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I don't actually like riding bikes.

Old 04-11-09, 07:20 AM
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I don't actually like riding bikes.

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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Old 04-11-09, 07:26 AM
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Your bike really isn't that great.
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Old 04-11-09, 07:27 AM
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But it did cost a lot.
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Old 04-11-09, 07:28 AM
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So why are you here.. Are you sure you've worked on issues such as position and fit.. If not , you could donate your bike to some bike museum.
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Old 04-11-09, 07:31 AM
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quit the bike and you'll have to do without all the bike groupies
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Old 04-11-09, 07:40 AM
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If you stop riding you won't have anything to complain about.
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Old 04-11-09, 07:43 AM
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That's fine. You can turn in your membership card at the front desk on the way out.
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Old 04-11-09, 08:14 AM
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Take up running if you really are looking for something to dislike.
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Enter a local Crit. You may find a more enjoyable way to bike !
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Part out your bike and sell it. You could make money for a much simpler hobby, like trains. They are fun....I think?
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or buy a trainer and ride your bike with it...then tell us how much it sucks
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If that's how you feel than maybe road cycling isn't for you. Most wouldn't mention they lost interest so I'll give you that much. They would just move on to another activity. Always riding solo can become a drag. Get involved with some group rides. May respark your interest before you hand in your card and sell your gear. Personally I find something positive or rewarding every time I ride my road or mountain bike.
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Originally Posted by Turnin2 View Post
Take up running if you really are looking for something to dislike.
Triathlon baby. All the pain of running and cycling, AND you can have near-drowning experiences when someone kicks you in the face on the swim.
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Welcome to what it means to be a true cyclist.

We don't ride for fun, we ride because if we don't, the self-loathing becomes unbearable.

Now go ride fatty, and make sure you don't get dropped, nor show any signs of weakness to the guys tearing your legs off.
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I think I need a change of scenery. Or a better bike. Yeah.

I used to run cross-country, but I was too slow.

As for competitions..barf. I can't conceive of any way that serious training/racing would make this sport better.

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Old 04-11-09, 08:47 AM
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I'm not a fan of riding.
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Old 04-11-09, 08:58 AM
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^.. So , why do you hang out at bike forums.. To annoy others or just yourself. Think you're goning to convert others to your way of thinking..
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^.. So , why do you hang out at bike forums.. To annoy others or just yourself. Think you're goning to convert others to your way of thinking..
I'm guessing he is working the "riding" slant.

It's not inconceivable that riding could wear thin for some. Many people take up interests that don't pan out.
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Originally Posted by scr660 View Post
I think I need a change of scenery. Or a better bike. Yeah.

I used to run cross-country, but I was too slow.

As for competitions..barf. I can't conceive of any way that serious training/racing would make this sport better.
I do duathlons. I am def not fast by any means but somehow upcoming races make the training more enjoyable, because you think " I have a race coming up, I have to ride today" and the people you meet make it fun also, rather than just doing it to stay in shape.
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I don't really understand the attraction of riding. I was out last saturday, and after about 80 miles, my butt hurt, the wind was ridiculous, and the hills kept on coming. But it's fun.
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If you're in it for the "stuff", then why not go get ahold of some differant kinds of bikes?

I find when riding my roadies gets monotonous, I hop on the MTB once in a while. If that gets boring, I jump on the commuter. If that gets boring, I ride my ebike when I'm just not in the mood to grind for 90mins. it's almost like riding a super light motorcycle.

And if all that gets boring, I lift some weights, crank up the music, throw some darts, build some models, go out to shoot my guns, then go home and drink lots of beer and smile at the targets.

Eventually, I end up back on the bike.
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I typically look forward to my next ride more than I enjoy it. What does that mean?
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That's fine. You can turn in your membership card at the front desk on the way out.
Do we auction off his bike?
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
^.. So , why do you hang out at bike forums.. To annoy others or just yourself. Think you're goning to convert others to your way of thinking..
Well for one, I don't really have to answer to you

I like being an athlete. I happen to be pretty good at racing bikes. So I race because I like competing. There are myriad other recreational activities I prefer that don't involve racing.

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It's not inconceivable that riding could wear thin for some. Many people take up interests that don't pan out.
I guess if you go by my race resume I'd say most would think it panned out OK.
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