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I don't actually like riding bikes.

Old 04-11-09, 09:11 AM
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It has something to do with endorphins. Somehow, my body has adjusted so that cycling no longer triggers key chemical reactions.

Sometimes, I still like "descending," if there is such a thing around the midwest, but downhill road biking just sounds stupid.
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Old 04-11-09, 09:28 AM
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You could get a job....or a wife...
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One word.....Golf.

You can have really nice gear to show off and brag about.

You can still wear some loud clothing.

You can get a bit of speed ripping around in a cart.

It still gets you outside.

I think Golf is the logical extension for anyone who has seen the darker side of cycling.
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Old 04-11-09, 09:42 AM
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have 2 or more hobbies. i got really tired of golf then i got excited about cycling then i got tired of cycling. now i try to do a bit of both with more cycling than golf but playing golf every now and again i enjoy the game far more than when i used to play every week and i enjoy the regular cycling to the point of obsession.
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Old 04-11-09, 09:50 AM
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keep doing that which is difficult until it isnt.

simple as that.
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Old 04-11-09, 09:53 AM
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Watch TV and get fat. It is what most people do...
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Old 04-11-09, 10:00 AM
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Old 04-11-09, 10:46 AM
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The girlfriend changed the stem/handlebars on her bike last week and just had to go try them out yesterday... on the streets of Montreal (if you've ever been here after the winter you know how pitiful the pavement is)... with the sky clouding over... a nice cold wind... at 4-5 degrees Celsus... and my asthmatic lungs were burning up ...
I know how you feel... conditions like that just make me want to hang up the bike and read a book instead.

But then I have a new Ti bike with Super Record coming in the next month, the $/?$*"&?!*& winter has to end at some point and it *has* to warm up sometime, the roads outside of the city will get cleaned up soon, and... in June we're going cycling in Tuscany for 3 weeks, and in September it will be 2 weeks in Mallorca

So hang in there, nicer days on the bike are just ahead, and there's nothing better that hearing the humming of the pavement under your wheels with the sun at your back and a great road ahead!!!
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Old 04-11-09, 10:47 AM
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I've found trying different ride routes and types of rides helps alleviate the boredom.

Heading down to the velodrome and taking their beginners' training class was a revelation for everything else for me.
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Old 04-11-09, 10:48 AM
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Go back to the roots then, maybe ---- classic & vintage bikes.. upgrading, restoring, riding... having fun with the quirks that come up. Quite a different experience from a new bike. I think one should do both (vintage and modern).

And do you race? Because racing never gets old, if its a challenge.
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Originally Posted by scr660 View Post
I discovered yesterday that there was nothing actually enjoyable about riding a bike. It was painful, it was cold, and my asthma wouldn't stop. My back ached, and I looked ridiculous in my gear. The novelty of going fast while balancing wore off maybe 1 or 2 years ago. Now, it all feels the same.

But I really do like having a nice bike.

So..I admit it. I'm in it for the stuff.
But what other excuse will you have to shave your legs?
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Old 04-11-09, 10:55 AM
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To be perfectly honest, when I'm sitting around here enjoying myself, a large part of the motivation to go ride has to do with all of the gals on the MUP wearing spandex and walking/jogging/cycling etc.

Maybe I should take up yoga....
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Old 04-11-09, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by scr660 View Post
I discovered yesterday that there was nothing actually enjoyable about riding a bike. It was painful, it was cold, and my asthma wouldn't stop. My back ached, and I looked ridiculous in my gear. The novelty of going fast while balancing wore off maybe 1 or 2 years ago. Now, it all feels the same.

But I really do like having a nice bike.

So..I admit it. I'm in it for the stuff.
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But it did cost a lot.
See, now I paid almost nothing for my bikes. In fact for one I did pay nothing at all. And I like to ride. So at least in terms of enjoyment/dollar, I WIN.
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Originally Posted by Trogon View Post
One word.....Golf.

You can have really nice gear to show off and brag about.

You can still wear some loud clothing.

You can get a bit of speed ripping around in a cart.

It still gets you outside.

I think Golf is the logical extension for anyone who has seen the darker side of cycling.
I just dropped golf. Unlike cycling, you can't do golf cheap and still have fun. Well maybe you can, but I can't.
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Personally, I enjoy every part of cyclling but what I really love is the way it makes me feel when I am not on the bike.
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Originally Posted by Trogon View Post
One word.....Golf.

You can have really nice gear to show off and brag about.

You can still wear some loud clothing.

You can get a bit of speed ripping around in a cart.

It still gets you outside.

I think Golf is the logical extension for anyone who has seen the darker side of cycling.
Golf was my first love and I got really into it and got pretty good at it too. I came to the realization that I would never be as good as I wished unless I had tons of money, so I try to occasionally play just for fun. It is difficult, golf can be a frustrating game!

Initially, I thought cycling would be cheaper then golf, but I was wrong .
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-Post-ride endorphins high.
-Long ride "trance-like" state.
-Fast paceline adrenaline rush.

Are cheaper and better than drugs.

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Originally Posted by Retropean View Post
Go back to the roots then, maybe ---- classic & vintage bikes.. upgrading, restoring, riding... having fun with the quirks that come up. Quite a different experience from a new bike. I think one should do both (vintage and modern).
Worked for me....
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but then again you were OP of this

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=527230

just say N
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Originally Posted by scr660 View Post
I discovered yesterday that there was nothing actually enjoyable about riding a bike. It was painful, it was cold, and my asthma wouldn't stop. My back ached, and I looked ridiculous in my gear. The novelty of going fast while balancing wore off maybe 1 or 2 years ago. Now, it all feels the same.

But I really do like having a nice bike.

So..I admit it. I'm in it for the stuff.
Go mountain biking, I love road cycling, but love MTB even more (too bad my MTB is not complete ).
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I love it.

It saved my life.

That is all.
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i love it all...

i love going fast, i love pushing myself, i love the scenary that goes by, i love the burning in my guads, i love the gear, i love the equipment...

i think you just need to find another hobby...something you can really enjoy on every level!
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I can't stop thinking about riding. I even start thinking about the next ride before I finish my current ride. Then again I'm down with OCD. My kids asked me why I like group rides so much, I told them it's all the time I get to spend alone.
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Originally Posted by Gluteus View Post
-Post-ride endorphins high.
-Long ride "trance-like" state.
-Fast paceline adrenaline rush.

Are better than drugs even if somewhat pricier.
Fixed.
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Here ... get involved in this type of cycling and get some of the excitement back .....

http://www.ultracycling.com/
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