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Old 05-02-24, 11:21 AM
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What's your cyclist identity?

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..
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My identity is as the token cyclist. I am who co-workers as random cycling questions to, or when cycling is mentioned, all eyes turn to me as if I need to weigh in or 'be seen'.
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Climber. I say "climber" because I enjoy riding up hills, and it's the type of cycling that I am the least bad at.

Really bad at everything else (sprinting, flat time trialing, lead outs, etc.).

My nicknames are: Chicken Legs, Pencil Neck, Skinny Little ****
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Not a racer. Not slow but just not interested in racing. Based on my sig line, maybe call me an adventurer(?)
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Originally Posted by bruce19
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..
Interesting - long-distance cruiser and dogged climber - I've never met a hill that I didn't conquer.....eventually
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
not a racer. Not slow but just not interested in racing. Based on my sig line, maybe call me an adventurer(?)
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Not so interested in labels.

I am not a "cyclist" (and certainly not a "serious cyclist") or anything else .... though I have been riding my whole life and don't intend to stop ....

In light of the OP's focus on race roles ... I am an online spectator.
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I'm not into labels, man.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
I'm not into labels, man.
Except on products I am buying .... "I'm not a product, man."
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I am a citizen using a bicycle to get from point A to point B. For me a bicycle is mainly a means of transportation. Nothing more and nothing less. I don't care about bike sports, but I commute to work by bike, I run most of my errands by bike, I get to my doc appointments by bike..... Whenever I can use my bike instead of a car I use my bike. I have been riding bikes for 50+ years but I never owed a road bike or mountain bike in my life. Am I a cyclist? I don't know ....
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I read somewhere that it's better to keep your bike identity a secret.
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i am an unabashed POSER trying to be a hipster or premium rusher or protester or street lurk or yuppie commuter and that's why i ride Fixed or SS and that's why i am contemplating going all in on a used MONe coaster KLUNK
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All that I can say is that the older I get the better I was
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Chain Waxer?

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I am a chain waxer.

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I ride for fun and Zen, not exercise, but cycling is pretty much the only exercise I do. I am a slowpoke who rides barely enough to (kind of) justify owning 5 bicycles, so I almost always have one to tinker with.
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No identity. Just a guy that rides bikes.
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20+ years ago, when racing on the road, I was a "sprinter". These days, I just call myself a "cyclist" since what, where, and how I ride varies over a fairly wide range. Other people have called me lots of other things.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
Escape Artist.
Someday I will be free of many adult responsibilities and be able to escape on a Western States tour.
Until then? A Wannabee.
As a recent retiree and someone who got to take 2 years off from the working world in his mid-30s, I can say itís liberating: Last week I got to spend time touring to my two favorite local-ish state parks, including one that is very difficult to get a campsite at during the weekend.






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