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Are You A MAMIL?

Old 10-18-17, 05:09 PM
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Are You A MAMIL?

A new fad is sweeping the world! https://www.bicycling.com/news/new-d...-to-be-a-mamil So I have to ask, are you a MAMIL?
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I wear bike shorts, so I'm a MIL, but I'm not MA, so no, I am not a MAMIL.
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Old 10-18-17, 05:32 PM
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Hrmm. I'm 38...does that count as middle aged? And I only wear lycra half the time. And I'm in better shape than most 20 yr olds, so I don't feel TOO foolish.

Is there a "reasonably fit slightly faster than average dork on a bike" category?
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No,

I was once a YMIW, then eventually a MAMIL for a while, long before the phrase was coined. Now, I'm an OMIL.
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Originally Posted by Pirkaus View Post
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Thanks for letting me figure that one out on my own... very clever.
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Only 34, so I guess I'm also not MA... And I'm in much better shape than people younger than me (at least compared to Americans).
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I'm 50 years old and in a jersey and bibs nearly every day of the week. Draw your own conclusions.
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Old 10-18-17, 06:03 PM
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I thought this one had made the rounds once already?
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Nearly. I'm not quite middle aged yet.
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I'm an OMIL
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I'm definitely a MAMIL. I was just wondering, on my ride this morning, whether anyone ever made jerseys with MAMIL printed in huge letters on it? I'd probably buy one.

I'll never be a racer. Doesn't matter. Cycling isn't just about racing. I'll totally own my MAMILness.
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And the answer is yes, someone did make a MAMIL jersey.

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"The word was reportedly coined by British marketing research firm Mintel in 2010"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamil
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When does middle age start? Is it a range of years? I have questions.
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When does middle age start? Is it a range of years? I have questions.
I'd aways assumed you need a large beer gut and an SUV of some sort or you don't qualify.
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Old 10-18-17, 07:32 PM
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I'm 50 years old and in a jersey and bibs nearly every day of the week. Draw your own conclusions.
Yup.

49 years old, 6'2" tall, 188lbs, and abs that you could do your laundry on. Call me any name you want, but your lady calls me when you aren't around.
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I'd aways assumed you need a large beer gut and an SUV of some sort or you don't qualify.
Never owned a car with more than 2 doors, never owned an automatic transmission, and I've never had a beer in my life. I might live forever!
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I've been calling myself a MAMIL, I'm 59 now. How much longer can I get away with it?
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I ride with some MAMILs. It's amusing.

That said, a group of people wearing fluorescent lycra and bad shoes never looks quite right, regardless of the age or body type.
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Call me any name you want, but your lady calls me when you aren't around.
I could just call you the things she calls you ... but I don't want to be insulting.
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By the way, I am a mammal, not a MAMIL.

I am FAMIS.

Fat Man in Spandex.

That way I don't have to get a new nickname as I get older.
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OP, please reimburse me 47 seconds of my life back.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Never owned a car with more than 2 doors, never owned an automatic transmission, and I've never had a beer in my life. I might live forever!
Yeah, but living forever never having had a beer is no kinda life.
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