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Old 11-06-05, 11:01 AM
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Not a real cyclist?

Wlile reading through these posts I see a lot of thought that the "Comfort Bikes" are not for 'Real Cyclist", well, read on and tell me what you think.
Sunday morning (today), about 6:45, temperature in mid 50s and I'm riding the Virginia Creeper Trail on my (hang head in shame ) Diamondback Wildwood comfort bike, the sun is breaking through the clouds, the river is running alongside the trail and the fields you ride through have cows grazing contentedly and the trees are jumping with color.
Now I have made some upgrades (don't we all? ) tires, grips, pedals, seat, added a rack and a bag, now I'm pedaling along loving life, rode almost 20 miles in less than 2 hours, how can this get any better?
Now if that don't make me a real cyclist, I'll kiss your bottom bracket! Thoughts?
Oh yeah, I just bought an Electra Townie for the wife to join me also, but that's another whole lower level, right?
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Old 11-06-05, 11:13 AM
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A man visited a hooker. She looked at him and asked: "Who do you think that you're going to satisfy with that little thing?" Answer: "Me."
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Old 11-06-05, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
A man visited a hooker. She looked at him and asked: "Who do you think that you're going to satisfy with that little thing?" Answer: "Me."

well done.
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Old 11-06-05, 03:05 PM
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If you ride a bike, you are a real cyclist. Shame that some mental midgets have yet to figure that out.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
If you ride a bike, you are a real cyclist. Shame that some mental midgets have yet to figure that out.
That sums it up quite nicely. Real bikes, in my book, are defined as anything with two wheels, pedals, a chain and no other means of powering them than your own two legs. It may well be that one of my bikes is more real (as in more expensive) than the other, but both are real bikes.
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Old 11-06-05, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by TnDiamondback
now I'm pedaling along loving life
Good enough for me.
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Old 11-06-05, 10:58 PM
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No matter what some snobs think about themselves, there's always someone just around the corner, ready to humble them.
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Old 11-06-05, 11:14 PM
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. . .and what constitutes a comfort bike is a matter of definition. My Specialized Sequoia is classed by the manufacturer as a "comfort bike," yet it's very similar to the Roubaix model, which is a highly popular bike among hot roadies, except for an upwardly-angled stem and some extra braze-ons. If you're moving under your own power, you're a "real" cyclist.
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Old 11-06-05, 11:15 PM
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The real cyclists are the ones who will nod or wave at me as I ride by them, no matter what bike I'm riding or what clothes I'm wearing.
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Old 11-06-05, 11:22 PM
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Two thumbs up.
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Old 11-06-05, 11:22 PM
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There have been times when I was wrong about what sort of bicycle and equipment would be best for me, so how could I possibly make that judgement for someone else? "Comfort bikes" are the red-headed stepchildren of cycling, but they are more versatile and practical than racing-oriented MTBs and road bikes for commuters and such.I feel sorry for the guy in full CSC team kit with the 20c tires on his way to work, not the guy with the 3 speed hub on the same commute.
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What's a real cyclist? Is there such thing as a real drivers too?
Race cars drivers aren't real drivers I suppose, as they only drive in circles.
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Old 11-07-05, 12:48 AM
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I've got a FS MTB, and springer-equipped cruiser with springs on the seat too. I'd class them as comfort bikes.
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Old 11-07-05, 01:19 AM
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A Real Cyclist has bugs in his/her fangs!
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Some people get carried away with the whole racing part of cycling and they don't enjoy it enough...

Good post, your a cyclist
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Old 11-07-05, 03:31 AM
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I wear jeans and a cotton T-shirt whilst riding a bottom of the range hardtail. I feel pretty comfy whilst doing this and consider myself a real cyclist.

Don't be ashamed of your bike until it gets splashed across the tabloids, selling it's frame for WD40.
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Old 11-07-05, 03:53 AM
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I think of a "cyclist" as someone who enjoys the time on the bike. Be they commuter, MTB, roadie, whatever. A "real" cyclist, to me, is someone who also takes the time to care for their ride. And I don't mean the OCP, weight-weeny nutters. Just someone who realises that their bikes give them pleasure, and they keep them in the best condition to do so.
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