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i'm tired of justifying\talking about cycling

Old 08-11-08, 11:31 AM
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i'm tired of justifying\talking about cycling

i wish i never let anyone know i rode a bike.

too many articles about cycling are forwarded to me, too many people ask how i can ride on these streets, too many comments made about other cyclists to me, too many times i have to listen to poorly thought out reasons why cycling is dangerous, too many people tell me i need to be careful, or shouldn't ride at night, during rush hour, or in the rain. too many people ask me what bike they should buy for "around $200", too many people asking me questions when all i want to do is bring my bike in\out of my apartment building.

urg!! just let me ride my bike in peace. i remember this used to be fun. i'm absolutely hating the fact that cycling is in the public eye now.
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Sounds like a day in the bike shop.




It can get comical.

I especially love the people that look at multi-thousand dollar road and MTB's with amazement...because for them a bike has always been a toy.
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
too many people ask me what bike they should buy for "around $200"
I hate this one.
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Originally Posted by roadwarrior
Sounds like a day in the bike shop.




It can get comical.

I especially love the people that look at multi-thousand dollar road and MTB's with amazement...because for them a bike has always been a toy.
+1. No one can understand why you would spend so much, why lighter is better, why we don't have any $400 road bikes, why they're different than Wally world bikes, etc. It gets old after a while.
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
i'm absolutely hating the fact that cycling is in the public eye now.
It is?
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A lot of times I just tell folks that I don't expect them to understand it anymore than nuclear physics but accept it makes sense to me. Mostly I get the "I would do that but...". Really, I don't give a ****.
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Old 08-11-08, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad
It is?
i might have skewed perception of that, living in NYC. at least in my sphere of people it's becoming a topic of discussion quite often. family, GF's family, friends, co-workers, etc.
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I get tired of "one of you cyclists was doing [this or this]. Why?"
I side with the cyclists just for the pure fact that this line of questioning is tiresome.
Lately it has been a bit of "Why won't you cyclists ride in the bike lane all the time or on the paths?"

For gods sake, I don't lump my coworkers in with every motorist I see.
"Another fool tried to right hook me. What is wrong with you idiot motorists?"
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"How many miles did you do?!"

EVERYONE asks me this. It can get irritating, especially after the nteenth time.

"Good exercise!"

...says one who could use some of it..?

I really dislike getting into conversations about cycling with most folks. They can get annoying very quickly.
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Originally Posted by theextremist04
+1. No one can understand why you would spend so much, why lighter is better, why we don't have any $400 road bikes, why they're different than Wally world bikes, etc. It gets old after a while.
I think those are actually pretty reasonable questions. If you're not racing or logging lots of miles, it's perfectly understandable to not want a high zoot bike and there's not much in the way of affordable road bikes for people who just want something to take on the MUP or do 25 miles on a Sunday morning. We're seeing the start of another bike boom and people want the Varsity for a this generation. I think it's great that Fuji, for example, is now selling a basic multispeed road bike (with DT shifters) for under $500 and I'm sure other companies will be coming out with comparable models soon.
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I agree, in NY it seems like cycling has exploded.

I used to see 1 or 2 riders on my way to work, now it's a dozen.

I also get a lot of acquaintances asking advice on buying bikes. That's a tough one. They want a decen bike for $200. It's hard to explain why that doesn't work.
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Originally Posted by Scorer75
I agree, in NY it seems like cycling has exploded.

I used to see 1 or 2 riders on my way to work, now it's a dozen.

I also get a lot of acquaintances asking advice on buying bikes. That's a tough one. They want a decen bike for $200. It's hard to explain why that doesn't work.
"Can you buy a decent new car for $4k?"
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I hate the "a cyclist cut me off" comment as if I'm responsible for the cycling population. My usual response is "if the person is an ******* off the bike, then they're an ******* on the bike."
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I don't mind talking about cycling when it's with people who are genuinely interested because it's an opportunity to share something I enjoy. I don't expect people to know about it so while the questions might seem silly from someone who rides, from a non cyclist they can almost be considered normal (why are some bikes so expensive? How can you ride for x # of miles? etc). I always advise people to go out and try it for themselves as it's the best way to understand.
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Originally Posted by schnee
"Can you buy a decent new car for $4k?"
No, but people have no realistic expectations when it comes to buying a bike. Their last bike was $100, so a bike today should be $200.
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Originally Posted by Scorer75
I agree, in NY it seems like cycling has exploded.

I used to see 1 or 2 riders on my way to work, now it's a dozen.

I also get a lot of acquaintances asking advice on buying bikes. That's a tough one. They want a decen bike for $200. It's hard to explain why that doesn't work.
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
i wish i never let anyone know i rode a bike.

too many articles about cycling are forwarded to me,
(hit delete key without ever responding)

too many people ask how i can ride on these streets
"It's easier than it looks"

too many comments made about other cyclists to me
"What am I supposed to do about it? (if they persist) What, you think I have all other cyclists on speed dial? (mimes cell phone: Hey, frank, you cut my friend off yesterday, stop that!)"

too many times i have to listen to poorly thought out reasons why cycling is dangerous
"Really. You think so? How interesting."

too many people tell me i need to be careful or shouldn't ride at night, during rush hour, or in the rain.
"Thanks for your concern."

too many people ask me what bike they should buy for "around $200"
"What new car would you buy for $3k?."

too many people asking me questions when all i want to do is bring my bike in\out of my apartment building.
"Sorry, can't talk."

urg!! just let me ride my bike in peace. i remember this used to be fun. i'm absolutely hating the fact that cycling is in the public eye now.
Sounds like you are a nice, accomodating, earnest person and need to HTFU a bit and be OK with slagging off some people. A mix of thick skin, condescension, sarcasm and patronising wit is in order.
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge
I don't mind talking about cycling when it's with people who are genuinely interested because it's an opportunity to share something I enjoy. I don't expect people to know about it so while the questions might seem silly from someone who rides, from a non cyclist they can almost be considered normal (why are some bikes so expensive? How can you ride for x # of miles? etc). I always advise people to go out and try it for themselves as it's the best way to understand.
me too.
why even bother talking to idiots in the first place.
but if they are genuinely interested and curious i don't see what the problem is
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You can't win on the cost-issue. I just say "it is my only hobby, it cost a good bit, etc. It is the ones that INSIST on a specific price that drive me crazy, it is no different than insisting on knowing what someone's house, watch, or anything else cost.
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It's not that big a deal, it just gets old. And having met the OP, I can see how he'd try to be accommodating while getting frustrated.

For example, over the weekend I had two cycling specific conversations that both drove me nuts. One was explaining to a newbie over and over why an all carbon fiber bike will not be significantly (if at all) faster that an aluminum bike with carbon stays and fork. Conversation number two was with a guy telling me about a mile long hill he climbed that was 20% grade with small sections of 15%. Mind you this would be over 800 feet of climbing, did I mention we both live in Long Island???
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Once a completely uninitiated asked what I have in those bottles. I just went uhh...water? Wanted to say, yeah, grease in case the bicycle runs dry, or dogs repellents, or bug scollectors.

Tired of dumb questions? so go, Uhhh, don't know, I just ride it!
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Originally Posted by schnee
Sounds like you are a nice, accomodating, earnest person and need to HTFU a bit and be OK with slagging off some people. A mix of thick skin, condescension, sarcasm and patronising wit is in order.
Don't forget wearing a pair of dark sunglasses at all times.
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I short circuit those gear conversations by simply saying 'I'm not into the bike crap, I just ride'. When they ask for recommendations I say 'If it's under $6,000, I wouldn't really know'.
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