all about, are they try to set world record in speed or something, i doubt that they ever will participating in any cycling sport events.

I know there's such thing as bicycle industry and marketing that popularize this, e.g. fishing industry for example and if you go to fishing store you see thousands of lures, hooks, and different types fancy rods when in reality do you really need to make it so complicated to catch a fish?

I know this is also some kind of popularized thing, but what is it all about?
Brother I mean no offense but I am very confused about your post. People with money buy expensive gear, it really doesn't mean much about their skill or speed. If anything, a cyclist is more likely to blow through a red light if they are wearing street ware and not on a nice bike. People like going fast, there isn't much more than that
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Old 05-08-21, 08:40 AM
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I think OP is displaying his insecurities. Those guys you are judging don't care about you and are riding those bikes and that way to make themselves happy. You would do well to do the same: ride what and how you want and don't worry about them.
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
They make bikes under $1000? My custom skinsuit cost that much.

Learn something new every day.
We need pics of that. Of you in it too.
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Old 05-08-21, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
We need pics of that. Of you in it too.
I don't think we want pics. I'm guessing a $1,000+ skinsuit is made of actual skin.
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I remember doing a 400k brevet and the four of us were approaching a rider kitted out in the finest team skinsuit,everything all matching and clean, best TT bike, best wheels, just top of the line. Probably $20k

He was working it hard, maybe doing 20 mph.

As we passed, I realized he was like 80-85 years old and somehow it made me feel good to see that and then guilty that we passed him with such ease. If he was thinking he was doing the hour record or something else in his mind? At that age. Bravo!!!

I never understood why others care how someone else spends their money.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I don't think we want pics. I'm guessing a $1,000+ skinsuit is made of actual skin.



Yes. It's specifically developed. Of course, it's a Specialized thing. They call it "Suitskin", or something like that. Fleshy, but with dimples like a golf ball. What ever will they think of next?
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Originally Posted by growlerdinky View Post
Yes. It's specifically developed. Of course, it's a Specialized thing. They call it "Suitskin", or something like that. Fleshy, but with dimples like a golf ball. What ever will they think of next?
I used to ride with a guy who made his own. His nickname was "Buffalo Bill."
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I used to ride with a guy who made his own. His nickname was "Buffalo Bill."



The team van smelled funny.
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
I remember doing a 400k brevet and the four of us were approaching a rider kitted out in the finest team skinsuit,everything all matching and clean, best TT bike, best wheels, just top of the line. Probably $20k

He was working it hard, maybe doing 20 mph.

As we passed, I realized he was like 80-85 years old and somehow it made me feel good to see that and then guilty that we passed him with such ease. If he was thinking he was doing the hour record or something else in his mind? At that age. Bravo!!!

I never understood why others care how someone else spends their money.
It's the wind on your face. Between my surfing, which is now few and far between, and my cycling it is a real circle of life. Looking back over the eras of my life from the reckless abandon, to the smug "So where's your old man?", to just being thankful to be able to do this, it still comes back to capturing that youthful exuberance.

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How do you prefer to look when you are huffing up a hill?
Well, if I had my choice I'd look like "Feather". No chance of that I'm afraid. Feather isn't a mortal, he's a workin' stiff that climbs like a machine.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
Which sports should adults be allowed to participate in? Pie-eating contests?
Adults should only be allowed to participate in sports which don't involve speed and sports which don't require wearing special sport specific clothing.
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Adults should only be allowed to participate in sports which don't involve speed and sports which don't require wearing special sport specific clothing.
Alternatively, you can only participate if you are above a certain level of performance. No more Cat 4 and 5 races, for example.
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Call 911 and report him.
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I never understood why others care how someone else spends their money.
When it's not something personally experienced, does not have the dedication/desire, or has an insecurity that these sort of things trigger; Human beings tend to naturally be bitter. Trying to inform such bitter minds only fuels more objection.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
I want to look like Marco Pantani, dancing up the mountain.
I started climbing with my hands in the drops because I saw him do that.
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I don't care what anyone else rides or how they dress. But I do take issue with the "roadies" that travel in a group and terrorize others on the local bike path. I've come across the group more than one time and if they haven't yet - someday they'l hurt someone. They ride at breakneck speeds - on a 10' wide path that winds through the woods and has many blind curves due to vegetation- riding double - yelling some kind of orders to each other. They came around a curve last week that ran me off the path. I yelled HEY! And they yelled back at me. They take up 3/4 of the path - and more on curves. I came across another rider around the corner that was just run off the path by them. Not cool - no matter how cool they look in their roadie gear and expensive bikes.
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I don't care what anyone else rides or how they dress. But I do take issue with the "roadies" that travel in a group and terrorize others on the local bike path. I've come across the group more than one time and if they haven't yet - someday they'l hurt someone. They ride at breakneck speeds - on a 10' wide path that winds through the woods and has many blind curves due to vegetation- riding double - yelling some kind of orders to each other. They came around a curve last week that ran me off the path. I yelled HEY! And they yelled back at me. They take up 3/4 of the path - and more on curves. I came across another rider around the corner that was just run off the path by them. Not cool - no matter how cool they look in their roadie gear and expensive bikes.
I'm not afraid to test the strength of my bars when those "types" are experienced. Those crowds are better riding in the road, hence "road bicycle". Common sense is not very common.
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I used to ride with a guy who made his own. His nickname was "Buffalo Bill."
Hereís the house he lived in. Recently sold again. Might make a nice B&B as itís very close to the GAP trail, and there is a lot of float activity on the river. Took a short detour to see it during my September tour across PA.


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Hereís the house he lived in. Recently sold again. Might make a nice B&B as itís very close to the GAP trail, and there is a lot of float activity on the river. Took a short detour to see it during my September tour across PA.

Apparently, you can rent it for a night. I think I'll pass.
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