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Old 05-07-24, 08:11 PM
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I was a bench warmer in all the sports I had to do in my school days except mediocre in cross-country and 2nd string hockey goalie that played every time #1 got hurt. Summer after college, the president of the Quebec Cyclotourist Club in Montreal told me I was a hill climber and that I should show everybody what I could do on the hill the next day. I put the bike in the gear he told me and put minutes on everyone.

Still a hill climber but now a 70 yo who knows he has to focus on walking or risk injuries as I age. But walking up a 150' vertical in 3 blocks with a 25 pound pack? Fun!
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Old 05-08-24, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Shortwave
I listen to Peddling Ronís podcast a lot.

Itís a great show.
Just got off the phone with him. He and another cycling buddy are coming over this weekend for one of our bourbon nights.
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Old 05-08-24, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19
Just got off the phone with him. He and another cycling buddy are coming over this weekend for one of our bourbon nights.
That's awesome! Grab some stickers for me!!! (If he has any).
In all seriousness, I really enjoy his podcast, as well as The Bicycle Karma Podcast. Both are great for the bike culture.
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Old 05-08-24, 06:21 PM
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In my racing days, I was a climber and a time trialer. I could out sprint the actually good climbers if they were all that was left at the finish line. I was especially good at gravel before gravel. Things like road races around Boulder county that just happened to have significant dirt roads (given names like Koppenberg and Roubaix of course).

Lately I ride my mountain bike a lot more than the road bike with the gravel in second place.

I havenít raced seriously in almost 20 years.

I sort of consider myself a roadie because of my history but Iím hardly a roadie anymore.

How about team mechanic for myself, wife, and kids?
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Old 05-09-24, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Shortwave
That's awesome! Grab some stickers for me!!! (If he has any).
In all seriousness, I really enjoy his podcast, as well as The Bicycle Karma Podcast. Both are great for the bike culture.
Stickers? I don't know what they are. If he has them I'll mail some to you.
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Old 05-10-24, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts
In my racing days, I was a climber and a time trialer. I could out sprint the actually good climbers if they were all that was left at the finish line. I was especially good at gravel before gravel. Things like road races around Boulder county that just happened to have significant dirt roads (given names like Koppenberg and Roubaix of course).

Lately I ride my mountain bike a lot more than the road bike with the gravel in second place.

I havenít raced seriously in almost 20 years.

I sort of consider myself a roadie because of my history but Iím hardly a roadie anymore.

How about team mechanic for myself, wife, and kids?
Have you tried a modern endurance road bike? On the 32 mm tires, they are almost as plush as a gravel bike with narrower (38 or 40 mm) tires. And a LOT more efficient over 15 mph than a gravel bike.
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Does a cross bike interest you?
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Old 05-10-24, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Smaug1
Have you tried a modern endurance road bike? On the 32 mm tires, they are almost as plush as a gravel bike with narrower (38 or 40 mm) tires. And a LOT more efficient over 15 mph than a gravel bike.

The thread is about what you consider yourself. Due to my fairly long history as a roadie, I still think of myself as a roadie.

I barely ever ride a road bike anymore. I ride a gravel bike and mountain bike. I ride them in their appropriate environment. Gravel and single track.

Distracted drivers, relocation to a more off road city, and having fun changing things up are the reasons I do more of these types of things. I never said anything about comfort.

So yeah, Iíll call myself a roadie and wonít ride my road bike more than a few times this summer.
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Old 05-10-24, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts
In my racing days, I was a climber and a time trialer. I could out sprint the actually good climbers if they were all that was left at the finish line. I was especially good at gravel before gravel. Things like road races around Boulder county that just happened to have significant dirt roads (given names like Koppenberg and Roubaix of course).

Lately I ride my mountain bike a lot more than the road bike with the gravel in second place.

I havenít raced seriously in almost 20 years.

I sort of consider myself a roadie because of my history but Iím hardly a roadie anymore.

How about team mechanic for myself, wife, and kids?
I've always been a believer that pretty much any racer doing mass start events should put in work on their sprint, exactly for that reason.

Have you considered doing gravel races? I'm 20 years past my road racing days, and have a history with MTB and CX racing, as well. I've found that gravel races tap into all of those parts of my racing history, and the skills that go with it. The endurance component of gravel racing, however, is a new game for me. I'm really enjoying it.
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Used to race from age 16 to19 before left knee accident, was more a climber than a sprinter . I did three times local MTB trail races back in 2016/2017/2018 and was among the 10 first. Now I enjoy riding the MTBs , the roadies and the hybrid for the pleasures of riding on long distances and seeing landscapes and new towns. But most of the time , I chose to ride the hybrid or the MTBs, the road bikes are only used when the weather is nice and when I know that the roads I am taking have bike lanes.
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Old 05-10-24, 04:17 PM
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A proud recreational cyclist who has no interest in racing or other bike sports. I'm a solitary cyclist who rides for exercise and for a kind of meditation. I don't do group rides since I don't want the pressure "to catch up." Plus, I like to choose my routes depending on my mood. I also like to cycle at my own pace, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. Guess that makes me an antisocial cyclist.
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Old 05-10-24, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Have you considered doing gravel races? I'm 20 years past my road racing days, and have a history with MTB and CX racing, as well. I've found that gravel races tap into all of those parts of my racing history, and the skills that go with it. The endurance component of gravel racing, however, is a new game for me. I'm really enjoying it.
Iíve done a few. My all time favorite is ďThe CripplerĒ. I canít really be competitive anymore but it really is fun to mix it up for a while before getting dropped.

I did a local gravel race that was part of a larger series last year, just did a shorter (70mile) version and not the stage race. It was fun for 40 miles. After that, it became really apparent that I simply donít have the time anymore to have the sort of fitness necessary to do events like that. I might have been somewhere in the middle of the finishers but I felt like I barely survived.

I can more than hang with the other dadís I mountain bike with. Iím solid for a couple hours on the road or gravel bike, and right now, thatís all I can really manage. Right now, Iím more content to suffer alone at my own pace than enter an event just to get smoked.
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Originally Posted by rosefarts
Iíve done a few. My all time favorite is ďThe CripplerĒ. I canít really be competitive anymore but it really is fun to mix it up for a while before getting dropped.

I did a local gravel race that was part of a larger series last year, just did a shorter (70mile) version and not the stage race. It was fun for 40 miles. After that, it became really apparent that I simply donít have the time anymore to have the sort of fitness necessary to do events like that. I might have been somewhere in the middle of the finishers but I felt like I barely survived.

I can more than hang with the other dadís I mountain bike with. Iím solid for a couple hours on the road or gravel bike, and right now, thatís all I can really manage. Right now, Iím more content to suffer alone at my own pace than enter an event just to get smoked.
I had to learn how to stop trying to compete or compare myself to a level that was unrealistic for me At this point, for me, gravel races are abut doing the best I can, with the fitness I have, on that day. I'm okay with that. I enjoy the event. I enjoy the post-finish banter where we all talk about our ride - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and no one gives a damn who finished before who. If that minute doesn't work for you, no worries.
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Love this Thread ! Starting 'Liking' a bunch of posts, until I realized I like all of them ! LOL !
Cyclist ID? Depends which me, over any period of time...
I have been a 'roadie' for all of my cycling lifetime, but also expanding a bit to most other types, but no BMX - not a thing when I was young enough to appreciate or be 'it'.
my son was a BMX'r and succeeded in doing a serious spiral fracture... (takes after dad...) now he's a serious mtb'r and teaches dad how to do spectacular Endo's.... LOL!
I guess I'm a roadie, with leanings...
But if Cycling was a dancer, say Ginger Rogers, I'd be Fred Astaire
and if Juliet, I would be Romeo
or simply, the Boy with The Red Balloon.
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The other day I was talking to a friend who has been involved in cycling his whole life..He raced locally, was a mechanic, owned an LBS, and worked as a rep for for various cycling entities. He currently has a cycling radio show called Bicycle Talk on UCONN radio at WHUS 91.7. In any event we were talking about types of cyclists like sprinters, climbers and GC racers. I mentioned that I don't have the body and could never be a climber. He is a climber. He said, "You're a lead out man and TT guy." I realized he was on the money. It got me thinking and I realized that those are two things I love about cycling. Just wondering if you know who you are..
I love that your friend's insight helped you recognize your strengths and preferences in cycling! It's great when someone else can provide a perspective that helps us better understand ourselves.. But I don't really know how I am, I do my best
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Last year i was finishing up my ride at White Rock Lake in Dallas, a couple of miles from the end there was a young guy on a beautiful (I think S-Works) bike, pro kit, and MASSIVE TT HELMET. (everything looked brand new) He was off the bike taking selfies,,,,I wanted to bad to see this guy ride and see if he was a really strong rider, or someone that had just opened his credit card up at the bike store,,,,but I didn't wait,,,to this day I wonder what kid of rider he was,,,for me, I'm an old guy, trying to get some decent speed and increasing distance,,,,I'll never be fast or good, but I enjoy it as much as anyone
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Originally Posted by andydallas
Last year i was finishing up my ride at White Rock Lake in Dallas, a couple of miles from the end there was a young guy on a beautiful (I think S-Works) bike, pro kit, and MASSIVE TT HELMET. (everything looked brand new) He was off the bike taking selfies,,,,I wanted to bad to see this guy ride and see if he was a really strong rider, or someone that had just opened his credit card up at the bike store,,,,but I didn't wait,,,to this day I wonder what kid of rider he was,,,for me, I'm an old guy, trying to get some decent speed and increasing distance,,,,I'll never be fast or good, but I enjoy it as much as anyone
Thatís the goal for many of us old guys. Keep it up!
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