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Do you mind the term "roadie" ?

Old 07-21-05, 02:34 PM
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Do you mind the term "roadie" ?

Just wondering...
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Old 07-21-05, 02:38 PM
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Not sure what it means. Is it a team support crew?

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Old 07-21-05, 02:38 PM
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I don't see it as a problem. We should go over to an auto forum and ask them if they like us calling them cagers
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Originally Posted by sparknote_s
Just wondering...
I don't, as it could be a lot worse!@

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Old 07-21-05, 02:39 PM
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I don't mind "roadie."

I don't like the term "fixie" though for fixed gear. Strange, eh?
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Old 07-21-05, 02:44 PM
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As an activity, it is called bicycling, but as a sport it is called bike racing.

We dont call ourselves bikers, so we never go biking. Instead, we go riding. Its a subtle distinction that Roadies make.
To us, a biker is someone who rides loud motorcycles and wears leather.

There is also a subtle difference between a cyclist and a bike racer. A cyclist is someone who rides seriously but does not necessarily race their bike.
We use the term Roadie to differentiate between bike racers who compete exclusively on the road and those who compete exclusively on the velodrome (trackies) or on mountain bikes (mountain bikers). There are many riders who compete in all three disciplines, but theres no special name for them.

I've never heard Roadie used in a derogatory way.
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Old 07-21-05, 03:32 PM
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No one calls me that. I don't suppose I'd mind if they did.
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Old 07-21-05, 03:35 PM
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Don't mind it a bit. I don't really care to be caled a "dirtie" though when I go trail riding.
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Originally Posted by webist
No one calls me that. I don't suppose I'd mind if they did.
I was called one, buy only once, by a group of mountain bikers as I passed them on rough desert single track on my cyclocross bike. As in "Yo! A roadie just passed us, crazy".

Thanks to EventServices for defining what one is.

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Old 07-21-05, 03:38 PM
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add an "I like it" option...
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Old 07-21-05, 04:11 PM
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Too much like "Groupie"

Pluse Roadie means:

A person engaged to load, unload, and set up equipment and to perform errands for rock musicians on tour.


Plain "guy on a bicycle" is fine for me...
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Don't mind it at all. In fact, I like it. Just don't ask me to carry your amp or do a sound check.
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When mnt biking took off in the 90's there was a 'need' for clarification when you told someone you rode a bike. The term roadie was/is used to describe someone that rides mostly on a road bike.

It also used to be that mnt bikers were actual athletes, we rode up the hills we wanted to haul a$$ down....but I digress. =)
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Old 07-21-05, 04:25 PM
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Don't mind.

I like 'cyclist'...just because I kind of cringe when people on the outside say 'biker'....images of old guys in chaps on Harley's trying to act tough and young again.

I am not a biker...I am a cyclist.
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Old 07-21-05, 04:55 PM
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I prefer either bike snob or poseur. . .
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I prefer 'cyclist' too, as I also ride MTB ...
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Old 07-21-05, 05:01 PM
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whats wrong with "roadie"?
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Its intersting that when folks (cyclists or not) learn your ride one of the first questions is road or mountain? A nice ice breaker I guess, but for me always a complex answer as I commute on a fixed bike and ride with large groups and on singletrack on a cyclocross bike. But I don't give a complex answer, just 'road and dirt'

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Old 07-21-05, 06:56 PM
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I don't mind it. I'm more of a "streetie," though, if we want to be precise, since I haven't ridden on a road, as such, since I was a teenager. I'm all urban 'n schtuff nowadays. I'll answer to cyclist, too.

I'm hoping to change that pretty soon, but in order to find some not-city-streets to ride on, I have to actually put my bike in the car and go out of town, and I don't think my husband wants me putting my greasy bike in his car, so I have to wait until I can get my car back on the road before I can get out of town.

I really want to go riding out by the Lake of the Ozarks, though. There's some nice looking asphalt and some even nicer scenery out there.
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No I don't. I have been called much worse, and none of them had to do with cycling.
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"The road bike is the most efficient machine known to man. There is nothing like riding a nice road bike, on a nice road. Chat it up with other ROADIES in our road cycling forum."

quite a query...doesn't look anyone's thought all too much about it.
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Originally Posted by Dinstee
Don't mind it a bit. I don't really care to be caled a "dirtie" though when I go trail riding.
What about a mountie?
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I like it. I work with a guy that calls anyone with the typical roadie outlook on life/bikes (ex: carbon fibre is ultimate, or a day not following the training schedule will probably result in not only the loss of fitness, but certainly a considerably shorter lifespan) "Euro-trash". It kills me. I use that term as much as possible to describe myself.


Cole - Euro-trash roadie
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Old 07-21-05, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by RedFerret
What about a mountie?
That would imply he's Canadian, which is much much worse than being "dirtie"
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Old 07-21-05, 09:56 PM
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And has a girlfriend named Nell.
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