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Old 03-15-17, 10:16 PM
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serious cyclist

Most posting here are. But how do you tell if someone else is?
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Old 03-15-17, 10:18 PM
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Old 03-15-17, 10:20 PM
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The telltale sign is a Brooks saddle, I believe.
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Old 03-15-17, 10:24 PM
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I am the only Really serious cyclists. Sadly I am surrounded by poseurs, and even more sadly, people who truly do think they are serious ... but none of them ever knows the secret handshake.
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A serious cyclist doesn't even notice the mere bicycle riders who may dot the roadways.
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Old 03-15-17, 10:25 PM
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I imagine it's a bit like gay people. Some are very blindingly obvious but with others you really can't tell.
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Old 03-15-17, 10:26 PM
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A serious cyclist doesn't joke around.
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Old 03-15-17, 10:28 PM
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It's that imperious sniff that they render upon regarding the rest of us--the poor Lumpen of the sport--as they deign to recognize our existence.
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I know one when I see one.
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
I know one when I see one.
Yeah! Kinda like pornography, no?
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
Most posting here are.
Do you really think so?

How many people here do you think actually ride their bicycles on anything like a regular basis or any sort of decent distances?
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Old 03-15-17, 10:32 PM
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Spare tubular around the shoulders.
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Old 03-15-17, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Do you really think so?

How many people here do you think actually ride their bicycles on anything like a regular basis or any sort of decent distances?
Well, I don't know that is a requirement. I frankly don't know what is, or even if riding is a requirement.
So I opened it up.

I think a Phil Ligget, Johan Bruyneel or Shelden Brown all should get some love.

My simplest definition is based on the hours of a day it consumes.

I was a 20hour/week plus rider, now I'm a 5hour/week poster and because I'm into my kid racing and the sport of cycling competition, I buy more, research more and know more folks in the industry - and spend more total time - than I ever did when I just road. And I still ride, but I've ridden everywhere I care to.

So ... don't know.
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Do you really think so? How many people here do you think actually ride their bicycles on anything like a regular basis or any sort of decent distances?
Unfair. As a person who thinks a "decent distance" is "from now until next Tuesday," and a "regular basis" means "I would get off my bike to sleep---if I slept" you sort of set the bar higher than is reasonable.

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I know one when I see one.
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Yeah! Kinda like pornography, no?
I would certainly ride a bike an Indecent distance ... would that be sort of like pornography?
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Old 03-15-17, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Scarbo View Post
Yeah! Kinda like pornography, no?
Does the sight of a serious cyclist excite you?

Then I suppose.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Unfair. As a person who thinks a "decent distance" is "from now until next Tuesday," and a "regular basis" means "I would get off my bike to sleep---if I slept" you sort of set the bar higher than is reasonable.
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The most "serious" cyclist I know ($400 shoes, y'all) has logged 300 miles in 2017.

I don't reckon myself a serious cyclist at all, but still manage to get a couple hours a week in on the trainer, with my broken right hand in a cast. As soon as it will bear weight, I'll be back on the road, still in the cast. I ride because I love it. It is a wholly un-serious pursuit for me.
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Old 03-15-17, 11:12 PM
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I don't quite understand the question.

IMO serious cyclist is more a question of self-identification than something one would ascribe to another. Anyone who considers himself a serious cyclist is serious enough to be one.

OTOH we could start a Foxworthy type thread "you know you're a serious cyclist ....."
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
OTOH we could start a Foxworthy type thread "you know you're a serious cyclist ....."
Now that I would like to see.


Actually, when I first started with cycling forums way back in about 2002, there was a thread like that.

You know you're a cyclist when ...

... you bash your hand against the side window of the car you're driving when you're trying to signal your turn.
... you point out all the potholes to other drivers/

Stuff like that.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Now that I would like to see.




Stuff like that.
You know your a serious cyclist when you're driving in the rain and duck when a passing car throws water on your windshield.
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This question has actually made me think for a minute... what is a serious cyclist. At first glance I would think it's somebody who gets paid to ride, i.e. a Pro cyclist. However, I have pretty much abandoned everything I believed in to pursue a cycling related life. I quit my corporate job to go work at a bike shop, I run my own team, I race for the team, I ride 10-15hrs a week, I'm a chairperson on the board of a local cycling advocacy group and I spend my free time cleaning / tuning my bikes. I'd say 15 hours out of my day are bike related. Nothing else crosses my mind...

Just read what I wrote and I think I might be going insane.
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... you point out all the potholes to other drivers/
I literally point out potholes to my wife when she is driving. "hole right" as well as "car back" and others.
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..... I have pretty much abandoned everything I believed in to pursue a cycling related life. I quit my corporate job to go work at a bike shop, I run my own team, I race for the team, I ride 10-15hrs a week, I'm a chairperson on the board of a local cycling advocacy group and I spend my free time cleaning / tuning my bikes. I'd say 15 hours out of my day are bike related. Nothing else crosses my mind...

Just read what I wrote and I think I might be going insane.
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I'm serious, I just got myself a dinosaur squeezy horn for my bike, I decided I needed something in between nothing and scaring the crap out of people with my Air Zound....
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