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Old 09-19-08, 01:47 PM
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To my fellow brothers...

How did you get into cycling? I fell in love with my first mountain bike, but as I have been getting into riding more, I notice the lack of black riders. I am then reminded when i walk into my lbs how few of us there are. None of my friends ever consider it, and they all think I'm crazy. So... What attracted you to cycling?
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I've always had a bike. Always been at least a once or twice a week trip to the convenience store or video rental shop sort of don't want to bother starting the car sort of guy. Starting the car wastes as much fuel as standing starts. My mind constantly analyzes the physics involved and I take great pride in watching and then timing traffic lights that are as much as a mile down the road but I don't take it to the point of holding up rush hour traffic. I even park to avoid having to put the car in reverse.

Anyway, I digress. I hit 30 and suddenly all of my buds had small kids and rarely wanted the play basketball in the gym and hiking season doesn't start until May and I was repeatly falling out of shape over the winter. I started biking so I could regain my conditioning before hiking season started. One year a pretty gal I'd been out with said the MS ride had to be tougher than the 20 mile Oxford Ridge hike we had just done. I found a road bike and proved her both right and wrong.

Over the following year or two, I fell in love with just grabbing the road bike and being on a quiet country road 20 minutes later, realizing that commuting thrice per week made room for 5 hours of exercise with 2 hours of overhead, and that all those road miles made mountain biking a lot more fun.
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Do you just want to hear from the males?
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Originally Posted by chrys9989 View Post
How did you get into cycling? I fell in love with my first mountain bike, but as I have been getting into riding more, I notice the lack of black riders. I am then reminded when i walk into my lbs how few of us there are. None of my friends ever consider it, and they all think I'm crazy. So... What attracted you to cycling?
That's because cycling is what white people like.
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Old 09-19-08, 05:59 PM
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Wait a minute! This is a brothers only thread?
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Wow....I started about the same day I joined this forum, about 2 weeks ago. What in the sam hill would make me start cycling of all things?

Pretty simple really, I'm 20 years old, and realized that I'm still young enough to do something with my life, and have some fun. I've been a nerd so to speak, all my life playing video games, etc all day long every day. I got a ps 3 late June, and played it hardcore up until late last month, when I was 3-30 in the new madden 09 game.

I pondered about what else I could do for a day or 2, something that I could start on my own..Then it hit me on my way to work, I saw a group ride getting ready to start behind a walmart. Then I kept an eye out for bikers the rest of my way to work, and on my way home afterwards.. Shortly after I got home, I watched a bunch of youtube videos related to biking, and saw this forum...

I Had a problem though, I was short on cash to buy a road bike, so I took a chance, and sold my ps 3 and the games I bought for it. Used that money to buy myself a used mongoose morzine road bike, and been pedaling it since. I think its one of the best choices I've ever made, and I'm happy with it..
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Here in Atlanta most of the cyclists are white but I do see several people of color regularly - riding all kinds - roadies, fixies, beater bikes. Also there's this club, http://www.maccattack.com/ which I think is pretty cool we have here, but I have never seen these riders out and about in town.

p.s. I am a white female.
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Old 09-19-08, 07:57 PM
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I don't see color. Hence the reason I tend to run stop lights.
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Old 09-19-08, 07:58 PM
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It's fun. That's what got me into it. I started off mountain biking... later got into road cycling. I still do both (enjoy mountain biking more). Road biking helps me build the strength needed to continue mountain biking.
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Old 09-20-08, 01:07 PM
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Why the color line? Is there a color line? I don't know.

I started riding as kid on a used rental Stingray, 'way back in '67. I just never stopped riding. Motorcycles diverted me for a few years, but I'm back to my first two-wheeled love. I rode BMX before the term was invented on the Stingray, rode road bikes before that term was invented, and have ridden mountain bikes since the early '90s. Tried to turn a Varsity into a mountain bike in 1979.

Now I'm back to riding as I did as a kid. Nothing serious, just noodling around the neighborhood for the sheer pleasure of it. Now the 'hood is a 50 mile radius, though.

My nephew is a 19 year old black kid from Texas. He moved out here to Orange County. A bike is his sole transport. It took him a bit to get used to the concept.
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Old 09-20-08, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
I started riding as kid on a used rental Stingray, 'way back in '67. I rode BMX before the term was invented on the Stingray, rode road bikes before that term was invented, .


Interesting. It was the same for me too. Parents bought me a red "buzz bike" from Western Auto in christmas '67. Rode the hell out of that bike, and I guess it was those fond memories that carried through all the way into my adult life. Bought my first road bike ten years later in '77 and bought my GF one too, a Panasonic girls 10-speed. The GF is now my wife. Never rode anything else. Never rode a mountain bike or a hybrid. Its always been road bikes to this day. Of all the road bikes I've had over the years (about a dozen), half of them were stolen, but I always got back into it eventually.

But it wasn't always continuous either. There were times when I didn't have a bike, so it was really kind of sporadic up until March 2000 when I really started getting serious about it and adopted more of a cycling lifestyle. Now I only have two bikes, and a trailer, and my wife has one, so we ride together just like we did 31 years ago. Its been a lot of fun, and I really cant concieve of doing anything else.

Ride on
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Old 09-20-08, 04:43 PM
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Oh, brother, where art thou?

What's the whole color thing about? I see people of color riding bikes every day around town. I didn't realiize I was doing a white-only thing. Like, are there segregated bike racks that I should be aware of?
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Old 09-20-08, 05:13 PM
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My dad bought me an old used LaSalle, for $2 in 1955. Steel seat had no upholstery, no fenders, but it was FREEDOM!
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Old 09-20-08, 07:53 PM
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I live in OC, wide racial mix. White folks ride because they want to, the Mexicans because they have to, and poor folks of all color have no choice.

There was an ancient Vietnamese guy who paddled around on a 20" girls bike. He used it during his can collecting trips. I say paddled rather than pedaled because he never used the pedals.
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Old 09-20-08, 08:44 PM
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Ok, as I assumed, some would not fully understand where I'm coming from, I was simply asking, because based upon what I see everyday, I have yet to see any black people cycling, other than a means of transportation. I dont knock it, it makes plenty of sense. I know I love riding, and as I have recently gotten into it (bought a real road bike, cycling clothes, started doing intervals) none of my family understands me. The other night I was riding, and I took this sharp turn past a bar, and overheard someone asking if that was a black guy. I get weird looks sometimes(not that I care what anyone thinks) it's almost like we're non existent in this sport.
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
I live in OC, the Mexicans because they have to,


Yeah, this is my wife riding in OC! I would be in the picture to but I can't figure what to do with the rake and shovel!



Sorry chryss but I see plenty of black people riding everytime I ride in the OC. As a sport, not commuting to the cotton fields! I know some black racers and plenty of black rec-sort riders. I see them on the weekends while we commute to the strawberry fields for work!
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Oh, here ya go! This is me in OC working my way to the vineyards to pick grapes! My wife is holding the rake now!

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In my local club we have only one black rider. I think he's a 20 something and a good rider. It seems that it's a cultural thing as I don't see any black folks out on the hiking trails either.

Chrys9989 you can lead by example. If more kids of color see others out riding or hiking maybe they'll give it try.
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Yeah, despite Major Taylor, we black riders are still rarities. But me, I got into riding as a kid, perhaps because I had a bit of wanderlust. Who knows why they fall in love with things, really? Yesterday, a young girl asked me why I love bicycles and cars, to which I replied that I love speedy, efficient machines. Maybe it has always been that way.
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Originally Posted by chrys9989 View Post
Ok, as I assumed, some would not fully understand where I'm coming from, I was simply asking, because based upon what I see everyday, I have yet to see any black people cycling, other than a means of transportation. I dont knock it, it makes plenty of sense. I know I love riding, and as I have recently gotten into it (bought a real road bike, cycling clothes, started doing intervals) none of my family understands me. The other night I was riding, and I took this sharp turn past a bar, and overheard someone asking if that was a black guy. I get weird looks sometimes(not that I care what anyone thinks) it's almost like we're non existent in this sport.
I see people or color riding bikes all over town… I guess I have just never made the effort to judge them by what they were wearing, or what type of bike they had at the time. If I have seen a Black Male, on a road bike dressed in a full kit, I probably just thought, there goes a hardcore roadie…

If you are more interested in just the amount of people of color (whatever that means, I have yet to meet a clear person) that ride road bikes in full kits, I would respectfully suggest posting a similar question in the Road Forum. It may surprise you just how many people of color do ride road bikes in full kits, or it may reinforce your thoughts on the matter… I really don’t know, I’ve never asked. Just a thought.

Me… I’m just a big fugly white guy that rides a Mixte for fun and exercise, and to get around town… So, I’m kind of a rare sight myself.
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Originally Posted by Bionicycle View Post
Me… I’m just a big fugly white guy...
I might have guessed that from the accusatory and defensive tone of your post!
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
Oh, here ya go! This is me in OC working my way to the vineyards to pick grapes! My wife is holding the rake now!


Congrats on the riding wife. My Hispanic (1st generation) wife won't have anything to do with bikes. I live in the barrio. The local kids will ride for fun, but after a certain age no more.

Look at the back of any resteraunt from fast food to high-end. The bike racks are stuffed to the gills with Walmart's and Target's finest. These are the transport of the staff.

When talking about a large group of people tagged a name that has a wide variety of meanings (Mexican) it's a broad brush one is painting with. I'm reffering to the mostly illegal alien Mexican citizens. Tough row they have to hoe, no pun intended.
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This thread totally lost its focus, I simply wanted to see others ideas/reasons, for liking a sport, that isnt apart of our culture. Thanks, for everyone's input though.
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I might have guessed that from the accusatory and defensive tone of your post!
“Accusatory and defensive tone”… I do truly hope you are joking. If not I think you missed the meaning of my post entirely. Either way I wish you well.
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I got into biking around March of this year because I got frustrated with knee pain while jogging. When I started taking longer rides and focusing on biking as exercise, I got totally hooked. I started learning and am still learning the little things of what makes a bike good or not, how to properly ride, gauging my performance and speed, etc. I've always been a bit of a gearhead, and bikes are becoming a more fun and affordable outlet for my compulsion to fix things that ain't broken.

Most of my friends growing up were black. We would bike all the time...though at that age, it was transportation, and there was no real affection for bikes beyond that. And as soon as we all got cars, that was that.

But I imagine kids growing up in a white neighborhood follow pretty much the same path. I'm not even sure if I believe the cycling population really is disproportionately white. If 1/7 Americans are black, and 1/7 cyclists are black, I'd say that's about right. And if I look at all the lycra-clad roadies around here, it seems not far off from that. Though I do tend to oversimplify race issues because I really don't care.
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