Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Are there ANY social status "perks" from cycling?

Notices
Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

Are there ANY social status "perks" from cycling?

Old 03-18-09, 06:18 PM
  #1  
agarose2000
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,952
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Are there ANY social status "perks" from cycling?

This is a post that's just asking to be flamed, but I'll ask it anyway.

As a cyclist, do you feel you get any social status "perks?"

When kids envision NBA, NFL, baseball, or soccer superstars, I'd bet part of the allure is the dream of celebrity, the dream of impressing the ladies (or men), and the dream of becoming a high roller in $$$. In a lot of these big-name sports, even if you're not a pro, you can still get a lot of these social benefits from being particularly good at your sport.

Does cycling have any sort of these social perks? Lance obviously has it all, but do you think the average pro or amateur cyclist gets any sort of social benefits because of their cycling?
agarose2000 is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:19 PM
  #2  
CrimsonKarter21
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Posts: 8,850

Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What? Haha.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:22 PM
  #3  
Jakedatc
Senior Member
 
Jakedatc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: CT
Posts: 3,039
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by agarose2000 View Post
This is a post that's just asking to be flamed, but I'll ask it anyway.

As a cyclist, do you feel you get any social status "perks?"

When kids envision NBA, NFL, baseball, or soccer superstars, I'd bet part of the allure is the dream of celebrity, the dream of impressing the ladies (or men), and the dream of becoming a high roller in $$$. In a lot of these big-name sports, even if you're not a pro, you can still get a lot of these social benefits from being particularly good at your sport.

Does cycling have any sort of these social perks? Lance obviously has it all, but do you think the average pro or amateur cyclist gets any sort of social benefits because of their cycling?
I gotta transfer this practice over from my climbing site.. quote this kind of silliness so they can't delete it later.. that way everyone can enjoy

oh yea..
Jakedatc is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:23 PM
  #4  
FlashBazbo
Chases Dogs for Sport
 
FlashBazbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 4,083

Bikes: BMC SLR01 TeamMachine Disk Di2; OPEN new U.P. Di2

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 840 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 24 Posts
At my age (well over 40), yes. It all comes from being recognizable as an athlete, though. It's more about the physique that comes from cycling than from being a cyclist.

If anything, the cyclist thing -- a lot of people see it as being pretty nerdy. It's not a plus for a large percentage of the population.
FlashBazbo is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:24 PM
  #5  
knucklesandwich
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Somewhere
Posts: 909

Bikes: Kona Jake (2006)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sorry, your Cervelo impresses no one but yourself.
knucklesandwich is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:25 PM
  #6  
J.W.
Senior Member
 
J.W.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: West..
Posts: 460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
not in this country.....maybe belgium..lol
J.W. is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:26 PM
  #7  
longbeachgary
Senior Member
 
longbeachgary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Beautiful Long Beach California
Posts: 3,605

Bikes: Eddy Merckx San Remo 76, Eddy Merckx San Remo 76 - Black Silver and Red, Eddy Merckx Sallanches 64 (2); Eddy Merckx MXL;

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 142 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by knucklesandwich View Post
Sorry, your Cervelo impresses no one but yourself.
Not true,,,,,,I'm impressed.
longbeachgary is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:27 PM
  #8  
Superweirdash
<=3
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 150
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
It all comes from being recognizable as an athlete, though. It's more about the physique that comes from cycling than from being a cyclist.
+1

If you play hoops on the weekend, it won't come up in conversation with a girl, and neither will cycling. But being in obvious shape (assuming you're not an emaciated string bean) comes in handy all the time.
Superweirdash is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:29 PM
  #9  
The Carpenter
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Orange County, California
Posts: 508
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I need some for this
The Carpenter is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:32 PM
  #10  
EventServices
Announcer
 
EventServices's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Detroit's North Side.
Posts: 5,084

Bikes: Many

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Like at the Tour of California when the athletes were whisked away from the race, sequestered into their rooms, released temporarily for team meals which are always with other teams (except on the last night), herded back into their rooms, massaged, and then put to bed. They might hang out in the lobby to get the free Internet. Then they spend their Monday in an airport where nobody recognizes them. And the rest of the week, they live in oblivion.

Here's Frank Pipp talking about it in Atlanta last April.
EventServices is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:33 PM
  #11  
Cue
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 598
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 376 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by knucklesandwich View Post
Sorry, your Cervelo impresses no one but yourself.
Serious. It's not even a proper road bike.
Cue is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:35 PM
  #12  
mike868y
avatar by Sean Powers
 
mike868y's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: charm city
Posts: 9,284

Bikes: 2009 Specialized Tarmac Pro

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
As a teenager, definitely not. The whole spandex/shaved legs (i don't shave)/spending all your time on a bike, really is not looked upon as "cool." That being said, most people wouldn't know if they hadn't seen and recognized me cycling, and being in shape has helped a lot. I used to be real chubby, cycling has helped to slimed down and get in real good shape. I'd say the benefits outweight the negative connotations of the sport.
mike868y is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 06:41 PM
  #13  
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Machka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 51,526

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 134 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2930 Post(s)
Liked 120 Times in 82 Posts
Travel might be considered a perk.
Machka is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 07:03 PM
  #14  
RacerOne
Hills hurt.. Couches kill
 
RacerOne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Brazil, IN
Posts: 3,370

Bikes: 1991 Specialized Sirrus Triple, 2010 Trek Madone 6.5 Project One, 2012 Cannondale Caad10, 2013 Trek Crockett

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
As a teenager, definitely not. The whole spandex/shaved legs (i don't shave)/spending all your time on a bike, really is not looked upon as "cool." That being said, most people wouldn't know if they hadn't seen and recognized me cycling, and being in shape has helped a lot. I used to be real chubby, cycling has helped to slimed down and get in real good shape. I'd say the benefits outweight the negative connotations of the sport.
I'm not so sure this would impress most women..
RacerOne is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 07:07 PM
  #15  
mike868y
avatar by Sean Powers
 
mike868y's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: charm city
Posts: 9,284

Bikes: 2009 Specialized Tarmac Pro

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I meant like my waistline and I've improved my overall fitness. you know what I meant.
mike868y is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 07:28 PM
  #16  
GamecockTaco
You rode how far???
 
GamecockTaco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 579

Bikes: '96 Trek 830; 06 Cervelo Soloist, 06 Scott Scale 70, 2013 Cervelo S2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
not so much social perks, but definitely business ones.

I've picked up several clients because they are in my cycling group. And, your average cyclist is not a blue collar worker, so, typically, they do have some extra income to pay my fees.
GamecockTaco is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 07:38 PM
  #17  
dmb2786
Senior Member
 
dmb2786's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,020
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
guads
dmb2786 is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 07:45 PM
  #18  
timmyquest
Banned.
 
timmyquest's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Woodstock
Posts: 5,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You get to do this:
timmyquest is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 08:16 PM
  #19  
rOOster14
anything but last
 
rOOster14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Posts: 538

Bikes: Cannondale caad9 full duraace`, trek soho singlespeed...cross bike coming soon.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i dont know that you get any type of allure about you, but i think cycling is majorly beneficial in regards to networking.
Being a college kid that works in a bike shop and rides quite a bit, i have had the opportunity to meet a TON of people that are just great people to know..i.e my dentist, physical therapist, lawyer, etc etc.
it has also opened up a lot of conversation in my academic career, job interviews and all sorts of other things. its a really powerful social tool i think
rOOster14 is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 08:17 PM
  #20  
buzzman
----
 
buzzman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Newton, MA
Posts: 4,574
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
actually I think there are but it takes a really, really long time before the pay off. I started long distance cycling/touring, commuting and racing at age 15. I took a lot of grief over the years- "when are you going to get a car?" "can't you afford a car?" "you rode your bike here!!!??" "tap shoes and tight black shorts?"

Now I'm 54 and I've watched friends and family slowly succumb to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, adult onset diabetes and a sedentary life style. I've got to say in the last 10 years I get a lot more street cred from all of them now. It's funny to sit around with people my age and hear about the Zocor and Levitor and Vasotek and Prinivil and Zestril. The odd thing is they all think I'm "lucky".

I guess in some ways I am but I know when I lay off the cycling for a month or two I can watch my weight, blood pressure and cholesterol rise like the tide.
buzzman is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 08:18 PM
  #21  
timmyquest
Banned.
 
timmyquest's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Woodstock
Posts: 5,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by rOOster14 View Post
i dont know that you get any type of allure about you, but i think cycling is majorly beneficial in regards to networking.
Being a college kid that works in a bike shop and rides quite a bit, i have had the opportunity to meet a TON of people that are just great people to know..i.e my dentist, physical therapist, lawyer, etc etc.
it has also opened up a lot of conversation in my academic career, job interviews and all sorts of other things. its a really powerful social tool i think
This comes up a bit, and i agree...but this could be said about a lot of hobbies.
timmyquest is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 08:19 PM
  #22  
Ratfish
Senior Member
 
Ratfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Mle Island
Posts: 1,016
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dmb2786 View Post
guads
This. Also galves. I got dropped by someone today with the biggest galves I have ever seen in my life. It made me think that the dude was a ****** at one point in time and retained the galves, but I dunno.

Some day....
Ratfish is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 08:37 PM
  #23  
KiddSisko
Has coddling tendencies.
 
KiddSisko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Topanga Canyon
Posts: 8,352

Bikes: 2008 Blue RC8 w/ '09 Rival

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have an unusual job here in Los Angeles with a client base comprised of mostly women comedian/actors. Because their careers and success is often tied to their appearance, they do notice the difference when someone is in good shape or not. As a group, their marketable skill is more what's inside their heads rather than the exterior, so they aren't the most appearance obsessed types out here. Looks aren't the only thing they focus on, but they do notice. And by notice I mean they will compliment you if you've lost weight and show some muscle tone. When they find out what I do to stay fit, with all the riding in the local mountains and so forth, they are impressed. It certainly is not a negative. Here. For me.
KiddSisko is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 08:40 PM
  #24  
Ratfish
Senior Member
 
Ratfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Mle Island
Posts: 1,016
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I will say that women who cycle have the best bodies of any subset of women I can think of. So for them it's a perk (also for those who get to see them while riding).
Ratfish is offline  
Old 03-18-09, 08:44 PM
  #25  
nitropowered
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Athens, Ohio
Posts: 5,104

Bikes: Custom Custom Custom

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
No not really. I'm still single. Probably since all I do is eat sleep and ride (ok throw in work and school as well)
nitropowered is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.